Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society
|Ghost in the Shell:
Stand Alone Complex:
Solid State Society
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society DVD cover
|Directed by||Kenji Kamiyama|
|Produced by||Mitsuhisa Ishikawa
|Written by||Masamune Shirow (creator)
|Based on||Ghost in the Shell by Shirow Masamune|
|Music by||Yoko Kanno|
|Production company||Production I.G.|
|Running time||105 minutes|
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society (Japanese: 攻殻機動隊 STAND ALONE COMPLEX Solid State Society Hepburn: Kōkaku Kidōtai STAND ALONE COMPLEX Solid State Society?) is a 2006 made-for-television anime film; and is part of the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series based on Masamune Shirow's manga Ghost in the Shell. It was produced by Production I.G and directed by Kenji Kamiyama.
The film is set in 2034, two years after the events of 2nd GIG and opens with an investigation into a string of mysterious suicides of foreign nationals. The assassination of Ka Rum, a former dictator of the Siak Republic, leads to a terrorist plot using children as vectors for a cybernetic virus. The plan is foiled and a larger conspiracy centered on the Noble Rot Senior Citizens using kidnapped children is revealed as part of the Solid State System. Section 9 unravels the connections between the Siak operatives and an influential politician which ran afoul the Solid State's abduction enterprise. At the film's climax, the Puppetmaster reveals that he was spread across several egos until a collective consciousness emerged and developed into a Solid State, allowing him to move into the society beyond as the vanishing mediator.
The film debuted in Japan on SKY PerfecTV! on September 1, 2006 and it was released in North America in 2007. A stereoscopic 3D version of the film was released in 2011. The film received generally positive reviews, but was criticized for being very dialogue heavy and lacked action.
In 2034, two years after the events of 2nd GIG, Public Security Section 9 is investigating a string of mysterious suicides by refugees from the Siak Republic. Chief Aramaki orders the arrest of Ka Rum, the former dictator of the Siak Republic, only to find him dead of an assassination disguised as a suicide, and the word "Puppeteer" written in blood. In retaliation for the death of Ka Rum, a Siak operative plans a terrorist attack with a micromachine virus. Batou is sent to intercept the Siak operative who has the micromachine virus and encounters Kusanagi, who is conducting her own investigation. Before they can apprehend the operative, dies while attacking them. Kusanagi takes a case of virus ampules and warns Batou to stay away from the Solid State Society before she leaves.
The Section 9 operatives develop a theory that the Puppeteer hacked into the Siak agents' cyberbrains and forced them to commit suicide. Togusa discovers sixteen kidnapped children in a Siak facility, the intended carriers of the virus. All the children are listed as the children of Noble Rot Senior Citizens. Section 9 begins to suspect a larger conspiracy when 20,000 kids are discovered to be missing and the ampules are given back to Section 9 by Kusanagi in a different body. The Puppeteer causes the disappearance of the sixteen children and Batou reveals to Togusa that he believes Kusangi to be the Puppeteer. When a Siak sniper surfaces in Japan, Batou and Saito are sent to intercept the assassin. The sniper's target is the supposed mastermind of Ka Rum's assassination, but the informant and the target are one in the same. The sniper says that the Puppeteer as a mechanism in the Solid State.
Togusa tracks down one of the missing children, now assigned to an elderly man in the Noble Rot program. The man demands the child be left with him as he had named the child as his sole heir. The man rather give his assets to a child off the street, and to protect them from abuse, than have his assets turned over to the government upon his death. The man warns Togusa not to interfere with the will of the Solid State and immediately dies. Togusa realizes his involvement changed nothing and has a false alarm concerning his daughter. After picking her up, Togusa receives a call from the Puppeteer who hacks his brain and forces him to drive to a cyberbrain implant hospital, while being trailed independently by the Major and Batou. The Puppeteer and Togusa converse, unraveling the nature of the kidnappings and the goal of the Solid State. Togusa is given the option to lose his daughter or commit suicide; but is saved by the Major. Kusangi identifies the Puppeteer as a rhizome formed by the collective consciousness of the Noble Rot Senior Citizens in a hub cyberbrain in the health care monitoring system and tracks its location to a welfare center.
Kusangi temporarily rejoins Section 9 and confirms that Ito Munei, an influential politician, was behind the assassination of General Ka Rum. She also confirms that Munei and other politicians use it as a front for a brainwashing facility to create an elite group of pure-blooded Japanese to take control of the country in the next generation and lead it into Munei's vision of a new Golden Age. The Solid State decided to eliminate Munei for interfering in its plans, but Munei was ignorant of the origin of the abduction infrastructure.
A designer named Tateaki Koshiki steps forward, claiming he developed the Solid State system before committing suicide. Kusangi dives into his cyberbrain and into the Koshiki's trap, allowing him to hack her cyberbrain. The Puppetmaster reveals that he was spread across several egos until a collective consciousness emerged and developed into a Solid State, allowing him to move into the society beyond as the vanishing mediator. Late, Batou tells a recovering Kusanagi that the real Tateaki Koshiki used a cybernetic body and built the Solid State after he was hired by Munei. Kusangi does not reveal that the Puppetmaster was a fragment of herself, but Batou already knew from being linked to her during the dive. Batou concludes that the ultimate identity of the Puppetmaster will remain unknown and that incident will be written off a scandal.
|Motoko Kusanagi||Atsuko Tanaka||Mary Elizabeth McGlynn|
|Batou||Akio Ōtsuka||Richard Epcar|
|Togusa||Kōichi Yamadera||Crispin Freeman|
|Aramaki||Osamu Saka||William Frederick Knight|
|Ishikawa||Yutaka Nakano||Michael McCarty|
|Saito||Toru Okawa||Dave Wittenberg|
|Paz||Takashi Onozuka||Bob Buchholz|
|Borma||Taro Yamaguchi||Dean Wein|
The film was initially hinted as a new anime project collaboration with Bandai Visuals and Production I.G. The film was officially announced by Production I.G at the 2006 Tokyo Anime Fair. Whether the film would released theatrically, broadcast on television, or released as direct-to-video DVD was undecided at the time. The film had a production budget of 360 million yen (equivalent to US$3.6 million). It was produced in Hi-vision format and was made by the same staff that originally made the TV series.
The production team used a 3-D layout system in which allowed them to set out the inside scenes of buildings in a 3-D format ahead of time. The art team were tasked to draw lighting boards, in order to put more detail and input into each scene. One of the themes in the series was "Motoko Kusanagi's rebirth". The team had a difficult time portraying Motoko Kusanagi and her return to Section 9. Kenji Kamiyama stated that he felt the characters have obtained "ghosts" of their own and that Kusanagi needed a convincing story in order to return to Section 9. Shotaro Shuga noted that Kusanagi was more going back to her old self rather than showing the new strength she found when she left Section 9.
For the music, Yoko Kanno read the scripts of the film in order to compose music that would synchronize with each scene, rather than composing music ahead of time. Sound Director Kazuhiro Wakabayashi returned to provide music menus, which made up of 70% of the scores Yoko Kanno composed.
As part of the Nissan sponsorship, the movie features two concept cars designed by Nissan. Section 9 drive a white Nissan Sport Concept sports hatchback and seater Infiniti Kuraza that premiered at the 2005 New York International Auto Show and North American International Auto Show.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society was originally released in Japan as a TV movie on SKYPerfecTV! network on September 1, 2006. The film premiered in North America at the 2007 New York Comic-Con screening from February 23–25. It would also be featured in 2007's Fantasia Festival in Canada. The film also aired on Sci-Fi Channel's Ani-Monday block on June 11, 2007. For the English version, Bandai Entertainment and Manga Entertainment released two DVDs on July 3, 2007: A normal and in a Limited Edition Steelbook DVD. The Limited Edition Steelbook contained an additional DVD containing various development interviews and videos and the Solid State Society Original Soundtrack CD. In July 2008, Solid State Society was released in Blu-Ray alongside the two OVA The Laughing Man and Individual Eleven in Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. Trilogy Box.
In November 2010, a stereoscopic 3D version was announced adding a new opening sequence. The 3D version was released in Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 theater on March 26, 2011. The stereoscopic 3D version was released in both normal and deluxe edition on July 22, 2011. The normal version contains footage from the opening-day greetings by the staff and cast, trailers, television commercials, audio commentaries, and other extras. The deluxe edition titled Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Solid State Society -Another Dimension- is packaged in a Dennōka Box containing the film in Stereoscopic 3D all the content the normal edition along with three Tachikomatic Days shorts in 3D and one in 2D.
A novel adaptation titled Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. Solid State Society (攻殻機動隊S.A.C. Solid State Society?) was written by Kenji Kamiyama and Yasunori Kasuga. The novel was published by Kodansha and released on April 3, 2011. An optical camouflage camera app for iOS was released on September 2, 2011. A video game for the Xbox 360 Kinect was developed by Kayac to promote the 3D remake of the film.
Christopher Monfette of IGN gave Solid State Society an "Impressive" score of 8.0 out of 10, stating that it was "A worthwhile watch". Carl Kimlinger of Anime News Network gave the film a "B" rating, calling it a "swift-moving futuristic crime film with some clever science-fiction twists and solid action" but criticizing it was "wordy, confusing and somewhat bloodless." Wai Yung (Wayne) Chim of Animesou.com gave Blu-ray version an 8.0 out of 10, stating, "While the overall product was good, there was just too much dialogue and not enough action..." The film earned a 1.4% rating when it aired in NTV on October 15, 2012. The Nihon Review gave it an 8 out of 10 stating, "the movie is a feast for the eyes and ears for all viewers – and for the mind, for those able to keep up with the intricate (and sometimes incoherent) progression of the story." Marcus Doidge of DVD Active gave it a 6/10 stating, "Solid State Society isn't as strong as the first and second season of the anime show but being one feature length story as opposed to lots of very cool and largely great individual episodes offers a more in depth and focused story for the most part and a happy return to the world of Ghost in the Shell". The film was awarded the Juri Prize at the 21st Digital Content Grand Prix. The film was featured in the "Late Night Manga to Anime Film Season" hosted by The British Museum. The DVD released ranked #1 on Oricon charts on November 23, 2006. When the film aired in Japan on NTV, it had earned a 1.4% rating.
The 3D version ranked #11 in the Japanese box office chart with a total of $285,268 from a total of nine theaters. The 3D version won the Movie award for The Japanese Committee of the International 3D Society.
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