Parents' Guide to

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig

By Scout Davidson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Complex, mature anime for serious genre fans.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 8+

Tut tut

Good for kids that are mature watch with my kids and they find it entertaining.
age 11+


I think common sense media is telling lies about what they say.there is some violence (that isnt bloody.) and some wounds and language isn't bad at all only a couple uses of damn and arsenal.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (2):

Stand Alone Complex featured two types of episodes: "Standalone (SA)" episodes, and "Complex (C)" episodes. Episodes designated "SA" were self contained, while those designated "C" were tied in with the ongoing storyline. 2nd Gig is a 26-episode arc with three further episode designations: "IN" episodes are part of the "Individual Eleven" storyline (the overall arc of the season), "DU" (for "dual") episodes are tied with the Cabinet Intelligence Service storyline and the main storyline, and "DI" episodes are stand-alone installments that aren't strongly tied to the other storylines.

If all of this sounds incredibly confusing, 2nd Gig probably isn't the show for you. But if you've got a 15-year old who enjoys films like Akira and series like Naruto and Paranoia Agent, this could be just the ticket. Tweens might be drawn in by 2nd Gig's cool spider robots, but the philosophical discussions (in one episode, the cool spider robots spend the entire show discussing individuality, identity, and conformism and its sociological ramifications, at one point waving around copies of James Lovelock's Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth and Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene) will likely leave them cold.

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