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16 March 2006 @ 08:01 pm
i.s.f.d.? maybe. is he even still alive? i hope so!  
it's been a while since i've plugged something i or one of my friends didn't make, but here goes.

if you haven't watched Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex, you are missing out. and if you've only watched the first season, you're STILL missing out, because GitS:SAC Second Gig may be just about the best television show i've ever seen.

would you like reasons? i've got plenty. first of all, the whole arch of the series is superbly laid out. even episodes that at first seem like simple character exposition/backstory turn out to play a pretty vital role in the full movement of the storyline. you grow to love the characters without the series ever slowing down a beat.

the setting may be too early in the future in my opinion, but it's definately a possible future that has real depth and meaning to people watching it now, understanding the very true complexities it creates. like the matrix but more practical and much much smarter. the political intregue on top of that makes it even more engrossing as well as adding depth and plausiblity to the world they live in.

the technical aspects of the show are on par with the excellence of the writing and characterization. stunningly beautiful animation that's so good, you may actually forget you're watching an animated program from time to time. and with music by the one and only Yohko Kanno, you'll want to get the soundtrack after you're done watching the show.

if you thought the Ghost in the Shell movies were nice, but didn't really make much sense, fear not. the show is almost completely unrelated to the movies, and it does develop a beginning, middle and end each season. while i loved the first season, i couldn't rip myself away from second gig. a two day marathon was needed. many thanks to patrick for hosting me on both days to get through it.

if you like good anime, or just good television (which is all too rare these days), spend some time with Stand Alone Complex.
 
 
Mood: awed
Music: Yoko Kanno &Origa - Rise
 
 
 
Alex Staherskiintheblacklodge on March 17th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
I meant to say in our discussion earlier that if you like 40 Year Old Virgin so much, you definitely need to watch Undeclared. Same people (without Steve Carell), same type of humor, and the same improvised style. Freaks and Geeks was of course Judd Apatow's first big breakthrough, but Undeclared is much closer to Virgin.
S0n of N00nbibble on March 17th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
it is on my list of things to watch, i just haven't gotten around to it yet. i remember reading your recommendation.
Mellenabsentmammoth on March 17th, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
oops, that was me.
Shadowantisocial_shdw on March 17th, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
How much money did you get for that ad? ;)
Mellenabsentmammoth on March 17th, 2006 05:45 am (UTC)
hahaha, it's so good, i promised to do it for free!

after all, i watched free fansubs too.
TotoroJototorojo on March 17th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the nice review. I've been meaning to watch this for a while and now I have another reason to :)
3aminsomniac: shig_stun3aminsomniac on March 20th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
Wait, you HAVE the second season? Complete, with subtitles?
Say yes.

'Cause I have all but the very last episode...
Mellenabsentmammoth on March 21st, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
haha, yeah, same thing happened to me, but we managed to get the last one not too long ago. what method would be best for you to recieve it in, i can see what i can do. because damn. it's intense.
3aminsomniac3aminsomniac on March 21st, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm, host it on megaupload or something?

http://www.megaupload.com/

I haven't used it myself, but I know it works.