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5.0 out of 5 stars
2nd Gig. Twice as good., 29 April 2007
I am a big fan of Ghost in the Shell ever since seeing the first film as a teenager and being blown away by it.
GitS S.A.C was always something I put off watching however. It was hard to find on DVD in my town and I was indifferent to most anime series at the time.
So I decided to buy the first season after seeing it in London for £25. I was impressed with it, but felt it lost itself and some of the episodes were a bit boring to say the least.
However I was impressed enough to order the 2nd Gig from Amazon pretty much as soon as it came out. And I was blown away. It's as if they'd somehow taken heed of all the problems with the first series and made something much better.
The episodes that have no bearing on the overall story are still interesting enough to hold your attention and the various movie homages are a very nice touch.
As far as the story goes, this series is far more broad in it's focus and politics. The official enemies, much like the first series, are not cut out villains but human beings with situations. The real enemy, like the first series, lies with corrupt politicians. But they are much more involved here. Making their retribution all so much sweeter.
All in all this series is a massive improvement on an already excellent show and it has what is probably one of the better finale's in anime history. Buy it.