Ghost in the Shell : Stand Alone Complex : 3rd Gig.

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The 9th Kobe Animation, Director Kenji Kamiyama attends and accepts an award for his work on 'Stand Alone Complex' and was interviewed by the MC - very briefly revealing to the crowd that they should expect (or rather 'imagine' a sequel, in relation to his upcoming work) a sequel to 2ng Gig.

As the bit of info has come to light in English now, some time after the event, who knows for certain what he is refering to exactly? Speculation? Maybe he meant the 'Laughing Man' movie (which contains new footage) or a new movie entirely, or perhaps it is a 3rd Gig? Anyhow, plenty of other stuff to enjoy until we know for certain.

via Anime News Service.

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andrewSeptember 23, 2005 9:51 PM

2nd gig? 3rd gig? anyone have any background on this?

BrakhageSeptember 23, 2005 10:53 PM

The 2nd Gig is what they called the second season of GITS:SAC.

karenSeptember 24, 2005 1:24 AM

am a massive fan of this anime series. and i'm very excited albeit cautious over this piece of news. i hope they pull it off well. since they already covered some back story from all the members of Section 9.

FaboolSeptember 24, 2005 2:09 AM

My usual stand to anime series applies to this as well. ONLY make another season if you have it well thought out and planned - don't do a half-assed job like most tv-series these days, by continuing a popular series with hollow and stale episodes just to milk it for all its worth.

One of the main points I like about anime is how the best series are usually short & sweet. Sure, it leaves you craving for more but that's a lot better than getting poor continuations for your favorite series that may have the story/mood replaced with something utterly silly like immense fan service.

That said, I *do* have a hefty amount of faith that they could pull of a great 3rd season for this one. 2nd gig actually managed to be better than the first season which I found quite surprising. Excellent series.

PS. Still waiting for an R4 box for the first season! Hurry up Madman and release the final volume after which you could cook up a nice 'value' boxset for me ;)

Fatalis ErratumSeptember 26, 2005 5:55 AM

I would definitely love to see GitS: SAC 3rd GIG.

droptheskyOctober 26, 2005 12:55 AM

The GitS series are one of my favorite anime of all time, the movies were spectacular as well, but does anyone know what Gig stands for :S I'm at a loss concerning this.

logboyOctober 26, 2005 1:19 AM

'gig' doesnt stand for anything (as in its not an acronym or abreviation), its in the same sense as a music gig, and kind of means 'job' or in a way 'story'.

MixtechOctober 28, 2005 5:34 PM

I'm looking forward to a possible 3rd gig. I just want to be clear of the GITS SAC timeline. The events of the 2nd gig made me wonder if it actually occured prior to the manga version of the series. Especially during the final episode when the Tachicoma's were replaced with the Fuchicoma (Green) which looks exactly like the Manga version Fuchicomas as well as the one in Playstaion game. Is there anyone out there who knows the exact sequence of events in the Ghost in the shell series?

QevNovember 15, 2005 9:39 PM

According to the director (IIRC), Stand Alone Complex takes place in an 'alternate world', where Major Kusanagi never meets the Puppet Master. So no, the two time-lines never do meet up.

RobertWNovember 30, 2005 10:27 PM

Just finished watching 2nd gig...

...Just jizzed myself

dannnyDecember 3, 2005 1:24 PM

The 3rd gig is possible as the ending left it open as to wat will happen to Japan after they become more isolated. Notice that the uchikomas that replaces the tachikoma are also more of militaristic style. It IS possible to bring the tachikomas back as well cos they did upload their ghosts to cyberspace prior to their sacrifice. Production I.G. did leave alot of stuff that would be useful in the 3rd season... hrm... i hope they do it, and knowing production I.G. I know they can do it really well...

MarkDecember 5, 2005 6:02 AM

I'm curious someone one time said that it would be difficult for them to make a 3rd gig because Motoko wasn't the same person she used to be. Could anyone clarify as to what this person could be refering to?

JeebusDecember 27, 2005 7:31 PM

I usually dont like anime series that keep going, but GitS does a good job of keeping each season a completely new story, which is a strong plus. Im torn on which season is better. Second season had more political intrigue and more story threads, but the first one did such a masterful job weaving in Catcher in the Rye. Thoughts ?

woocashJanuary 8, 2006 1:01 PM

Director Kenji Kamiyama does a wonderful job continuously creating new exciting, and intellectually creative story lines filled with great animation as well as action that leaves us on the edge of our seats and thirsting for more. A masterful job on the story of the “Laughing Man”, this is where the Director truly shines. I am looking forward to a 3rd season gig and hope that Kenji Kamiyama forever entertains us with the works of GitS.

Kudos Kenji!!!

DarrakusJanuary 9, 2006 9:34 AM

The sequence of events, as I understood them, is the Stand alone complex takes place before either of the Ghost in the shell movies, and the manga is unrelated other than a source of inspiration. There are episodes and events that are either reminiscant of situations in the manga, or almost exact to the manga story, however there are situations in SAC taken from the new manga "Man machine interface" that takes place after the Major is absorbed with the puppetmaster and becomes an entity of the net, to its obvious to me that it is all fairly arbitray, but takes inspiration from the orignal manga. The timeline would work out fine as far as SAC simply being a kind of "Prequel" to the movies, but I don't think that it matters too much and there doesn't seem to be a large concern about keeping it consistant. The small inconsistancies in it, however, do not harm or detract from the show in any real way though, its actually very reminiscant of the way many of Masamune Shirow's work seems to evolve as it re-visited and built upon. You can see this in other anime adaptations of his manga works, such as Dominion Tank Police, and Appleseed, they both have very simular traits of borrowing from the original manga while not exactly building on any esablished storyline as much as just making a newer, different version of the titles.

KinglinkFebruary 2, 2006 3:28 AM

Anime seasons tend never to be half assed. The only time it feels that way is when they rip away from the manga for some reason (kenshin) and since this isn't truely based on the manga it's fine.

I expected another season for this ultra popular anime It's certaintly deserves it.

I felt the second season is a little worse then the first but it's still a recommendation, just not as high.

IknowbestMay 24, 2006 11:24 PM

sac and the films are only related because they are based on the manga, and Darrakus you are wrong since in the first gits film Togusa is brand new new to section 9 since he doesnt know that the major is a machine. And Mark the major is a different person in the respect that she has changed after her incident in dejima, after she was willing to upload the civilians cyberbrains to the net in the hope that they would remain individuals, and since in first gig motoko uploaded herself to the net its obvious that she is clinging to the hope that after her 'death' she is still 'human'

MartinJune 10, 2006 2:47 AM


PeteJuly 20, 2006 12:58 PM

Sorry for the break computer disconnect but before anyone responds "Solid State Society" is NOT just the movie that was released a few weeks ago but SUPPOSED to be a full series being released AFTER the summer movie which picks up a few years AFTER the refugee riots in "2nd gig" and deals with a few of the new Section 9 staff members introduced in the movie.

WarJuly 26, 2006 4:46 AM

You mean to say that they already have started showing a GitS follow up to the 2 gig? called Solid State Society?

tSeptember 4, 2006 11:04 AM

check there is a video for 3rd gig in japanese, well its not called 3rd gig its called solid state society

joeSeptember 16, 2006 5:35 AM

Dammit my computer disced me like 2 times ina friggin row now i h8 it>.Dammit my computer disced me like 2 times ina friggin row now i h8 it>.< oh anyways i jus finished SAC and some of 2nd GIG -.- was the last like 2 episodes of SAC jus made me get some crazy b0nars from Motoko ^_^ crazy........b0nars

jason kendallSeptember 28, 2006 2:40 AM

Didn't the major upload her ghost at the conclusion of the first film. She then finds herself a new shell (the young girl). Based on this, the Major can always re-appear in a new series because her ghost never dies. The only way she could die would be losing her ghost before she had time to upload it to the net. Yes or No?

crapbagOctober 5, 2006 4:32 AM

pffft idiot, she dies when she loses her individuality and thats impossible because of "stand alone complex" thats what the series is all about dumbass.

StoicacceptanceOctober 7, 2006 5:38 AM

Maybe Im wrong though, I dunno all I can find refrence to is the movie, maybe thats the movie split up into 12 parts on youtube. Can anyone find official confirmation that it is a series and a movie ??

GandalfOctober 10, 2006 10:58 PM

The Solid State Society is a movie and not a series. IG stated that it was a summation of the 1st and 2nd GiGs of Ghost in the Shell. Additionally, there will also be a series following The Solid State Society movie. displays the movie in 12 different parts, thus it is only the movie. The series has not been announced yet, and the movie will be released in 2007 in both Europe and North America.

murdererofhoofedmammalsOctober 19, 2006 2:48 PM

Well, in the introduction of the manga, there is the line "the woman (or women) known as Major Motoko Kusanagi," so who knows.

samOctober 26, 2006 2:05 PM

Well I've seen both seasons several times, and those scenes have always bugged me, think about this all of section 9 are males every single one of them I think what bato was referring to was why would she commander would pick a female body while her charecter and status would demand a stronger male body but this is based on what we saw on [as] Im waiting to dl the subbed ver maybe he could be referring to something else ....

FlyingratsassOctober 27, 2006 5:45 AM

Matoko Kusanagi is definitely female. In the original manga and movie, it was said she was born female but that some disease required that she had to have a brain transplant into a cyborg body. Also in the SAC series, it even shows in the intro that she had a female body since she was a little girl. 2nd gig even explained something else like a plane crash.

Frankly I can't wait til the 3rd installment of the series whatever it is.

BranNovember 3, 2006 7:42 AM

That's what some of the people above are talking about, the 3rd movie has been released now in Japan. It's called Solid State Society. This movie will make it's way to Europe and America in 2007.

There's speculation that there will be a third tv series. I hope to all that is holy that there will be. I enjoy the series more than the 2 movies I've seen, but I'll take any GITS I can git...not funny I know.

winnie55November 3, 2006 11:16 PM

oh i know about Solid State Society, but that film isnt "the 3rd" film. u know how both the GITS films have nothing to do with SAC, well this 1 apparantly does. So wat i'm asking is that, is this film (or feature length) going to be instead of the 3rd gig?

SeveredPhantomNovember 4, 2006 1:44 AM

Thanks for the input on those who commented on my question, I went back and watched my dvds to try and get a better idea of whether or not she was female. I think it is final that she is female from watching the episode Affection where she is shown as a little girl. I think possibly that it is that she has swapped bodies so many times she is almost hardly human. So bato feels that it would be better to take the male form since she is hardly anthing more than a Ghost in a Shell.

monkeyNovember 8, 2006 8:27 AM

winnie thats an interesting thought, the major isnt in solid state society so if a 3rd gig was realted to this '3rd film' then it would have to be a prequel if it was to still have the major in it. maybe a third series would explain why she isnt in solid state society and what happens to her.

alternativly a 3rd gig of SAC could take place after the '3rd film' in which case the major wouldnt control section 9, it would be togasa

or maybe there just wont be a 3rd gig but they have left it open enough if there ever was. i think they have a good enough team working on GITS and if they made a 3rd gig it would be just as good, if not better than the 1st and 2nd gigs, plus the added benifit of even better animation! i cant wait

Proxy OneMarch 8, 2007 4:58 AM

The Major is in Solid State Society and at the end of it, Its still wide open for another season or film.

babothMarch 21, 2007 11:18 AM

dis show has got it all

ROMApril 5, 2007 10:15 PM

Can anyone list all the GITS movies related and unrelated to eachother? I know there are GITS 1 and GITS 2 (Innocence); as well as GITS SAC, and GITS SAC 2nd gig. What else is out there? I would like to see all and everything relating to section 9.... GITS is the absolute best anime I have ever come across. The SAC series is also the best.

MATHEWApril 6, 2007 9:24 AM

Ghost in the Shell: SAC and 2nd Gig are the single best shows ever made. The movies were great also but not as good as the televison series. I cant wait for news of a new installment. I think that they should drag out one final series and end it after this third installment. They should make it action packed and very dramatic, making it the finale to the best televison show ever!!