Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045

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Air date: Apr 23, 2020

In the United States 2045, Major and her team defend a gated town. Newcomer Stan helps fend off the outlaws. Togusa makes a choice.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2020

The Nomads strike Section 9 with AI drones. Togusa takes on a mission from Japan's peaceful Prime Minister.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2020

Togusa heads into cyberspace to locate his former team members. The group is held captive by an American organization eager to recruit them.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2020

While looking for the team and John Smith, Togusa takes a risk. The GHOST members wonder about the true reason for their mission.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2020

Aramaki chases after Kusanagi. GHOST take on their new assignment. Huge's cybernetic security forces them to change their strategy.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2020

Kusanagi and her coworkers learn more about the post-humans. They emerge as a new threat to humankind.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2020

Batou heads back to Japan after six long years. Novice bank robbers destroy his homecoming.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2020

The Major and Smith disagree about Section 9's new mission to track post-humans. She forces Togusa to investigate a spy close to the Prime Minister.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2020

Three post-humans in Japan kill off several political figures. The Prime Minister's father-in-law is the next target.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2020

Section 9 looks for a potential post-human hacker who is directing the attacks on people. The clues lead to a high school student's door.

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Critic Reviews for Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Season 1

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As wonderful as it is to return to this series' interpretations of Major Kusanagi and company after more than a decade away, you'd be better off dusting off Stand Alone Complex DVDs and give this one a pass.

Apr 22, 2020 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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Another kick in the face of what used to be the greatest franchise of the anime worlde, one that is even worse than the live-action adaptation.

Jul 26, 2020 | Full Review…

SAC_2045 is not pretty to look at and starts off poorly, but then it manages to pick up in the last few episodes just enough to raise this from a poor to average...

May 30, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The look of the show is so distracting, that I had a really hard time getting invested in the story.

May 14, 2020 | Rating: C | Full Review…

An entertaining and fluid series that reminds us once again why we like the saga. [Full Review in Spanish]

May 13, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There's no impact to watching these CGI models move around and their limited facial expressions give the still-clearly-game voice casts so little to work with and play off of.

Apr 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045: Season 1

  • Sep 18, 2020
    Look, if you loved this popcorn flick, good for you, but if you are new to the series, please start with another Ghost in the Shell movie or series. Other Ghost in the Shell have good and bad. But in this series, everything is mediocre. Plot: not the worst, but not half as smart as it thinks it is. I give it a pass. Dialogues: barf. They are so naive it sounds like a 12 years old wrote them. The original SAC was suitable for adults, while this is "action B-movie" level of dialogues. They manage do be sometimes as verbose as other series and yet say nothing. They make supposedly elite pros sound like teenagers, too... Batou sounds idiotic in this one. Come on. Animation: that's subjective but... god do I hate it. In terms of style, well, there's none whatsoever. In terms of technical quality, most 3D video games do better. Wonder if it's the same artist that did my daughter's cheap 'Spirit' cartoons If you want a mindless action flick, watch the 2017 movie. If you want verbose, smart science fiction, go select another Ghost in the Shell series.
  • Aug 28, 2020
    CG is an artistic medium, just like drawing or even writing. The choices made to limit texture details in favor of a more "animated" (some call the look cartoon-y) look are artistic choices. I think it works just fine. I am grateful that not all CG look the same - that would just be boring. SO - I LIKE IT. LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT SEASON.
  • Jul 21, 2020
    los primeros episodios son flojos, pero va mejorando gradualmente
  • Jun 18, 2020
    Amazing. Amazing how something that was incredible and one of a kind show was made into such disappointment. I can't even tell you what is looks bad - 3D animation, charachters or the plot itself. Just watch original Ghost in the Shell and SAC - that would be more than enough
  • Jun 15, 2020
    There are many things here to be upset and frustrated by in this reiteration. Whether it is the 3D graphics almost reaching uncanny valley levels of discomfort, or the weird addition of the up to this point tropey American GHOST agent, there is a lot to be critical of. However, it seems that many critics are jumping to conclusions that the second season won't clear some of these things up in their review of the first season. While I don't think this so far reaching SAC laughing man or individual 11, I like that it still is trying to connect with some of the ideas regarding identity, collectivism, autonomy and technology that led to some of the series best moments. While this isn't exactly what I wanted, this is a step up from ARISE and the beginning of a potential return to form for one of the more thought provoking anime series.
  • Jun 08, 2020
    A disservice to the original manga, 1994 Movie, Innocence, original Stand Alone Complex and Arise, even the 2017 Live Action. I have watched parts of the original Stand Alone Complex, Ghost in the Shell (1994) [not the "remaster"] parts of 2, and most of Arise. They were decent, but dear god this just botches it, and they ruined it, horrid music like what happened to the vocals, kind of classic GITS music. Honestly, I hope they just abandon this series before the butcher it even more.
  • Jun 07, 2020
    me sorprendio! no esperaba nada bueno de una version CGI y resulto ser de esas series que te ves de corrido en una tarde!
  • Jun 07, 2020
    Some spoilers ahead. Coming back to Ghost in the Shell after the live action movie was a fresh breath of relief. Lots of people say the start was slow, but it was a nice re-introduction to the team as it's been 6 or so years since the team was Section 9. So it was nice to see the team doing something different and what they might have been doing if they weren't working for Section 9. I felt this was needed to set the stage and status of the world the show will now take place in. The story is as unique as the classic show. The introduction of a new character and the upgraded Tachikomas was refreshing and built up beyond only focusing on the members of the team. It offers more stories and interactions in the storytelling. The characters are still very familiar, but evolved. The Major seems to have lost her soft side and plays to the 'gorilla woman' moniker even moreso now. In classic GITS, she was a bit more sentimental. But this could be the result of being a merc for the past 6 years. So it makes sense for her own ghost to evolve. In regards to the Major's new look. We're used to seeing this tall 'perfect' bodied prosthetic body she always maintained. But in this show, they toned her down to what looks like a five foot eight 20 year old. But I get it. It shouldn't be her looks to command a room, that should go to her charisma. And charisma shouldn't have anything to do with how you look. If you watch the show carefully, when she walks into a room, she is clearly in charge, with her arrogant and confident swagger. Of course, I can't review it by not saying anything about the style of animation. Using CGI 3D is a deviation to what was used before, and it's kind of nice to me that they are using a different medium for SAC2045. It doesn't look good, but after you get used to it, it just becomes paint on the walls as you focus more on the storytelling and characters. Like Star Wars: Clone Wars, it took time for me to get used to that type of animation style. In the end, I really liked it as it gives the characters sort of a new look. It's kind of cool to see the characters move a bit more 'realistic' than 2D. The subtlety of human movement is often difficult to replicate in modeling, even special effects in live action movies. As for the music, I get why they used the intro song as they did because the world is all about money in the war. Also, it represents the flamboyancy of the team in the first half of the season. But the rest of the soundtrack and outro are spot on to the melancholy electro music of classic GITS. But I do home they use a different song in the second season for the intro as by then Section 9 has been reactivated. I've watched the show 4 times through. The first time with the english subtitles, and three times with english dub. I love the english dub as they brought back all the original voice actors from the classic show. It was so nostalgic (pun intended) to hear the familar voices again. And I always thought Mary McGlynn as the Major was the best voice actor for her; authoritative, contemplative, and even sentimental. She's great. In conclusion, I know alot of people didn't like it due to the animation. But if you get past the awkwardness of the new medium, look to see why they decided to use this medium and then focus on the storytelling first. The way it looks will settle in to your senses later as it just becomes paint on the wall. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I can't wait for the second season because darn it, it got really good at the end.
  • Jun 06, 2020
    Loved the show, brings back so many memories to have all the original voice actors. Really adds to the show imo. Plot was great but ended on a complete cliff hanger. Can't wait for the next season.
  • Jun 04, 2020
    This show was so bad that, I signed up to an account just to leave this 1-star rating. Ghost in the shell (whether the movie or the TV shows) was less about action and cheesy dialogues (which current 2045 specializes in) and more about 'What does it means to be human when technology is omniscient, omnipresent and confers immortality'. It was thought provoking and frankly had some of the most beautiful scenes ever created (art and direction wise possibly in the history of TV and Movies). 2045 is little more than a bang bang show for 6 years old. Characters look something out of a 1980's 3D game and beyond the obvious character traits which the previous shows and movies set, there's none of the development. The show's art & direction feels like they outsourced the production to a third rate studio and there's no thought behind any of the episodes besides character hurrying from one action scene to another for literally no good reason. I expected so much better from Netflix. Truly disappointed.

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