After watching the first season of Ghost in the Shell SAC 2045 on Netflix — twice — I decided to watch once again the second of the original two-season run of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

I realised once again why I know that Ghost in the Shell will always be my favourite anime.

They invented a fictional future with fictional technology and fictional wars. Then they invented fictional crimes and fictional ways to solve these crimes, neither of which is possible today as we do not have the technology. Throughout it all, it raises intelligent discussions on philosophy, sociology and politics. And if that was not sufficient, they created a team of the most genuine, complex and likeable characters that form the Japanese special-operations task-force, Section 9.