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The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 

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Updated March 20, 2019 373 votes 97 voters 5.5k views 29 items

Ghost in the Shell: SAC is one of those series that portrays classic sci-fi anime; a beloved genre that most fans can attest to bringing forth some of the best storylines out there. How can you possibly rival something that plays out its story so well? We've certainly got a few ideas with the following Ghost in the Shell recommendations. Let's rank the best anime like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, with the help of your votes.

Darker series like Ergo Proxy are always great follow-ups because they seem to have more of the initial feel Ghost in the Shell portrays. While this particular series is slightly darker, it does hold some of the most key elements that helped make Stand Alone Complex the series it is; bioengineering is always an interesting thought for the future. Or, if you'd rather look into the argument of what it truly means to be alive, Chobits is a lighter series that has everything to do with life-like computers seeming to be very close to humans. With a mystery that relies heavily on technology, it brings a different depth to this genre that shows like Ghost in the Shell don't really get a chance to touch on. For a more modern anime like Stand Alone Complex, be sure to check out Psycho Pass (although the second season isn't as good.)

If you're ready for more sci-fi, we've got the perfect list for you. Vote up the anime you feel is more like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex or the ones that were simply your favorites!

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Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Psycho-Pass is a Japanese anime television series that was produced by Production I.G, directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani and written by Gen Urobuchi. The series was aired on Fuji TV's Noitamina ...more
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Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 Japanese anime series developed by Sunrise featuring a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro ...more
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Ergo Proxy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ergo Proxy is a science fiction suspense anime television series, produced by Manglobe, which premiered across Japan on February 25, 2006 on the WOWOW satellite network. It is directed by Shukō ...more
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Akira is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, and featuring the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and ...more
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Serial Experiments Lain ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Serial Experiments Lain is an anime series directed by Ryutaro Nakamura, with character design by Yoshitoshi ABe, screenplay written by Chiaki J. Konaka, and produced by Yasuyuki Ueda for ...more
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Darker than Black is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Darker than Black, known in Japan as Darker than Black: The Black Contractor, is an anime television series created, directed and written by Tensai Okamura and animated by Bones. It premiered ...more
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Terror in Resonance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Terror in Resonance, also known as Terror in Tokyo in Japan, is a Japanese anime television series produced by MAPPA. The anime was directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, with character designs by ...more
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Death Note is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Death Note is a Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The story follows Light Yagami, a high school student who stumbles across a mysterious ...more
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Black Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Black Lagoon is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rei Hiroe. It has been published in Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday Gene-X since 2002, and ten collected volumes have been released ...more
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Monster is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Monster is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa. The manga was adapted by Madhouse into a 74-episode anime TV series, which aired April 2004 to September 2005. The ...more
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Jormungand is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
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Texhnolyze is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Texhnolyze is a Japanese anime television series directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki, from a screenplay by Chiaki Konaka, and produced by Yasuyuki Ueda, with original character design by Yoshitoshi ...more
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Eden of the East is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Eden of the East is a Japanese anime television series, which premiered on Fuji TV's noitaminA timeslot on April 9, 2009. Created, directed and written by Kenji Kamiyama, it features character ...more
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Mezzo DSA is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Mezzo DSA is a 13-episode anime series created by Yasuomi Umetsu and the first not to be licensed by Anime Works, but instead licensed by ADV Films. It is a follow up to the 2001 OVA Mezzo
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Witch Hunter Robin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Witch Hunter Robin is a Japanese anime series created by Sunrise. It follows the STN-J, the Japanese branch of a secret global organization called "SOLOMON" or the "Solomon ...more
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Kaiba is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Kaiba is an anime series directed by Masaaki Yuasa that debuted on the WOWOW satellite network in Spring 2008. Animation is by Madhouse and it is described as a sci-fi love story. The series ...more
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Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigad... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Jin-Roh, also known as Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade in its American release, is a 1999 Japanese animated feature film directed by Hiroyuki Okiura. The film is the third adaptation of Mamoru Oshii's ...more
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Bubblegum Crisis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Bubblegum Crisis is a 1987 to 1991 cyberpunk original video animation series. The series was planned to run for 13 episodes, but was cut short to just 8. The series involves the adventures of ...more
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Akiko: Time of Eve is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Akiko: Time of Eve is a film in the film series Time of Eve.
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BALDR FORCE EXE Resoluti... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
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Un-Go is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
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Night Raid 1931 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Night Raid 1931, is a Japanese anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures and Aniplex and directed by Jun Matsumoto. The 13-episode anime aired in Japan on the TV Tokyo television network ...more
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Ryoko's Case File is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Yakushiji Ryōko no Kaiki Jikenbo is a series that consist of the anime TV series, manga and light novels created by Yoshiki Tanaka and illustrated by Narumi Kakinouchi. Two Drama CDs had also ...more
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Phantom: Requiem for the... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Nitroplus and Kadokawa Shoten have adapted the story, from the visual novel game created by Nitroplus, and distributed by Hirameki International, into an anime series produced by Bee Train under ...more
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RD Sennou Chousashitsu ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex