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

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 (Production I.G, 2012) is a Japanese sci-fi anime series. Policewoman Akane Tsunemori obeys the ruling, computerized, precognitive Sibyl System, but when she faces a criminal mastermind  ...more
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    Action, Adventure
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    Cowboy Bebop (Sunrise, 1998) is a Japanese sci-fi anime series. Set in the year 2071, it follow the adventures and tragedies of a bounty hunter crew traveling in their spaceship called the Bebop.  ...more
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    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 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 Taro  ...more
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    Action, Crime
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    Black Lagoon (Madhouse, 2006) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by Rei Hiroe. Tired of the corporate life, a Japanese businessman opts to stick with the mercenaries that kidnapped  ...more
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    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 across  ...more
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    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 Triangle  ...more
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    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 Kazuto  ...more
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    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 story  ...more
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    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 ABe. The  ...more
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    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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    Death Note (Madhouse, 2006) is a Japanese supernatural thriller anime series based on the manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The story follows Light Yagami, a teen genius who stumbles across a  ...more
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    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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    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 Toukatsu Nin'idantai",  ...more
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    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 the  ...more
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    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 the  ...more
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    Chobits is a Japanese manga created by the Japanese manga collective Clamp. It was published by Kodansha in Young Magazine from the 43rd issue for 2000 to the 48th issue for 2002 and collected in  ...more
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    Planetes is a Japanese hard science fiction manga written and illustrated by Makoto Yukimura. It was adapted into a 26-episode anime television series by Sunrise, which was broadcast on NHK from  ...more
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    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 Forte.  ...more
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    She carries the pain of eight souls. He carries the burden of one sacred spirit. At a time when the balance of nature still held the civilizations of mankind in thrall, a single drought could spell  ...more
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    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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    Akiko: Time of Eve is a film in the film series Time of Eve.
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