I recently finished the 26-episode first season of "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex". Much like the movies, it is quite packed with philosophy, cyberpunk, and blowing things up. It is one of those alternate universes that show up in anime sometimes - in this case, a GITS universe where the Major never had that encounter with the Puppet Master. Much of the first season arc focuses on the existence or non-existence of the "Laughing Man" - who may be a real hacker, a pop culture manifestation, a tool for market manipulation, a government patsy, or an infectious social trend. Episode 9 "Chat! Chat! Chat!" is devoted to an online debate on this matter. Anyhow - I recommend you kids "netflix it". We now return you to your regular programming.
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