Anime Reviews' Nadav writes: "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is not as deep or daring as the Ghost in the Shell movie. If you go in expecting deep questions about the nature of human beings and the existence of souls (which are called “ghosts” here) than you will be disappointed. although still far from being shallow it fails to be the sophisticated and intellectual series it could have been. However, GITS:SAC does a much better job than the movie in introducing the characters and in portraying a believable futuristic world for them to live in. It also has a solid story, good visuals, a strong musical score and likable characters, making it one of the best police procedural anime available on the market today."