Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society is a OVA continuation of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: 2nd GIG, which was released in Japan on September 1, 2006 with a budget of ¥360 million. It was released in Japan via SKY PerfecTV!, with a release in North America in 2007. A stereoscopic 3D version was released from Japan in 2011.
The OVA centers on Public Security Section 9 trying to cope with a rash case of suicides and terrorist cases concerning ex-officials from the collapsed Seok Republic in the year 2034, two years after the end of 2nd GIG. The Major aka Motoko Kusanagi has tendered her resignation, making Togusa the second commander of Section 9. In the wake of restructuring, Section 9 has expanded with new recruits and a full-time tac team to help in raids.
While the investigation into the suicides and the case of an attempted assassination on a Diet assemblyman, the Major returns from the shadows to join her ex-subordinates to investigate who's the Puppeteer and figure out what he's up to, especially with the case of children who were being abducted from various families and homes in Japan.
It's followed by Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand-Alone Complex - Solid State Society OVA contains examples of the following tropes:
- Adult Fear:
- The project of the Puppeteer in Solid State Society involves taking children (of parents classified as abusive) and wiping the parent's memories so they never knew they existed.
- And then it happens to Togusa and becomes even more nightmarish when it forces him to personally deliver his daughter to it.
- Alliterative Title: Solid State Society.
- All There in the Manual: The website has more info on the Seok Republic.
- Bittersweet Ending: In Solid State Society, the Puppeteer has been killed, Munei's brainwashing program is revealed and shut down, and the Major reunites with Section 9, but the children who were abducted are returned to their homes, where they must again face their abusive parents, or spend years waiting for their cases to percolate through the judicial system.
- Bulletproof Vest: Section 9 has now started the practice of donning bulletproof vests worn over street clothes for a raid, as opposed to combat bodysuits, serve to show how the core team have moved on from being the tip of the spear, and that things have changed significantly from two years ago.
- Colon Cancer: Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society.
- Cool Car: Continues in Solid State Society where Aramaki is driven around in the Infiniti Kuraza concept car from the 2005 Detroit Auto Show while Togusa drives the Nissan Sport Concept from the 2005 New York International Auto Show, both of which were done as part of a Product Placement deal with Nissan.
- Batou drives a Ford GT, meanwhile the Major has what seems to be a Bland-Name Product version of a Ferrari F430.
- Enemy Without: In "Solid State Society" Section 9 is worried that The Puppeteer they're chasing is actually Motoko, who's retired from Section 9. When Motoko tracks down the Puppeteer and asks What the Hell Are You? because the Big Bad appears to share her amoral determination and cyber skills, she's shocked to find it's a cyber-personality of herself evolved from her subconscious interacting with the Net.
- Eyepatch of Power:
- In Solid State Society, Raj Puhto from the collapsed Seok Republic has one.
- I'd Tell You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You: Paz says this to a Mook in Solid State Society in response to his Who Are You?. He clearly enjoys every second of it.
- Improvised Weapon: In Solid State Society someone uses a construction mecha as a Spider Tank to attack Motoko, who doesn't have a weapon heavy enough to damage it. However the man driving it ends up breaking his own neck as he's thrown around in the cockpit during the battle.
- Japanese Delinquents: The Uchikomas in the Solid State Society omake turn themselves into spiked-bat wielding delinquents because they know they don't fit into society.
- Milkman Conspiracy: The titular Society consists mostly of elderly people with no children who want to impact the society by participating in kidnapping and brainwashing of abused children and leaving all their assets to them after their family histories have been rewritten, thus hoping to save them, and to prevent their assets from going to the state after dying with no heirs.
- Noodle Incident: A serious one in the OVA on what happened in Seok that forced the government to disband.
- Quality over Quantity: A dilemma that Section 9 has to deal with based in the first two sections. Section 9 has expanded its rank with new recruits and a full-time tac team tom complement its manpower.
- Sadistic Choice: The Puppeteer hacks Togusa's cyberbrain after he doesn't have Section 9 stop the investigation, explains the process of the abductions and leaves him two options, let them take his daughter or kill himself.
- SWAT Team: Section 9 now has a full-time tac team with recruits meant to do the task. They're seen when they raid Ka Rum's island estate in secret.
- The Scrappy: In-universe, Section 9 acknowledges that while the Uchikomas are suppose to be technologically superior to the Tachikomas they replaced, their AI's weren't capable of advanced development. They just acted like robots with a flat monotone voice, much to the expressed dislike by the members of Section 9. They were eventually.. well, scrapped. With a little help from the Major, The Tachikomas are brought back and reinstated. The SSS Omake even expresses how the Uchikomas just want to be loved, but are incapable of experiencing or understanding it.
- Suicide by Assassin: The enemy sniper got the intel on his target's location from his target.
- Title Drop: Solid State Society is the codename of an AI system meant to take young children from troubled homes and place them under senior citizens who are being taken care under the Noble Rot Senior Citizen program.
- Will They or Won't They?: Batou and Motoko, which is once again explored briefly in a very faint Maybe Ever After in the end of Solid State Society. Batou puts his arm around her and she doesn't throw him into the pool. Yes, that's the closest their romantic and sexual tension ever comes to going anywhere.
- With Friends Like These...: Motoko's car gets crushed by a Spider Tank, so she casually helps herself to Batou's expensive sports car while he feebly protests. And she's not even his superior officer any more, having left Section 9.