- Anime First: A manga series based on the anime wouldn't be released until 8 years after the anime had first aired in Japan.
- Bad Export for You: Anchor Bay's Blu-ray release is so bare-bones it doesn't even have a scene selection, has audio glitches (the most obvious being the use of Batou's Japanese audio as the electronic reverb for Batou's english dialogue while he's talking over cybercomms), uses 'dubtitles' and closed-captions for the hearing-impaired instead of proper Japanese subtitles that the DVD versions originally released by Bandai had, and even has some animation issues that became apparent during the transition into HD. Most noticeable with the movement of the Tachikomas and other 3D rendered vehicles.
- Banned in China: YTV initially didn't allow the episode "JUNGLE CRUISE" to air due to the story. It was later aired after 12 AM in another broadcast.
- A real Tachikoma?
- Directly inspired by GITS, scientists in Japan have also built the proper technology for thermoptic camouflage gear that works by bending light around the wearer. It certainly works, but the equipment to make it work is so bulky that it's not worth it... unless maybe it was inside the body.
- Dueling Dubs: Well there's the Los Angeles dub for the TV series. The Vancouver (aka the one in BC, Canada) dub is done for the OVA version and the Southeast Asian dub for Southeast Asian countries that aired in Animax at the time (e.g. Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore).
- He Also Did: The anime's animation director and ending illustrator, Kyoji Asano, would also go on to design the characters for the Attack on Titan adaptation.
- Life Imitates Art: Ghost in the Shell has directly inspired Japanese scientists to develop actual "thermoptic camouflage" cloaking technology (that works by bending light around the wearer) and a functioning Tachikoma prototype (a 4 wheel vehicle with a segmented body that gives a visual feed to the driver through cameras.) Advances in prosthetic limb technology has also advanced significantly over the last few decades.
- No Export for You: Only the first Official Log was translated outside of Japan. The others are only available in Japanese. The collapse of Bandai's non-Japanese branches partially contributed to the lack of plans to translate the other volumes.
- Playing Against Type: Patricia Ja Lee as Fem, the Triad assassin. You may know her from the Power Rangers franchise as the Yellow/Pink Ranger.
- Both Wendee Lee and Yoko Soumi as the yandere Kaorio Kirishima.
- Screwed by the Network: The show can be considered a victim of this during its run on the revived Toonami, as it was unceremoniously removed from the lineup to make room for InuYasha. The show's removal was only temporary until it was retired to make way for Beware the Batman. However, the Toonami crew stated that it would return, since [adult swim] has perpetual broadcasting rights due to them providing production financing, and it's safe to say that the show won't be going away, at least not permanently, anytime soon. It returned to the lineup in 2017.
- Shoot the Money: At the time of it's creation, Stand Alone Complex set a budgetary record working on all the CGI effects, and it really shows. Even after 10 years later, the series has higher animation quality than many popular anime series that have come since.
- Talking to Himself:
- In the original Japanese version, both Togusa and the Laughing Man are played by Kōichi Yamadera.
- The Japanese Tachikomas all have the same voice, although this is not the case in the English L.A. dub where everyone have different voice actors portraying them (for example, Batou's favorite is voiced by Sandy Fox, while the one who is reading books is Lara Jill Miller).
Trivia / Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex