What is the order of the Ghost in the Shell movies?

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As one of the most popular and enduring anime series of all time, Ghost in the Shell has become long ran down movies in the series. The Ghost in the Shell is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow. The series has also been adapted into a successful anime series and media franchise. The story revolves around a counter-cyber terrorist organization Public Security Section 9, who hunts a mysterious hacker known as the Puppet Master.

The Ghost in the Shell’s first movie hit into the big screen, the franchise spawned two more anime sequels and more. But, how many Ghost in the Shell movies are there, and what is the correct viewing order of all movies?

In this post, I provide all information about Ghost in the Shell movies in the series and some additional information you need.

Ghost in the Shell movies in order

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To date, there are Six movies in Ghost in the Shell series. The movies are produced between 1995 and 2017 – include:

1. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

2. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)

3. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society (2006)

4. Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (2008)

5. Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie (2015)

6. Ghost in the Shell (2017) Live-action

Besides, The Ghost in the Shell 2.0 is a re-release movie, that was made in celebration for the release of The Sky Crawlers in 2008. Also it’s a combines original footage with updated animations using 3D-CG.

In Additional, DreamWorks acquired the rights to a live-action film adaptation of the original Ghost in the Shell manga in 2008.

Watch Ghost in the Shell movies in Chronological order

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If you’re new to watch first time Ghost in the Shell series. So, I personally recommended best order to watch all Ghost in the Shell in Chronological.

Ghost in the Shell movies in Chronological is as follows:

1. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

2. Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (2008)

3. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)

4. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society (2006)

5. Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie (2015)

Ghost in the Shell Anime Series

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The Ghost in the Shell anime series included few more series in the list. The new series features new character designs and recompilation of the original parts of the OVA in a television format.

List of Ghost in the Shell Anime series is as follows:

1. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002-2005)

2. Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG (2006)

3. Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Alternative Architecture (2013-2015)

4. Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 (2020- Present)

Who is the best Ghost in the Shell movie?

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According to IMDb, these movies Or TV series ranked from best to last-best is as follows:

1. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002-2005) – 8.5/10

2. Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG (2006) – 8.4/10

3. Ghost in the Shell (1995) – 8.0/10

4. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society (2006) – 8.0/10

5. Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (2008) – 8.0/10

6. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004) – 7.5/10

7. Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Alternative Architecture (2013-2015) – 7.3/10

8. Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie (2015) – 6.7/10

9. Ghost in the Shell (2017) Live-Action – 6.3/10

10. Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 (2020- Present) – 6.3/10

I hope all information about Ghost in the Shell series Or movies order prove to useful.