This morning, I booted up Showmax for the first time in a while and was greeted with recommendations for the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex movies. Thing is, I’m pretty sure these anime titles weren’t on here a few weeks ago.
What is Showmax?
Showmax is a South African-based online streaming service created by the MultiChoice Group, or Naspers. Its aim is to compete against Netflix and other services, while offering local content on top of international titles.
However, I haven’t ever seen them offer anime beyond shows like Pokemon.
So, what spurred this article?
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. That, in itself, wouldn’t be weird, but Showmax only has the OVAs and nothing else. You can now watch the Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG – Individual Eleven feature-length OVA, as well as Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – The Laughing Man OVA. There are no other GITS titles on the service.
After digging a little deeper, I did find that the service also listed Dante’s Inferno, the companion film to the 2010 video game of the same name.
Who knows if there’s any more? I tried to go through all of the titles on Showmax, but the categories are a mess. GITS is listed under Animation – there’s no Anime category – and Dante’s Inferno is shoved into Action.