Author(s): Yu Kinutani
Stand Alone Complex takes place in the year 2030, in the fictional Japanese city of New Port. The story follows the members of Public Security Section 9, a special-operations task-force made up of former military officers and police detectives. The manga presents individual cases that Section 9 investigates, along with an ongoing, more serious investigation into the serial killer and hacker known only as the Laughing Man.
"Stand Alone Complex is a series that truly fills that craving need I have for a solid action series that's filled with adult characters." - AnimeonDVD.com (from a review of the anime)