During it's first live demonstration a new prototype tank loses control and escapes a testing facility. The most disturbing thing, however, is that no one is piloting the tank. Due to the sensitive nature and dangerous situation Section 9 is called into action to stop the tank as well as find out what exactly is happening. They must act quickly though because the tank is heading for a crowded residential area and no one knows just what it might be capable of.
Touching upon key issues of the Ghost in the Shell universe like cyborization and what exactly is a ghost, episode 2 manages to flesh out the world as well as give an exciting and thought provoking story.