Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

IN: Return to Patriotism; ENDLESS∞GIG

Season 2, Ep 26, Aired 5/28/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Kuze and the Major come up with a plan to save the refugees, but the chances of its success are slim. Realizing this, the Tachikomas disobey the Major's orders and come up with a plan of their own. Batou had also disobeyed the Major's orders to go to the bridge and is desperately searching for her in the ruins of Dejima.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister is frustrated with being spurned by the Chief Cabinet Secretary. Determined to be remembered as more than a mere figurehead, she takes matters into her own hands.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Yoko Kanno

  • Crispin Freeman

    Togusa

  • Dave Wittenberg

    Saitou

  • Dean Wain

    Bouma

  • Julie Maddalena

    Tachikoma

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • I guess it was the last one.

    By putertrekkie, May 28, 2006

  • ...I don't know what say.(spoilers)

    By Duo_forever, May 28, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (3)

    • Original Japanese Airdate: January 8th, 2005.

    • Japanese Title: 「憂国への帰還」-「Yūkoku e no Kikan」

    • Not only was the opening theme song not played, but the episode number was changed to the infinity symbol.

    Trivia (1)

    • Kirk Thornton reprises his vocal role as CIA agent Suzuki Satō, where he murders Hideo Kuze, his main role in the series.

    Allusions (3)

    • Final Standoff: "PROLOGUE" Gouda's demise at the hands of Section 9 is a direct reference to the prologue of the 1991 Ghost in the Shell manga by Shirō Masamune. The suitcase machine guns are even taken from the beginning of the manga. This marks the third time that the event has been recreated since the manga. It can also be seen at the beginning of Mamoru Oshii's 1995 movie Ghost in the Shell (in which the manga scene is reenacted) and at the end of the 2nd GIG episode "REBOOT".

    • Next Mission: "SUPER SPARTAN" Section 9's assembly under a canopy of cherry trees with their new AI is a direct reference to the first chapter of the 1991 Ghost in the Shell manga by Shirō Masamune entitled "SUPER SPARTAN". Motoko's line that they are done with the cherry blossom viewing is also taken directly from the manga.

    • Cityscape: "DRAIN" As in the 1st GIG episode "STAND ALONE COMPLEX" and the 1995 Ghost in the Shell movie by Mamoru Oshii, the cityscape of Niihama (New Port City) is given the final scene in the episode. The scene is a reference to the final panel of the last chapter of the 1991 Ghost in the Shell manga by Shirō Masamune entitled "DRAIN".

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