Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Season 1 Episode 11

C: Inside the Forest of the Sub-Imagoes; PORTRAITZ

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Jan 23, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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A high-level hacking has occured at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Section 9 has traced the source of the hack job back to a vocational aid center located high in the mountains. The hack was done by someone very skilled since it only took two hours to crack the MHLW's ultra-secure barriers. The odd thing is that the MHLW has not filed a formal complaint about the incident. Togusa is sent undercover to discover what is going on at the aid center.moreless

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    Kate Higgins

    Kate Higgins


    Guest Star

    Dino Andrade

    Dino Andrade


    Guest Star

    Mona Marshall

    Mona Marshall


    Guest Star

    Joshua Seth

    Joshua Seth


    Recurring Role

    Steven Jay Blum

    Steven Jay Blum

    Aoi (Uncredited)

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Writing, in blue oil-based paint, on the inside of the door to the cable box:
        I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes.
        Or should I?

      • Writing, in blue oil-based paint, on lefty's catcher's mitt: You know what I'd like to be? I mean if I had my goddamn choice, I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Japanese Title: 「亜成虫の森で」 - 「Aseichū no Mori de」

        The DVD translates the title as 「In the Forest of Pupae」

      • Original Japanese Airdate: December 10th, 2002.

      • The child who informs the others that the Chief is going to to come back uses the word "slick" to describe Togusa in this episode. Netmaster Omba had used the same word to describe the opinion that Motoko gives in episode 9 -"CHAT! CHAT! CHAT!".

    • ALLUSIONS (5)

      • Vocational Aid Center: The Catcher in the Rye

        The vocational aid center, where patients are given job training in order to reenter society, is similar to the final chapter of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. In the last chapter, the reader learns that Holden Caufield has told his story from a sanitarium where he has been confined so that he may collect himself in order to get ready to go back to school.

      • Names of the Children, Japanese Title: "The Laughing Man"

        The names of the children - including the Chief, Omba,and Hong (the tall boy who never speaks) - and the Japanese title are all references to the short story "The Laughing Man" by J.D. Salinger. In the short story, the protagonist belongs to an after-school group called The Comanche Club. They are chaperoned by a college student so they can play baseball, football, and other such activities around New York City. The student, though never named, is given the title of Chief by the boys. Besides the activities, the Chief tells the story of the Laughing Man to the boys. In the story, the Laughing Man lives deep in the forest with his young group of followers including Omba the dwarf and the "giant" named Hong, who cannot talk because he has no tongue.

      • Vocational Aid Center, Heavy-Loadout Cyborg, Fried Operator: "SUPER SPARTAN"

        The aid center, the frying of the Operator, and the cyborg that is part of the security team for the center are taken from the second chapter of the 1995 Ghost in the Shell manga, "SUPER SPARTAN", by Shirō Masamune.

      • Lefty Catcher's Mitt: The Catcher in the Rye

        The Lefty Catcher's Mitt that Aoi has, and Batou mentions the symbolism of, is similar to the baseball glove that Holden's younger brother Allie owned in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. In the novel, Allie owned, "this left-handed fielder's mitt. He was left-handed. The thing that was descriptive about it, though, was that he had poems written all over the fingers and the pocket and everywhere."

      • Writing on Lefty's Catcher's Mitt: The Catcher in the Rye

        The quote "You know what I'd like to be? I mean if I had my goddam choice, I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all." is taken from chapter 22 of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. The context of the quote explains the title of the book, as the protagonist, Holden Caufield, is discussing a poem with his sister, Phoebe, by the Scottish poet Robert Burns entitled "Comin thro' the Rye".