Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Season 1 Episode 21

C: Left-Behind Trace; ERASER

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Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Apr 03, 2005 on Cartoon Network
9.6
out of 10
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44 votes
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Following the events of the "RE-VIEW", Togusa has been rushed to the hospital. Just before he goes into surgery, he passes what he has learned to the rest of his team. As he fights for his life, his colleagues at Section 9 take over the case to find the vaccine recipient ledger and the person responsible for taking it. However, others in the government are not happy about this investigation. The Drug and Narcotic Suppression Squad, the same unit that had shot Togusa in the previous episode, is again dispatched by the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare in order to find the thief and the ledger before Section 9 does.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • INTENSE!

    10
    This episode is just another example of what an 8 million dollar budget can do! My favorite so far YAY! I think many will agree the most memorable and incredible scene was when the Major was armed "single handed" ,literally, with Saito's monstrous artillery rifle... She so fiercely demands "Saito, hand that thing over!"
  • AWESOME!!!!

    9.7
    What an INCREDIBLE episode!



    My previous favourite episode is "PORTRAITZ", which I’m sure you’ll all agree is definitely going to take some beating, but lets be honest here people, “ERASER” really does take the proverbial cake. Whether you’re just a casual viewer who tuned in for a bit of action or a seasoned fan engrossed in the intricately woven plots, you’re in for a treat.



    We begin with Togusa in hospital about to be operated on. He provides some vital information to the Major before passing out. After examining the memories from Togusa's cyber-brain, Section 9 discovers what Togusa had already figured out and we are set for action.



    The battle at the end of this episode is truly amazing; it really has to be seen to be believed. I will say one thing though – that’s some tough amour. Meanwhile, the Laughing Man has resurfaced and his identity is finally revealed....or is it? That’s it for me folks, I leave you with these words:



    Watch & Enjoymoreless
Rafer Weigel

Rafer Weigel

Doctor

Guest Star

Ezra Weisz

Ezra Weisz

Doctor

Guest Star

Jonathan Fahn

Jonathan Fahn

Bellboy

Guest Star

Kim Strauss

Kim Strauss

Gayle

Recurring Role

Paul St. Peter

Paul St. Peter

Imakurusu

Recurring Role

Peter Spellos

Peter Spellos

Niimi

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • It is finally revealed in this episode, during the conversation between the Laughing Man and Imakurusu, that not only has Laughing Man never called himself that name (supporting Baby Ruth's claim from "CHAT! CHAT! CHAT!"), but he had never blackmailed any of the micromachine companies in the first place.

    • JMSDF stands for Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force.

    • Before the Major fires the heavy rifle point blank at the Armed Suit, there is a close-up of her showing tears running down her face.

    • Note the strength of the Armed Suit. It allows the wearer, albeit a cyborg, to survive 11 shots from the heavy rifle, 8 of them point-blank.

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Big Brother: 1984

      Ishikawa mentions to Bouma, referring to the CIA's spy satellite network, "Now it's time for Big Brother to do its thing." The title, used synonymously since the mid 20th Century, is a reference to George Orwell's 1949 novel 1984, which depicts all of civilisation under the constant eye of the state. The totalitarian government in place refers to the whole of their leadership as "Big Brother", which is displayed on "two-way TV" (so named because those who run it are allowed to keep an eye on those who watch it) in the message "Big Brother is Watching You".

    • Hidden Armed Suit: Ghost in the Shell

      The cloaked Armed Suit waiting above the Major's car as Batou and she enter the area and the fight between Kusanagi and the battle suit is a direct reference to the final battle sequence in Mamoru Oshii's 1995 movie Ghost in the Shell in which the Major takes on a battle tank.

    • Armed Suit: Appleseed

      The Armed Suit that Gayle uses is simialar to the battle suits in Appleseed, another Shirō Masamune production.

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