Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Season 1 Episode 26

C: Public Security Section 9, Once Again; STAND ALONE COMPLEX

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM May 08, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Togusa has been released from jail, but his badge and gun are confiscated and he is given papers showing the dissolution of Section 9. Out of work and depressed, he tries to find information on the others, but turns up nothing. Trying to turn his life around, he begins to look for a new job, only to be sidetracked by the ongoing case against Secretary-General Yakushima involving the illegal use of micromachines. With the news plastered everywhere, Togusa cannot help but wonder where he stands now.moreless

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    Tony Oliver

    Tony Oliver


    Guest Star

    John Rafter Lee

    John Rafter Lee

    DA Kusunoki

    Guest Star

    Debra Jean Rogers

    Debra Jean Rogers


    Guest Star

    Steve Bulen

    Steve Bulen


    Recurring Role

    Mike Reynolds

    Mike Reynolds

    Justice Minister

    Recurring Role

    Steven Jay Blum

    Steven Jay Blum

    Aoi (Uncredited)

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Edited for Content

        When Motoko descends the stairs into the library that Aoi works at, there is a scene that [AS] cut where she had her hand on the stair railing and then removes it to continue down the stairs. In the DVD version, the statement "Fuck you" is etched into the railing.

        Once again, this is a reference to The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger. The first time that the statement crops up in the novel is when the protagonist, Holden Caufield, is waiting for his sister at her school. While he takes a moment to rest in a stairwell, he notices the graffiti on the wall. He is able to erase it, but later he sees the statement again on another stairwell wall and it is scratched into the wall. He then makes the comment:

        "It's hopeless anyway. If you had a million years to do it in, you couldn't rub out even half the 'Fuck you' signs in the world. It's impossible."

        Later, while at the New York Natural History Museum, he sees the statement etched into a wall near an Egyptian burial display. This leads to Holden's final comment on the subject:

        "That's the whole trouble. You can't even find a place that's nice and peaceful, because there isn't any. You may think there is, but once you get there, when you're not looking, somebody will sneak up and write 'Fuck you' right under your nose. Try it sometime. I think, even, if I ever die, and they stick me in a cemetary, and I have a tombstone and all, it'll say 'Holden Caufield' on it, and then what year I was born and what year I died, and then right under that it'll say 'Fuck you.' I'm positive, in fact."

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Laughing Man: But the minute you share and synchronize all your information, you lose your uniqueness and become absorbed into the unconscious maliciousness of a third party that has no motive, or perhaps into the will of someone who does have one.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Japanese Title: 「公安9課、再び」 - 「Kōan Kyūka, Futatabi」

        The DVD translates the title as 「Public Security Section 9, Redux」

      • Original Japanese Airdate: March 25th, 2003.

      • The Laughing Man is finally revealed. Inside the hat the Major puts on is his name, Aoi. Written in Japanese as 青い, his name can mean blue, symbolizing the color of his raiments, or "green," as in inexperienced, as shown by his brashness six years earlier in kidnapping the CEO of Serano Genomics in order to fix the wrongs made by the micromachine industry and the MHLW.

    • ALLUSIONS (5)

      • Woman on Bus: 1995 Ghost in the Shell Movie
        As Togusa rides on a bus, from his seat he sees a woman on another bus that looks exactly like Motoko. This moment eerily resembles that of a scene where the Major sees someone who looks exactly like her in Mamoru Oshii's 1995 Ghost in the Shell movie. The person that Togusa sees is not the Major. Rather, it is another woman in a standard body type. Motoko's outer shell is one that is a common model. It is what is inside the body that counts. Note in episode 22, "SCANDAL", when Motoko's friend Kurutan notes how plain her old body looks, but then looks at the chart to and realises the special enhancements that Motoko is able to add to her standard shell.

      • Aoi's Red Hunting Cap: The Catcher in the Rye

        The hat that Motoko picks up and puts on when she enters the library, and later gives to its rightful owner, Aoi, is a reference to the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. At the beginning of the book, the protagonist, Holden Caufield, tells the reader that he purchased a red hunting hat in New York City. When Motoko and then Aoi put on the hat, they even turn it backwards on their head, the same way that Holden likes to wear it.

      • Aoi's Place of Work: "CHAT! CHAT! CHAT!"

        Aoi, the person also known as the Laughing Man, works in a library that was first seen at the end of "CHAT! CHAT! CHAT!" when Motoko's alter-ego, Chroma, is "forced transferred" to the place from the Chat Room.

      • Beginning of a New Mission: "SECTION-9"

        The mustering of the troops for their next mission echoes the words spoken to assemble the team at the beginning of "SECTION-9".

      • Cityscape: "DRAIN"

        After Motoko jumps off a building and disappears at the end of the episode, the cityscape of Niihama (New Port City) is shown. This is a direct reference to the 1991 Ghost in the Shell manga by Shirō Masamune in the final panel of the last chapter entitled "DRAIN". The cityscape is also the final scene in the 1995 movie Ghost in the Shell by Mamoru Oshii.