Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Season 1 Episode 25

C: Smoke of Gunpowder, Hail of Bullets; BARRAGE

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM May 01, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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As the JMSDF's Special Forces Unit rounds up the remaining members of Section 9, Daisuke Aramaki meets with the Minister of Justice to make one last appeal to the government to salvage his team. Section 9 may be down, but certainly not out. And they have help in the form of the "think-tanks", otherwise known as the Tachikomas. Public Security will make one final push to save itself from extinction.moreless

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    Peggy O'Neal

    Peggy O'Neal

    Little Motoko

    Guest Star

    Fleet Cooper

    Fleet Cooper


    Guest Star

    Michael McConnohie

    Michael McConnohie

    Umibouzu Captain

    Guest Star

    Mike Reynolds

    Mike Reynolds

    Justice Minister

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • In the last scene, the red dot from the sniper's targeting laser shows it to be coming from a much different angle than that from which the shot is fired.

    • QUOTES (0)

    • NOTES (3)

      • Japanese Title: 「硝煙弾雨」 - 「Shōen Dan'u」

        The DVD translates the title as 「Smoke of Powder, Hail of Bullets」

      • Original Japanese Airdate: March 18th, 2003.

      • All but three Section 9 Tachikomas are dismantled at the lab after they were recalled. The book reading Section 9 Tachikoma had its brain dismantled. The last three Section 9 Tachikomas, redesignated a retirement home unit, a construction unit, and a forgotten unit that escaped the lab, are all destroyed saving Batou.

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • Negotiations: "BRAIN DRAIN"

        Section 9 Chief Aramaki's meeting with the Minister of Justice at the beginning of the episode in order to save his team is taken from chapter 10, "BRAIN DRAIN", in the 1991 Ghost in the Shell manga by Shirō Masamune. In the manga, Aramaki is trying to make a deal with the Minister so that he will drop the charges on Motoko for an apparant crime that she had committed. The Justice Minster's comment to Aramaki that he is honored that the Chief remembered the Ministry of Justice is an almost verbatim quote from the manga.

      • Young Motoko: Ghost in the Shell

        The body that Motoko uses in "BARRAGE" is similar to the body that Batou obtains for the Major at the end of Mamoro Oshii's 1995 movie Ghost in the Shell. When the young Motoko is sitting in the chair, she looks exactly like the young Motoko in the movie before she wakes up. Motoko's younger body in this episode is also similar to the one last seen in "ESCAPE FROM".


        The events of "BARRAGE" are similar to what happens to Motoko in the 1991 Ghost in the Shell manga by Shirō Masamune in the Chapter entitled "BRAIN DRAIN".