Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Season 1 Episode 9

C: The Man Who Lurks in the Darkness of the Net; CHAT! CHAT! CHAT!

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Jan 09, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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A gathering is initiated in cyberspace to discuss the Laughing Man. After a six year absence, the super-hacker reemerged from the shadows of the net and publicly threatened to assassinate Superintendent-General Daido of the Niihama Metropolitan Police ("INTERCEPTER"). With an audience watching across the net, several people take their places at a table in order to pass around their theories as to why the Laughing Man returned and to discuss what happened during the assassination attempt at the press conference ("DECOY" and "MEME").moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • "[T]hat designer named Paul"
        When taking a look at the old Laughing Man footage of Omba's, Guru Guru asks if anyone remembers that a designer named Paul turned himself into police because the Laughing Man logo was his creation. This is actually a reference to Paul Nicholson, the person who actually created the Laughing Man logo for the series. His name appears in the outro credits. He would also create the logo for 2nd GIG.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • (The Major is driving her car with Batou as her passenger)
        Major: Huh? What did you say?
        Batou: Don't tell me you've...been diving this whole time. (Grabs car's support bar) Damn, you're nuts.

    • NOTES (4)

      • Japanese Title: 「ネットの闇に棲む男」 - 「Net no Yami ni Sumu Otoko」

        The DVD translates the title as 「The Man Who Dwells in the Shadows of the Net」

      • Original Japanese Airdate: November 26th, 2002.

      • Kanji in Lower Right Hand Corner in the News Report about the Blackmailing of Sagawa Electronics:
        (Kinkyū Tokubetsu Hōdō: Warai Otoko Futatabi!!) -
        Emergency Special Report: Laughing Man Returns!!

      • One of the companies that had the murder virus installed in its system is called Satsuma Meditech. The woman interviewing the "Laughing Man" says that Satsuma is "the most powerful corporation in Kyūshū". Satsuma, written in Japanese as 薩摩, is the old provincial name for the prefecture of Kagoshima, 鹿児島, which is the southernmost prefecture on the island of Kyūshū. The contemporary prefectural capital, also called Kagoshima, will be brought up in episode 18 - "LOST HERITAGE" and 2nd GIG episode 12 - "SELECON".

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • The handle taken by the one of the members at the discussion table is J.D., in homage to J.D. Salinger, the writer of The Catcher in the Rye. The author's initials stand for Jerome David.

      • Chroma: "VIRUS>IMMUNE"

        Motoko's use of her alias "Chroma" is a direct reference to Masamune Shirow's 2001 manga Ghost in the Shell: Man-Machine Interface. Appearing in Chapter 4, "VIRUS>IMMUNE", Chroma even strikes a pose similar to the picture on the DVD case, and T-Shirt for the Special Edition, for Volume 3 of the first season of Stand Alone Complex.