Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Season 1 Episode 4

C: The Visual Device Will Laugh; INTERCEPTER

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Nov 28, 2004 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

A former colleague of Togusa's named Yamaguchi calls and asks him to look at some sensitive data related to the Laughing Man case. Before Yamaguchi can arrive with the material, however, the car he is driving swerves off of the road and explodes. Aramaki allows Togusa to investigate Yamaguchi's death and Togusa is able to retrieve the information that his colleague wanted him to look at. Information that could implicate high-ranking officials within Police HQ.moreless

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    Kirk Bailey

    Kirk Bailey


    Guest Star

    Stephen Apostolina

    Stephen Apostolina


    Guest Star

    Michelle Ruff

    Michelle Ruff

    Yamaguchi's Wife

    Guest Star

    Screaming Mad George

    Screaming Mad George


    Recurring Role

    Steve Bulen

    Steve Bulen


    Recurring Role

    Michael McConnohie

    Michael McConnohie


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (8)

      • Kanji outside door at Police Headquarters:
        笑い男事件特別捜査本部 (Warai Otoko Jiken Tokubetsu Sōsa Honbu) - Laughing Man Case Special Investigation Headquarters

      • While talking to Motoko at his desk, Aramaki doodles a few Laughing Man logos and then writes out and underlines twice the Japanese kanji 笑い男 which says Warai Otoko or "Laughing Man".

      • Steve Bulen, who voices Fukami, voiced the Section 9 Staff Cyberneticist/Coroner in Mamoru Oshii's 1995 movie Ghost in the Shell.

      • .A difference between audio tracks: In his meeting with Fukami, Togusa's Japanese seiyuu calls the intercepters new technology given approval for use, "as part of the revisions to the Sensory Perception Wiretapping Act."

      • The sign in the back alley near the bartender's place of business says STOP! THE 路上死 (Rojō Shi) - Stop the roadway deaths.

      • Kanji in Newspaper Daidō Reads:
        (From right to left, top to bottom)


        Niihama-kenkei 51-sai Keiji Kachō
        Shichōkaku Soshi Fusei Shiyō Giwaku

        Newport Prefectural Police's 51 year old Criminal Section Chief
        Suspected of Using Visual Devices Illegally

      • In the show's intro, as Motoko disconnects from her cyberlink, the bottom of the screen displays part of the Laughing Man's quote.

      • Kanji shown on TV site covering conference:
        緊急特別報道 (Kinkyū Tokubetsu Hōdō) - Emergency Special Report

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Saitou: Hm? Hey, what's in the box?
        Ishikawa: This? Batou ordered some new weight-training equipment.
        Saitou: More? How much does he need?
        Ishikawa: Since his body's cybernetic, I got no idea what he thinks pumping iron's going to do for him.
        Saitou: No joke. You think he could find something better to spend his money on.

      • Buranemov: Leaving already? You could at least stay and have a drink with me.
        Motokov: I would if you had anything that wasn't watered down.
        Buranemov: That was uncalled for.

      • Superintendent Daidō: Looks like Aramaki is pulling the strings on this one. Yeah, he's a hard-headed old dog.

      • Laughing Man: You haven't changed a bit Superintendent-General Daidō. Pleased to meet you. But you already know who I am, don't you?

    • NOTES (6)

      • Japanese Title: 「視覚素子は笑う」 - 「Shikaku Soshi wa Warau」

        The DVD translates the title as 「The Visual Elements Will Laugh」

      • Original Japanese Airdate: October 22nd, 2002.

      • The Laughing Man arc begins here.

      • Kanji in Newspaper: 夜の首都高 警察官黒焦げ 死への暴走 時速 160km

        Yoru no Shutokō Keisatsukan Kurokoge Shi e no Bōsō Jisoku 160km

        Police Officer Burned to Death at Night on Capital Highway Recklessness (Leads) to Death (at) Speed (of) 160km

        Converting km to mph, Yamaguchi had been travelling almost 100 mph when his car swerved and crashed into the embankment.

      • As in "SECTION-9", Togusa finds the solution to his investigation while looking in a mirror.

      • Takekawa and Matsuoka were last seen in "SECTION-9" in the meeting between the police and the military head, Kubota.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Intercepters: "VIRUS>IMMUNE"

        Intercepters, also spelled as interceptors, as used in the world of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, are first mentioned in Chapter 4, "VIRUS>IMMUNE", in the 2001 manga Ghost in the Shell: Man-Machine Interface by Shirō Masamune.

      • Laughing Man Logo: The Catcher in the Rye

        The words that encircle the Laughing Man logo, "I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes", is taken from Chapter 25 of J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.