Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Season 2 Episode 8

DI: Vegetarian Feast; FAKE FOOD

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Jan 22, 2006 on Cartoon Network
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While Ishikawa begins to dig deeper into the background of CIS Representative Kazunoto Gouda, the rest of Section 9 are instructed to arrest one Shou Kawashima, a Taiwanese vegetarian restaurant chef who has been seen at three locations where the Individual Eleven have claimed responsibility for attacking. The Taiwanese restaurant where he works is near the Nanyou Shimbun (Newspaper) building that had received an earlier threat against it by the Individual Eleven. Section 9 moves into position around the Taiwanese restaurant and commences their stakeout.moreless

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  • This was a great episode, especially the use of the kanji for eleven being confused for the one for samurai.

    As a person who is just sort of learning how to understand the kanji and their pronounciations, I also find it a relief, although they are fictional characters, that a person who is not only meant to be able to read the kanji but is also supposedly meant to be able to distinguish the subtle differences between such kanji, could not, in fact tell that what they had previously thought was samurai actually was eleven changing the entire symbol from "Vengence Infinity Samurai" to "Individual Eleven".

    But then again it was just a plot device to further the story. Outright Genius.moreless

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    • Japanese Title: 「素食の晩餐」 - 「Soshoku no Bansan」

      The DVD translates the title as 「Vegetarian Dinner」

    • Original Japanese Airdate: April 3rd, 2004.

    • Kanji on Sign Above Restaurant: 台湾素食飯店: (Taiwan Soshoku Hanten) - Taiwan Vegetarian Restaurant.

    • The guest on the refugee debate program has the name of Fumiya Dobashi, 土橋文也, which is written in the Japanese method as Dobashi Fumiya. The name of the man make up the first four kanji characters in the upper left hand corner of the business card that the reporter had given to Togusa in "EXCAVATION". Unlike Togusa, minutes earlier Gōda had given the man's family name a closer look. The character for 'do', , actually has a space between the cross and the bottom horizontal line. Instead of 'do', it says 'jūichi' (十一) or 'eleven'.

    • Kanji Above Moderator's Head: 難民問題とテロリスム - (Nammin Mondai to Terrorism) - The Refugee Issue and Terrorism.


    • Illegal Siphoning of Funds

      During the mission briefing, the first event in the Individual Eleven case that Aramaki brings up on the video screen shows the President of JNN TV. The President was last seen discussing the Asian Refugee Policy with Chairman Katakura at the beginning of "NIGHT CRUISE".