Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Season 2 Episode 26

IN: Return to Patriotism; ENDLESS∞GIG

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM May 28, 2006 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Kuze and the Major come up with a plan to save the refugees, but the chances of its success are slim. Realizing this, the Tachikomas disobey the Major's orders and come up with a plan of their own. Batou had also disobeyed the Major's orders to go to the bridge and is desperately searching for her in the ruins of Dejima.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister is frustrated with being spurned by the Chief Cabinet Secretary. Determined to be remembered as more than a mere figurehead, she takes matters into her own hands.moreless

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  • I guess it was the last one.

    Tachikoma ended their own lives to save the ones of their friends. I thin, that if they had the want to do that for their friends, then they must have had ghosts. And as for Kuze, I did not know he was the boy from the plane crash. But, it was nice to not know a key plot in advance for once. It keeps you wondering. And that made it kinda sad to see Kuze die, after Major found out who he was. Cause if he lived, him and the Major could have been together again.moreless
  • ...I don't know what say.(spoilers)

    This was a sad episode! the Tachikoma sacrifice their Ai to stop the nuclear missle. They used their own satilite to blow it up! Gouda got what he deserved in the end. a hail of bullets from the major! I can't believe that Kuze is gone! Or maybe he went into the cyber world. I hope they make another season of Ghost in the shell!
Ivan Buckley

Ivan Buckley


Guest Star

Joey Camen

Joey Camen

Tanaka Watanabe

Guest Star

Barbara Goodson

Barbara Goodson

Prime Minister Kayabuki

Guest Star

Kirk Thornton

Kirk Thornton

Suzuki Satou/Kuze

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • NOTES (3)


    • Final Standoff: "PROLOGUE"

      Gouda's demise at the hands of Section 9 is a direct reference to the prologue of the 1991 Ghost in the Shell manga by Shirō Masamune. The suitcase machine guns are even taken from the beginning of the manga. This marks the third time that the event has been recreated since the manga. It can also be seen at the beginning of Mamoru Oshii's 1995 movie Ghost in the Shell (in which the manga scene is reenacted) and at the end of the 2nd GIG episode "REBOOT".

    • Next Mission: "SUPER SPARTAN"

      Section 9's assembly under a canopy of cherry trees with their new AI is a direct reference to the first chapter of the 1991 Ghost in the Shell manga by Shirō Masamune entitled "SUPER SPARTAN". Motoko's line that they are done with the cherry blossom viewing is also taken directly from the manga.

    • Cityscape: "DRAIN"

      As in the 1st GIG episode "STAND ALONE COMPLEX" and the 1995 Ghost in the Shell movie by Mamoru Oshii, the cityscape of Niihama (New Port City) is given the final scene in the episode. The scene is a reference to the final panel of the last chapter of the 1991 Ghost in the Shell manga by Shirō Masamune entitled "DRAIN".