Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Season 1 Episode 2

SA: Proof of Recklessness; TESTATION

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Nov 14, 2004 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

A prototype multiped tank has destroyed two other prototypes and broken out of a testing facility. Section 9, employing its own smaller multipeds, the Tachikomas, is brought in to stop it. The hijacker is using the ID of the tank's designer who had recently died. Whoever is operating the tank, their motives are unknown. Section 9 has little time to figure out these two mysteries before the tank enters the urban area.moreless

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  • A prototype tank goes berserk, the Major's team are sent to investigate and to stop the tank, the Chief goes head to head with the tank's creators and confronts them with a bitter reality if they fail to cooperate.moreless

    This episode begins with the tank going berserk and shoots down 2 similar armored vehicles in a weapons proving ground. It escapes the facility and Section 9 are tasked with investigating and stopping the tank. The team splits into two groups and each make a few discoveries while pursuing the rogue armored vehicle.

    Overall I liked this episode. For me, it is a fine example of what makes this series stand out among the rest. Its unique twists in the plot and how it makes one think of the human psyche. This episode deals with the weapon designer's wish to be reborn into his "creation". He wanted to get back at his parents for being so suppressed with the strict tradition of their religion (probably Shinto). Because of it he was denied the opportunity to live a healthier life by getting cyber parts and succumbed to his sickness at age 28. When the Major's team were at the home of the designer's parents, Section 9 prepared for the worst. It seemed that the tank was on a one way mission to terminate his old folks. But in the end, surprisingly, Kago was still a child wanting attention. Like what the Major said after diving into Kago's cyber brain, he had no intention of killing or even hurting his folkd, he just wanted to show off his "new" body to his parents.moreless
  • THIS IS WHAT I CALL GREAT SCI FI MANGA!!! Almost better than the movie itself!

    This one did really surprise me with the emotional package! We see an object getting out of control... a tank. But at the end we mourn its death. I REALLY almost cried seeing the tank go dark, never before I felt sadness over a big metal war robot (it actually is not a robot, but I wont spoil), the charakter development for this war machine was one of the best if ever seen. The animations, the plot and the overall are all over the top! This is a must see, no matter if you like sc fi or manga! All thumbs upmoreless
  • Cool..

    Good episode. This episode was about a prototype tank running away and destroying 2 other prototypes at a testing facility. I'll just say that the person inside the protype was actually a person that was already dead. His cyberbrain was loaded into the tank. He wanted to (not really) kill his parents because they gave him a weak body. He was actually born wit it. So section 9 went out to stop the tank..thats all im saying...moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The background music at the beginning of this episode is the same BGM from the beginning of the previous episode sans vocals: "Stamina Rose" by Yōko Kanno. The song is also played in its original form, with chanting by Yōko Kanno (under her pseudonym Gabriela Robin) towards the end of the episode.

    • In one scene in this episode, there is a difference in what is said by the Japanese seiyuu and English voice actress for Motoko Kusanagi. In the scene where Motoko relays to Aramaki that they're about to cross the Niihama Bridge, the English voice actress tells Aramaki that blowing up the bridge will, "cost four times more than their precious tank." The Japanese seiyuu says that blowing up the bridge will, "cost four times the budget of the SPring-8 Particle Accelerator."

      The SPring-8 actually exists at the Harima Science Garden City. Available to scientists around the world, it synchronizes radiation fields that have been applied to many fields of science.

    • Signs at Kago's parent's house:
      忌中 (Kichū) - In Mourning
      加護 - Kago

      Kago means "Divine Protection" in Japanese.

    • Japanese Word Mispronounced
      Richard Epcar, the English voice artist for Batou, mispronounces the word Kamikaze. Although the word has entered the English lexicon due to the events of World War II, the word is actually pronounced "Kah-mee-Kah-zay".

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Batou: Hey, we don't even know its capabilities and we're going in with Tachikomas.
      Motoko: (chuckles) don't be too quick to underestimate them.
      Tachikoma 1: That's right!
      Tachikoma 2: You tell 'em, Major!
      Tachikoma 3: Bring it on!

    • Batou: You get all the fun jobs, don't ya?
      Togusa: Don't come crying to me if you get blown away.

    • Tachikoma 1: Harima Research Academy is the place where our neurochips were made.
      Tachikoma 2: A triumphant return to our birthplace.
      Tachikoma 3: The Major gets mad when we chatter.

    • SWAT Officer 1: First time I've seen them work.
      SWAT Officer 2: I didn't think Section 9 really existed.

    • Batou: You ok?
      Destroyed Tachikoma: I'm fine!
      Motoko: Wait there for assistance.
      Destroyed Tachikoma: Sure thing...since I can't move.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Natural Oil

      Giving the Tachikomas natural oil is dealt with in the 1991 manga Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow. In the manga, the mini-multipeds are called Fuchikomas.

    • Harima Research Academy: Harima Science Garden City

      Harima Research Academy actually exists. Named Harima Science Garden City, it is located in Hyōgo Prefecture of Japan. The capital of the prefecture is Kōbe, which is near New Port City (see the second note for episode 22 - "SCANDAL"). One of the experimental devices found at the research facility is the SPring-8 Particle Accelerator. Due to the need to fill lip movement, the English voice actress calls it the Harima Research Academy.

    • "Let's hope the old baboon comes through."

      Batou calling the Chief "the old baboon" (the Japanese seiyuu calls him "old ape") is the same way that the members of Section 9 speak of the Chief, in their own affectionate way, in the 1991 Ghost in the Shell manga by Shirō Masamune. Batou is the first person to call Aramaki by that moniker in the manga chapter entitled "SUPER SPARTAN".

    • "I've got to at least give it a shot."

      The Major trying to open the multiped's driver's hatch is a direct reference to the infamous battle scene in the 1995 movie Ghost in the Shell.