10 Quickfire Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Facts!

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is packed with tiny details that could easily be missed by anyone. Here are 10 quickfire facts you may not know!


1.
Innocence and GITS SAC (Season 1) were produced at the same time by different teams – Masamune Shirow worked closely with the series team but not on the film.


2.
In Japan, Batou is voiced by Steven Seagals’ Japanese voice actor.


3.
The Laughing Man’s techniques are based on the real life Glico-Morinaga case from 1984.


4.
Patrick Sylvester, fictional author of the Individual Eleven essay from Season 2, is based on various extremist events and activists such as Yukio Mishima.


5.
 Season 1 Episode 3, Android and I, references Godard’s Breathless, Japanese Bunraku and short story Slight Rebellion off Madison.


6.
Season 2 Episode 11 takes its Japanese title from a novel by Kyoka Izumi and references it heavily.


7.
The lab technicians in red coats are called Akafuku – referencing the red bean cakes of the same name.


8.
Season 1 Episode 25 – the Ishikawa pachinko parlour is partly a reference to Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, co-founder of Production IG.


9.
Season 1 Episode 13’s structure is based on an episode of Spooks.


10.
Season 2 pays homage to various films:
Episode 2 – Taxi Driver
Episode 4 – The Matrix
Episode 11 – Blade Runner
Episode 14 – Full Metal Jacket
Episode 18 – Wings of Desire

 

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Source: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex ‘Access’, by Philippe Bunel

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