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Fridge: Ghost in the Shell
  • Ghost in the Shell: Innocence uses some brilliantly subtle visual cues easy to miss if you don't pay close attention. For example, though it's not relevant to the plot, you can tell that Dr. Haraway is a cyborg at a single glance, since she's sitting in a cold room where Togusa has to wrap his coat tight and his breathing becomes visible while wearing a labcoat with sleeves rolled up and top button open from her shirt without signs of discomfort - and her breathing, as well as Batou's, is not visible.
  • Episode nine of the first season of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is an entire half hour of Fridge Brilliance. For one thing, although it becomes obvious by the end of the episode, it's never made clear that the whole thing took place on an internet chat room. The viewer simply infers it after a few minutes, just one must infer that the pink-haired woman is Major Kusanagi due to the fact that she obviously shares the Major's voice and mannerisms. But it goes a lot deeper than that. The voice of the fellow who seems to be overseeing the discussion does not go with his appearance at all, and the first time you watch the series, you might assume it was due to a fluke in the dub (surprising for a series with such an amazing dub). It's actually the same voice of the boy who Togusa meets at the beginning of episode eleven, who turns out to be a friend of Aoi, the (true) Laughing Man. As for the Laughing Man himself? He's closer than you'd think. The stout, middle-aged man should strike most discerning viewers as somewhat suspicious due to all the information he seems to have, but he never appears again in the story... apparently. Remember that online, a person's identity can appear completely different from what it is in real life, except their voice. The online personae of the Major and the boy from episode eleven retain their real voices, and the kicker is that the middle-aged man in question is voiced by Steve Blum. So is Aoi. Although it's never made clear, it seems very likely that the Laughing Man himself was listening in on, and even participating in the discussion debating his true nature by his... fans, for want of a better term. It's understandable, since he's so curious about the stand alone complex he had inadvertently created.


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