Shout Out: Stand Alone Complex
These are the Shout Outs
for Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
- References to The Catcher in the Rye and J. D. Salinger'':
- The Laughing Man is a reference to the Salinger story of the same name
- Togusa becomes increasingly despondent that he hasn't heard from the other members of Section 9 for months. He reads ''Catcher In The Rye" and then tries to assassinate Secretary-General Yakushima. For those who don't know, it's the book Mark David Chapman was reading right before he killed John Lennon.
- Additionally, the Laughing Man's logo has scrolling text that reads "I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes." The line is a verbatim quote from its protagonist, Holden Caulfield.
- When seen in person, the Laughing Man's clothing also matches the book's protagonist; when remaining incognito, he wears a a red hunting cap, and when disguised as a patient he can be seen holding a baseball mitt with poetry written on it.
- A subtle example: In the Laughing Man's library near the end of the series, Motoko's hand can be seen moving over the phrase "Fuck you" written on the railing; in the book, Holden says "You can't ever find a place that's nice and peaceful, because there isn't any. You may think there is, but once you get there, when you're not looking, somebody'll sneak up and write 'Fuck you' right under your nose."
- In episode 12 "Escape From" a little girl tells a Tachikoma a story called "The Secret Goldfish", a short story that Caulfield's older brother D.B. writes.
- Also in episode 12, "Go See Bananafish" can be seen on a poster, which references "A Perfect Day for Bananafish", another of Salinger's stories.
- In episode 22, the Major quotes The Catcher in the Rye by referring to Wilhelm Stekel, by repeating his line "The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one."
- Several episodes are Shout Outs to many western movies, Blade Runner (twice), and Ocean's Eleven. Another episode is named for and mirrors many themes and events in Wim Wenders' film Wings of Desire.
- While Cash Eye's plot and scenes are attributed to Ocean's Eleven, the episode title and the imagery of a Classy Cat-Burglar with a Calling Card are probably a reference to the manga Cats Eye.
- Night Cruise in its entirety is a shout out to Taxi Driver.
- The Major is trying to get to the cyberbrain of a rogue prototype spider tank. She pauses at the hatch and decides not to rip her arms off by trying to force the hatch open without at least trying to weaken the hinge first.
- The abduction/denial of abduction by Blindfold Ivan is a painful shoutout to the North Korean abductions in the Cold War and how pro-Communist politicians in Japan denied their existence.
- Togusa's official appointment as the second Section 9 squad commander is another painful shoutout to how salarymen/women work long, paying jobs and the problem of not seeing their immediate families due to their time spent on work to be the main breadwinners.
- The hostage situation in the Chinese embassy is closely modeled after Nakatomi Plaza in Die Hard.
- Saito's flashback episode POKER FACE featured a number of references to Full Metal Jacket. Much of the episode draws parallels with the sniper scene in Full Metal Jacket, from the baiting tactic, to the reaction of the angered teammates, to even the names of some of the Redshirt Army (Mother = Animal Mother, An African American named Snow = Snowball) The show even lampshades it all when a character claims Saito's story was all taken from a movie he'd seen once.
- The Matrix was inspired by by the first GitS movie, and when later the series was created, it in turn took many cues from Matrix.
- Tachikomatic Days: Many, many shout outs to everything from Spider-Man, Star Wars, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure to Jin Roh.
- "A Modest Rebellion" is one to French New Wave movie "A Bout de Souffle."
- And "Angel's Poem" is to "Wings of Desire."
- The killer's MO in JUNGLE CRUISE is practically taken directly from the woefully overlooked cyberpunk film Strange Days.
- The episode may also be an homage to The Silence of the Lambs, since it's about a serial killer who preys on women and skins them alive. Note the moths crawling on the bodies of his victims.
- Togusa calls a meeting of top government officials and captains of industry 'a fancy shindig'.
- As mentioned above, one of the Blade Runner references is to the Enhance Button scene. Togusa's voice commands for the computer are even identical: "Enhance 32 to 50".
- "Automated Capitalism – ¥€$" begins with Fem paraphrasing the first sentence of The Communist Manifesto.
- "Automated Capitalism - ¥€$" includes a reference by Togusa to Charon, the Greek ferryman who took souls across the River Styx: As the clean-up crew takes away Fem's target, Togusa places one of the coins on his chest and says,"Use that to pay the ferryman."
- In the original Japanese he refers to Sanzu River, which fulfills an almost identical purpose in the Japanese mythology.
- In one episode, a Tachikoma is seen reading Flowers for Algernon. The same episode also mentions I, Robot. The Tachikomas also discuss Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene at some length.
- Androids bleed white fluid similar to the androids in the Alien franchise.
- One of the Tachikomas spies on Kusanagi and Batou, worried that they are talking about them. Unable to hear what they are saying, it resorts to reading their lips. Of course, Kusanagi realizes and has herself and Batou discuss something else entirely while they discuss the problems with the Tachikoma mentally.
- In Make Up (Episode 13 of 2nd Gig), Paz takes a boat to an odd-looking apartment complex. This complex really exists; it's known as Habitat 67 and is located in Montreal, Canada. Other Wiki's entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habitat_67.
- 'Portraitz' (1x10) has numerous references to One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, mostly in characters' design and behaviour.
- A lot of shoutouts are seen in the series from the original movie/manga.
- The first episode of 2nd Gig mimics the iconic shot of Motoko diving off a building and becoming camouflaged from the first movie, though in a slightly simpler style and, of course, minus the nudity.
- The first episode of the first season could be considered a recreation of this scene as well.
- And of course the scene in the film was originally taken from the comic. It's one of those oddities that made it into every iteration of the story.
- The second episode of the first season has a robot tank that has a crippled soldier's brain uploaded to it go on a rampage to his anti robotics parent's house. Kusanagi attempts to stop it by ripping open it's hatch just like the climatic battle in the film. In this case it doesn't result in Explosive Overclocking and she doesn't rip herself apart, she just doesn't have the strength to do it.
- In the 3rd episode of 2nd GIG, one of the sex dolls in the background looks just like the Major in her civilian clothes from the manga.
- Shikibu, a prefectural Public Security officer shows up from GITS 1.5: Human Error Processor in Solid State Society as a Public Security officer who talks to Togusa in Niihama International Airport alongside Boma, Pazu and Azuma. He's not snotty unlike in the manga.
- Also the sniper duel between Saito and Raj Puhto, both of them Class A snipers, is based on 1.5 where Saito engages an East Asian mercenary named Yuen Shohoi in a golf course with Batou. Like in the movie, both men are wounded in the course of the duel.
- A suspect in one case is named Marshall Mc Laclan, which evokes the name of famous media theorist Marshall Mc Luhan, both of whom are Canadian.
- In the SAC episode DECOY, Motoko goes to a friends house to use a device to help her learn more about the Laughing man. The scene is a "sanitized" shout out to the infamous "Lesbian Boat Scene" in the manga.
- In a couple episodes, Landmate suits are seen.
- The credits to the Tachikoma Days in 2nd GIG is reminiscent to Dig Dug.