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* MythologyGag:
** Motoko diving off a skyscraper in ''Ghost Stands Alone'' and the final scene of ''The New Movie" and engaging her thermoptic camouflage, just like the iconic scene from the 1995 movie and also ''2nd Gig's'' first and last episodes.
** Batou's former post as a [=JGSDF=] Ranger prior to joining Section 9. Same with Togusa's detective position with the Niihama Prefecture Police Force.
** Played with and averted with Paz. While he's still good with a knife, it's shown that he's a JGSDF MP officer instead of someone who has shady underworld connections in the [=SAC=]verse.
** Batou using his prosthetic teeth [[note]]Doing it with the normal teeth will only lead to a broken tooth, as the pins on the RealLife hand grenades are set much tighter and require much more force to pull than commonly shown in media.[[/note]] [[spoiler:to pull the pin off a flashbang to stun a Unit 501 cyborg.]] This was done in the SAC series where Batou does the same thing with a frag grenade against New World Brigade terrorists.
** The climactic fight scene of the first OVA once again involves Motoko facing off against a larger and more heavily armored opponent that tears off one of her arms before trying to crush her head with a three digit machine hand. [[spoiler:This time, though, Motoko wins single-handedly by counter-hacking her opponent.]]
** Togusa in ''Ghost Pain'' mentioning that his gun is not going to be efficient enough to [[spoiler:take out all the mobile landmines]], which mirrors a conversation with Batou in SAC.
*** His colleagues comment on his [[IconicItem trademark]] rare and archaic [[RareGuns Mateba 6 Unica]] [[RevolversAreJustBetter autorevolver]] in the fourth OVA, which is kind of obligatory for each installment in the franchise.
** Near the end of ''Ghost Whispers'', Motoko insults Saito for joining Batou for the money by calling him a "mercenary," which was Saito's backstory in [=SAC=].
** Motoko has to use Saito's ghost infiltration key to force him to avoid killing a perp with a headshot. Motoko does the same thing to Togusa in the manga so he doesn't kill one of the garbage men.
** Ishikawa insults Motoko by calling her a gorilla. All throughout the franchise, but most notably in SAC, Ishikawa calls Motoko "Queen Kong" and "Major She-Ape" in "Not Equal" and "Poker Face", respectively. He calls her a gorilla more than any other installment here.
** Motoko's going for a midwinter swim (from Batou's boat, to boot) in the end of ''Ghost Stands Alone'' is a send-up to the first scene of the original GITS movie. This time though, Motoko refuses, as it's mid-winter, and correctly suspects Batou of wanting to see her in a swimsuit.
** In ''Ghost Tears'', Pazu mentions that he never sleeps with the same woman twice, something he mentions back in SAC 2nd GIG.
** In the fourth OVA, Motoko once again finds herself straining to open the hatch of a think-tank with her bare hands. Bonus points since the rest of the team use sticky gel to try to immobilize the tank as well.
** The virtual swimsuit that Motoko's avatar is wearing while she's net diving in ''Ghost Whispers'' is the same style as the swimsuit Motoko Aramaki is wearing at the start of the ''[[Manga/GhostInTheShell Man-Machine Interface]]'' manga.
** Batou's penchant for joking about the Major's love life results in her hacking his hand to make him punch himself out. Twice. This is a carryover from the original manga.
** In the episode ''Pyrophoric Cult, Part 1,'' Section 9 uses vans that are from "Seishinkouki Company". This was the same van type they used in the SAC series.
*** Togusa, in the same episode, begins to wear a trenchcoat after he begins his duties for Section 9. He previously wore it in the Solid State Society animated movie.
** In ''Pyrophoric Cult, Part 2,'' the suspect was strapped onto the wall just like how the Puppet Master was strapped in the first GITS movie.
** ''The New Movie'' has lots of references to ''Stand Alone Complex'':
*** The film starts off with 11 terrorists taking hostages at a foreign embassy, just like the first episode of 2nd GIG.
*** The Major comes under heavy suspicion for her role in the terrorist attack just like in ''Solid State Society.''
*** A Logicoma asks why they don't just upload a dead person's brain into a prosthetic body, and is told that death just doesn't work that way, just like a Tachikoma does in SAC.
*** The Major [[spoiler: forcibly disbands Section 9 after the assault on the spy ship]], just like in the first season finale of SAC and she chooses to go solo like in ''Solid State Society'' and the ''Human-Error Processor'' manga.
*** [[spoiler: The fake Motoko Kusanagi gets targeted and headshot by a sniper round]] just like in the second-to-last episode of SAC season 1. Only difference is [[spoiler: her head doesn't explode.]]
*** When Batou rescues Motoko from a near fatal assault, he puts her into one of her old bodies. Said body has the exact same artistic design and facial features of the body he puts her into at the end of the original movie.
*** In 2nd Gig, Motoko enters a minor HeroicBSOD after touching Kuze's conciousness. Batou forces her to focus by giving her a sandwich, and she complains about the quality of the food. Late in this movie, Togusa suggested sharing some food with her as a nice gesture after she fails an assault. She begrudgingly opens a sandwich wrapper and starts eating it.
*** The BigBad turns out [[spoiler: to be a ForgottenChildhoodFriend of Motoko's whom she befriended when they were both children at a medical facility learning how to use their cyborg bodies, exactly like Hideo Kuze in 2nd GIG.]]
*** [[spoiler: Kurutsu elects to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascend into the Internet]] and leave the physical world]] very similar to Hideo Kuze at the end of 2nd GIG and the Puppet Master/Project 2501 from the first film.
*** When the children ask Motoko for help, her response is almost word for word the exact same response she gave to a bunch of kids the squad rescues at the end of the first chapter of the manga. The only real difference between the two is that Motoko is an uncaring bitch in the manga, and the movie adds an extra line that goes in context with the whole film.
*** The entire ending of the movie recreates the most iconic scene from the entire franchise, right from the original movie, the original manga, and the ending from 2nd Gig: [[spoiler: dozens of heavily armed police move into a skyscraper to arrest a corrupt politician, who informs Aramaki that he is defecting and has left a letter to that extent. The Major then snarkily remarks "Is that so?" and shoots him in the face three times from outside the window. The cops rush to see what happened, and we get her iconic shot of her falling while cloaking. A scene during the credits then shows Section 9 watching sakura leaves fall before Aramaki calls them to [[AndTheAdventureContinues get back to work]], and they ride back to the city on their Logicomas.]]
*** The after-credits scene is a remake of the 2nd chapter of the manga.


Creator/FUNimation licensed the show for release in North America; initially releasing a Limited Edition subtitled Blu-Ray. The dub of Episode 1 and 2 was released in October 2014. Episodes 3 and 4 followed suit in October 2015, and ''Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie'' was released in Aprilof 2016.

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Creator/FUNimation licensed the show for release in North America; initially releasing a Limited Edition subtitled Blu-Ray. The dub of Episode 1 and 2 was released in October 2014. Episodes 3 and 4 followed suit in October 2015, and ''Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie'' was released in Aprilof April of 2016.


* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Motoko's [=JGSDF=] uniform closely resembles those worn by the [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Japanese Army]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. [[ArmiesAreEvil This isn't a coincidence]] in the slightest.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Motoko's [=JGSDF=] uniform closely resembles those worn by the [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Japanese Army]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. [[ArmiesAreEvil This isn't a coincidence]] in the slightest.



* WeAreStrugglingTogether: JSDF isn't a cohesive and responsible fighting force at all it is, in fact, more of a loose group of various units and factions barely held together by the corrupt brass and {{Sleazy Politician}}s. On the other hand, given [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun who they stand for]], it's inevitable. It was so bad that it often ended in an ''intra''-service schemes. Cases in point:

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* WeAreStrugglingTogether: JSDF isn't a cohesive and responsible fighting force at all it is, in fact, more of a loose group of various units and factions barely held together by the corrupt brass and {{Sleazy Politician}}s. On the other hand, given [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun who they stand for]], it's inevitable. It was so bad that it often ended in an ''intra''-service schemes. Cases in point:


* SleazyPolitician: ''Everyone'' with even a tiniest bit of political connection, except [[DaChief Section 9 chief]], Daisuke Aramaki, though he's more of a bureaucrat than politician in the strict sense.


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* SleazyPolitician: ''Everyone'' with even a tiniest bit of political connection, except [[DaChief Section 9 chief]], Daisuke Aramaki, though he's more of a bureaucrat than politician in the strict sense.


* Motoko has to use Saito's ghost infiltration key to force him to avoid killing a perp with a headshot. Motoko does the same thing to Togusa in the manga so he doesn't kill one of the garbage men.

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* ** Motoko has to use Saito's ghost infiltration key to force him to avoid killing a perp with a headshot. Motoko does the same thing to Togusa in the manga so he doesn't kill one of the garbage men.


* UsefulNotes/KaijuDefenseForce: InUniverse, Motoko used to be with the [=JGSDF=]'s 501st Secret Unit. Batou was in the Rangers, taken from the [=SAC=] universe. Pazu and Aramaki were in the JGSDF military police, though Aramaki was in the Investigations Department, not enforcement, and was later transferred to the Military Intelligence (which is a plot point in "Ghost Stands Alone"). Ishikawa, Saito and Borma are said to be with the Rangers in the Arise 'verse, while other incarnations have not made it clear which part of the JGSDF they belong in.



* UsefulNotes/KaijuDefenseForce: InUniverse, Motoko used to be with the [=JGSDF=]'s 501st Secret Unit. Batou was in the Rangers, taken from the [=SAC=] universe. Pazu and Aramaki were in the JGSDF military police, though Aramaki was in the Investigations Department, not enforcement, and was later transferred to the Military Intelligence (which is a plot point in "Ghost Stands Alone"). Ishikawa, Saito and Borma are said to be with the Rangers in the Arise 'verse, while other incarnations have not made it clear which part of the JGSDF they belong in.


* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Motoko's [=JGSDF=] uniform closely resembles those worn by the [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Japanese Army]] during {{UsefulNotes/WWII}}. [[ArmiesAreEvil This isn't a coincidence]] in the slightest.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Motoko's [=JGSDF=] uniform closely resembles those worn by the [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Japanese Army]] during {{UsefulNotes/WWII}}.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. [[ArmiesAreEvil This isn't a coincidence]] in the slightest.


* MadnessMantra / RoomFullOfCrazy: ''The Lt. Col. is innocent. The Lt. Col. is innocent.''

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* MadnessMantra / RoomFullOfCrazy: MadnessMantra: ''The Lt. Col. is innocent. The Lt. Col. is innocent.''



** Motoko diving off a skyscraper in ''Ghost Stands Alone'' and engaging her thermoptic camouflage, just like the iconic scene from the 1995 movie and also ''2nd Gig's'' first episode.

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** Motoko diving off a skyscraper in ''Ghost Stands Alone'' and the final scene of ''The New Movie" and engaging her thermoptic camouflage, just like the iconic scene from the 1995 movie and also ''2nd Gig's'' first episode.and last episodes.



*** In the same OVA, Ishikawa insults Motoko by calling her a gorilla. All throughout the franchise, but most notably in SAC, Ishikawa calls Motoko "Queen Kong" and "Major She-Ape" in "Not Equal" and "Poker Face", respectively.
** Motoko's going for a midwinter swim (from Batou's boat, to boot) in the end of ''Ghost Stands Alone'' is a send-up to the first scene of the original GITS movie.
*** Subverted with in the OVA since [[spoiler: Motoko refuses, as it's mid-winter, and simply accuses Batou of wanting to see her in a swimsuit]].

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*** In * Motoko has to use Saito's ghost infiltration key to force him to avoid killing a perp with a headshot. Motoko does the same OVA, thing to Togusa in the manga so he doesn't kill one of the garbage men.
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Ishikawa insults Motoko by calling her a gorilla. All throughout the franchise, but most notably in SAC, Ishikawa calls Motoko "Queen Kong" and "Major She-Ape" in "Not Equal" and "Poker Face", respectively. \n He calls her a gorilla more than any other installment here.
** Motoko's going for a midwinter swim (from Batou's boat, to boot) in the end of ''Ghost Stands Alone'' is a send-up to the first scene of the original GITS movie. \n*** Subverted with in the OVA since [[spoiler: This time though, Motoko refuses, as it's mid-winter, and simply accuses correctly suspects Batou of wanting to see her in a swimsuit]].swimsuit.



** Batou's penchant for joking about the Major's love life results in her hacking his hand to make him punch himself out. This is a carryover from the original manga.

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** Batou's penchant for joking about the Major's love life results in her hacking his hand to make him punch himself out. Twice. This is a carryover from the original manga.



*** [[spoiler: Kurutsu elects to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascend into the Internet]] and leave the physical world]] very similar to Hideo Kuze at the end of 2nd GIG.

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*** [[spoiler: Kurutsu elects to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascend into the Internet]] and leave the physical world]] very similar to Hideo Kuze at the end of 2nd GIG.GIG and the Puppet Master/Project 2501 from the first film.



* ThrowAwayCountry: The Republic of Kuran in the manga. Qhardistan in the OVA.

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* ThrowAwayCountry: The Republic of Kuran is where the main conflict of the war took place in the manga. The series adds that Qhardistan ended up getting devastated in the OVA.conflict as well.



* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: or 2027 placing it closer to now than the rest of the franchise.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: or 2027 2027, placing it closer to now than the rest of the franchise.


* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Motoko's [=JGSDF=] uniform closely resembles those worn by the [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Japanese Army]] during [[WorldWarTwo WWII]]. [[ArmiesAreEvil This isn't a coincidence]] in the slightest.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Motoko's [=JGSDF=] uniform closely resembles those worn by the [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Japanese Army]] during [[WorldWarTwo WWII]].{{UsefulNotes/WWII}}. [[ArmiesAreEvil This isn't a coincidence]] in the slightest.

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* LonelyBachelorPad: Young Motoko Kusanagi's apartment is pretty sparse - consisting of a four walls, a bed, a bathroom, and a chair. This is in stark contrast to the apartment she shares with her boyfriend in the original manga, which is more decorated - at least until it's blown up.


Creator/FUNimation licensed the show for release in North America; initially releasing a Limited Edition subtitled Blu-Ray. The dub of Episode 1 and 2 was released in October 2014. Episodes 3 and 4 followed suit in October 2015, and ''Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie'' is dubbed and set for release in 2016. A special showing of the dub will be in select theaters across the United States & Canada on November 10, 11, and 16.

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Creator/FUNimation licensed the show for release in North America; initially releasing a Limited Edition subtitled Blu-Ray. The dub of Episode 1 and 2 was released in October 2014. Episodes 3 and 4 followed suit in October 2015, and ''Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie'' is dubbed and set for release was released in 2016. A special showing of the dub will be in select theaters across the United States & Canada on November 10, 11, and 16.
Aprilof 2016.


* CarFu: A BigDamnHeroes with an armoured Toyota Koukidousha.

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* CarFu: A BigDamnHeroes with an armoured armored Toyota Koukidousha.



** In the fourth OVA, the virus makes a riot police unit [[spoiler: to see the armed terrorists within the largely peaceful demostration, massacring it as a distraction for an assassination attempt on a runaway hacker and a head politician]].

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** In the fourth OVA, the virus makes a riot police unit [[spoiler: to see the armed terrorists within the largely peaceful demostration, demonstration, massacring it as a distraction for an assassination attempt on a runaway hacker and a head politician]].



* InhumanableAlienRights: In this version Motoko was injured in the womb when her mother got into a car accident, which is the reason for her full-body prosthesis. While technically she's a full citizen, her bodies were paid for by the JGSDF and legally belong to them. [[spoiler:She's emancipated at the end of the first episode and promptly resigns her commission to work for Aramaki.]]

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* InhumanableAlienRights: In this version Motoko was injured in the womb when her version, Motoko's pregnant mother got into was killed in a car chemical accident, which is and they saved Motoko by giving her a full-prosthetic body right out of the reason for her full-body prosthesis.womb through an emergency procedure. While technically she's a full citizen, her bodies were paid for by the JGSDF and legally belong to them. [[spoiler:She's emancipated at the end of the first episode and promptly resigns her commission to work for Aramaki.]]


* InterserviceRivalry : The 501st and the Rangers in the manga are shown not to get along at all. And both hate Military Intelligence with a passion.

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* InhumanableAlienRights: In this version Motoko was injured in the womb when her mother got into a car accident, which is the reason for her full-body prosthesis. While technically she's a full citizen, her bodies were paid for by the JGSDF and legally belong to them. [[spoiler:She's emancipated at the end of the first episode and promptly resigns her commission to work for Aramaki.]]
* InterserviceRivalry : The 501st and the Rangers in the manga are shown not to get along at all. And both hate Military Intelligence with a passion.


** KarmaHoudiniWarranty: Colonel Hozumi gets her comeuppance in ''Pyrophoric Cult''. Unit 501 gets wiped out in ''The New Movie'', notably [[spoiler: Ibachi is killed by the Major, and Raizo gets shot dead by a Logicoma. Meanwhile, Kurutsu is revealed to have been a sickly IllGirl all along who decides to leave the physical world behind and join the Net.]]

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** * KarmaHoudiniWarranty: Colonel Hozumi gets her comeuppance in ''Pyrophoric Cult''. Unit 501 gets wiped out in ''The New Movie'', notably [[spoiler: Ibachi is killed by the Major, and Raizo gets shot dead by a Logicoma. Meanwhile, Kurutsu is revealed to have been a sickly IllGirl all along who decides to leave the physical world behind and join the Net.]]]]
* UsefulNotes/KaijuDefenseForce: InUniverse, Motoko used to be with the [=JGSDF=]'s 501st Secret Unit. Batou was in the Rangers, taken from the [=SAC=] universe. Pazu and Aramaki were in the JGSDF military police, though Aramaki was in the Investigations Department, not enforcement, and was later transferred to the Military Intelligence (which is a plot point in "Ghost Stands Alone"). Ishikawa, Saito and Borma are said to be with the Rangers in the Arise 'verse, while other incarnations have not made it clear which part of the JGSDF they belong in.


'''''Ghost in the Shell: Arise''''' is an OVA consisting of four 50-minute episodes. Kazichiki Kase -- the Key Animator for the good majority of Creator/ProductionIG's works, including the original [[Anime/GhostInTheShell movies]] and ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' -- serves as director, while Tow Ubukata -- of ''Anime/FafnerInTheAzureDeadAggressor'' and ''Literature/MardockScramble'' fame -- serves as scriptwriter; ''Stand-Alone Complex'' mastermind Kenji Kamiyama confirmed that he has no involvement in this project. Creator/ShirowMasamune himself approved and helped flesh out the initial concept.

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'''''Ghost ''Ghost in the Shell: Arise''''' Arise'' is an OVA consisting of four 50-minute episodes. Kazichiki Kase -- the Key Animator for the good majority of Creator/ProductionIG's works, including the original [[Anime/GhostInTheShell movies]] and ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' -- serves as director, while Tow Ubukata -- of ''Anime/FafnerInTheAzureDeadAggressor'' and ''Literature/MardockScramble'' fame -- serves as scriptwriter; ''Stand-Alone Complex'' mastermind Kenji Kamiyama confirmed that he has no involvement in this project. Creator/ShirowMasamune himself approved and helped flesh out the initial concept.

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