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Tachikoma

Tachikoma
Animeography
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Tachikoma na Hibi
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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society
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SSJMaster vs. Xinil - A story of epic battles! Season 2
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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man
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SSJMaster vs. Xinil - A story of epic battles! Season 2
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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG - Tachikoma na Hibi
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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Tachikoma na Hibi (TV)
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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man - Tachikoma no Hibi
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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG - Individual Eleven - Tachikoma no Hibi
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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Tachikoma no Hibi Fan Disc
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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society 3D - Tachikoma no Hibi
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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
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Tachikoma (タチコマ)
A Tachikoma is an AI walker/roller tank in the Ghost in the Shell universe, appearing only in the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex sub-universe. They are best described as a "spider type multi leg/multi ped combat vehicle equipped with artificial intelligence", possessing the ability to act as both personel transport units and mobile weapons platforms.

Design:

Tachikoma are the size of a small car, and are of a middle-blue colour, with four "eyes" fitted on the surface of their bodies. Three are on the "head" and one is beneath the abdomen. Each eye has three pinholes, possibly for triangulation. These eyes sometimes become expressive in the typical anime style. Tachikoma are controlled by individual AIs, are capable of speech and generally exhibit a childish, curious, joyful and active personality, although they are consummate professionals in the field. They normally operate as independent units and receive orders from human agents, but they can also be directly piloted from a cockpit in their abdomen.

Tachikoma have four legs and two arms. They can move by walking, or they can drive at high speed by using the wheeled footpads on each of their four legs. They are apparently street-legal (presuming no legal exemption for Section 9). Each wheel appears to be angled and omnidirectional, allowing the Tachikomas to move in any direction with their holonomic drive system. Other abilities of the Tachikoma include jumping great distances, sticking to vertical or inverted surfaces, engaging a thermoptic camouflage mechanism, and grappling/rappelling using their adhesive string launchers. Tachikoma maintain control of their legs while using wheels to drive down a road, and shift their weight around turns. They can also roll briefly on to two legs while driving to avoid an obstacle or pass through a narrow space. To make balance easier, they can move their heavy abdomens with a ball joint. Their movements when walking and jumping were modelled on a jumping spider. Almost all of the Tachikomas' physical abilities are showcased in Episode 2 of Stand Alone Complex, "Runaway Evidence – Testation".

Standard Tachikoma equipment includes a 7.62x51mm light machine gun mounted in the right arm, a secondary weapon hardpoint in the "snout" (usually a 50mm grenade launcher, capable of launching both explosive and gas grenades, but which can be replaced by a six-barrelled 12.7x99mm Gatling gun), a universal cybernetic connector on an extensible, prehensile cable in the left arm, and a built-in thermoptic camouflage system.

AI:

Tachikoma's are gifted with very childlike AI, unexpected of a machine in a governmental special forces team, which gives rise to much of the comedy relief in Stand Alone Complex. Though they possess individual artificial intelligence, every night they are synchronised, so they start the next day with identical consciousnesses that are each the sum of their total collective experience & development. This leads to identity confusion, since each Tachikoma has the same memories.



(source: Ghost in the Shell wikia)

Voice Actors
Lynn, Sherry
English
Bouma, Nicole
English
Tamagawa, Sakiko
Japanese
Fahn, Melissa
English
Jaud, Janyse
English
St. Germain, Tabitha
English
Fox, Sandy
English
Sargent, Lia
English
Forstadt, Rebecca
English
Miller, Lara Jill
English
Reidies, Daniela
German
Clerici, Serena
Italian
Legrand, Patricia
French
Kossuth, Gábor
Hungarian
O'Neal, Peggy
English

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