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Poll: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Episode 21 Discussion

Jun 24, 2013 4:36 AM
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Intense! Best episode of the series so far.
Jun 24, 2013 5:29 PM
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Nice to see Section 9 actually in trouble for a change. They've never really been threatened in this series, never the sense of suspense that they were actually in danger.
Jun 29, 2013 7:48 AM

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Wow, the latter half of this anime completely trumps the first half.
Jul 21, 2013 6:21 PM

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Love that Laughing Man logo.

Batou, you do know what goes up must come down, right? Probably not a good idea to fire 100 bullets straight up into the air!
Sep 3, 2013 1:43 AM

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And the Major is pissed off. That was pretty cool :D
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Oct 3, 2013 9:21 AM

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Best episode by far. Loved the scene with the major all pissed off. The music really went well with that scene. It was as if I was watching a scene out of a movie.

And we finally get to see laughing man's real face. So he was the wheelchair kid after all. He's turning out to be a really interesting character.

Oct 6, 2013 7:43 AM

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Shit's going to get even better now.
Dec 13, 2013 8:47 AM

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it's just IMPOSSIBLE to not give this 5/5. The action sequence is so flawlessly executed, the suspense brought it (for the first time) between the epic chase battle scene, and the ending was just...YEAHHHHHH!!! Great movie reference too! The movie was more kickass IMO though...only lacks the rage scene which just...HNNNNNGGGG
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Dec 27, 2013 2:03 PM

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That episode was reallly great. I didn't see the time pass.

So I was right about the pharmaceutical conspiracy. It was pretty much like we can see today in our modern world, greed over necessity.

It was nice to see everyone so cranked up. Batou is always nice in action. The Major was fucking awesome, when she just continued to shoot on that suit. The guy must have been pissing himself.

The fight in the hall was really cool. And man, motherfucking national spying! It looked a little like in Batman 2 (from the Nolan series) when they hacked the whole city to find one call in particular if I remember well.

And finally, we saw the Laughing Man face. He truly is a talented hacker, to hack someone from 2 feet distance.
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Feb 10, 2014 5:12 PM

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This was an EPIC episode OMG
Mar 30, 2014 4:56 AM

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Holy fuckin shit!
The Major went absolute berserk!
And as always, the Laughing man proves why he's the greatest troll in history.
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Apr 27, 2014 2:16 AM

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This series is just getting better and better.
Jun 11, 2014 7:52 AM

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Really epic episode, one in which section 9 must suffer to be able to prevail, sin drawings are not the best during the action scenes.
The face of the greater and Batou in the throes of Rabia were appalling.
I hope that Togusa does not have to do the conversion into a cyborg.
As if to say, never underestimate the power of old men! XD
The whole thing still seems full of mysteries, that storyline and compelling.
The type of narcotics, had at least beat him bad.
Aug 29, 2014 8:24 PM

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this is the definition of a flawless episode, holy hell it was absolutely incredible, even though they kind of revealed it all the way back in ep 12 we do finally have confirmation on the laughing me

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Jizzy as you would call yourself because youre a dick The most butthurt award goes to you And clearly you havent watched that many shows thats why you cant determine if a show is unique or not Or maybe you're just a child who likes common stuffs where hero saves the day and guys gets all the girls. Sad taste you have there kid you came up to me in the first place making you look more like a kid who got slapped without me even knowing it and start crying about it to me

Sep 29, 2014 6:28 PM

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Talk about an absolutely AMAZING episode. Damn!!
The OST, the directing, EVERYTHING!

Don't fuck with the Major!!
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Oct 27, 2014 4:43 PM

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wow that relentless one handed shot with the big gun
Nov 27, 2014 9:16 PM

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Fuckin rekt
Dec 2, 2014 7:21 AM

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One of the best episodes of the season. Togusa is my favorite character and this episode shows how well he can work on his own. The action scenes with the team going after his attackers was awesome with a great OST to go along with it.

It's good to see the Laughing Man again since I thought this arc was the strongest in the show.
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Feb 4, 2015 7:53 AM

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Best episode so far, holy fucking balls this was good. Major completely fell apart at the end there. Once she saw that dudes face and probably remembered that he shot Togusa, yeah you're toast bro.
Feb 14, 2015 12:19 PM

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fantastic episode
Feb 24, 2015 10:04 PM

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And this is why Section 9 needs the Tachikomas back. Major came very close to dying as a result.

I don't think Batou saw the Laughing Man's face. We saw it several episodes back when Togusa infiltrated that special care center for children. I still wonder where he came from and, well, about the rest of his story.

It seems to me like he isn't an enemy of Section 9.
Apr 4, 2015 3:34 PM

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The fight between the major and the armed suit reminded me of that scene

The major losing it at the end was... something.

The laughing man turning out to be that kid (I think) we saw a couple of episodes back is also something.

Fantastic episode. Really enjoyed it.
Apr 10, 2015 2:09 PM

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Still so awesome after all this time.
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Apr 17, 2015 2:16 PM

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Best episode ever, THE EMOTIONS, THE DRAMA, THE MUSIC, THAT MAJOR LOL. And then the laughing man identity revealed. Fucking amazing...
Apr 25, 2015 2:03 PM

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Fuck now that was a fantastic call back to Oshii's film version. Shame all that effort to secure Imakurusu failed.
Jul 1, 2015 7:26 PM

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Major's rage was just surreal. She must have holding it back. Nobody fucks with Section 9 and gets away unharmed
Jul 13, 2015 5:18 PM

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Best episode so far loved it
Jul 26, 2015 11:32 AM

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This episode is almost on par with the movie!

Major Motoko in rage mode is scary!
Feb 14, 2016 2:40 PM

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The Major went berserk in the end lol.
Excellent Episode.
Mar 15, 2016 1:18 PM

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Damn the Major can be scary O_O Great episode.
Apr 8, 2016 7:09 AM
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Not gonna repeat what everybody said, this episode was breath-taking. One detail : loved the animation when the mecha starting shooting on them and the walls went destroyed like a piece of paper!

Everyone was affected by Togusa's injure, even the Major, who just let her anger explodes at the end. FU STUPS!
Apr 8, 2016 8:20 AM

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I really enjoyed how they showed us the scene between the Laughing Man and Imakurusu through both Ima's eyes as well as the general audience's view; switching between seeing the butler's face and then seeing the logo was great.

Enjoyed that homage to the original film there too, with the Major facing off against the suit. Man, she got pissed.
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Oct 3, 2016 6:37 AM

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You pissed the wrong person
That armored pilot is done goofed up
I hope he suffered a lot before he died because he injured Major so much xD

Ehh.. that old man is really careless, paying with his life seems appropriate
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Oct 14, 2016 3:42 PM

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Whow, this was one epic episode. I think this is my favorite one so far. The Major was so intense. And I thought it couldn't get any more emotional after Batou's breakdown and Togusa getting shot. Boy was I wrong.....
Nov 7, 2016 12:31 AM
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One of the best episodes in any anime I've ever seen.

I love the creative weapons from both the law enforcement and criminals, for example how the Mech pilot controlled 4 arms, which I imagine would only increase it's effectiveness.
Apr 19, 2017 3:29 PM

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One fucking moment and he went of dying shit Batou need's to control people more carefully.
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Sep 26, 2017 2:54 AM

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Wow, Major was scary af!

God damn it, I can't believe they lost him after all that...
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Dec 2, 2017 11:19 AM

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TripleSRank said:
And this is why Section 9 needs the Tachikomas back. Major came very close to dying as a result.

Yeah i agree with it although we already discussed it, they could be dangerous if they start dissobeying.

Best episode so far. 5/5
The fight scenes are on par with films and everything. This could be one of th bests episodes in all anime hands down.
Jan 25, 2018 11:09 AM

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This show gets better and better. Not gonna lie, when I started watching I didn't understand why it was considered a classic. I didn't dislike it, but it didn't blow my mind. But this just gets better with each episode. Gotta watch the next one!
Oct 31, 2018 2:46 PM

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Fantastic episode. Tachikoma's need to come back!
Nov 13, 2018 3:26 PM

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Boy this gets exciting near the end! I just wish the complex episodes weren't so dispersed throughout the season tho...
Dec 20, 2018 12:54 PM

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What a fucking amazing episode ! Had goosebumps all over my body at the end.

And I guess it's time to rewatch episode 11 :D
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Feb 3, 10:35 PM

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Things are really coming together now! I pray the rest of the episodes are all complex ones.
May 18, 3:15 AM
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This episode i remembered perfectly and it shows why.Its simply awesome. There is a tangible sense of violence in those fights
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Jun 19, 1:25 PM

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Angry Major is just awesome! Amazing episode but a bit sloppy by Batou at the end.

I'm surprised the laughing man revealed himself like that. I thought they'd keep his identity secret until the very end.
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