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Complex episode.This episode advances the main plot, which centers on the Laughing Man incident. This is the fourth complex episode and the ninth episode overall.
The Man Who Dwells in the Shadows of the Net

The Man Who Dwells in the Shadows of the Net ネットの闇に棲む男Net no Yami ni Sumu Otoko

Season #

1 (SAC)

Episode #



Transcript:The Man Who Dwells in the Shadows of the Net

Air Dates


November 26, 2002


January 9, 2005

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The Fortunate Ones


A Perfect Day for a Jungle Cruise

Episode Type
Complex episode.


Kusanagi enters a chat room dedicated to The Laughing Man. Various crackpot (and a few plausible) theories are passed around JFK-style as the chat room members view various bits of evidence from the Laughing Man case. While in the chat room Kusanagi hones in on an older man sitting at the table who seems to have more knowledge about the Laughing Man incidents than the others in the room. After confronting the man and exchanging information with him, Kusanagi and the moderator of the chat room are suddenly transferred out of the chat room, with unexpected results.

Noteworthy DialogueEdit

Chroma/Major: [entering the chatroom] So I've heard that this is a place where one can find out more about the Laughing Man.
Chat Moderator: You betcha!

The Laughing Man: [In the virtual library] ...
Chroma/Major: ...?