What is Motoko whispering to Batou in the end of the first series?

(Spoiler ahead)

This is the scene where Motoko and Batou are ambushed by the Section 9 extermination squad. Motoko is the prime target and is ordered to be eliminated. Sniper on a helicopter shoots Motoko in the head, but before that Batou notices the red laser sight dot and alerts Motoko, to which she silently responds with the phrase in question. Since she's very calm about all this, I suppose it's something along the lines of "Survive".

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She said 「な・あ・に」 (na-a-ni, "What").

In Japan, there's a TV program on BS2 channel called BSアニメ夜話 (BS Anime Night Talks), and on 26 February 2009, it's talking about Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

Regarding that scene, the original storyboard revealed that she was supposed to say "na-a-ni". With cold expression, Major Kusanagi didn't convey anything to Batou even in that situation. Toshio Okada (anime producer & co-founder and former president of Gainax) responded with「ドSねーちゃんですね」("She is a very sadistic girl, eh.")

Fun fact: before this information was revealed, many Japanese fans theorized that she was actually saying 「と・け・い」 (to-ke-i, "(Wrist)watch") because

she tried to tell Batou that she wasn't wearing a watch, which means that she was not the real Major Kusanagi, only a body double of her.

The fan theory was also strengthened by the close-up of her wrist after that scene (spoiler image below)

Major Kusanagi's wristwatch


  • Oh yea, I definitely noticed the watch, but didn't think she would mention it, as theorized.
    – Hakase
    Apr 16, 2017 at 16:20

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