Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Custom
Katashi Tachibana (立花 堅)
NAME: TACHIBANA KATASHI
BLOOD TYPE: B NEGATIVE
MILITARY BRANCH: GSDA
Present Family Name: Tachibana
Date of Birth: January 9, 1998
Place of Birth: Japan
Languages Spoken: Japanese, English, French
Captain Katashi Tachibana is the executive officer of the GSDA special forces unit known as the Jinrai. Standing at 6’8" tall, Tachibana is a monster of a man. It is well known that Captain Tachibana acts as adjutant and confidant to Colonel Ai Kawashima. The captain is often seen accompanying Kawashima wherever she goes, assisting her in day to day tasks. This has put Tachibana into contact with people who he would normally have no reason to speak with, such as Assemblyman Shinzo Daito, Chief Daisuke Aramaki, Major Motoko Kusanagi, Chairman Shingen Takeda of the National Public Safety Commission, and Chief of Ground Staff Hatsumi Takeda. As a man of few words, it’s difficult to ascertain what Tachibana is thinking at any given time and he always defers speaking in favor of Kawashima. Katashi Tachibana has been active in the GSDA since World War IV, having assisted in the Nemuro Operation and he was called into combat at Shunuiji. He was assigned to serve under Ai Kawashima, a Major at the time. Tachibana has never left her side, since then.
Katashi Tachibana’s cybernetic body is a unique specimen. His shell is a Type 2041 manufactured by Poseidon Industrial. Very few are in active service, due to the sheer cost it takes to produce them. It’s unknown how a man on a captain’s pay was able to afford one, but rumor has it that it was purchased by Ai Kawashima. The Type 2041 is durable enough to absorb several 7.62×51mm rounds, but it quickly falters to anything larger. It’s strong enough to go toe to toe with a Sagawa Heavy Industries Type 303 Arm Suit for a short amount of time. One drawback that the Type 2041 has is its limited field of vision. Captain Tachibana’s field of view is locked at 75° vertical and 125° horizontal. Since he is unable to move his optics, this forces the man to tilt his head should he wish to focus his attention elsewhere. He also has difficulty getting in and out of vehicles due to his large frame. Regardless of these shortcomings, Tachibana believes that the pros outweigh the cons. As such, he has stuck with the Type 2401 and has little interest in swapping into a different shell.
- Katashi Tachibana harbors romantic feelings for Ai Kawashima. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen.
“Dying for one’s nation is the greatest honor a soldier can achieve.” – Katashi Tachibana