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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, 2nd GIG, Volume 04 (Episodes 13-16) (2004)

Dino Andrade , Kevin Brief  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Dino Andrade, Kevin Brief, Loy Edge, Barbara Goodson, Michael Gregory
  • Writers: Dai Satô, Mary Claypool, Shotaro Suga, Yoshiki Sakurai, Yutaka Omatsu
  • Producers: Charles McCarter, Kaoru Mfaume, Ken Iyadomi
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000DZ95N0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,099 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, 2nd GIG, Volume 04 (Episodes 13-16)" on IMDb

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  • Episodes 13-16

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Stand Alone Complex (2nd Gig) continues to grow more pointedly political as it progresses. The agents of Public Security Section 9 discover that the cases they're investigating are linked to the troubled relations between Japan and Imperial America: The latter is attempting to reassert its global military dominance while grappling with its economic weakness. But the prime minister and her cabinet face those problems. Batou, the Major, and the rest of the Section have to deal with unrest among the refugees, suicide bombers, and the Individualists. The members of the Individual Eleven--except for Kuze, their leader--commit mass suicide in a bloody spectacle that recalls the theatrical death of the great Japanese writer Yukio Mishima in 1970. The Tachikoma robots speculate that as they are abandoning collective consciousness and developing individuality, a dependence on the Net is leading humans in the opposite direction. That trend makes people more vulnerable to the micro-machines and cyber-viruses of the Individualist plot--unless Section 9 can thwart it in time. (Rated 13 and older: violence, violence against women, brief nudity, alcohol, drug and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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Chasing Phantoms While on the trail of Kuze, Section 9 tracks down the person who made his one-of-a-kind prosthetic face. There’s only one problem—the designer is dead. And the person who killed him is Paz, or someone who looks exactly like him! And Section 9 has some downtime, which they put to good use. During a friendly poker game, Saito recounts his first encounter with the Major, when they were both looking down the barrel of each other’s guns. But there’s still a lot of work left to be done, as everyone tries to unravel the mystery of the Individual Eleven and discover the whereabouts of Kuze.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Much Needed "Side-Step" February 3, 2006
Format:DVD
2nd Gig's opening has been relentless and bold, leaving us to wonder, "so will any of these episodes truly 'Stand-alone' as they did last season?" Well, the answer is "not really" but the motion is so good that it won't matter.

However, in these four episodes, we have our greatest change-of-pace away from the Individualist Eleven storyline, so enjoy what you get here.

My review is working off of fansubs, with the purpose of informing-- so some translations may differ from our ending results in the USA.

Episode 13: "Face"/"Make-up"

After the shocking end of Episode 12 where folks were literally losing their heads, we are slammed back into the aftermath where we attempt to figure out "What's up with that Kuze fellow?" The trail leads us to a specialist cyborg facemaker who's been recently put out of business by none other than our own Section 9 muscle-- Paz. Questions abound as we are given a window into this supporting cast member's life outside of work, and what consequences such a life renders.

Episode 14: "Beware the Left Eye" / "Poker Face"

You know the scene-- a battered war veteran sits playing cards with the rookies and he tells them about that one time he was "truly afraid" and saw what the make-up of his commander really was. In this episode Saito describes to the rookies his first encounter with the Major-- and the best part is that they weren't at all on the same side. It's tons of fun to see a younger Batou and Ishikawa trade quips, and always fun to see a "background" character like Saito in the lead.

Episode 15: "Afternoon of the Machines" / "PAT."

TACHIKOMA!!! That's right, it's the gang sitting around and playing philosophy again.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars better than advertised March 24, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have been following the Laughing Man fansubs, so I've covered all this material before. I'm acquiring the DVDs as they come out to have legit copies.

The desc says 2 collectibles toys, it's actually 3. There is Batou on the plate like Motoko from Vol 3. In fact, the base plates fit together, which makes me belive that vol 5 will have another piece that will fit together to complete a composite set. The other two toys are the Chinese assassin with the gun-arm and the old robot unit from the organ-farming business (with the fake southern accent). These are easier to put together, I had problems with the Tachikoma from the last set, it broke when I tried to put the legs on. Haven't gotten around to the super-glue session yet.

The product itself: Stand Alone Complex - 2nd Gig continues some of the best animation and smartest television ever produced. Buy it, share it with those persons worthy/capable of appreciating it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and I don't care if it is Anti-American May 18, 2006
Format:DVD
As a Journalist in the U.S., I am pleasantly surprised at how close 2nd gig is following real world situations, especially in the area of illegal immigration the U.S. I feel 2nd gig is providing us with a glimpse of the future and what "might" happen if President Bush gets his "immigrant worker status" approved. As far as Anti-Americanism is concerned, more people need to watch the first season and this current season (2nd gig) to understand how nations around the world perceive us. This is a wonderful mature series that needs to be placed along side some of the best movies and television shows that have received critical acclaim.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OUT OF THE SHADOWS June 1, 2006
By Sesho
Format:DVD
After the Individual Eleven committed ritual suicide on a skyscraper roof last volume, Section 9 is left with the only one of the members that did not submit to the killing directive. He's the same guy that tried to kill the Prime Minister and his name is Kuze. He has a custom made cyborg body that makes him almost invulnerable to weapons or injury. He also has a very distinctive face, one so distinct that there's only one person in the country that could make it, but he's been killed by....Paz??!! This is just the beginning of Volume 4's focus on the supporting cast, allowing background characters to receive the main focus. Episode 14 is about Saito's first encounter with the Major many years ago when they were on opposite sides of a war. Episode 15 concerns the Tachikoma's creator as he decides to flee to another country, taking his technological expertise with him. It's up to Section 9 to capture him before that happens, but along the way, the Tachikomas begin to question their own individuality and their own feelings(?) about their dad. The last episode brings Kuze's past to light as we get a glimpse of the man behind the mask...literally.

Volume 4, while a great anime, was a bit of a letdown in a way to me. While I liked the focus on some of the minor characters, their stories seemed a little tacked on to me. To me it felt like the creators said something like "Let's write an episode about Saito" without really fitting or adding to the larger story. The writing didn't seem as strong either. How many times have we heard the "Let me tell you about the time...." cliche during Saito's episode? They should have just played the episode with a "10 years ago" subtitle at the bottom instead of making it a flashback. I enjoyed the Tachikoma episode the most because sometimes those robots seem the most human of the entire cast, if that makes any sense. While it was subpar for this series, this volume still blows away most anime out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars P-p-p-poker face
Great episodes, a necessary pickup for any Ghost in the Shell fan.

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Poker Face episode is my favorite back story episodes.
Published 21 months ago by N. Beamer
5.0 out of 5 stars What you would expect!
This is what you would expect from the team that makes this awsome film and series! Visuals are as always, Top notch in the anime world, with thought provoking story lines, that... Read more
Published on February 8, 2008 by Tom E. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars What you would expect!
This is what you would expect from the team that makes this awsome film and series! Visuals are as always, Top notch in the anime world, with thought provoking story lines, that... Read more
Published on February 8, 2008 by Tom E. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Re: anti American
After watching this DVD I must say I am still very impressed with there work. however another reviewer said something that I believe needs to be corrected. Read more
Published on April 5, 2006 by Lain
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost In The Shell S.A.C. (Vol 4.)
Production I.G. does it again in Vol.4 this series continues to get better with every volume and every episode. Read more
Published on March 22, 2006 by The Major
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome show as always!!
Just wanted to point out a couple things quick namely the first review by Dylangump which states he doesn't like the tachikoma voices?? Read more
Published on March 14, 2006 by S. Baker
2.0 out of 5 stars Anti - American
While I've been a big fan of Ghost In The Shell, these stories are the worst yet. (I've watched the first three episodes on Cartoon Network as the DVD is not out yet). Read more
Published on March 12, 2006 by DylanGump
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