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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, 2nd GIG, Volume 04 (Episodes 13-16)
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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.Read more ›
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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Great episodes, a necessary pickup for any Ghost in the Shell fan.
Poker Face episode is my favorite back story episodes.
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 morePublished on April 5, 2006 by Lain
Production I.G. does it again in Vol.4 this series continues to get better with every volume and every episode. Read morePublished on March 22, 2006 by The Major
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