Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG Volume 04 |
Actors: Ryűji Saikachi, Natsuo Tokuhiro, Shiro Saito, Daisuke Egawa, Hikari Yono
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
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... more »
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The Much Needed "Side-Step"
Nolan T. | Lawrence, KS USA | 02/03/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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. This episode sets up some of the more important parts of this season's Tachikoma arc. While most of the crew is getting a tune-up and discussing the finer points of cybernetic life, Batou's personal Tachikoma goes with part of the Section 9 team to make some outside investigations... and the result brings the Tachikomas face-to-face with someone unexplicably familiar.
Episode 16: "The Fact of Being There" / "Another Chance"
And all attention back to the main plot. This episode is spent slowly unveiling Kuze backstory. The sad part? Kuze's just not as "cool" as last season's Laughing Man. The complex web be placed will pay off with a bang-up rest of the series...
Certain to be packaged with more delightful interviews and extras, let's hope that maybe Bandai/Manga Entertainment slip us OST 3 for the Special Edition.
Anyways, enjoy this disc-- there's only a couple more "side-story" episodes left, and then the final plunge; with a story arc that's more intense (and oddly inspired by the original manga) than most of what we've seen thus far."
Awesome show as always!!
S. Baker | 03/14/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Just wanted to point out a couple things quick namely the first review by Dylangump which states he doesn't like the tachikoma voices?? They are the same voices as season 1, and why now of all times do you decide to complain about them halfway through season 2?? As for the anti Amercian pleeeeaaassse! What other countries aren't entitled to there opinion? Plus if you knew anything about the military you would know that the US Army wears there American Flag on the shoulder backwards because it is meant to symbolize how the flag looks when charging into combat! Anyway this is a great show, and fans of the series, or the ghost in the shell movies will enjoy!"
Awesome and I don't care if it is Anti-American
G. Pabon | 05/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
OUT OF THE SHADOWS
Sesho | Pasadena, TX USA | 06/02/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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."