Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

IN: Confusion at the North End; FABRICATE FOG

Season 2, Ep 20, Aired 4/16/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Section 9 heads to Etorofu in search of Kuze. During their investigations, the Major finds an interesting floppy disk on the body of a dead addict. The floppy proves to be a goldmine of information, as it contains records of plutonium transactions. The last buyer to purchase the material was a group of Asian refugees. Realizing the transaction is about to take place, the team rushes to the location and is surprised by what they find.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Yoko Kanno

  • Crispin Freeman


  • Dave Wittenberg


  • Dean Wain


  • Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

    Motoko Kusanagi

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  • Notes (2)

    • Japanese Title: 「北端の混迷」 - 「Hokutan no Konmei」 The DVD translates the title as 「Confusion in the Northern Frontier」

    • Original Japanese Airdate: October 2nd, 2004.

    Allusions (3)

    • Etorofu: "PHANTOM FUND" Section 9's visit to Etorofu, while different in objective, covers many aspects of the northern Japanese island found in the 1991 Ghost in the Shell manga by Shirō Masamune in Chapter 7 entitled "PHANTOM FUND". Of particular note is Aramaki's contact at the heliport where Proto waits, the attack on the "militarists" by the crowbar-wielding thugs (Motoko is actually attacked by the thugs in the manga), the subterranean sub base being illegally used by Sagawa Electronics, the cyberhacker friend of Motoko (along with his gate guard, elegant stairway, and sex androids), and the Russian that Kuze exchanges the money for the plutonium with. All of these concepts are taken directly from the manga chapter.

    • Etorofu: Northern Territories The island of Etorofu, considered part of the Northern Territories in the series (and also in modern-day Japan) is actually called Ostrov (Island) Iturup and is part of the Russia Kuril Island Chain. Covered in "LOST HERITAGE" and "CAPTIVATED", the Northern Territories are finally mentioned here as being retaken from Russia towards the end of Non-Nuclear World War IV. Also mentioned here is the Battle of Nemuro, mentioned in "ANNIHILATION" as the Umibōzu played a large part in the operation. More information on the "Northern Territories" can be found in the Allusions section for "CAPTIVATED".

    • Kuze Profits 2: Superman III Kuze's means of aquiring massive amounts of Yen by collection all the thousandths+ (every digit after the first two past the right of the decimal point) of cents considered too small to even make up one cent lost in the system is also similar to Richard Pryor's character in Superman III who embezzled massive amounts of dollars from his company by stealing all the thousandths+ of cents from the computer and had them transferred to his pay check.

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