Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Season 1 Episode 14

SA: Automated Capitalism; ¥€$

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Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Feb 13, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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Section 9 goes undercover, disguised as garbage collecters. The target of their operation is a Chinese mafia group who will be attempting a robbery of a financial institution. At the same time, a South Seas Mafia assassin enters the country with orders of her own. Her target is a former mathematician turned billionaire financial whiz who is known to be a recluse.moreless

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  • Major gets thrown out with the trash.

    9.0
    I enjoyed this episode much more in English than dubbed. I scene with Batou and the cars made more sense to me. I loved how the team took down the group in the beginning andhte major wsa thrown in to the huge pile of trash. Then it wsa funny how she looked at Togusa and Batou commented on her pride. Then the Chief later on made a comment on her lack of clothes at their meeting. The ending was good in this episode. I did not foresee the guy they we going to protect as being dead already. I thought it was cute who Batou tricked the dogs in6to thinking he was the owner.moreless
  • Well... I was speechless

    8.0
    This episode seemed to have a distinct likeness that left me speechless... See, I\'m already speechless!! Anyways, the story was surprising & ... ... ... Darn!! Quit going speechless, ya darn member! I expected a lot from GiTS, yet this episode left me untalkative & a bit extinguished... VERY extinguished! I give this episode 8/10.
Fleet Cooper

Fleet Cooper

SWAT

Guest Star

Lia Sargent

Lia Sargent

Maid Android

Guest Star

Tony Oliver

Tony Oliver

Gang Leader

Guest Star

Loy Edge

Loy Edge

Wang

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In Mr. Wang's phone call to Aramaki, the Chinese characters 王正在通話中 scroll behind him from right to left. It says 'Wang Zhengzai Tōnghuazhōng' or 'Wang Speaking Live'.

    • Fem's high-powered rifle can blast through an android, but not through Yokose's ceiling. It may be that the ceiling, as well as the entire room, has been lined with metal. Since Yokose has a lot of it, odds are that the room is lined with gold.

    • The stock that Togusa's wife sold at the end of the episode is from Meditech, the company that the Major and Togusa investigated in episode 8 - "MISSING HEARTS".

    • At the end of the episode, Togusa's computer connects to a trading site and ¥80,000 worth of Serano Genomics is purchased. The question is: Who purchased the stock?

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Chinese Name Mispronounced
      Debra Jean Rodgers, the English voice artist for the Operator, mispronounces Mr Wang's family name. It is pronounced Wahng, like the English short 'a'.

    • Tachikoma: Major, somebody threw away an old guy. What should we do with him?

      The old man in the trash is similar to one moment in chapter 2 "JUNK JUNGLE" from the 1995 manga Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow.

    • Motoko: ...What's your status?
      Tachikoma: I've finished loosening the spark plugs on every suspicious car in the immediate area. Do you want me to yank the plug from that one too?
      (The Major looks through the eyes of the Tachikoma, who is looking at Togusa's car as Batou leans against it. The Major then shows a rather frustrated look on her face.)

      A similar exchange between Motoko and the Tachikoma can be found in the e-manga, dubbed Ghost in the Shell 1.5, that Masamune Shirow wrote to bridge the gap between manga volumes 1 and 2.

    • Batou: Are you all right?
      (Motoko glares at him and Batou gives a chuckle.)
      Only your pride was injured.
      Motoko: I do not find this funny. Go and bring the damn car, Togusa.
      Batou: Good luck, guy.
      (Togusa gets a rather nervous look on his face.)

    • Aramaki: By the way, that's some get-up. Are you trying to attract my attention with your wardrobe?
      Motoko: Of course I'm not. I just...don't have a choice.

    • Batou: If no heirs turn up, I suppose that gold bullion will just go to the state.
      Motoko: It hardly seems fair.
      Tachikoma: But isn't it less fair for one person to hoard all this?
      Motoko: What do you have in your claw?!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Japanese Title: 「全自動資本主義」- 「Zenjidō Shihonshugi」

      The DVD translates the title as 「Full-Auto Capitalism」

    • Original Japanese Airdate: December 31st, 2002.

    • The English title is not some fancy way of saying YES. It is actually a type of currency.

      Apparently, in the future envisioned in the world of Ghost in the Shell, the American Empire, European Union (EU), and Japan tried to create an international "super currency" by combining the Yen (¥), Euro (€) and Dollar ($). Thus, the ¥€$ Monetary Union was born to revive and strengthen the economically weak "First World" countries against the rising economic strength of the "Third World" nations in Asia. In so doing, the three countries had hoped to bring these Asian countries under the ¥€$. However, the Asian Nations, headed by China, Korea, and India, created their own Monetary Union, A-SIA, in order to compete with ¥€$. In the end, the countries that formed the ¥€$ couldn't come to a full agreement and the compact fell apart. ¥€$ is still around in limited circulation, but the Yen, Euro, and Dollar are still the most distributed currency in their respective countries. Now, A-SIA is one of the most dominant currencies in the world.

      Note in this episode the currency rates at the Universal Bank. The rates are matched against ¥100. In today's standard, about ¥109=$1. Now the Yen is much stronger than the Dollar. ¥100 now equals $1.90 and ¥€$1.03. However, A-SIA is the dominant currency as A-SIA .87 = ¥100.

      Also note that the strongest currency in our time, the British Pound Sterling, is not shown. While it is possible that the United Kingdom adopted the euro as their country's currency, it's rather unlikely. While other economic factors have kept the British from using the Euro, the fact remains that the British Pound Sterling has been the world's strongest currency for over 400 years.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Airliner: "VIRUS>IMMUNE"

      The commercial airliner at the beginning of the episode is modeled after the airliner used as a private plane by Motoko in Chapter 5, "MOLD OF LIFE", in the 2001 manga Ghost in the Shell: Man-Machine Interface by Masamune Shirow.

    • Restaurant Raid: Ghost in the Shell

      Section 9 posing as trash collectors is similar to the 1995 movie Ghost in the Shell that showcases a trash collector who is unknowingly helping out the Puppet Master. Here, Secton 9 is about to arrest a bunch of robbers, unaware that the robbers are only a decoy sent in to lead Section 9 away from the true objective of the overseas mafia: The assassination of Kanemoto Yokose by Fem.

    • Pioneer Model Android: Changsha, People's Republic of China

      The android that knocks down the Major, and is destroyed by one punch from Batou, is named the Pioneer, in homage to the first human shaped robot develped in China. Created at the Science and Technology University for National Defense in Changsha, the Pioneer model has weapons similar to that displayed in "¥€$", including a cannon located in its groin. Look close as it only appears for a split second during the Pioneer's attack.

    • Crow Tengu: 烏天狗

      In his description of Kanemoto Yokose, Togusa compares the reclusive billionaire to Crow Tengu. 烏天狗たち (Karasu Tengutachi or Crow Goblins) are similar to western society's elves. Like elves, Karasu Tengutachi are extremely territorial and dislike vain and arrogant people.

      Adding a second "T" to his give name, Yokose Kanemoto becomes Yokose Kanemotto, shows why the producers gave him the name. Written in Japanese as 寄越せ 金もっと, his name becomes the statement "Give me more money."

    • Android Maids: "ROBOT RONDO"

      The weapons that Kanemoto Yokose's android maids possess are taken directly from the 1991 Ghost in the Shell manga by Masamune Shirow in the chapter entitled "ROBOT RONDO".

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