Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Season 1 Episode 19

SA: Embraced by a Disguised Net; CAPTIVATED

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Mar 20, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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Recently, there have been numerous kidnappings which resemble the modus operandi of the Northern Territories Mafia. Aramaki and his team have been called in by the Prime Minister. Ironically, the request to investigate the matter has come from the former Prime Minister of Japan, whose own daughter has been kidnapped by the Mafia. During his time as Head of Government, he had denied that the group ever existed. Delving further into the matter, Public Security discovers rumors that the abductors are harvesting organs and cyberbrains from the kidnapped children and selling them on the black market.moreless

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    Peter Lurie

    Peter Lurie


    Guest Star

    Bridget Hoffman

    Bridget Hoffman


    Guest Star

    Carol Stanzione

    Carol Stanzione


    Guest Star

    Tom Wyner

    Tom Wyner

    Interior Minister

    Recurring Role

    Kevin Brief

    Kevin Brief


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Batou mentions that Kruzkova is the, "...old crone who used to work for the SVR." The SVR, or Служба Внешней Разведки (Sluzhba Vnyeshnyej Razvyedki) translates to Service of Foreign Intelligence or the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service. It is the counterpart of the United States' CIA and Great Britain's MI-6 in that it handles all pressing matters to national security outside the country.

      • When Togusa and Batou are discussing the case of the abducted girls, their electronic Report Files appear individually with a picture stating ID number, age, height, even dress etc. Reiko Kanzaki's profile was the first to appear and as stated her "dress: a camisole with a denim jacket; a Louis Vuitton bag with red sandals". She does not have the LV bag with her when she was last seen prior to the kidnap.

      • When Kruzkova finds Reiko in the van, she wonders why Shuzo Kanzaki's daughter was on the target list. Shuzo should actually be spelled as Shushō. Also, Shushō, written as 首相, is not the Assemblyman's given name. Rather, it is the Japanese word for Prime Minister.

      • Michael Gregory is the listed in the episode as the voice actor who plays Reiko Kanzaki.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Togusa: Look, I'm sure it's the right idea to check them in order of likelihood, but do you really think they'd be hiding in such an obvious spot.
        Batou: Every once in a while that nice, quiet neighbor turns out to be a serial killer.

      • Batou: Son of a bitch! Still alive, huh?
        Togusa: That's a hell of a thing to say. Images of my family flashed before my eyes.
        Batou: I didn't mean you.

        Incidentally, while the circumstances are different, Togusa's reply is simlar to what he says to Batou in Chapter 6 - "ROBOT RONDO" from the 1991 Ghost in the Shell manga by Shirō Masamune.

    • NOTES (4)

      • Japanese Title: 「偽装網に抱かれて」 - 「Gisō Ami ni Dakarete」

        The DVD translates the title as 「Wrapped in a Web of Deceit」

      • Original Japanese Airdate: February 4th, 2002.

      • Kanji shown in news report: 現首相令嬢誘拐目隠しイワン!! (Genshushō Reijō Yūkai Mekakushi Ivan!!) - Blindfold Ivan Abduction of Former Prime Minister's Daughter!!

      • At the end of this episode, Aramaki says that it wouldn't hurt to have Assemblyman Kanzaki in their debt. Kanzaki does in fact help Aramaki later in the series.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Northern Territories: Kuril Island Chain

        This episode covers a Russian mafia group that operates in the Northern Territories. However, they are only known as the Northern Territories to the Japanese. To the rest of the world, as far as maps are concerned, the Northern Territories, which consist of four islands just northeast of Hokkaidō's Nemuro Peninsula (mentioned in "ANNIHILATION"), are part of the Kuril Island Chain. The four island's names in Japanese are Habomai, Shikotan, Kunashiri and Etorofu (he latter was mentioned in "LOST HERITAGE". See Trivia Section for episode 18.). In 1941, a formal neutrality pact had been signed by Japan and Russia that was supposed to remain vaild for the duration of World War II. On August 9th, 1945, three days after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, and the same day the US detonated an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, the Soviet Union reneged on the 1941 peace treaty and declared war on the Japanese. On September 3rd, 1945, the Soviet Union occupied the four islands, effectively voiding the 1855 Shimoda Treaty (see "LOST HERITAGE" Trivia), and removed thousands of Japanese citizens, sending them to Hokkaidō where they have remained. To this day, because of the dispute over these four islands, Japan and Russia are technically still at war because the peace treaty officially ending World War II and the occupation of Japan by the United States (the San Francisco Peace Treaty) was never signed by Russia.