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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Season 1 Episode 17

SA: The True Reason for the Unfinished Love Affair; ANGELS' SHARE

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Mar 06, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Aramaki and Kusanagi attend an international security conference in London. While there, Aramaki visits an old acquaintance of his, who is the operator of a wine fund, a place where people store their wines in order to let the wine age and become more expensive. Their meeting is not purely a social one, but before Aramaki and his friend can sit down and talk about the old days, the bank is broken into by two mafia men.moreless

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  • While meeting up with an old friend and checking on his wine trust he becomes a hostage in an attempt to rob the wine trust, but there is a more sinister that forces Aramki to go from hostage to leader.moreless

    Although only a stand alone episode, this is one of the better character development stories because it delves into the personal life of the shrewd and mysterious Aramaki. A truly amazing episode that shows how fast Aramaki can think on his feat. Although we usually get to see the brilliant work that the major does, this is a great episode that shows that there is a reason why Aramaki was made leader of section 9 and why the Major respects him so much. We also see in this episode that Aramaki does have a personal life and one has to wonder as someone who is so professional as himself what he is like when he lets his hair down. I think this epsidoe is one of my favorites of the entire seasons as it just goes to show you that every memeber of section 9 is as cunning as the rest, the chief included. It hink this sets well the rest of the season as Aramaki finds himself behind the eightball and needs to make some more decisions that may or may not pay off as well as this gamble.moreless
  • A nice peek into the life and mind of the enigmatic Chief Arimaki.

    I like the way this helps to flesh out Arimaki's background and also takes the show on the road... Given the "accurate" portrayal of London, I'm curious to know how accurate their representation of Japan is.

    The one thing that really bothered me was that this episode took place in England, and not a single character had a British accent. I suppose it's a minor detail, but that would be a prime way to really set the scene - I mean, if all that changes is the scenery, what's the big deal about going someplace else? Would it really have been that hard to bring in some voice talent from England? Or maybe ask the existing voice talent to fake an accent? A little thing, but would go a long way to round out the authenticity, especially for such a meticulously produced show.

    That being said, I still enjoyed it. I liked the way that they played up Arimaki's strengths, and showed that he's not just cool under pressure from behind his desk.moreless

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    • Japanese Title: 「未完成ラブロマンスの真相」 - 「Mikansei Love Romance no Shinsō」

      The DVD translates the titles as 「The Truth Behind the Unfinished Romance」

    • Original Japanese Airdate: January 21st, 2002.

    • The staff behind Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex made this episode as accurate as possible. Not only did they put the famous London buildings in their proper places, they also used a realistic map of the metropolis of London as well as putting "BBC" on the media van.


    • Motoko's second visit to England: "ROBOT RONDO"

      At the beginning of the episode, Aramaki asks Motoko what she thinks of the conference as this was her second visit to the SAS. Motoko's "first visit" comes from a line at the end of chapter 6, "ROBOT RONDO", from the 1991 manga Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow. Though the trip is never shown, in the chapter she is given orders by Aramaki to go to England to train under the SAS.

    • "ANGELS' SHARE": "Ag2O"

      Seymour presenting Aramaki with a bottle of wine from her own collection echoes the end of "Ag20" where Zaitzev's wife gives Batou a bottle of medovuha.