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Over the course of several days, a large number of girls have been kidnapped. All indications point to the Northern Territories Mafia. Employing a trick known as Blindfold Ivan, the mafia is able to kidnap the girls in broad daylight with no one witnessing the abduction. Unfortunately for the mafia, they have kidnapped the daughter of the former Prime Minister of Japan, who has always publicly denied the existence of the Northern Territories Mafia. Feeling betrayed, he requests help from the Home Affairs Minister, who calls in Section 9 to assist.
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」
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 Kruzkova finds Reiko in the van, she wonders why Shushō Kanzaki's daughter was on the target list. Shushō, written as 首相, is not the Assemblyman's given name. Rather, it is the Japanese word for Prime Minister. The DVD's subtitles spell the word as Shuzo.
Kanji Shown in News Report: 元首相令嬢誘拐目隠しイワン！！ (Moto Shushō Reijō Yūkai Mekakushi Ivan!!) - Former Prime Minister's Daughter's Blindfold Ivan Abduction!!
Kanji Shown Under Pictures in News Report:
神崎 元首相 - Former Prime Minister Kanzaki
神崎 玲子 - Reiko Kanzaki
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.
|Artist||Song Title||Played When|
|Origa||「Inner Universe」|| |
|Scott Matthew||「Lithium Flower」|| |
|Yōko Kanno||「Surf」|| |
|Yōko Kanno||「Spotter」|| |
|Yōko Kanno||「Incomplete Love Story」|| |
Motoko: Batou. I really don't think that they'll risk shipping the goods overseas alive. It's far too complicated. They'd probably process them first. Check out places that could break down large numbers of people starting with the most likely areas.
Togusa: She's a by-the-numbers kind of woman.
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.
Togusa: That's one heartless trick the Chilef's pulling on Kanzaki. He's going to be exposed in the press because of this.
Batou: Well, looks like you and the Chief have the same blood in you, after all. That's a scary thought.
English Credits Error:
Michael Gregory is the listed in the credits as the voice actor who plays Reiko Kanzaki.
Russian Name Misspelled:
The Japanese and English production teams spell the Northern Territories Mafia's woman's name as Cruzkowa. However, her name is Russian and that is not the way her name would be translated from Cyrillic to Latin characters. Russian only uses the 'k' for the hard sound and never the 'c' (in fact, the Cyrillic 'c' is actually an 's' sound), and it lacks a 'w'. Spelling the name as Cruzkowa, with the 'w' sounding like a 'v', would be the spelling of her name in German. From Cyrillic (as Кружкова) , her name is correctly spelled as Kruzkova.
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 (see Cultural References Section for "LOST HERITAGE"
). 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, 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.
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.
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.
The Asian Miracle: "EXCAVATION"
In the van where the kidnapped girls are being held, Kruzkowa mentions to her suboordinate, Paku, that the girls were born after the Asian Miracle. More information on the Asian Miracle will be discussed in the 2nd GIG