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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: IN: The Fact of Being There; ANOTHER CHANCE

Ishikawa returns from the Peninsula with the latest intel on Kuze, but is surprised to learn of a possible refugee uprising. The Major and Aramaki are sent to see the Prime Minister to discuss this matter. While they wait, the rest of the team listens to Ishikawa's report on Kuze's past.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x16
Airdate: Saturday March 18th, 2006

Guest Stars
Barbara GoodsonBarbara Goodson
voiced Kayabuki
Kirk ThorntonKirk Thornton
voiced Kuze
Mike ReynoldsMike Reynolds
voiced Commissioner-General
Episode Notes
Japanese Title: 「そこにいること」 - 「Soko ni Iru Koto」

Japanese on Door to Committee Meeting:
難民対策臨時会期 (Nanmin Taisaku Rinji Kaiki) - Refugee Countermeasures Special Session. The DVD translates it as Emergency Refugee Policy Session.

Commissioner-General Voice Artist
The Commissioner-General, also known as the Superintendent-General when the position was held by Daidō in 1st GIG, is now voiced by Mike Reynolds. In "INDUCTANCE", the role was voiced by Beau Billingslea.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Steve Conte「Living Inside the Shell」 
Yōko Kanno「East of the Peninsula」 
Yōko Kanno「Know Your Enemy」 

Episode Goofs
Error in Geography
At the beginning of the episode, the plane that Ishikawa is travelling in from Korea to Japan flies over Nagasaki and Dejima is seen below. However, the only reason he would be flying over Nagasaki is if he were landing at an airport on the island of Kyūshū, where Nagasaki and Kagoshima are located. Niihama, the capital of Japan and where Section 9 is located, is much further to the north on the island of Honshū. The southernmost part of mainland Korea is north of Nagasaki so the plane is travelling far too south to reach Niihama.

Lack of Facial Movement
As in "REEMBODY" when Aramaki speaks to Prime Minister, Kayabuki puts her head down into her right hand on her desk and speaks to Aramaki. As she is talking, her jaw line is shown not to be moving when it should be. Aramaki's jaw line also did not move when the camera was behind him when he was talking to the Prime Minister in the first episode of 2nd GIG.

Episode References
The Nemuro Peninsula: "ANNIHILATION"
In his virtual briefing to Section 9, Ishikawa mentions that the Self-Defence Army was put into action overseas in an agreement with Imperial America in 2024. He also mentions that this was their first real test since Nemuro, which had occurred within the last few years. Nemuro is a city and a peninsula located on the northeastern tip of the northern island of Hokkaidō. It was last mentioned in "ANNIHILATION" when Batou tells Ishikawa that the Umibōzu, "participated in the op to take back Nemuro." Adding to the fact that the four islands just north of Nemuro are now back in the hands of Japan, it can be argued that the Battle of Nemuro was fought between the Japanese and Russians at the end of Non-Nuclear World War IV. Having succeeded in the battle, the Japanese island hopped and took back their formerly held land that is once again called the Northern Territories.

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