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Argentosoma - Another Reality (Vol. 1) (2003)

S˘ichir˘ Hoshi , Houko Kuwashima , Kazuyoshi Katayama  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: S˘ichir˘ Hoshi, Houko Kuwashima, Chafurin, Yuji Takada, Yuri Sa
  • Directors: Kazuyoshi Katayama
  • Producers: Hiroyuki Birukawa, Keiichi Matsumura
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: December 31, 2003
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L4KY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,080 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Argentosoma - Another Reality (Vol. 1)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Textless Opening
  • Argentosoma Tech Files
  • Bandai Entertainment Previews

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This 2000 TV series borrows heavily from Evangelion, Frankenstein, and The Iron Giant. Takuto, a brilliant college student, follows his girlfriend Maki to the secret lab where her professor is resurrecting an alien cyborg. When the military interferes, the cyborg strikes out, killing Maki and injuring Takuto. A mysterious man who quotes bits of Western literature arranges a new life for the badly disfigured Takuto, who swears to avenge Maki's death. As Lt. Ryu Soma, he joins Funeral, an elite army unit dedicated to destroying the alien robots that are attacking the Earth. The cyborg befriends the strange girl Harriet, who refers to him as an elf. Taciturn and brusque, Ryo is not a prepossessing hero; despite his suffering, he lacks the vulnerability that balances Shinji's alienation in Evangelion. However, American otaku will enjoy the unusual mecha designs and the well-staged battles scenes. (Rated 13 and older: violence, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein... with mecha and aliens... July 6, 2003
Format:DVD
I suppose the older I get the more I appreciate a slower-paced story. I like to discover characters and motivations over time. I enjoy stories that unfold over the full length of a show's run rather than dump the entire plot on me in the first two episodes and then all there is left to do is watch it unfold in the already known and predictable way... Thankfully, ARGENTOSOMA doesn't do that - yet I'm not lost either. There is mystery and confusion and loose ends, but then, there's supposed to be at this point in the story... Of course, I've only viewed the first three disks... so I'm hoping they wrap everything up by series end, but so far I'm hooked.
The mecha designs are kind of oddly unfinished-looking for the humans... variations of the alien technology, but modified to assuage civilian fears... The style not stellar, but at least interesting. I actually think the mecha take a back seat in this show. Of far more interest are the alien invaders and their motivations... who are they... and why did they come in the first place if not precisely to conquer?
I've heard plenty of sneering comparisons that paint every alien-invasion-mecha-suit show that comes along as a pale copy of Evangelion and frankly I'm tired of it. They're all just modernizations of scientifically-enhanced group stories anyway. (Go watch the 70's Gatchaman again and tell me I'm wrong...) It's a GENRE now people... get over it!
That said... I try to take each series on it's own - as long as it brings something interesting to the table. Argentosoma intrigues me because it's a twist on the venerable Frankenstein tale and they've given us a 'hero' who isn't just confused or reluctant... he's actively vengeful - perhaps to the detriment of the world's survival...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something New, Something Old February 19, 2003
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For just a few minutes in the early stages of this recent release you are going to think that you have wandered into an Evangelion clone. Nor is Evangelion the only series 'Argentosoma' will recall to mind. It is unfair to make these comparisons after seeing only the first five episodes, but there is a derivative feel to this anime that I hope does not persist. A more critical problem is that the dialog is a bit flat and humorless, and the personalities lack some needed magnetism. Part of this is the fault of a lackluster dubbing job. The original Japanese is a bit more animated but still is nothing special.
In any case, the story is set in the near future, with the earth under attack by aliens by a series of giant alien humanoids (very reminiscent of EVA's Angels). These all seem to be intent on reaching a point on the Canadian/U.S. border in Montana, for no reason that humanity can discover. Making the reasonable assumption that, if highly destructive aliens are intent on getting somewhere, it might be a good idea to stop them, a special team, FUNERAL, has been assembled to do the job. Led by Commander Lana Inness, they are a fractious crew, zipping about using giant robots called SARG's to take on the aliens.
The 'hero' of the series is a college student, Takuto Kaneshiro, who witnesses the death of his girlfriend, Maki Agata, at the hands of a giant robot (Frank as in 'Frankenstein') built out of alien parts by her professor, Dr. Noguchi. Recovering from his own injuries in the hospital, Takuto is approached by 'Mr. X,' a mysterious, classics quoting stranger, and offered an opportunity to get his revenge on Frank (who has been captured by FUNERAL). The next time Takuto wakes up he is Ryu Soma, a new addition to the FUNERAL team.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected surprise November 9, 2004
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I remember when this show was coming out there were a large number of high profile shows vying for the attention of anime fans. I was intrigued by the concept (a retelling of Franenstein with giant Mecha aliens?), but he art style didn't really grab me (as some people have noted, the characters are very angular and their noses sometimes disappear altogether). Eventually I decided to rent the first volume just to give it a shot...

Amazing. This show is amazing. While the first episode or two is just setting the stage, one thing quickly becomes apparent. The music, the animation, the presentation, the quality of the voice acting (Japanese, NOT the horrible English) are all top notch. While some shows are content to just give us the same re-hashed characters, the ones found in this show are very unique, and contain a surprising amount of depth. Take the main character for instance. A lot of people have complained that he's not a likable character. He's not supposed to be! From the get-go it should be obvious that this was a guy with big issues. He was borderline verbally abusive to his girlfriend, disliked by most people who knew him, arrogant, prideful, and emotionally unstable...BEFORE HE BECAME A HORRIBLY DISFIGURED FREAK BENT ON REVENGE! Really, the protagonist in this show is probably one of the best examples of an anti-hero I have ever seen. He is consumed by a desire for revenge, yet finds himself protecting his new friends, and even saving the very creature he had sworn to destroy. And as he is pushed harder and harder and starts to lose his cool (and boy does he act cool under his new identity)...you just have to see it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This dvd was interesting. It kind of catches your interest. I haven't had a chance yet to watch any of the other dvd's in the series, but I'm hoping they'll be as interesting and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by K Stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars A subtle, but interesting series...
..that describes Argentosoma to a 'T'.

If you're looking for over-the-top action [which can become over-rated if the storyline can't back it up], intense drama OR just... Read more
Published on January 2, 2006
2.0 out of 5 stars A TAD TOO MUCH STRANGENESS
Ok, see if this sounds familiar. In the future there was a first impact caused by a alien which started a war in which these giant weird sounding weird looking robots/aliens come... Read more
Published on June 21, 2004 by Sesho
4.0 out of 5 stars Good mecha!!
I think that despite some of it's similarities with past mecha series, this series is truely remarkable. Read more
Published on April 5, 2004 by J. D Naae
4.0 out of 5 stars this one has potential!
Unlike Shinji, Takuto/Ryo is quite unusual--am I suppose to root for him, or jeer him? I say this because even after changing nto the not so pleasant Ryo, he keeps having... Read more
Published on March 4, 2003 by James L. Hendricks Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
Although the story is a bit slow, Argentosoma is still worth watching... The music is fantastic, especially the beginning theme.... Read more
Published on February 15, 2003 by "android00"
5.0 out of 5 stars Character over giant robots
Though its allusions to Neon Genesis Evangelion are somewhat agonizing, Argento Soma's primary focus is on their characters and the interactions between them. Read more
Published on February 9, 2003 by "black_marth"
4.0 out of 5 stars Cant say much yet
I saw the first episode and all I can say is that it seemed to remind me a bit like Evangelion.... I have high hopes for this show though, as I've read alot about it. Read more
Published on February 5, 2003 by David Nakamura
5.0 out of 5 stars Human relations and regret
Argentosoma has many surprise endings. Therefore, it is rare to be able to introduce at present.
However, the wonderful story of the final stage will impress all men. Read more
Published on December 19, 2002 by "yoichiml"
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