Argentosoma - Another Reality (Vol. 1)
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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...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished on May 23, 2013 by K Stevens
..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
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 morePublished on June 21, 2004 by Sesho
I think that despite some of it's similarities with past mecha series, this series is truely remarkable. Read morePublished on April 5, 2004 by J. D Naae
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 morePublished on March 3, 2003 by James L. Hendricks Jr.
Although the story is a bit slow, Argentosoma is still worth watching... The music is fantastic, especially the beginning theme.... Read morePublished on February 15, 2003
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 morePublished on February 9, 2003
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 morePublished on February 4, 2003 by David Nakamura
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