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Argentosoma Vol. 1: Another Reality (2000)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Bandai
Genre: Anime, Science Fiction Anime, Mecha
Running Time: 125 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Life ends...

Takuto Kaneshiro is a gifted young man. A student in metallurgy in college, he's something of a genius. He's got a sweet, lovable girlfriend. And he's got a lot of dreams for his future.

But one day, all those dreams will shatter. In a freak accident during a secret experiment, he will lose everything that's most dear to him. And following these events, he will even lose his sense of self.

After the accident, as he hovers between life and death, a mysterious man spouting Shakespeare offers him a chance to get what he now wants most: revenge.

Takuto Kaneshiro is dead. And from him, Ryu Soma is born. Now, working as a part of the anti-alien military unit FUNERAL, Ryu Soma is determined to get his revenge.

GreenCine Member Reviews

"Hey, those aliens look just like the angels from Evangelion!" by hneline1 February 25, 2003 - 9:39 PM PST
17 out of 18 members found this review helpful
My first thought was, "Hey, those aliens look just like the angels from Evangelion!" Then later I thought, "Wow, this is pretty cool... intense like Eva with mechas and a humungous robot and even a deal with the devil."

In this world, Angel-03-like giant aliens start attacking Earth in 2054. By 2059, U.N. Forces and a military unit called Funeral are developing mechas and other technology to combat the aliens. The first episode sets the stage by following Takuto Kaneshiro, a metallurgy graduate student, who is recruited by his girlfriend, Maki, and her bioengineering professor to help revive a pieced-together giant alien robot nicknamed "Frank" (get the reference?). When an accident leaves Takuto as the only survivor, he goes mad and makes a Faustian deal with a mysterious stranger who asks him if he wants revenge or clemency for Maki's death. What do you think Takuto chooses?

I was riveted to the screen for these 5 episodes. There are aliens and mecha fighting in the streets of a ravaged New York. There is a Giant Robo-type relationship between the run-away resurrected robot and an orphaned waif who had been traumatized in the original alien attack. Takuto is not your stereotypical hero -- he had not been the nicest person to Maki, and his desire for revenge seems to grow more extreme as a cover-up for his self-blame. This is turning out to be an engaging scifi action adventure with shades of mystery (who is that Mr. X?) and psychological struggle.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.43)
117 Votes
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Seiyuu - Ayako Kawasumi
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