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Argentosoma Vol. 2: Getting Even (2002)

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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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A War Of Passion

The alien attacks continue, and the soldiers of the elite anti-alien Funeral are called out to defend the Earth again and again. Due to the constant stress, tensions begin to mount. Ryu and Dan's dislike for one another exploded and lands them both in the brig.

Some of the members don't like the idea of using Hattie, awho is just a child, to control their alien secret weapon. Is it right to use a child to control a weapon? And after its previous escape, the alien's reliability is questioned and additional measures to control him are taken.

Hattie, frightened and confused by what's going on, runs away. All of Funeral is scrambled to locate her. She is finally found. However, even after she is returned to Funeral headquarters, she does not feel safe.

And finally, during a particularly difficult battle, Ryu figures out how to stop a new breed of alien. And during that brief moment, he reverts to his former personality, Takuto. Is he really committed to his goal of revenge?

GreenCine Member Reviews

Floundering around trying to find its own voice by hneline1 June 12, 2003 - 10:51 PM PDT
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
In this second disk, Argentosoma continues to try being that stylish mystery with angst, but it just feels more and more like a badly spliced soap opera whose plot has been plagiarized from too many disparate sources. For example, the alien robot was an allegory of Frankenstein in the early episodes and now he's become the Man in the Iron Mask crossed with Phantom of the Opera. Hattie goes to live with the female commander reminiscent of Shinji going to live with Misato in Evangelion. Soma becomes every nerd's fantasy when he surprises his blatantly dense, fellow fighter pilots with his quick application of scientific knowledge to save the day. And is Mr. X a manifestation of the Evil One in the face of Soma's Faust, or is he Smiley manipulating a reluctant mole as in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy?

I'm confused, and on top of that, I can't find a character that I like -- interesting, complex, unique characters, yes, but not likeable. This series has enough elements to be grand and different, if only it could find its own voice. Maybe it'll get better in the next disk.

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(Average 6.67)
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