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Argentosoma Vol. 3: No Tears (2002)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Bandai
Genre: Anime, Science Fiction Anime, Mecha
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Ryu Soma continues to work with the men and women of Funeral, but he is beginning to doubt himself. Why hasn't he finished the job and destroyed the alien to get his revenge? What is he doing in Funeral? All these questions prompt him to take some rash actions, and he engages the alien in combat.

Meanwhile, the largest alien ever approaches Earth. Attempts to destroy it prove futile, and soon it is on a course that runs right into Funeral's home base! The Funeral team responds, but nothing seems to stop it. Their last resort is the Fefnir, a charged particle acclerator, but even this enormous weapon proves ineffective...

GreenCine Member Reviews

Like listening to your neighbors argue loudly by hneline1 July 24, 2003 - 3:53 AM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Watching Argentosoma is like listening to your neighbors argue loudly -- it's annoying, it's a bad soap opera, but there's a voyeuristic fascination to find out what happens next and the action may not be bad either. Oh, that's a sick analogy, isn't it? ;-p

But Argentosoma is like that! This is the third volume, episodes 11 thru 14, and I still haven't found a character that I like. The drama is overblown, trying to play with our heartstrings with too many noble speeches. The aliens are a direct rip-off of Evangelion. The patronizing gender discrimination that the female commander faces is thrown unexpectedly in our faces in episode 13, halfway through the series, as if it were a convenient plot twist. Almost all of episode 14 is a strategy meeting where politicians, military commanders, and scientists bicker -- if you think your real work meetings are agonizing, try watching 25 minutes on anime.

And yet... the action is still intense. The animation is still smooth. The mystery is engaging enough so that I wonder who is Mr. X and whether the humans will ever figure out why the aliens are landing. Augh. So if you have patience and don't mind dramatics, Argentosoma has enough good points to hook you. I just hope the pots keep flying in volume 4.

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(Average 6.85)
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