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Argentosoma: Volume 1 (+ limited edition artbox) [Import]
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
At the beginning of the first episode an alien is blown up by the Earth defenses but reassembled and reactivated by a scientist. First mistake...do not reassemble a hostile alien!!
In the process the alien, called "Frank" (oh, the irony) kills everyone at the research facility....except Takuto Kaneshiro, a college student who had shown up there looking for his girlfriend, who worked with the scientist. After Frank leaves the compound, he meets a young girl, Harriet, and surprisingly becomes her protector, saving her life from another alien who had arrived on the scene. FUNERAL, the anti-alien taskforce decides that the girl might just be useful after all. The physically scarred Takuto is meanwhile being rehabilitated by a slightly psycho doctor with his own agenda. Takuto vows to kill Frank and the doctor gives him a new identity, Lt.Ryu Soma, in order to infiltrate FUNERAL and get close enough to take his revenge.
This series is just a little too goofy and derivative to me. The scarred Ryu looks like a dumb Two-Face. What's with the names too? I mean, really, FUNERAL?? When the mecha start fighting with each other, you could just put in Evangelion.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 ›
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 ›
Most recent customer reviews
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 Feb. 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 Feb. 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 Feb. 4 2003 by David Nakamura