Argento Soma

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Argento Soma
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Japanese cover for the first DVD volume of Argento Soma featuring the character Ryu Soma.
アルジェント ソーマ
(Arujento Sōma)
Genre Adventure, Mecha, Military
Anime television series
Directed by Kazuyoshi Katayama
Music by Katsuhisa Hattori
Studio Sunrise
Licensed by
Original network TV Tokyo
Original run October 6, 2000 March 22, 2001
Episodes25
Original video animation
Directed by Kazuyoshi Katayama
Music by Katsuhisa Hattori
Studio Sunrise
Licensed by
ReleasedFebruary 21, 2002
Runtime25 minutes
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Argento Soma (アルジェント ソーマ, Arujento Sōma) is a 25-episode anime TV series that aired on TV Tokyo from October 6, 2000, to March 22, 2001.

Contents

Episode 26, "Alone and by myself" (孤独と孤独, Kodoku to kodoku), was released direct-to-video.

The anime was originally licensed by Bandai Entertainment in North America before going out of print in 2012. Following the 2012 closure of Bandai Entertainment, Sunrise announced at Otakon 2013, that Sentai Filmworks has rescued Argento Soma, along with a handful of other former BEI titles. [1]

In Japan, the title is stylized as ΑΠΗΕΝΤΟ ΣΟΜΑ; this is a misspelling of the Greek title, which was supposed to be written as ΑΡΓΈΝΤΟ ΣΏΜΑ, which means "The Silver Body".

Plot

In an effort to learn more about the metallic aliens that have been plaguing the planet for the past years, Dr. Noguchi and his assistant Maki Agata try to bring to life a construct pieced together from the destroyed aliens. They recruit Takuto Kaneshiro, Maki's boyfriend at the college they both attend, into this project because of his talent for metallurgy. While Takuto is unhappy with Maki keeping secrets from him again, he reluctantly helps with the project. However, in the process of reviving the monster that Dr. Noguchi has aptly called Frank (short for Frankenstein's monster), unidentified soldiers invade the MORGUE facility. They cut the power, leading to a power surge which violently brings Frank to life and causes an explosion that kills everyone, including Dr. Noguchi and Maki, in the facility, except Takuto.

"Mr. X" visits the scarred (emotionally and physically) Takuto in the hospital, and offers him a chance to get his vengeance on the monster he blames for killing Maki and destroying his life. Months later Lt. Ryu Soma is reborn from the ashes of Takuto's soul, as a military pilot who joins FUNERAL. This is the organization which deals with the attacking aliens, and has also recaptured Frank (who escaped after the explosion at MORGUE).

It quickly becomes clear that Ryu knows how to operate FUNERAL's SARGs. Suspicions arises from Dan as Ryu has more in his background than meets the eyes.

It quickly becomes clear that Frank has become the best weapon FUNERAL has to defend against the aliens, which leaves Ryu torn between revenge and the desire to protect his comrades. Further complicating the picture, the only person who can communicate with Frank is a young girl named Hattie (Harriet), who bears a striking resemblance to Ryu/Takuto's lost love Maki. As it becomes apparent that Frank is more than a simple monster, Ryu and his FUNERAL comrades have to come to terms with questions of human identity, grief, and loss.

Cast

Japanese cast

English cast

Episode list

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Rebirth and Death"
"Saisei to Shi to" (Japanese: 再生と死と)
October 5, 2000 (2000-10-05)
2"Death and the Maiden"
"Shi to Shōjo to" (Japanese: 死と少女と)
October 12, 2000 (2000-10-12)
3"The Maiden and the Meeting"
"Shōjo to Deai to" (Japanese: 少女と出会いと)
October 19, 2000 (2000-10-19)
4"The Meeting and Hatred"
"Deai to Zōo to" (Japanese: 出会いと憎悪と)
October 26, 2000 (2000-10-26)
5"Hatred and War"
"Zōo to Arasoi to" (Japanese: 憎悪と争いと)
November 2, 2000 (2000-11-02)
6"War and Escape"
"Arasoi to Tōhi to" (Japanese: 争いと逃避と)
November 9, 2000 (2000-11-09)
7"Escape and Memories"
"Tōhi to Tsuioku to" (Japanese: 逃避と追憶と)
November 16, 2000 (2000-11-16)
8"Memories and Solitude"
"Tsuioku to Kodoku to" (Japanese: 追憶と孤独と)
November 23, 2000 (2000-11-23)
9"Solitude and Sadness"
"Kodoku to Ai to" (Japanese: 孤独と哀と)
November 30, 2000 (2000-11-30)
10"Sadness and Malice"
"Ai to Satsui to" (Japanese: 哀と殺意と)
December 7, 2000 (2000-12-07)
11"Malice and Betrayal"
"Saitsui to Uragiri to" (Japanese: 殺意と裏切りと)
December 14, 2000 (2000-12-14)
12"Betrayal and Despair"
"Uragiri to Zetsubō to" (Japanese: 裏切りと絶望と)
December 21, 2000 (2000-12-21)
13"Despair and Hope"
"Zetsubou to Kibō to" (Japanese: 絶望と希望と)
January 4, 2001 (2001-01-04)
14"Hope and Confusion"
"Kibō to Konton to" (Japanese: 希望と混沌と)
January 11, 2001 (2001-01-11)
15"Confusion and Conflict"
"Konton to Kattō to" (Japanese: 混沌と葛藤と)
January 18, 2001 (2001-01-18)
16"Conflict and Decisions"
"Kattō to Ketsui to" (Japanese: 葛藤と決意と)
January 25, 2001 (2001-01-25)
17"Decisions and the Past"
"Ketsui to Kako to" (Japanese: 決意と過去と)
February 1, 2001 (2001-02-01)
18"The Past and Crimes"
"Kako to Daizai to" (Japanese: 過去と大罪と)
February 8, 2001 (2001-02-08)
19"Crimes and Punishments"
"Daizai to Imashime to" (Japanese: 大罪と戒めと)
February 15, 2001 (2001-02-15)
20"Punishments and Awakening"
"Imashime to Kakusei to" (Japanese: 戒めと覚醒と)
February 22, 2001 (2001-02-22)
21"Awakening and Truth"
"Kakusei to Shinjitsu to" (Japanese: 覚醒と真実と)
March 1, 2001 (2001-03-01)
22"Truth and Destruction"
"Shinjitsu to Hametsu to" (Japanese: 真実と破滅と)
March 8, 2001 (2001-03-08)
23"Destruction and Courage"
"Hametsu to Yūki to" (Japanese: 破滅と勇気と)
March 15, 2001 (2001-03-15)
24"Courage and Love"
"Yūki to Ai to" (Japanese: 勇気と愛と)
March 22, 2001 (2001-03-22)
25"Love and Rebirth"
"Ai to Saisei to" (Japanese: 愛と再生と)
March 29, 2001 (2001-03-29)
OVA"Alone and By Myself"
"Kodoku to Kodoku" (Japanese: 孤独と孤独)
February 21, 2002 (2002-02-21)

Music

OP Single - Silent Wind

"Argento Soma - Silent Wind"
Song by Eri Sugai
ReleasedNov 22, 2000
Genre Anime
Label Victor Entertainment
Composer(s) Katsuhisa Hattori
Lyricist(s) Kitagawa Keiko

The single album to the opening song

Track Listing
No.TitleLength
1."Silent Wind"3:40
2."Silent Wind (TV Version)"1:40
3."Silent Wind (KH-R Heavy Industrial Mix)"5:32
4."Silent Wind (Original Karaoke)"3:39

Original Soundtrack I

Argento Soma - Original Soundtrack I
Soundtrack album
ReleasedDec 16, 2000
Genre Anime
Label Victor Entertainment

First OST Album

Track Listing
No.TitleLength
1."Fatal one : Shukumei no hito" 
2."Silent Wind (TV Ver.)" 
3."a wonderful world (Instrumental Ver.)" 
4."Fragile memory" 
5."kusari ni tsunagareta tamashii" 
6."Profiling" 
7."Flying commander" 
8."Departure" 
9."Flight from confusion" 
10."kindan no sasayaki" 
11."Immortal love" 
12."samayou yousei" 
13."kyoui no mukou ni" 
14."kanashiki chikara" 
15."Silent Wind (Instrumental Ver.)" 
16."a wonderful world (English Ver.)" 
17."Strained relation" 
18."Fumble around" 
19."yami kara no shoutaijou" 
20."yume, kuchihatete" 
21."Horizon (Instrumental Ver.)" 
22."Horizon (TV Ver.)" 

Original Soundtrack II

Argento Soma - Original Soundtrack II
Soundtrack album
ReleasedMar 03, 2001
Genre Anime
Label Victor Entertainment

Second OST Album

Track Listing
No.TitleLength
1."Silent Wind (full version)" 
2."Horizon (full version)" 
3."Behind the Decision" 
4."SARG" 
5."Primary Tactics" 
6."Kizu" 
7."Turning Point" 
8."Silent Wind (arranged piano solo ver.)" 
9."Shizukanaru Gyakusatsu" 
10."Mugibatake wo Wataru Kaze" 
11."Subarashiki Wagaya e" 
12."The Astronauts" 
13."Oritatta Unmei" 
14."Chaotic Development" 
15."Todokanai Kotoba" 
16."Silent Wind (piano solo)" 
17."A Wonderful World (orchestra version)" 
18."Kakusaku" 
19."Dark Organization" 
20."Inbou to Fuan to" 
21."Unknown" 
22."Muku no Kokoro - Hattie" 
23."Silent Wind (acoustic version)" 
24."Silent Wind (orchestra version)" 

Image Album - "if" For the Future Lovers

"if" For the Future Lovers
Soundtrack album by
Various Artist
Released2001
Genre Anime
Label Victor Entertainment

Contains songs not in the main soundtrack.

Track Listing
No.TitleMusicLength
1."Prologue"Various1:21
2."For the future Lovers" Kuwashima Houko 4:35
3."Wonderful World (KH-R"H0213 EX" MIX)" Kuwashima Houko 4:14
4."Wonderful World (KH-R"H0213 EX" MIX)" Hoshi Souichirou 1:33
5."Silent Wind" Kuwashima Houko 3:41
6."Kaigara no Yume" Kuwashima Houko 2:02
7."Argent Soma (KH-R "SPR4 ULTIMATE MIX")" DJ K. HASEGAWA 7:19
8."Hoshi no Umi E"Various0:49
9."Kowaremono - Fragile" Kuwashima Houko 2:18
10."Pilgrimage No.3" Katsuhisa Hattori 5:02
11."Epilogue"Various1:40

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