Argento Soma

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Argento 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
Network TV Tokyo
Original run October 6, 2000March 22, 2001
Episodes 25
Original video animation
Directed by Kazuyoshi Katayama
Music by Katsuhisa Hattori
Studio Sunrise
Licensed by
Released February 21, 2002
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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.[1]

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. [2]

Plot[edit]

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), 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 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 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, 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[edit]

Japanese cast[edit]

English cast[edit]

Episode Titles[edit]

  • 1. "Rebirth and Death" (再生と死と Saisei to Shi to?)
  • 2. "Death and the Maiden" (死と少女と Shi to Shōjo to?)
  • 3. "The Maiden and the Meeting" (少女と出会いと Shōjo to Deai to?)
  • 4. "The Meeting and Hatred" (出会いと憎悪と Deai to Zōo to?)
  • 5. "Hatred and War" (憎悪と争いと Zōo to Arasoi to?)
  • 6. "War and Escape" (争いと逃避と Arasoi to Tōhi to?)
  • 7. "Escape and Memory" (逃避と追憶と Tōhi to Tsuioku to?)
  • 8. "Memory and Loneliness" (追憶と孤独と Tsuioku to Kodoku to?)
  • 9. "Loneliness and Sorrow" (孤独と哀と Kodoku to Ai to?)
  • 10. "Sorrow and Malice" (哀と殺意と Ai to Satsui to?)
  • 11. "Malice and Betrayal" (殺意と裏切りと Satsui to Uragiri to?)
  • 12. "Betrayal and Despair" (裏切りと絶望と Uragiri to Zetsubō to?)
  • 13. "Despair and Hope" (絶望と希望と Zetsubō to Kibō to?)
  • 14. "Hope and Chaos" (希望と混沌と Kibō to Konton to?)
  • 15. "Chaos and Confusion" (混沌と葛藤と Konton to Kattō to?)
  • 16. "Confusion and Answers" (葛藤と決意と Kattō to Ketsui to?)
  • 17. "Answers and the Past" (決意と過去と Ketsui to Kako to?)
  • 18. "The Past and Crimes" (過去と大罪と Kako to Daizai to?)
  • 19. "Crimes and Punishments" (大罪と戒めと Daizai to Imashime to?)
  • 20. "Punishments and Awakening" (戒めと覚醒と Imashime to Kakusei to?)
  • 21. "Awakening and Truth" (覚醒と真実と Kakusei to Shinjitsu to?)
  • 22. "Truth and Destruction" (真実と破滅と Shinjitsu to Hametsu to?)
  • 23. "Destruction and Courage" (破滅と勇気と Hametsu to Yūki to?)
  • 24. "Courage and Love" (勇気と愛と Yūki to Ai to?)
  • 25. "Love and Rebirth" (愛と再生と Ai to Saisei to?)
  • OVA. "Alone and By Myself" (孤独と孤独 Kodoku to Kodoku?)

Music[edit]

OP Single - Silent Wind[edit]

Argento Soma - Silent Wind
Soundtrack album by Eri Sugai
Released Nov 22, 2000
Genre Anime
Label Victor Entertainment

The single album to the opening song

Track Listing
No. Title Length
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[edit]

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

First OST Album

Track Listing
No. Title Length
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[edit]

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

Second OST Album

Track Listing
No. Title Length
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[edit]

"if" For the Future Lovers
Soundtrack album by Various Artist
Released 2001
Genre Anime
Label Victor Entertainment

Contains songs not in the main soundtrack.

Track Listing
No. Title Music Length
1. "Prologue"   Various 1:21
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"   Various 0:49
9. "Kowaremono - Fragile"   Kuwashima Houko 2:18
10. "Pilgrimage No.3"   Katsuhisa Hattori 5:02
11. "Epilogue"   Various 1:40


References[edit]

  1. ^ The title is also spelled ΑΠΗΕΝΤΟ ΣΟΜΑ, Greek for "The Silver Body".
  2. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Adds Sacred Seven, The Big O, Kurokami, More". Anime News Network. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 

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