The SoulTaker

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The SoulTaker
The Soul Taker 〜魂狩〜
(Za Sōru Teikā ~Tamashii Gari~)
GenreSci-fi, action, horror, supernatural
Anime television series
Directed byAkiyuki Shinbo
Produced byKohei Kawase
Michiko Suzuki
Shoichi Yoshida
Written byMayori Sekijima
Music byKow Otani
StudioTatsunoko Production
Tatsunoko VCR
Licensed byGeneon Universal Entertainment
Original networkWOWOW
English network
Original run April 4, 2001 July 4, 2001
Episodes13 + 3 OVAs
Original video animation
The SoulTaker: Komugi's Great Operation
Directed byAkio Watanabe (episode 1 & 2)
Toshiaki Tetsura (episode 3)
StudioTatsunoko Production
Released2001
Episodes3
Spin-off
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The SoulTaker (The Soul Taker 〜魂狩〜, Za Sōru Teikā ~Tamashii Gari~) is an anime series that focuses on seventeen-year-old Kyosuke Date who was killed by his mother Mio Date, and afterward gained the ability to turn into an incredibly powerful winged mutant known as "The SoulTaker" and that he has a long-lost twin sister named Runa, and that his past is all a lie. The show was Tatsunoko's first attempt at a more adult (even by Japanese standards) series.

There is a spin-off OVA featuring Komugi, Nurse Witch Komugi. It is somewhat similar to Magical Girl Pretty Sammy, but shares more in common with Puni Puni Poemi.

The series was directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and was Tatsunoko's first anime to utilize digital animation as well as the first anime to be broadcast on high-definition television.

SoulTaker is often said to share a lot in common with Devilman and Neon Genesis Evangelion (the latter of which was previously animated by Tatsunoko Production).

Plot[edit]

After being stabbed in the chest by his mother, Kyosuke Date returns from the dead to find out he has a twin sister named Runa, and the ability to transform into the amazingly strong, powerful and dangerous superhuman mutant known as the SoulTaker. As he seeks out his twin sister, he is being pursued by the strange mutant doctors and nurses of the Hospital, led by his own father, Richard Vincent, as well as the evil Kirihara corporation, led by Yui Kirihara, who are also tracking down Runa for their own malevolent purposes.

Assisting him along the way are the mysterious Shiro Mibu and the nurse mutant girl Komugi Nakahara, who betrayed the Hospital out of strong romantic love for Kyosuke.

Characters[edit]

Kyosuke Tokisaka (Date) (伊達 京介, Date Kyōsuke) Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese); Brad Swaile (English)
The main character. He is a mutant boy. Kind-hearted, generous, selfless, serious and determined. After being stabbed in the heart by his adoptive mother, Mio, he returns to life to find his long-lost twin sister, Runa. He has the mutant ability to transform into the tremendously strong and dangerous superhuman mutant known as "the SoulTaker." He can also communicate and resonate telepathically with Runa and the fragments of her spirit/soul called flickers. In Nurse Witch Komugi, he appears as a seventeen-year-old star who helps with her "five-year-old" twin sister Runa.
Mio Date (伊達 水脈, Date Mio) Voiced by: Minami Takayama (Japanese); Ellen Kennedy (English)
Kyosuke's adopted mother who had stabbed him in the heart in order to awaken his dormant abilities as a mutant, as the only way to have done so was to betray a loved one. She was a good friend of Tsubaki Tokisaka, who entrusted her to raise her twin son, as Tsubaki did want to involve him with her family's dark ambitions regarding her twin daughter, his own twin sister, Runa.
Dr. Kyoya (ドクトル凶也, Dokutoru Kyōya) Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (Japanese); Brian Drummond (English)
The first mutant doctor Kyosuke faces in the premiere "The Crest of the Devil."
Yui Kirihara (桐原 夕映, Kirihara Yui) Voiced by: Akiko Hiramatsu (Japanese); Lisa Ann Beley (English)
The CEO and head of the Kirihara corporation, and one of the series' antagonists.
Shiro Mibu (壬生 シロー, Mibu Shirō) Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (Japanese); Trevor Devall (English)
The mysterious man who allies with Kyosuke against the Kirihara corporation.
Maya Misaki (岬 真夜, Misaki Maya) Voiced by: Ikue Ōtani (Japanese); Kelly Sheridan (English)
Kyosuke's good friend and savior, who was soon kidnapped by the Kirihara corporation to be experimented on to search for Runa Tokisaka. She was the very first flicker to be created. She is restored to life when all of the flickers leave Runa, turning her back into a five-year-old girl. She was the first SoulAnubis, before all the Flickers were absorbed into Runa.
Komugi Nakahara (中原 小麦, Nakahara Komugi) Voiced by: Haruko Momoi (Japanese); Jocelyne Loewen (English)
A mutant nurse girl who betrayed the Hospital to help Kyosuke after she realizes that she has fallen for him. She is the main protagonist in the mini spin-off, Nurse Witch Komugi.
Richard Vincent (リチャード・ビンセント, Richādo Vinsento) Voiced by: Masashi Ebara (Japanese); Paul Dobson (English)
The main antagonist who is the late Tsubaki's husband, and Kyosuke and Runa's father. He is also a mutant, with the ability to turn into the mutant SoulCrusher, who ends up being destroyed by his own son.
Tsubaki Tokisaka (時坂つばき, Tokisaka Tsubaki) Voiced by: Mako Hyōdō (Japanese); Nicole Oliver (English)
She is the husband of Richard Vincent and mother of fraternal twins Kyosuke and Runa. She was one of the Tokisaka Clan who used the extraterrestrial substance of the Beta Applicon to further their research in eradicating disease and the evolution of humankind. She was the first to be saved after her father, Daigo Tokisaka, had injected the alien anti-virus into her system. Five years later, she and her twin daughter were pursued by the members of the Kirihara Corporation. Knowing that she could protect Runa no longer, she had stabbed her in the chest in order for Runa to develop her inherent mutant abilities. The circumstances of her demise is unknown, though Runa had unconsciously created a Flicker that took on her appearance and memories. This motherly flicker appeared to Kyosuke in Episode Seven "The Last of a Woman".
Runa Tokisaka (時逆 琉奈, Tokisaka Runa) Voiced by: Michiko Neya (Japanese); Brittney Irvin (English)
Kyosuke's fraternal twin sister and creator of the Flickers. She was accused of being the Devil. Although she appears to be five years old, she is actually seventeen years old. She appears as a five-year-old child when her Flickers are not in her body. When they were absorbed into her body, she transformed into a seventeen-year-old teenage girl, which is her true form and can turn into the mutant SoulAnubis. In the spinoff Nurse Witch Komugi, she is a five-year-old child star who works alongside her seventeen-year-old twin brother Kyosuke.

Episode list[edit]

This thirteen episode-series produced by Tatsunoko Productions and directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, premiered on the Japanese television network WOWOW on April 4, 2001 and ended on July 4, 2001. Two days after the last episode aired, North American anime licensor Geneon Entertainment USA had licensed the series and released it on 4 volumes on DVD and VHS.[1] In 2004, Geneon had re-released the series under their Signature Series label.[2]

It originally aired in the United States on TechTV as part of Anime Unleashed, and later aired on G4 after the TechTV merger.[3]

No. Title Original airdate English airdate
1"The Crest of the Devil"
"Akuma no Monshō Hen" (悪魔の紋章篇)
April 4, 2001 (2001-04-04)June 25, 2003
One day, a horrible thing happened. A mother named Mio killed her son named Kyosuke Date by stabbing him the heart. Is this the end for him? Or is it the start of a new adventure?
2"The World Is an Illusion"
"Utsushiyo wa Yume Hen" (うつし世は夢篇)
April 11, 2001 (2001-04-11)June 26, 2003
Kyosuke asks his newfound friend Shiro why his mother, Mio, had killed him but he was not a big help. Meanwhile, Kirihara captures Maya so that they could run experiments on her. At the same time, Kyosuke dreams about Maya's struggles and sees an amusement park. He runs off and heads to the amusement park. Can Kyosuke save Maya? And what new enemies are awaiting his arrival in the amusement park?
3"The Skull and the Maiden"
"Sharekōbe to Shōjo Hen" (髑髏と少女篇)
April 18, 2001 (2001-04-18)June 27, 2003
A girl is being chased by unknown people. Meanwhile, Kyosuke heads to the church to look at his mother's diary. At the church his eyes starts to bleed and the girl shows up claiming that she is his twin sister Runa. Is this girl really his long-lost twin sister or is it a trap set by the Kirihara corporation?
4"The Slithering Darkness"
"Ugomeku Yami Hen" (蠢く闇篇)
April 25, 2001 (2001-04-25)July 1, 2003
A boarding house in the middle of the forest is the home for another flicker named Sayaka Tachibana. Outside the boarding house Kyosuke, with Shiro, observes the boarding house. Later, the houses nurses says that she will help them. Is this nurse really going to help them? Or is she a minion of Dr. Narugami?
5"Beyond the Human Realm"
"Jingai Makyō Hen" (人外魔境篇)
May 5, 2001 (2001-05-05)July 2, 2003
Kyosuke decides to infiltrate Kirihara's base so that he could save a Flicker named Kasumi. Meanwhile, Shiro heads to the core of the base with the intentions of destroying the Flicker Searcher. Kasumi and Kyosuke were attacked and were separated. Kyosuke goes into a room where the director, Dr. Richard Vincent, has been waiting for him. He transforms into the winged mutant "SoulCrusher". In a heated battle, he reveals that he is Kyosuke's father and that he was betrayed by Tsubaki Tokisaka, his own wife, to the Beta Aplicon Project, even before she gave birth to his twin children- Kyosuke and Runa.
6"The Malevolent Stratosphere Castle"
"Seisōken Ma Jō Hen" (成層圏魔城篇)
May 9, 2001 (2001-05-09)July 3, 2003
The battle against the SoulCrusher might be over but the danger for Kyosuke is still great. Now he is flying straight down to Earth and nothing can save him until he was teleported a floating fortress. There he meets a Flicker named Megumi who he starts to trust and actually like. Also in the ship is Zabo but he is in a state of suspended animation. Later, Megumi finally reveals her true form and expresses her intense anger towards Kyosuke. Can Kyosuke defeat her?
7"The Last of a Woman"
"Nyonin Hate Hen" (女人果篇)
May 16, 2001 (2001-05-16)July 4, 2003
On the riverside, Shiro, Komugi, and Kyosuke perform a riverside ritual were they put candles on boats in memory of their deceased loved ones. But a mysterious woman appears that says that she is Kyosuke's birth mother, Tsubaki Tokisaka. She explains that Megumi is wrong about the things she said. Then a couple of Hospital mutants appear and Kyosuke was able to defeat them but Kyosuke got injured. He later wakes up with his parents there for a visit. Can all of this be real?
8"Mask of Hell"
"Jigoku no Kamen Hen" (地獄の仮面篇)
May 23, 2001 (2001-05-23)July 8, 2003
Shiro reveals to Kyosuke that his older sister, Yui, is the actual leader of the Kirahara group. Shiro says that his power-mad elder sister wants the Flickers so that she could finally find Runa. Also Shiro tells Kyosuke that he could have saved his mother but decided not to because only the mental trauma that he experience was the only thing that could awaken his own dormant abilities as "the Soultaker" mutant. Meanwhile, Nogumi is about to fight Yui's new monster she calls the Soul Anubis.
9"Phantom of a Beautiful Dead Woman"
"Shibijin no Genei Hen" (死美人の幻影篇)
May 30, 2001 (2001-05-30)July 9, 2003
Kyosuke arrives to help Nogumi and when he did the SoulAnubis sees his cross and returns back to his human form. Kyosuke recognizes the face and it was Maya. Then Yui explains that she combined flickers to create this new beast including Shiro's beloved sweetheart and girlfriend, Saki. Meanwhile, Richard Vincent spots Nogumi and starts to heal her.
10"Sacrifice for Nothingness"
"Kyomu e no Sonaemono Hen" (虚無への供物篇)
June 13, 2001 (2001-06-13)July 10, 2003

Runa's signal has been lost and a strange underwater entity has told Yui to cut off their ties with the aliens. Meanwhile, Kyosuke decides to fight his father, Richard Vincent, but Komugi tries to talk him out of it.

He later encounters the Director of the Hospital, who transforms into the winged mutant "SoulCrusher" and the two engage in a violent battle to the death.
11"Demon on a Deserted Island"
"Kotō no Oni Hen" (孤島の鬼篇)
June 20, 2001 (2001-06-20)July 11, 2003
As Kyosuke and Kimugi travel the moon to finally learn the whole truth, flickers are waiting for them to annihilate Kyosuke. After easily defeating them, he goes to the center of Colony Eight and finds a floating brain who turns out to be his maternal grandfather, Daigo Tokisaka, the cause of the Beta Applicon Project seventeen years ago. He explains how he attempted to use the Beta Applicon given to him by a male alien to eradicate all disease and illness from all humankind. By injecting his own daughter, Tsubaki, who had been fatally ill the mysterious substance had miraculously saved her , which resulted in her giving birth to Richard Vicent's children; fraternal twins Kyosuke and Runa.
12"Madonna in Black"
"Kokui no Seibo Hen" (黒衣の聖母篇)
June 27, 2001 (2001-06-27)July 15, 2003

On the moon, Runa herself appears as a five-year-old child in front of her long-lost twin brother and the doctor. After absorbing all of the flickers back into her body, Runa takes on her true form as a seventeen-year old teenager. The doctor intends to kill Runa once and for all by using the mysterious Aplicon Buster that helped give birth to Kyosuke and Runa to begin with.

Runa, however, spreads the Aplicon Buster into the atmosphere towards Earth, much to Kyosuke's shock. The doctor is destroyed by Kyosuke reluctantly taking the soul and spirit of his adoptive mother, Miho, as the two were connected by sharing the same spirit and soul. Having been freed, Runa runs to Kyosuke and lovingly hugs him, happy to reunited her twin brother at last. But Kyosuke is worried about the new and improved Beta Applicon Buster being scattered near Earth and asks Runa why she would do such a thing. Nearby, Shiro wonders what choice Kyosuke will ultimately make: Will he save Runa or will he kill his own twin sister to spare all humanity?
13"The Last Inferno"
"Shōjo Jigokuhen" (少女地獄変)
July 4, 2001 (2001-07-04)July 16, 2003

Kyosuke and Runa are still trapped in a virtual world of Runa's own creation of their home on Earth, being with their parents, Richard and Tsubaki, and living their lives together as a family. Kyosuke breaks out of the virtual reality, much to Runa's anger, and intends to battle her to make her stop. Runa gives her twin brother one last warning: join her or be destroyed along with the humans! Kyosuke refuses his twin sister's offer. The two fraternal twins take on their mutant forms and do battle in a church-like place. As they are battling, Kyosuke tries to convince Runa that they are indeed human beings, regardless of their physical appearances and abilities. Runa furiously ignores Kyosuke, as she strongly believes that all humans are devils because her own mother, Tsubaki, had tried to kill her by stabbing her in the chest twelve years ago.

Kyosuke uses his newfound abilities to experience the pain young Runa had felt when their mother had stabbed her. He then explains to Runa that he had understood what their mother was feeling: She was not trying to kill Runa, but had stabbed her so that she could "live." By giving her daughter a traumatic blow, she had intended to give Runa an incredibly strong ability to protect herself. A horrified and disbelieving Runa tells Kyosuke how she does not want to die. Her fear and terror of death causes the flickers to exit her body and Runa becomes a five-year-old child once again. Now that everything is over, Kyousake reassures Runa that they can finally leave the past behind them and have hopes for their future. He then absorbs his own twin sister into his body to keep her safe from any harm under his brotherly protection.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pioneer at AX". Anime News Network. 2001-07-06. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Geneon Heats Up June". Press Release. Anime News Network. 2004-04-15. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
  3. ^ "TechTv New Acquisitions". Anime News Network. 2003-05-03. Retrieved 30 May 2011.

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