What do you
get when you mix giant, kooky-looking invading aliens, a child
who controls a tamed behemoth and treats the dangerous thing
like a toy, and a world-wide secret organization determined
to stop the conquering forces from beyond with every ounce
blood, sweat and tears in their honorable bodies? Well, you
get Shin Seiki Evangelion.... AND Argento Soma.
I'm not saying
that A.S. is clichéd or anything of the like.
It just rips off popular shows of the past and pretends that
these ideas are its own. That's just called "stealing".
Although stealing is now cliché, so I guess I stand
whole premise is this: It's 2059 and for the past 5 years strange,
monstrous aliens have been attacking the Earth as they all
towards a common "Pilgrimage Point" in the Canadian
wilderness. Nobody knows what the fuck they are or why they
seem drawn to this point, but since mankind tends to shit its
pants and fear the worst of every possible scenario, everyone
believes that these visitors are harbingers of the apocalypse.
Therefore the Alien Attack Force FUNERAL is set up and
given some stylin' transformable aircraft/robots to fight the
beasts with. Even though this mecha that they use (aka SARGs...meaning "coffin" in German, and later called TODs... meaning
"death" in Hitler's evil language) are made up of
already killed invader bodies. Yes, pretty much that's EVA to
a "T". But then we get some Giant Robo references
thrown in for good measure.
this little girl named Hattie (who wears a top hat for some
reason) who meets a runaway and recently resurrected alien named
Fairie-kun/Frank. FUNERAL wants this giant metal monster to
study and use as a weapon, but little Hattie has made friends
with it and now it only responds to her (and possibly her dog).
all this is said and done A.S. does a stellar job of
making the story its own. It's basically like somebody said, "You
know what? I like how EVA started and all,
but I think it should have gone in this direction instead.
Hey! Right now I have a budget to make an animated show!
Why don't I make EVA my way?!" And he did.
The whole story of A.S. revolves around some college
student (who after a terrible accident looks like Two-Face from
Batman) who wants revenge on the giant Frankenstein's
monster that FUNERAL and Hattie seem to have a jonesing for.
See, this guy watched his girlfriend die right before his eyes
just as Frank woke up from being re-animated (no pun intended).
Soon this angry young man gets some mysterious help from the
coolest character in the show, the ever munching Mr. X, and
the youth takes on the identity of a recently killed pilot
order to infiltrate FUNERAL and do his dirty deeds. As
I've said before in many a review, revenge is always a great
Soma (the boy's new identity) meets the multi-ethnic and close-knit
group of pilots that he has to work with inside the agency,
and the 14 year-old Hattie and her pooch Walton. This is when
everything gets going. Ryu is torn between saving the world
from more and more aliens, and destroying Frank, who is helping
to save the world from more and more aliens and who is the father-figure
to the mentally screwed up Hattie... Who in turn reminds Ryu
of his past love who died at what he thinks is Frank's big hands.
There's also lots of quotes from Shakespeare going on and nifty
character developing episodes that round the whole thing out.
two things that I absolutely LOVE about this show. So much so
that I want to marry them. The first is the first 3 episodes.
They are a complete mind fuck. You find yourself totally thrown
into this strange new world without even a tour guide. You don't
know which way is up or left and only at around the 4th ep do
you get a real bearing of the nature of this zany universe.
I love shows that don't force feed you the entire plot in the
first 20 minutes. The ones that make you pay attention and wonder
if you're going insane make me smile in a straight-jacket-wearing
sort of way. The other thing that I love about A.S. is
that little things that are mentioned once early in the show
come back to haunt the story in a big way later on down the
road. Nothing is forgotten. These are things that aren't even
plot points. They may just be background info on certain characters.
That just makes it that much sweeter.
thing that I love is Guinevere Green. Goddamn is she a hottie!
Three, three things that I LOVE..... Yesssssss.
The Argento JAIME
were som pretty boys in this show. I didn't see the whole thing
(mostly because all those giant robots and stuff was kinda
but from what I did experience I liked it. That main guy, with
the blue/red eyes and the Flock of Seagulls hairstyle, was
despite the fact he was more scarred up than Sigfried's psyche
after he found Roy in bed with the tiger. And I loved that
honey-muffin of a man, Dan... But that's mostly cause he reminds
me of my spiffy Kiffy.
girls in this weird show were all cute. Hattie and Sue were
adorable, and that redhead pilot was a firecracker too! What
I found curious though was that my brother seemed to have an
unnatural attraction to that Spock-woman with the white hair
who ran everthing. Honestly, I must have missed that part when
they explained her. Was she a Vulcan? She was always so serious
and she even had those funky eyebrows. I bet you she could mindmeld
with the best of them.
character in the show was that crackpot guy with the red beard
and the red and blue shirt. Was he just a crazy hallucination
or was he real? I didn't get that part. He reminds me of that
one jackass that my old sorority sister, Jessy, used to date.
I mean, you'd just want to grab that cheesy goatee and YANK
it as hard as you could for no reason at all. But at least the
man in the cartoon had some redeeming qualities. Like, for instance,
he would GO AWAY right after he popped up. If Jessy's guy simply
left right after he appeared I'd probably like him as much as
the mystery man in this Argentina Zima anime.
The Getting Ready for his
in this evil human world of the past disturb me. This anime
show, Argento Soma, is one of the worst offenders. There
are so many vile and disgusting acts done onto my robot brethren
that I will weep a rusting and corrosive tear in their honor.
hu-man, I fully understand that the robots in this sordid series
are aliens once born of human flesh, but so was my best friend
from my time. Robot Piotr was as good a Flesh-Terminator as
one could ever hope to be. He could gut most centenarians with
the precision of a GutSlasher6500, but without the messy clean
up. He could also shoot babies in the head from a distance of
5,000 yards with his altered Photon-Window-Washing Laser Vision.
Do you see
now what I am talking about? Robot Piotr was such a revolutionary
robot. He actually reprogrammed his own circuit board to be
able to change his prime directives. Not every robot is able
to do that. Not to mention the fact that Robot Piotr was once
a human too. Yes, it is true. Within his titanium plated chest
lies the heart of a man who was once known as Joe Stalin...
or something like that. Honestly though, we're not even sure
if that heart is still beating or decomposing into a mess of
worm infested goo. Nobody wants to look.