Argento Soma (TV)

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Alternative title:
アルジェント ソーマ (Japanese)
Themes: alien, mecha, military
Objectionable content: Significant
Plot Summary: In the year 2059, the earth has been plagued by aliens for several years. In an effort to learn more about these aliens, Dr. Noguchi and his assistants Maki Agata and Tukuto Kenishiro try to revive the professor's experiment, a large Bio-Mechanical alien named Frank. During this process the alien comes to 'life' and the lab is subsequently destroyed leaving Takuto the only survivor and the alien disappearing into the wilderness. While Frank roams the wilderness he meets Hattie, an emotionally distressed young girl whose parents are killed in the first 'close encounter' war. Oddly enough she is able to communicate with Frank and soon after they are taken into custody by a secret agency known only as 'Funeral'. Meanwhile, Takuto wakes up in a hospital bed with his life in shambles, and his face disfigured. Motivated by vengeance and heart break, Takuto accepts an offer from the mysterious 'Mr. X' and receives a new identity as a ranking Funeral officer named Ryu Soma.
User Ratings: 438 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 9 votes (sub:6, dub:2, raw:1)
 Excellent: 47 votes (sub:29, dub:16, raw:2)
 Very good: 81 votes (sub:43, dub:32, ?:1, raw:1, others:4
3 Spanish subtitled
1 French subtitled
 Good: 133 votes (sub:71, dub:52, ?:2, raw:1, others:7
3 Portuguese subtitled
2 Spanish subtitled
2 French subtitled
 Decent: 78 votes (dub:39, sub:38, others:1
1 Chinese Mandarin subtitled
 So-so: 48 votes (sub:32, dub:14, ?:1, others:1
1 German subtitled
 Not really good: 16 votes (sub:11, dub:4, others:1
1 Spanish subtitled
 Weak: 22 votes (sub:18, dub:4)
 Bad: 2 votes (raw:1, sub:1)
 Awful: 2 votes (dub:1, sub:1)
 Worst ever: -
Seen in part or in whole by 1126 users, rank: #985 (of 6418)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 6.703 (Good−), std. dev.: 1.6548, rank: #3214 (of 6417)
Weighted mean: 6.658 (Good−), rank: #3271 (of 6417) (seen all: 6.97 / seen some: 6.22 / won't finish: 4.73)
Bayesian estimate: 6.681 (Good−), rank: #2987 (of 4884)
Running time: 25 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 25
Episode titles: We have 26
Vintage: 2000-10-06 to 2001-03-22
Opening Theme:
"Silent Wind" by Eri Sugai
Ending Theme:
"Horizon" by Sphere
Links: We have 1
Trivia: We have 2
Argento Soma DVD 1 (Feb 2, 2003)
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DVD (Region 1)
    Argento Soma - Another Reality (DVD 1) 2003-02-04 (from $12.98)
    Argento Soma - Another Reality DVD + Artbox (DVD 1) 2003-02-04 (from $27.98)
    Argento Soma - Getting Even (DVD 2) 2003-04-01 (from $18.99)
    Argento Soma - No Tears (DVD 3) 2003-06-03 (from $18.99)
    Argento Soma - Outside Sanity (DVD 4) 2003-08-05 (from $9.99)
    Argento Soma - Our Memories (DVD 5) 2003-10-07 (from $67.04)
    Argento Soma - Annihilation (DVD 6) 2003-12-02
    Argento Soma - Complete Collection (DVD 1-6) 2004-11-09 (from $496.16)
    Argento Soma - Complete Collection - Anime Legends (DVD 1-6) 2006-08-22 (from $208.62)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Kazuyoshi Katayama
Screenplay: Hiroshi Yamaguchi
Episode Director: Keitaro Motonaga (ep 15)
Character Design: Shukou Murase
Art Director: Masaru Ohta
Animation Director:
Asako Nishida (Character)
Jun Nakai (Character)
Ken Ootsuka (Mechanical)
Kohei Yoneyama (Mechanical)
Morifumi Naka (Mechanical)
Moriyasu Taniguchi (Character)
Noboru Sugimitsu (Character, Mechanical)
Shigeru Sasaki (Character)
Shukou Murase (Character, Mechanical)
Takuro Shinbo (Character)
Tomoaki Kado (Character)
Yōichi Ueda (Character, Mechanical)
Yoshiharu Anjo (Mechanical)
Mecha design: Kimitoshi Yamane
Sound Director: Sadayoshi Fujino
Director of Photography: Hisao Shirai
Assistant Animation Director: Masayoshi Tanaka (ep 12)
Assistant Mechanical Designer: Takumi Sakura
Chief Writer: Hiroshi Yamaguchi
Color design: Reiko Iwasawa
Key Animation:
Akira Matsunaga (Nakamura Pro; eps 20, 22-23)
Asako Inayoshi (Nakamura Pro; 7 episodes
eps 18, 20-23, 25-26

Eiji Nakada (Nakamura Pro; eps 20, 23)
Junko Komatsuzaki (Nakamura Pro; eps 18, 20-26)
Kazuhiro Itakura (Nakamura Pro; eps 18, 21)
Kenichi Takase (Nakamura Pro; eps 20, 22-23)
Masayoshi Tanaka (5 episodes
eps 4, 8, 12, 17, 22

Masumi Hoshino (Nakamura Pro; 5 episodes
eps 18, 20, 22-24

Munetaka Abe (ep 25)
Tadashi Hiramatsu (ep 25)
Takeo Tominaga (Nakamura Pro; eps 20, 22-23)
Takuya Suzuki (ep 18)
Tatsuya Suzuki (ep 18)
Tomokazu Shimabukuro (Nakamura Pro; eps 24-26)
Tomoshige Inayoshi (Nakamura Pro; 6 episodes
eps 20-22, 24-26

Toru Yoshida (OP; eps 18, 25)
Tsuguru Fukuda (Nakamura Pro; eps 20, 23)
Yuichi Nakazawa (Anime R; eps 2, 6)
Yumie Wada (Nakamura Pro; 7 episodes
eps 18, 20-22, 24-26

Mechanical animation Director: Eiji Nakada (eps 5, 15)
Mechanical Supporter: Hirotoshi Sano
Music Performance:
Hideyo Takakuwa (Flute)
Tomoyuki Asakawa (Harp)
Music producer: Yuko Sakurai
Set Design: Hajime Satou
Special Concept: Toru Nozaki
Theme Song Arrangement: Katsuhisa Hattori (OP, ED)
Theme Song Composition: Katsuhisa Hattori (OP, ED)
Theme Song Lyrics: Keiko Kitagawa (OP, ED)
Theme Song Performance: Eri Sugai (OP)
Houko Kuwashima as Harriet "Hattie" Bartholomew
Souichiro Hoshi as Takuto Kaneshiro/Ryu Soma

Jouji Nakata as Michael Heartland
Kikuko Inoue as Guinevere Green
Sayuri as Lana Ines
Takehito Koyasu as Dan Simmonds
Yui Horie as Sue Harris
Yuuji Takada as Frank

Atsuko Enomoto as
Scarlet (ep 3)
Ayaka Yamashita as announcer (ep 1)
Ayako Kawasumi as
Joan (ep 2)
Chafurin as Ernest Noguchi
Dai Matsumoto as commander (ep 1)
Hidenari Ugaki as official A (ep 3)
Hiroki Takahashi as
college student (ep 1)
soldier (ep 3)
Hiroshi Takemura as Mr. X
Houko Kuwashima as Maki Agata
Ikuya Sawaki as Hattie's grandfather (ep 2)
Kazuhiro Nakata as Colonel Kilgore
Munehiro Tokita as research student (ep 1)
Shinichiro Miki as Rick (ep 17)
Shunsuke Shima as Professor Kurihara
Takashi Nagasako as official B (ep 3)
Yuki Makishima as Violetta (ep 18)
Japanese companies
Backgrounds: Bihou, Inc.
CG Production: Studio Ipse
Digital Photography: Studio Cosmos
In-between Check:
Artland (5 episodes
eps 4, 8, 12, 17, 22

Nakamura Production (eps 15, 23)
Key Animation:
AIC (eps 9-11)
Anime R (5 episodes
eps 2, 6, 10, 12, 19

Anime Roman (eps 4, 8)
Anime World Osaka (eps 4, 17, 22)
Doga Kobo (ep 4)
Mouse (ep 4)
Nakamura Production (22 episodes
eps 2-3, 5-7, 9-16, 18-26

Studio Ad (ep 6)
Studio Dub (4 episodes
eps 7, 10, 12-13

Studio Kuma (ep 22)
Studio Mark (eps 17, 22)
Studio Mu (ep 3)
Studio Wanpack (eps 2-3, 6)
Music Production: Victor Entertainment
Planning: Sunrise
Theme Song Cooperation: TV Tokyo Music
Video Editing: Q-Tec
English staff
English cast
ADR Director: Eric P. Sherman
Translation: Dan Papia
Executive producer: Ken Iyadomi
Producer: Eric P. Sherman

Assistant producer: Mami Okada
Chief Producer: Charles McCarter
Managing Producer: Miho Kinoshita
Production Assistant: Tatsuhiro Nishiuchi
Re-Recording Mixing: Doug Andorka
Recording engineer: Patrick Rodman
Subtitling: Clark Cheng
Sandy Fox as Harriet "Hattie" Bartholomew
Steve Staley as Takuto Kaneshiro/Ryu Soma

Beau Billingslea as Michael Heartland
Crispin Freeman as Dan Simmonds
Lara Jill Miller as Sue Harris
Lex Lang as Frank
Melodee M. Spevack as Lana Inness
Paula Mattioli Walker as Guinevere Green

Dave Mallow as
Base Guard
Bird House Operator
Defense Man B
Ground Control
Ulysses Transmission
Dave Wittenberg as Sheriff
Derek Stephen Prince as Lab Assistant B
Dorothy Fahn as
Dr. Harriet 'Hattie' Bartholomew
Maki Agata
Doug Stone as Dr. Ernest Noguchi
James Price as Base Alert
Jamieson K Price as Colonel Kilgore
Julie Ann Taylor as Amian
Lex Lang as
Crane Operator B
High Official
Ines' Husband
Military Man
Moon Observation B
Professor Kurihara
Scientist B
Second Lt. Rick Steiner
White Stork Pilot B
Yuri Leonov
Lynn Fischer as Kroka Leonov
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as
Apartment Super
Countdown Announcement
News Anchor
Michael McConnohie as Dignitary A
Michelle Ruff as
Paul St. Peter as MORGUE Officer
Richard Cansino as
Mr. X
Simon Prescott as
Air Force Official A
Scientist A
Stephen Apostolina as Army Official B
Steve Kramer as FUNERAL Board
Tom Wyner as
UN Official
Tony Oliver as
Air Force Official B
Border Patrol Pilot B
Dr. Takahashi
Gate Guard
Tony Pope as Official
Wendee Lee as Joan
English companies
French staff
French cast
Benjamin Pascal as Takuto Kaneshiro/Ryu Soma
Jessica Barrier as Harriet "Hattie" Bartholomew

Bruno Magne as Michael Heartland
Cyrille Artaux as Dan Simmonds
Guylène Ouvrard as Commandant Lanna Inès
Helene Bizot as Guinevere Green
Véronique Uzureau as Sue Harris

Antoine Tome as Frank/Yuri Leonov
Cyrille Artaux as Kilgore
François Creton as Rick Steiner
Jean-François Vlerick as M. X/David Lorenz
Naïké Fauveau as Opératrice
Yann Pichon as Dr Ernest Noguchi

French companies
NT1 (from October 2006)
Distributor: Kaze
Dubbing: Studio Lincoln
Dutch staff
Dutch cast
Translation: Niels Viveen

Script Check: Kaj Schulten
Dutch companies
Publisher: Kaze Animation S.A.

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