Argento Soma (TV)

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Alternative title:
AΠHENTO ΣOMA
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: 444 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 9 votes (sub:6, dub:2, raw:1)
 Excellent: 48 votes (sub:30, dub:16, raw:2)
 Very good: 83 votes (sub:45, dub:32, ?:1, raw:1, others:4
3 Spanish subtitled
1 French subtitled
)
 Good: 135 votes (sub:72, dub:53, ?: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: 17 votes (sub:11, dub:5, 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)
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Seen in part or in whole by 1133 users, rank: #1005 (of 6769)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 6.710 (Good−), std. dev.: 1.6546, rank: #3403 (of 6780)
Weighted mean: 6.667 (Good−), rank: #3423 (of 6780) (seen all: 6.98 / seen some: 6.22 / won't finish: 4.73)
Bayesian estimate: 6.691 (Good−), rank: #3136 (of 5102)
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
Review:
Argento Soma DVD 1 (Feb 2, 2003)
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DVD (Region 1)
    Argento Soma - Another Reality (DVD 1) 2003-02-04 (from $7.99)
    Argento Soma - Another Reality DVD + Artbox (DVD 1) 2003-02-04
    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
    Argento Soma - Our Memories (DVD 5) 2003-10-07
    Argento Soma - Annihilation (DVD 6) 2003-12-02
    Argento Soma - Complete Collection (DVD 1-6) 2004-11-09
    Argento Soma - Complete Collection - Anime Legends (DVD 1-6) 2006-08-22

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; Studio Wanpack)
Ken Ootsuka (Mechanical)
Kohei Yoneyama (Mechanical)
Morifumi Naka (Mechanical)
Moriyasu Taniguchi (Character)
Noboru Sugimitsu (Character, Mechanical; Artland)
Shigeru Sasaki (Character)
Shukou Murase (Character, Mechanical)
Takuro Shinbo (Character; Nakamura Pro)
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
Background Art:
Aki Chiba (Studio Bihou)
Kaori Higashida (Studio Bihou)
Keita Sakai (Studio Bihou)
Kotomi Yagi (Studio Bihou)
Masanobu Nomura (Studio Bihou)
Michie Suzuki (Studio Bihou)
Misao Takimoto (Studio Bihou)
Naoko Yamada (Studio Bihou)
Riko Shinohara (Studio Bihou)
Shinji Takasuka (Studio Bihou)
Tomomi Nakajima (Studio Bihou)
Tsubasa Matsumoto (Studio Bihou)
Youichi Watanabe (Studio Bihou)
Yuka Hirama (Studio Bihou)
Chief Writer: Hiroshi Yamaguchi
Color design: Reiko Iwasawa
In-Between Animation:
Atsuhiro Shamoto (Nakamura Pro)
Katsuaki Murai (Nakamura Pro)
Kazumi Takeuchi (Nakamura Pro)
Kumiko Terada (Studio Takuranke)
Makoto Shimojima (Nakamura Pro)
Mutsumi Inaba (Nakamura Pro)
Ryuuji Iwabuchi (Nakamura Pro)
Satoshi Koike (Studio Takuranke)
Satoshi Koizumi (Anime World Osaka)
Seiko Asai (Studio Takuranke)
Takahiro Ninagawa (Studio Takuranke)
Tetsuji Kato (Nakamura Pro)
Tetsurou Yamada (Nakamura Pro)
Tomoyuki Kinoshita (Anime World Osaka)
Tomoyuki Tajima (Nakamura Pro)
Key Animation:
Akatsuki Koshiishi (Dogakobo; ep 4)
Akira Matsunaga (Nakamura Pro; 5 episodes
eps 5, 15, 20, 22-23
)

Asako Inayoshi (Nakamura Pro; 12 episodes
eps 2, 5, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20-23, 25-26
)

Asako Nishida (eps 1, 7, 24-25)
Atsuko Sasaki (Dogakobo; ep 4)
Chizuko Kusakabe (ep 1)
Eiichi Akiyama (6 episodes
eps 3, 5, 9, 16, 21, 24
)

Eiji Komatsu (5 episodes
eps 11, 16, 21, 24-25
)

Eiji Nakada (Nakamura Pro; eps 20, 23)
Fujiko Aoyagi (ep 17)
Fumi Nakamori (ep 7)
Fumiko Ueda (Anime R; ep 6)
Hideki Hashimoto (ep 10)
Hideki Shibuya (Anime Roman; 4 episodes
eps 4, 8, 10, 12
)

Hidemasa Shimizu (Anime R; ep 6)
Hidenori Miyahara (Nakamura Pro; ep 14)
Hideo Maru (ep 17)
Hideyuki Hamada (Mouse; ep 4)
Hideyuki Kanesaka (Anime Roman; 4 episodes
eps 4, 8, 12, 22
)

Hiroki Ikeshita (ep 17)
Hiromi Masuko (Anime Roman; eps 4, 8, 12)
Hiromitsu Morishita (eps 7, 13)
Hirotoshi Sano (eps 7, 18)
Hiroyuki Hashimoto (Nakamura Pro; ep 15)
Hiroyuki Mori (Nakamura Pro; 4 episodes
eps 15-16, 20, 23
)

Hiroyuki Ogura (Nakamura Pro; ep 14)
Hiroyuki Ohkaji (Anime World Osaka; ep 12)
Hiroyuki Shimizu (ep 8)
Hisao Muramatsu (4 episodes
eps 11, 13, 18, 25
)

Hisashi Saito (5 episodes
eps 3, 7, 13, 21, 25
)

Hitoshi Kamata (ep 10)
Jun Nakai (Studio Wanpack; eps 2, 11)
Junko Komatsuzaki (Nakamura Pro; 11 episodes
eps 5, 13, 15, 18, 20-26
)

Kaichiro Terada (ep 25)
Kaori Itou (ep 8)
Katsuhisa Yamamoto (ep 24)
Kazuhide Shikama (Studio Ad; ep 6)
Kazuhiro Itakura (Nakamura Pro; 6 episodes
eps 6, 11, 13, 16, 18, 21
)

Kei Hyoudou (5 episodes
eps 2, 5, 12, 18-19
)

Keiichi Ishida (Studio Wanpack; ep 2)
Keita Hagio (Anime World Osaka; 4 episodes
eps 4, 12, 17, 22
)

Ken Ootsuka (ep 25)
Kenichi Takase (Nakamura Pro; 5 episodes
eps 5, 15, 20, 22-23
)

Kenichiro Kasuya (Nakamura Pro; ep 23)
Kenji Hayashida (5 episodes
eps 7, 13, 19, 24-25
)

Kiyoshi Nakamura (ep 1)
Kohei Yoneyama (Nakamura Pro; eps 15-16)
Koichi Takai (Anime R; ep 6)
Koji Kataoka (ep 10)
Kumiko Kasuga (ep 17)
Kunihiro Abe (ep 13)
Maki Uchida (Studio Kuma; ep 22)
Manabu Imura (Nakamura Pro; ep 15)
Masaaki Kitahara (Nakamura Pro; ep 14)
Masahiro Kase (ep 9)
Masakazu Kawazoe (6 episodes
eps 6, 11, 16, 19, 24, 26
)

Masami Nagata (Studio Mark; eps 17, 22)
Masashi Kudo (eps 8, 12)
Masaya Tanaka (eps 4, 8)
Masayoshi Tanaka (5 episodes
eps 4, 8, 12, 17, 22
)

Masumi Hoshino (Nakamura Pro; 12 episodes
eps 2, 5-6, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22-26
)

Misao Abe (12 episodes
eps 1-3, 5, 7, 13, 16, 19, 21, 24-26
)

Mitsuhiro Okumura (Anime World Osaka; eps 4, 12, 22)
Moriyasu Taniguchi (Anime R; ep 2)
Munetaka Abe (ep 25)
Naoko Nakamoto (Anime R; ep 2)
Naoya Dougen (Anime R; ep 6)
Nobuaki Shirai (eps 8, 12)
Nobumitsu Kunioka (Nakamura Pro; ep 14)
Nobuyuki Hata (eps 6, 18)
Noriko Gotou (ep 10)
Rie Fujiwara (ep 24)
Rie Kawaguchi (4 episodes
eps 3, 9, 13, 24
)

Riki Sakamoto (eps 9, 17)
Ryo Komori (eps 19, 21)
Sadatoshi Matsuzaka (eps 4, 12, 22)
Satoru Kobayashi (eps 16, 21)
Satoshi Nishimura (eps 2, 19, 24)
Sawako Yamamoto (ep 19)
Seiichi Hashimoto (Nakamura Pro; 5 episodes
eps 2, 5, 15, 20, 23
)

Seiichi Nakatani (5 episodes
eps 7, 11, 24-26
)

Shinichi Shoji (ep 10)
Shinichi Takahashi (Nakamura Pro; ep 5)
Shinichi Toda (eps 4, 8, 12)
Shinya Kokaji (Anime World Osaka; eps 4, 12, 22)
Shukou Murase (eps 14, 25)
Shuuji Sakamoto (12 episodes
eps 1, 3, 5-6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 21, 24-25
)

Soichiro Matsuda (ep 1)
Sumiko Matsumoto (ep 10)
Tadashi Hiramatsu (ep 25)
Takahiro Kimura (ep 25)
Takako Shimizu (Studio Wanpack; eps 2, 6, 18)
Takeo Tominaga (Nakamura Pro; 4 episodes
eps 15, 20, 22-23
)

Takeshi Okada (Studio Wanpack; ep 6)
Takuya Suzuki (11 episodes
eps 1-9 odd, 13, 18, 21, 24-26
)

Tatsuya Suzuki (9 episodes
eps 1, 3, 6-7, 13, 18, 24-26
)

Tomoaki Kado (eps 1, 6)
Tomoaki Sakiyama (Anime R; ep 2)
Tomohiro Takayama (7 episodes
eps 1, 3, 7, 11, 13, 18, 24
)

Tomohisa Shimoyama (ep 22)
Tomokazu Shimabukuro (Nakamura Pro; eps 24-26)
Tomoshige Inayoshi (Nakamura Pro; 12 episodes
eps 2, 5-6, 11, 13, 15, 20-22, 24-26
)

Tomoya Hiratsuka (Dogakobo; ep 4)
Tomoyuki Ohshita (Anime World Osaka; eps 4, 22)
Toru Yoshida (Anime R; OP; 5 episodes
eps 2, 9, 13, 18, 25
)

Toshihiro Nakajima (eps 7, 13, 25)
Tsuguru Fukuda (Nakamura Pro; eps 15, 20, 23)
Yoshiaki Kameda (Studio Ad; ep 6)
Yoshiki Mizuno (ep 13)
Yoshiko Imazato (5 episodes
eps 13, 19, 24-26
)

Yoshiko Nakajima (Anime R; ep 6)
Yoshimi Imagawa (ep 10)
Yoshinobu Ando (ep 11)
Yoshinobu Aohachi (eps 5, 9)
Yoshitaka Katō (ep 18)
Yoshitaka Sato (eps 16, 21, 24)
Yuichi Nakazawa (Anime R; eps 2, 6)
Yuichiro Araki (Mouse; ep 4)
Yuji Mukoyama (eps 1, 6)
Yuji Nakao (Mouse; ep 4)
Yuji Takahashi (ep 10)
Yukari Watanabe (ep 24)
Yukie Suzuki (eps 18, 24)
Yukiko Akiyama (ep 24)
Yukiko Ban (Studio Wanpack; ep 6)
Yukiko Okada (ep 12)
Yuko Hirasawa (ep 22)
Yumie Wada (Nakamura Pro; 9 episodes
eps 5, 11, 18, 20-22, 24-26
)

Yumiko Ishii (Studio Wanpack; ep 2)
Yutaka Matsubara (Studio Gash; eps 7, 18, 24)
Yūya Furuta (Nakamura Pro; ep 14)
Mechanical animation Director:
Eiji Nakada (Nakamura Pro; eps 5, 15)
Mechanical Supporter: Hirotoshi Sano
Music Performance:
Hideyo Takakuwa (Flute)
Tomoyuki Asakawa (Harp)
Music producer: Yuko Sakurai
Photography:
Hiroshi Noguchi (Studio Cosmos)
Katsunori Maehara (Studio Cosmos)
Shinji Ikegami (Studio Cosmos)
Takashi Shimada (Studio Cosmos)
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

Akemi Kanda as
clerk (ep 14)
operator (eps 23-24)
Akiko Yajima as Kroka Leonov (eps 20-21)
Atsuko Enomoto as
operator
Scarlet (17 episodes
eps 3-7, 10-13, 17-24
)
Ayaka Yamashita as
announcer (ep 1)
Jinova (ep 6)
Ayako Kawasumi as
Joan (17 episodes
eps 2, 4-7, 11-13, 15, 17-24
)

operator
Chafurin as Ernest Noguchi
Dai Matsumoto as commander (ep 1)
Hidenari Ugaki as official A (eps 3, 11)
Hirohiko Kakegawa as scholar A (ep 16)
Hiroki Takahashi as
announcement (eps 4, 8)
college student (ep 1)
guard (ep 17)
pilot (ep 12)
soldier (ep 3)
soldier B (ep 6)
Hironori Miyata as
academic A (ep 14)
board of education official (ep 2)
Hiroomi Sugino as politician B (ep 14)
Hiroshi Takemura as Mr. X
Hitoshi Bifu as official C (ep 11)
Houko Kuwashima as
Amian (OAV)
Maki Agata
narrator (ep 14)
Ikuya Sawaki as
Hattie's grandfather (ep 2)
politician A (ep 14)
Jun Fukushima as operator B (ep 20)
Kazuhiko Kishino as Commodore Wilson (7 episodes
eps 5-6, 11, 13-14, 18, 20
)
Kazuhiko Nishimatsu as officer B (ep 14)
Kazuhiro Nakata as Colonel Kilgore
Kazuo Oka as Mr. Smith (ep 19)
Kouji Haramaki as
guard (eps 23-24)
politician C (ep 14)
Masato Hirano as scholar B (ep 16)
Minoru Inaba as warden (ep 25)
Mitsuaki Madono as sheriff (ep 2)
Moriya Endou as man in Lana's memories (ep 9)
Motomu Kiyokawa as Dr. Stuart (ep 9)
Moyu Arishima as
Ai (9 episodes
eps 6-7, 12-13, 18-21, 23
)

crewmember (ep 25)
Munehiro Tokita as
research student (ep 1)
voice on radio (ep 15)
Naoki Bandou as academic B (ep 14)
Rin Mizuhara as Miss Stacey (ep 25)
Ryotaro Okiayu as soldier at new Morgue base (ep 16)
Ryuji Nakagi as defense minister A (ep 14)
Sachiko Miki as Mrs. Smith (ep 19)
Sayuri as Kachika Harris (OAV)
Shinichiro Miki as Rick (ep 17)
Shunsuke Shima as
Chairman Makarov (eps 14, 23-24)
operator A (ep 20)
Professor Kurihara
Souichiro Hoshi as Hiro (OAV)
Takashi Nagasako as
official B (eps 3-4, 11)
soldier A (ep 6)
Takeharu Onishi as general (ep 18)
Takehiro Murozono as aide (ep 20)
Tomohisa Asou as officer A (ep 14)
Toshihiko Nakajima as military strategist (ep 14)
Yasuo Muramatsu as secretary of defense (ep 14)
Yuki Makishima as Violetta (ep 18)
Yukimasa Natori as scholar C (ep 16)
Yuko Sasamoto as Elaine Simmons (ep 8)
Yuuji Takada as
defense minister B (ep 14)
Henry Harris (OAV)
Japanese companies
Animation Direction:
Artland (5 episodes
eps 4, 8, 12, 17, 22
)

Nakamura Production (4 episodes
eps 5, 15, 20, 23
)

Studio Wanpack (character; eps 6, 12)
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 Add (ep 6)
Studio Dub (4 episodes
eps 7, 10, 12-13
)

Studio Gash (ep 7)
Studio Kuma (eps 3, 7, 22)
Studio Mark (eps 17, 22)
Studio Mu (eps 3, 9)
Studio Wanpack (eps 2-3, 6)
Music Production: Victor Entertainment
Planning: Sunrise
Production Cooperation: Artland (5 episodes
eps 4, 8, 12, 17, 22
)

Theme Song Cooperation: TV Tokyo Music
Unit Director: ULTIMATE DRAGON
Video Editing: Q-Tec
English cast
English staff
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
Doctor
Ground Control
Guard
Ulysses Transmission
Dave Wittenberg as Sheriff
Derek Stephen Prince as Lab Assistant B
Dorothy Fahn as
Ai
Dr. Harriet 'Hattie' Bartholomew
Joan
Kid
Maki Agata
Narrator
Secretary
Tsinober
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
Doctor
High Official
Ines' Husband
Military Man
Moon Observation B
Professor Kurihara
Scientist B
Second Lt. Rick Steiner
Student
White Stork Pilot B
Yuri Leonov
Lynn Fischer as Kroka Leonov
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as
Apartment Super
Auntie
Countdown Announcement
News Anchor
Scarlet
Stacey
Michael McConnohie as Dignitary A
Michelle Ruff as
Narrator
Operator
Paul St. Peter as MORGUE Officer
Richard Cansino as
Guard
Hiro
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
Grandpa
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
(none)
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
Broadcaster:
Mangas
NT1 (from October 2006)
Distributor: Kaze
Dubbing: Studio Lincoln
Dutch staff
Dutch cast
Translation: Niels Viveen

Script Check: Kaj Schulten
(none)
Dutch companies
Publisher: Kaze Animation S.A.

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