In a future-based disaster-ridden city with an enormous gap between the rich and the poor, it is hard to tell which humans are walking around with cybernetic body parts. This makes Roy Revant's job as a renegade bounty hunter/bodyguard-for-hire even more difficult. When a young girl with unbeliveable strength rescues him from a particularly dangerous criminal, Roy realizes that perhaps help can be found in the strangest of places. Joining together with a few others, they engage in a battle to find out the truth behind the giant conglomerates that are supposedly serving mankind and making life better.
Solty, an android who has lost her memory, has escaped and is being hunted by the RUC Security Bureau. She encounters the bounty hunter Roy and he adopts her as his daughter after being hired as a bodygaurd for Miranda.
The series aired some 9 years ago, and writing this right now in early 2015, I guess it's safe for me to personally call this series the "Guilty Crown" of 2005/06.
Just like GC, this was a wonderfully crafted original story. Looking around I see people giving this series up because the front few episodes were too boring or sub-standard. All I can say is that, they've missed out on the bigger picture altogether. Indeed, at the start it may seem as though the series was episodic, but trust me all that served as a build-up right till the finale. A suitable build-up too, if
I may add. All in all, I felt the story had a good flow to it and, on top of that, a really good ending (unlike certain series today).
Yes, yes... I know it's 2015 now. We're in the midst of the era of bishoujo appearing in every series we click on. But let's cut them some slack, shall we? For a series airing in 2005, the characters actually looked pretty decent. The action scenes were pretty well animated too. The thing about Original series is that the animation is usually consistent throughout the entire course, and that's what happened here.
Created in the period of time when Seiyuus (voice actors) were less celebrated than now, it was only natural that they fit the roles for the characters. Besides the cast, the background music and OST are magnificent. Nearly every scene had a BGM on it, and I'd have to say that each piece of music really fit the scenario, both in happy or sad times. I've already got the OST and it's pretty incredible, trust me.
This is where you'll have to watch through the entire series to understand. Through the 24 episodes, there is significant character development, especially to the two main characters (namely Solty and Roy). Of course, each character did have their own flaws, but they learnt from it through really heart-warming personal experiences. I pretty much liked every character in this series, but I kinda get annoyed when girls cry... and this series happen to have quite a few so... yeap but that aside, I was alright with everyone.
No qualms in this section from me. From start to finish, I've thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this. The comical scenes made me smile, the emotional scenes (nearly) made me tear up and the action scenes got me captivated. It may be just me, but I wasn't bored in any point of watching this series.
So, why not? This is my favourite anime series by some margin, and though it sticks in my mind as a 9 or 9.5, I'll give them credit and overrate a little on my part to give a 10. I really hope you guys will check it out. Even though it's a series which aired a long time ago, I believe it deserves some form of recognition.
That's all from me, and thanks so much for your time! (:
Solty Rei was brought to us by Gonzo and AIC, with TV Asahi co-producing and airing it. It ran from late 2005 to early 2006. Hiraike Yoshimasa took charge of the direction. The series was designed as a sci-fi drama. Since it wasn't based on anything, it's difficult to predict how well it does with that combination. The worst sci-fi work I've reviewed from AIC was just mediocre. I have looked at some really horrendous works from Gonzo, including the sci-fi western Sunabouzu, but I've also seen some strong offerings from both of them. So, will this collaboration be one of those higher quality works?
a far off future, society is run by a mega company called the RUC. Laws are largely enforced by bounty hunters, with the regular police being really ineffectual. One such hunter is Roy Revant, a grizzled veteran who's spent twelve years searching for his daughter, who was lost in an event called the Blast fall. One day while he's on a case, a strange, amnesiac green-haired girl falls from the sky. Because plot convenience amnesia helps build mystery. It's not lazy writing at all. She takes a liking to Roy and begins following him around. He resists at first, telling her to go home but takes pity on her and gives her the name “Solty,” taking her in. Roy and Solty aren't in for an easy time, though. There's something decidedly unkosher happening with the RUC and a trio of unregistered residents are certain to complicate matters further.
The biggest problem with the series is the ending. We get a lot of mystery surrounding various events that I can't go into without major spoilers and the ultimate answers that we get are pretty weak. The last couple episodes rush out multiple climaxes and only one of them is even semi-well handled. Really, the series tries to do too much in the span of two or three episodes and it fails to properly set a lot of it up so you get plot lines that feel like they're coming out of nowhere. The series also suffers from dumb villain plots. There are three antagonistic figures working separately, or against each other, who all have stupid, nonsensical plans. I think they learned how to develop cunning plans from Baldrick.
On the positive side, the world building is pretty interesting and the series, in spite of going off the rails at the end, does have a lot of genuinely good moments. If it had focused on a single antagonist and fleshed out their plan better, this could have been a great series. There are some good ideas behind the main narrative as well and most of them aren't executed badly. The series is also good at balancing serious and more light-hearted moments and managing its tone really well.
The biggest weakness in terms of characters are the major antagonists. Since their motivations don't make sense and their plans are idiotic. The major protagonists and supporting characters, on the other hand, are a really strong group of characters. They're fleshed out. They develop over the course of the series and they get a lot of good character moments that develop them and their relationships with one another. The series is particularly good with familial bonding moments and some of its best scenes by far are focused on that dynamic.
The artwork is mostly nicely done. The characters look good and the various futuristic elements have visual appeal. The Aurora wave that keeps people from going too high up in the atmosphere is really nice looking. The action sequences are a bit hit or miss. In some of them, the use of CG really detracts from the sequence. Since the CG can be really awkward. Others are quite good. Some of the futuristic clothes the characters wear can be just ridiculous too. Solty's outfit, for example, has a random triangle right over her bum and another right over her bosom. Why are there random triangles and why are they positioned so that they could be easily construed as downwards arrows? That's just a bad idea. At best you look clueless at worst you look like you're trying to draw attention to those areas in a decidedly unclassy way.
There are some good actors in this. Nakata Jouji, Asano Masumi, Noto Mamiko, Hirohashi Ryou, Itou Shizuka, Tamura Yukari & Saitou Momoko all give strong performances. There really aren't any bad performances. The music is pretty good as well.
There are some scenes between Solty and Rose early on that get a bit homo-erotic, but the series eases off on that for reasons that become quite apparent. There are also the girls in the RUC. Celica and Accela seem to be into each other. Integra also has moments where she seems to be interested in other women.
In spite of its problems, Solty Rei is a good anime. Aside from the antagonists, it has strong characters and there are some compelling facets to the story. If you can tolerate the stupid villain plans, it is worth watching. My final rating is going to be a 7/10. Next week we'll finish the month with Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom.
Solty Rei is a decent show that could have done a lot better with what it had. I just hope my review doesn't stop people from watching this, because you might enjoy it. ^_^
In a world where the sky is filled with some kind of Aurora Shell , which holds the atmosphere together, has caused a devastating incident known as the Blast Fall. 12 years later this anime follows the story of an ex-cop now bounty hunter Roy Revant, who's been searching for his missing daughter since the Blast Fall.
This basically sets out the story for the rest of this of this anime however it's
mostly compiled of a bunch of adventures that make up a story. This was done well to begin with but then the story just gets out of control halfway into it. The main focus is on Roy's search for his missing daughter but it often loses focus and goes unto something completely different, especially during the latter half of the series.
The main thing I noticed about this anime was how much it borrowed of other animes or shows, which is the main reason why it didn't standout at all. Even the characters personalities felt boring and unoriginal especially Solty, who's voice got so incredibly annoying I just wanted mute it at times. I also felt that when it got to the sadder moments of the show the characters were really over dramatic, another little annoyance. But the main thing I didn't like was what happened to half the main characters, which I won't spoil for anyone.
The animation of this anime was decent nevertheless one noticeable thing was the CGI. There are animes that were able to implement it well (Ghost in the Shell: SAC and Trinity Blood) but this isn't one of them. The CGI just made things feel weaker than it already did and left little to be amazed by. Although, it was no where near as bad as the music. The opening and ending theme songs were alright but the soundtrack was terrible. What made it worse was that the music never blended well with the situation, it just felt like some "emo" kid wanted to put in his favourite track whenever he possibly could and that's what he got. XD
To summarize, even though this anime borrowed a lot of ideas, it could have used them better. The plot was good but the second storyline spoilt it, with all its random events occurring, which tried to tie it in with the first storyline. The ending was OK but it still was too crazy and left little to the imagination. I really did expect more this anime but maybe that was the problem, because my high expectations is what left me completely and utterly displeased with what I got.
I recommend this decent show it anyone who's open-minded but there are much better anime series out there to choose from.
I will start by saying that if you are not sure if to watch it or not, I recomend to try and watch it. It might be worth it :)
The story is a little hard to understand when the show starts (aside from the 'oh it's a homeless girl, why shoulden't we bring her home?'), and though that even as the show goes on it really dosen't get any clearer, at some point the REAL story would unfold, so hang in there :)
Once you understand the whole story, it's kinda nice. Not the BEST story, but one that isen't really f#$$ed up like some animes.
art is OUTSTANDING. I think we need more animes with such art.
Sound is cool. Can't think of a reason I shoulden't give it 9.
Some characters are somewhat lacking (story, background, and mostly development), but the characters themselves are avarage+.
I enjoyed this show alot. First because it was puzzeling and I wanted to know the story development (I like guessing what would happen next, and this show really puts up a challange here :P) and also because I REALLY liked that vibrating-hand-attack thingy. REALLY. Don't know why, just looks cool to me :P
If you haven't ruled it out yet, take the first episode for a test run. Keep in mind that though it starts as a 'Take-the-homeless-girl-home-and-make-her-a-part-of-your-family' kind of story that we see alot in animes, it WILL change soon enough to something more like 'Kick-the-s@#t-out-of-them-super-humans'. Other than the somewhat stupid 'coincidence' that keeps on happening (If you want to understand what it means, just watch the show, because explaining it will be a spoiler), it's more than most of the animes out there.