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Soukou no Strain

Alternative Titles

English: Strain: Strategic Armored Infantry
Japanese: 奏光のストレイン


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 2, 2006 to Feb 15, 2007
Premiered: Fall 2006
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Happinet Pictures
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Studio Fantasia
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.101 (scored by 7,546 users)
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Ranked: #33762
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Popularity: #3183
Members: 18,266
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In the distant future, mankind is divided into two factions: Union and Deague. They have waged a war against each other for so long that no one remembers when it first began. The backbone of the Union military is the manned weapons system Strain, while the Deague uses an unmanned version, the Tumoru.

Sara Werec, the daughter of a respectable family, is a 16-yearold girl who attends Grapera Space Armed Soldier Academy located in the Cranial Solar System, where she is training to become a full-fledged Reasoner (a Strain pilot).

Her brother, Ralph Werec, had been sent to the frontline 130 light-years away to accomplish a special mission when she was 11 years old, a distance that requires 400 years of objective time to traverse by even the fastest Union spacecraft. However, in accordance with the theory of relativity, this corresponds to only two subjective years (time as experienced by those within the spacecraft).

The two of them had lost their parents when they were young and the bond between the two is very close. It is Sara’s dearest wish to be reunited with her brother. To do that, she must travel to the battlefield where he is.

One day, Sara’s planet is suddenly assaulted by Deague forces. To her surprise, her brother, Ralph, turns out to be one of the raiders who successfully kidnap a mysterious girl sleeping in a capsule.

In order to find the truth, Sara gets in a Strain and chases after him. However, she is attacked by Ralph, and the Mimic, a copy of the pilot’s brain which is essential to controlling the Strain, is damaged.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Werec, Sara
Kawasumi, Ayako
Werec, Ralph
Kondou, Takashi
Gelh, Lotti
Nonaka, Ai
Reberth, Lavinia
Nonaka, Ai
Tanii, Asuka
Minagawa, Junko
Radofrics, Carrisford
Hoshi, Soichiro
Tanaka, Rie
Iges, Jessie
Matsuki, Miyu


Cook, Justin
Watanabe, Tetsuya
Director, Episode Director
Kameyama, Toshiki
Sound Director
Aoki, Ei
Episode Director, Storyboard

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"Message" by Yoko Ueno (eps 1-13)

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"Umi no Opal" by Sema (eps 1-13)

More reviewsReviews

Jul 1, 2007
MrGaz (All reviews)
Soukou no Strain is without a doubt one of the best sci-fiction series out there. The series isn\'t heavily focused on the war itself and between regular mecha battles but instead its primarily focus is on Sara Werc, on how she cope with the loss of her friends and the betrayal of her brother.

Clearly the first episode is what drives us towards the edge of our seats. With the lost of Sara friends and the shocking revelation of being betrayed by her own brother, it instantly give us the questions into why he betrayed her? what made him betrayed her? etc. and in addition, who read more
Jul 14, 2008
sife (All reviews)
This is quite simply one of my favorite anime series, ever. It's amazing how much tension, mystery, drama, romance, and anguish it packs into just 13 episodes. Occasional comedic interludes underscore the generally serious nature of the show.

So, what is it about? Set in a far-off future, it tells the story of a fascinating young girl named Sara Werec. She is smart and competitive, yet kind and caring. She is also completely devoted to her older brother Ralph, who is all the family she has in the entire galaxy. Unfortunately Ralph, a mecha pilot, has been sent to the read more
Jul 6, 2009
whatuser990 (All reviews)
Suffice it to say, I wasn't too impressed with this show and felt Soukou no Strain was a bunch of wasted potential wrapped into a 13 episode series with an identity crisis.

Story: The main problem with the story was that the show didn't know what it wanted to be until episode 8. Episode 1 was a very dramatic episode that set up the plot in one of the best first episodes I've seen so far. Episodes 2-6 became a comedy-drama revolving around the interactions between Sara Werec and the other pilots on the Union training ship, the Libertad. Episode 7 was nothing more than a read more
Apr 16, 2009
tentacle_raep (All reviews)
In the future there are giant robots (shocking, eh?). Humanity has been forced into a civil war (for some reason) and is battling each other in space (wow). There are two factions, arbitrarily named the Union and the Deague; about the only noticeable difference is that the Union uses robots called Strains, which have to be piloted by a cannon-fodder teenager--in this series named after characters from The Little Princess. The Deague is smarter and uses unmanned drones. Oh, yes, to pilot a Strain, you also need a mysterious black box which is the crucial plot element in this story.

So, there's Sara Crews, Cruz, Werec, read more


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