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Solty Rei is a show that starts off as a light-hearted comedy at first as Solty becomes accustomed to the day-to-day happenings with the bounty hunter agency that she assists Roy with and interacting with a cast of diverse characters like Rose the thief, Roy's boss Miranda and Miranda's daughter Kasha. However as the series presses on, particularly in the show's second half, there are a number of shocking revelations revealed concerning the truth behind the Blast Fall phenomenon that shook up the lives of those within the series. A higher party within the RUC has his own selfish and maniacal plans for the world in which humanity lives on and much is revealed concerning the circumstances that led humanity upon the planet. Such revelations also affect the major characters of the series as their lives were affected by Blast Fall, in particular Roy as he eventually finds out answers concerning the whereabouts of his daughter and Solty concerning her mysterious origins. The plot buildup in the show's second half does do well at keeping you hooked on the series to its end, though you have to work through the show's first half of light-hearted comedy where its delivery can be hit-or-miss and not many hints are dropped to bigger things that have yet to come.|
Solty Rei is not without its faults. The second half often has the bad habit of creating resolutions to seemingly dire problems for the major characters to the series rather too conveniently and some characters seem a bit underdeveloped compared to others, particularly some of the RUC personnel. The visual presentation to the series is also a bit of a mixed package where while it has clean details in the rendering of scenery and mecha designs with CG rendering and some moments of fluid animation, character designs are rather average and shortcuts with animation are apparent at points.
Overall, Solty Rei does make for a decent watch when you get to its second half when the drama in the series starts to flare up, though you also have to put up with its hit-or-miss comedy in the first half and some apparent flaws to see when you get into the second half. This is a series you should rent at least before you consider buying it.
Last updated Tuesday, August 02 2011. Created Tuesday, August 02 2011.
I took an immediate liking to this series--I've already watched episode one four times. Solty's personality reminded me of a stray puppy looking for a master to take her in. The artwork is splendid--it's hard to believe this was just a TV series. In the first couple episodes, a number of intriguing plot elements were introduced: A disaster called the "Blast Fall", Bounty Hunter Roy Revant's missing daughter, the "RUC Security Department" and a "secret" it's trying to protect, and Solty herself, who is an artificial girl composed entirely of "Resemble" technology. Unfortunately, the series soon began to wander away from these mysteries, and became a silly, nonsensical show. It doesn't seem to be able to make up it's mind whether it will be an emotionally gripping show or a silly-funny one, which is highly frustrating because I think it would have been much better in the former category. As of episode seven, nothing significant has been added to what we already knew about the Blast Fall, Rita Revant, or Solty's origins.|
When Funimation licensed Solty Rei (under the odd title "Origin"), and it stopped being available as a fansub, I planned to rent the remaining episodes when they become available, but not buy them unless the plot gets itself back on track. Actually, I have yet to do so; I lost interest during the hiatus between fansubs ending and R1s beginning.
Last updated Friday, March 21 2008. Created Monday, November 07 2005.
New anime series. The 3rd episode has been released as a fansub.
Last updated Saturday, October 29 2005. Created Saturday, October 29 2005.
|Official Japanese (Language) Series Web Site||http://www.solty.net/|