Friday, 5 October 2012

Solty Rei Vol: 1 
Released By: MVM
Rating: PG
Running Time: 150 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 2.0
Release Date: Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

In a run down city a dark night is the setting for a mercenary chasing his mark. Elsewhere a girl  poises atop a high building looking over the city seeing all its wonders and its darker side, but even she is on the run from those who have spotted her breaking and entering a top security area, and the same people want to take her alive, however she does not want to go with them. Instead, she fights with all her might which turns out to be more than the organisation can cope with.

The mercenary finds his target was one of the survivors of the blast fall many years ago and has a rebuilt arm using cyborg implants – he makes his way in the world as a small time thief, but he wonders what has gone wrong with the new world.

Roy the mercenary brings his target back to Maverick Hunters Agency as usual for the cash, but he is not ready for his next target and what happens to him to change his life forever.

What seems like an ordinary anime on first looking turns out to be a mixture of sci-fi and fantasy with Solty Rei a Resemble, or cyborg girl who survived the blast fall, an unusual event that occurred where the broken bodies of thousands of humans were re made with cyborg parts, the most up-to-date ones continued their lives exceptionally well considering the devastation they had.

Solty Rei, produced by Gonzo and directed by Yoshimasa Hirake who did Keleido Star and Excel Saga – this combines action and drama in a future just being rebuilt again after tragedy.

If viewers liked Ergo Proxy and Ghost in the Shell then this will be the one for them.

Bonus Material: Character Cast Auditions, Text-less Opening and Closing Animation and Trailers for other anime titles.

Verdict: Deep and meaningful – Solty Rei is both moving drama and seething action.

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