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Genre: Sci-fi action / drama
Length: Television series, 24 episodes, 23 minutes each
Distributor: R1 DVD from FUNimation
Content Rating: 13+ (violence, thematic elements, suggestive themes)
Related Series: Solty Rei OAV
Also Recommended: The Third: The Girl With The Blue Eye
Notes: Produced by GONZO, co-produced by AIC. A manga adaption, SoltyRei -The Red Lady-, written by Noboru Kibuya and illustrated by Takimiya Kazutaka, ran in Comic Rex from 2005 to 2006.

Two DVD-only bonus episodes were made after the series ended its run. They take place in the middle of the series. They are not accounted for in the review of this series.
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Solty Rei

Synopsis

Twelve years ago lightning stroked the top of the R.U.C. (Reestablishment Universe Committee) building. This incident, known as the Blast Fall, killed many people and severely injured many others. Some of the people who survived are now Resembles, humans who have parts of their body replaced with prosthetic body parts as a result of the explosion. Among the causalities was the loss of bounty hunter Roy Revant's daughter Rita, who disappeared when the Blast Fall occurred. He still thinks she's alive, but as a result has become a grumpy, serious middle-aged man, making a living as a notoriously violent bounty hunter. His life turns around when he saves a mysterious green-haired girl, who grows fond of him and even lives with him, given the name Solty Revant. A Resemble herself, Solty is much more than she seems, which is what the majority of the series' events take note of.

Review

If there's one thing I've learned as a reviewer, it's that prejudice to certain companies' work can sometimes blind you from watching great series. In my case, I have studiously avoided reviewing shows from animation studio GONZO until a while back. While I've liked a few of the shows they've produced, I've avoided the grand majority of them as if they were on fire.

Anyway, on a whim I decided to pick a title from GONZO and watch it all the way through. That series was Solty Rei, a 2005 action series. And while it's not the best anime ever, it's definitely very watchable.

I think part of that reason from this show winning me over can be credited to Solty herself. Despite her awkward character design (such as her broccoli hair/ears), I found her appealing as a character and a great contrast to the serious Roy Revant, who he eventually makes his adopted daughter. Unlike in a lot of anime, in which the robot girl is either eternally clumsy and cutesy or smart, capable, and armed to the teeth with weaponry, Solty makes mistakes, goofs up, and fights exclusively with her hands, legs, and feet. She learns to cook, swim, fly, and even feel love over the course of the series, and every event that occurs in the series adds to her character. (It also helps that she can talk straight from the get-go, so we are mercifully spared of clich

A good sci-fi series as long as you're not expecting surprises or mind the idea of swapping comedy for drama halfway through. Maybe add a star if you find Rose more endearing than I do.Tim Jones

Recommended Audience: Teenagers and up, due especially to the violence, which can get quite messy at times. Some parts of the series might also be considered too thematic/problematic for younger children to watch.



Version(s) Viewed: R1 DVD
Review Status: Full (24/24)
Solty Rei © 2005 Shuzilow.HA, GONZO/Solty Rock Project