Posted by psgels on 27 June 2006 with categories: Anime Reviews



Soul Link is a very strange anime. Not in terms of story, but in terms of production. Some parts are extremely solid, while other parts are just totally horrible. It’s a science-fiction and fanservice series. The story is about a space-ship, which serves as a school for people who want to be in the military. This ship gets overtaken by terrorists. Most of the people aboard the ship manage to escape, though our main characters remain. They now have to survive, and find their way out.

Let’s start with the good part: the story. The story is extremely solid. This anime spans twelve episodes, and knows exactly how to use them. Each episode, the plot progresses a bit further, with no boring parts, no rushed feelings until it hits with a satisfying climax. Though the best part about this anime are the characters. While they’re in no way memorable, almost each one of them fits. It’s also extremely interesting that, while this may be a fanservice-show. It’s not like everyone’s falling in love with the main character. This is one of the few fanservice-show, in which we have a good number of couples, who remain faithful to each other. The anime’s also not afraid to kill off a couple of characters, which only adds to the drama. The plot twists are very nicely done and a lot of things make some sense.

Now the bad part. The anime may have a solid story and characters. That’s the only good thing about this show. For some reason, the creators wanted to focus on useless fanservice. The art looks just horrible and inconsistent. The animation is just garbage and some of the voice actors SO do NOT fit the characters they play. The music sucks, just as the sound effects. If you like fancy graphics, then stay far away from this anime, as you won’t be able to survive it.

Overall, I recommend Soul Link for its story. It’s a very decent anime, if you manage to ignore the horrible art. The first episodes start out a bit slow, but while looking back, they were nessecary to introduce all of the characters. You also might run into a couple of clichéd characters in the first few episodes, though don´t worry. They´ll soon move away from these clichés.

Final Rating: 65/100

6 Responses

  1. Cos says:

    This anime could have been much better,it’s really a shame they didn’t adapt properly the game and the ending was kind of…too standard.And as you say the animation and seyuu are really doing a poor job,even Higurashi low-budget quality is better…
    Also I disagree with you on the killing drama since the anime only kills the one who can die,all the fanservice cute girl and heroes remain alive at the end.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    That’s indeed true, but in my opinion it still beats the anime who refuse to kill of their characters in the first place. *coughBleachcough*

  3. AKI says:

    STORY? what story? *coughs* and takes a nosedive. One of the most horrible anime I’ve seen. I remember the title of the first episode “Encounter” and what did the charcters encounter? Absolutely nothing.

  4. psgels psgels says:

    AKI: err, what series have you been watching, exactly? I thought that there was actually a lot going on. I can understand why you’d think the story is bad, but that’s no reason to claim that there’s no story at all. ;)

  5. Sayaka-chan says:

    I THOUGHT SOUL LINK WAS AWESOME!

    EVEN THOUGH THE GRAPHICS WERE BAD
    I LOVED THE STORY
    I WAS JUST GLAD NAO-SAN GOT TO MEET SHUHEI-SAN IN THE END WITH NANAMI-SAN^_^
    SOUL LINK IS THE PERFECT ANIME*BLUSH*

  6. I personnly think Soul Link is a great anime. The animation is so bad compared to shows like avatar or inyuasha, thats my opion and plan to stick to it. The plot is good, a real sci-fi anime, I’ve never seen that before. Some of the characters could be better done but some are really strong. Though I must agree the ending really sucked for the show. All in all I think its an awesome anime.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:44 PM)
    I felt that the story became too shounen battle manga When at first it was portrayed as seinien. Especially with the quineqes and such.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:06 PM)
    @Raggers: His past with the old lady ghoul where he was castrated =<
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:48 AM)
    @Emma: which moment is that?
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:26 AM)
    @Raggers : And in one moment, a rather disturbing development.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    @Raggers: Actually, thinking it over you’ve got a point there, As I had said I’ve been marathoning re and come to think of it, it is more enjoyable to do so that way.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    Oh, the priest? Yeah, definitely an awesome touch. Wonder how he feels about Amon’s death…
    Juuzou? I’d complain about Arima more, the guy is hax beyond belief. Juuzou was just a nutcase who was skilled with knives – and has pretty good development in the manga.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:21 AM)
    @Emma: I think the pacing thing isn’t a problem if read as a whole – that’s a bit like complaining about slow chapters in books if you read them week-by-week. For a story like Tokyo Ghoul week-by-week just isn’t a good way to read it, I don’t think.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 04:21 AM)
    Gah, Juuzou is one of those irksome shounen-esque characters that never sat all that well with me.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 04:17 AM)
    @Raggers: The part with that locked up ghoul who Amon went to meet up with who he had history with, that was a great moment for Amon’s character and it had a kind of silence of the lambs feel to it.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 04:14 AM)
    @Raggers: I found it generally unevenly paced.

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