Posted by psgels on 15 February 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews, Soukou no Strain


Soukou no Strain is a science-fiction mecha series. There are two types of mechas in this story. Gambits and Strains. Strains are superior to Gambits in every single way, but suitable pilots are rather rare, since in order to pilot a Strain, you need to possess a unique device called a MIMIC. This has been linked with you since your birth. If the MIMIC breaks, you’ll lose the ability to fly a Strain. The story centres around one of these Strain-pilots: Sara Werec, sister of the famous talent, Ralph Werec.

Soukou no Strain has been a series with its ups and downs, but it definitely turned out as one of the better ones of this kind. The fact, however, does remain that the first episodes introduce a rather significant amount of strange plot-points, or unexplainable events. Some events also are way too coincidental for their own sake, and you’d certainly want to avoid episode 7, which is basically one huge incoherent fanservice-fest.

Still, in comparison to countless mediocre anime, this one manages to rise above them. This is because at the moments when it has to, Soukou no Strain really delivers. It isn’t afraid to kill off a number of characters, and through the course of 13 episodes, it actually manages to develop Sara and her companions into very interesting and likable characters. Some of the dramatic scenes are amazing, and especially the final episodes lack any sort of incoherent storytelling that was plaguing the first number of episodes. Add a few very interesting plot twists along the way, and you’ve got yourselves a great anime.

In terms of OST, this anime definitely delivers. It comes accompanied by a few very strong stringed-instrument-tracks, perfect for the setting. I wish I could be as enthusiastic about the graphics, though. The CG looks nice, but the character designs are not far from horrible. One bright point, though: the final episode fixes this nasty bug, and it finishes the series with some great animation qualities. I just wish I could say the same about the other episodes.

Overall, I’m recommending this if you don’t mind the action. Okay, the show has its flaws, but something says to me that it doesn’t care about these, and that it would rather ignore them so that it has more time to focus on the really important things. After all, it had to stuff quite a large story in only 13 episodes, something which is never an easy task. Still, it succeeded, in my opinion. It’s a great series, I had my initial doubts, though these were removed on the way by some very strong episodes and plot twists.

One Response

  1. Wererat42 says:

    This is one of those series I feel can’t be truly shown in a mere 13 episodes. It would have made more impact if the character deaths happened after sufficent development.

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  • Emma
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 09:16 PM)
    When you get down to it my opinion on Naruto is essentially that its terrible because dragonball is.
  • Emma
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 09:13 PM)
    Really a case of taking just a glance t something.
  • Emma
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 09:11 PM)
    Eight episodes of sword arts first season, then skimming the bit where Asuna gets humilated, then maybe watch one episode of season 2, then skimming two of them, then watching some of the ending.
  • Emma
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 09:06 PM)
    I think I read maybe 3-5 volumes of bleachs manga and then watched the part where Aizen faked dying then came back then I just stopped.
  • Emma
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 09:05 PM)
    If I think about it I never actually gave Naruto, one piece, bleach, dragonball Z, hunter x hunter, sword art much of a chance did I? One volume and about three episodes of one piece, 30 episodes of HxH at most, maybe about three or four random episodes of Naruto, random bits of episodes of dbzs cell, frieza and buu arcs and about 3 episodes of GT.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 08:54 PM)
    There is also a certain high degree of Bootstrap Paradox at work here when Shirou (Archer) goes to the past and inspires himself into projecting the very same weapon he is currently using. Also wouldn’t Archer bringing the necklace with him to the past cause a spacetime duplicate?
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 08:51 PM)
    @Aidan: That somewhat makes sense, although I was under the impression that these heroic spirits don’t really have a body to abuse, and are just a projection of their platonic forms in the Hall of Heroes. But that would make things more complicated as to how Archer actually carried Rin’s necklace with him over there.
  • Emma
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 08:43 PM)
    …Holy magic blackface Batman…
    And I’m sorry if this is a stupid question but was there ever any fate related material that went into detail about the very first grail war?
    Also I fundamentally suggest shinji face castration.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 08:38 PM)
    @ginormous95, tried both the manga and anime many times. Couldn’t really get into it. But I think I see the appeal.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 08:37 PM)
    As for Assassin, well lets just say he’s not exactly out of the ring yet.

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