Posted by psgels on 7 July 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews


Soultaker is a definite recommendation for any mystery-fan. If you ignore the cheesy title and OP that seems to suggest we’re dealing with a GAR-mecha show, then you’ll find the perfect example of a well-written mystery-series that’s perfectly fitted for thirteen episodes.

The first thing you’ll notice when you start watching this series is the direction. It’s hard to describe, but we hardly ever see any normal shots of the characters, most shots we see of them are weird camera-angles with lots of lighting-effects, which seldom stay for more than three seconds. Because of this, almost the entire series gives off a feeling of fast pacing, where perhaps only one episode really takes its time. Despite this, though, Soultaker never feels rushed, and the creators knew exactly what they were doing.

It’s hard to talk about the plot of this series. Heck, the very first scene already is a major spoiler. Let’s just say that it’s about a mutant with a messed-up family. Through the course of thirteen episodes, it gradually answers more questions, asked in previous scenes, where the new revelations all increase in terms of impact, ending in a nice though predictable climax. Mystery-series should definitely take an example out of this one.

To accompany the mystery, this series comes with a cast of intriguing characters; all with their own motivation and intentions, and most of them get a decent amount of time to get fleshed out. Even the seemingly annoying brat turns out watchable in the end. I do feel, though, that they could have had more development. This series is really well written, and the creators knew how to use their time, but the series never really reaches the height that requires it to become an awesome series. There’s also the matter that all mystery-series need time to build up, so the show needs some time to really get going.

Nevertheless, I’m glad I watched this. It’s an excellent mystery-series that delivers, without hitting the heights. But don’t worry, you’ll be in for lots of surprises. ;)

5 Responses

  1. DiGiKerot says:

    The way to describe the direction in SoulTaker is, well, “Shinbo-esque”. Sure, it’s not helpful to anyone who doesn’t watch anime, but anyone who does is bound to have seen one of Portrait of Petit Cossette, Tsukuyomi, Pani-Poni Dash, Negima!? or pretty much any show he directed after this – they all look pretty much the same (even the first series of Lyrical Nanoha does in places). There’s one or two very specific shots he has a distinct habit of slipping into pretty much every show he directs as well.

    The Soultaker looks better than most of those, though.

    I love The Soultaker. A lot of people complain about the cheese-factor of the action scenes (or rather the special moves), or the fact that it alludes to an intelligence that isn’t actually there, but frankly that just adds to the charm.

  2. Kite says:

    Yeah this was a great anime! It really delivered IMO!

  3. roastedpekingduck says:

    What some people don’t like about “Shinbo-shows”, including me, are how grating the imagery becomes after a while. Petite Cossette is a great example of how Shinbo got carried away with making an intoxicating experience with imagery while pushing forward on a barebones story, so that the imagery looked pretty but eventually had no meaning. Petite Cossette and Soul Taker for me wasn’t bad, but they were so imagery-dependent, that after the initial novelty of the imagery wore off, I just couldn’t find anything that got me to continue.

  4. psgels psgels says:

    After having read these comments, I can indeed imagine that Shinbo’s style is a love-it or hate-it style. I’m personally quite fond of the style, but I can imagine that it can become grating for others.

  5. Solaris says:

    I only watche the first episode of this show and i can say the style is unconventional and quite flashing. I liked it. It’s a pity i didn’t continue watching to it. I must do it! I must do it!

    /OT
    As a compensation i watched the funny spinoff “Magical Nurse Witch Komugi Chan”. It was a very stupid anime, 10000000 light years distant from Soultaker. But it was quite funny (it’s a parody of magical girls shows)

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  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 07:15 AM)
    Also it’s nice to see there was heated arguments on EVA even before I start to do any post review. The way I see it thou certain films/ series are classic/ influential for a reason, if they are brilliant I certainly can still see its sparks. Like I can still amazed of Potemkin Battleship on its montahe editing, or It Happens one night fot its influential on romantic comedy. So I really look forward to see how I feel about EVA hahaa
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 06:52 AM)
    Jezz, I was almost certain that I would cover Orange, mainly because I never have thought it would be on top of the polls. Anw, it’s good to see how Aidan cover it as it appears I’m a much more easy-marker than Aidan
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:40 AM)
    There is a hipster movement of contrarianism, that they just like to hate on whatever’s popular and deemed kinda mainstream. I get defensive when they shit on classics like Akira, Berserk and Ghost in The Shell. I see that wasn’t the case here. Anybody can sincerely dislike Anything; that’s fine.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:31 AM)
    I see your point too. We can certainly take the stance of judging a thing by its own merit, unobstructed by social influences and constrains of time. Yet even at that Evangelion is a fairly slick piece of science fiction, and an interesting watch. At worst it’s boring and contrived, but that’s harmless. Never really fair to call it shit.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:20 AM)
    @Aidan: looking back soberly I did come back a little too heated. That’s uncalled for and I’m sorry for that. I usually don’t lash out of unrelated daily stress, but there are mistakes here and there.
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:22 AM)
    @Aidan hahaha can’t wait for the episode reviews for Orange. It’s gonna really test you.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 02:58 AM)
    Look I knew how this would end before it began. We have done this already and neither of us are changing our stance. K-Off laid out things perfectly with his response so I see no reason to elaborate. Only reason I jumped in was because you brought Fate into it and if that was the bait then congrats, you won. I see no reason to continue the farce with no compromise in sight.
    In other words, need sleep. Goodnight.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 02:53 AM)
    @Bam,”I never said the problems it has gets erased by its early release or cultural significance”
    Neither did I. I said you are hand waving it’s problems by stating so, which you are.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 02:32 AM)
    …And orange is still top of the poll…ugh. Seems like this is going to be torture for me. Kiznaiver was already trying my patience with those speeches but if Orange is even worse…oh boy…
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:35 AM)
    Anyways I’m sure an emotionally manipulating soundtrack will make the anime a bit better :)

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