Posted by psgels on 11 August 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews


Gems often pop up at strange places, and Solty Rei is a great example of this. I’m not sure why exactly I dropped it when it first aired, but it probably was something along the lines of “too dull” and “gonzo”. As it turns out, Solty Rei is a very capable anime and just as underrated.

Solty Rei does start out rather underwhelming, though. The cute characters and the dark-ish setting don’t mesh well together, nothing much really happens and the main character Solty is overly moralistic, with a typical storyline of “save the oppressed”. There’s also not much eye-candy for the viewer (none of the character-designs are really appealing and the animation has a lot of bugs). There’s honestly nothing much to get excited about, but thankfully a lot changes once this series hits its second half.

It’s rather hard to properly talk about this, since the entire second half is basically one big spoiler, but let’s just say that the first half knew exactly what it was doing, and merely was building up and fleshing characters out properly for a much, much darker second half. What shines the most is the character-development, where themes as family and loss play a central role central. The entire cast develops into something worthwhile, and not a character seems wasted.

But also the setting turns out to be much deeper than you’d originally expect. It starts out as your typical uninspired dystopia, but the series slowly develops this setting into something much more complex. The ending, at first sight may seem like another one of those overly ambitious endings, but it somehow works out and gives a great closure to the series.

Solty Rei is obviously a cheap-looking series, where Gonzo’s CG and the 2D animation just don’t mesh well together. The soundtrack is nothing special (apart from a small amount of excellent tracks that pop up once or twice), but what lies behind it is a charming series. It’s well-told (although it lies a bit too much on coincidences at times), it’s got a great setting and great character-development. It just needs to take a while to get fired up.

Storytelling: 8/10
Characters: 9/10
Production-Values: 7/10
Setting: 9/10

4 Responses

  1. Ez says:

    I watched solty rei a few years back and boy was I ever stunned. I thought the first half was good, but I absolutely loved the second!

    Thanks for reviewing such an ‘old’ series. =D

  2. Alec says:

    just watched ep 1-6..and i just knew it right away that this series is totally UNDERRATED..

  3. Drake says:

    Hello ^^

    I’ve been reading your reviews for quite some time now and I have to say that it’s pretty good. Though I may not agree on some points, for this review…well I agree. I started to watched this series a few years back after it initially aired and it’s really not that “awe” inspiring so I stopped watching it. But after a while I gave it a second chance and to my surprise,it was really good! I have to agree, this series is so much underrated. ^^

  4. urumi says:

    the first half of the show was rather good i really enjoyed the story, and character developments, however i was totally disappointed by the ending, obviously it was kinda predictable, but it just seemed stupid, everything in the ending arc was just thrown together in order to push the story forward, in the end reducing this anime to most the others i dont think i’ll ever watch again

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  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 01:50 PM)
    Guess the last thing I will say about Kevin here is that you ain’t done. You will be back. You always come back.
    See you then.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 01:45 PM)
    @Mario, I seen it but I ain’t going to screenings. Besides it’s only really come into form with its third volume.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 01:44 PM)
    Also you were the psgels impersonator? Cause that wasn’t one time, that was three times.
    You are truly a puzzle. Why would you pose as someone you so venomously hate? I am starting to think you may have a mental disorder.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 01:39 PM)
    Don’t lie. You didn’t want psgels to give you a reason.he gave plenty of reasons and you told him to fuck off. If he gave more reasons you would have told him to fuck off more. What you want is agreement which you are never going to get. Hell I could give reasons why I believe Hunter x Hunter isn’t all that great and I am pretty sure your counter will just be “Fuck off”
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 01:36 PM)
    Kevin, something’s it sounds like you are talking to yourself. Like this “because I called Psgels a closed minded person who couldn’t be bothered to back up his opinions if his life depended on it.”
    That’s you. That’s all you. You have never backed up your opinions with anything besides a “Fuck you, that’s why”
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 01:36 PM)
    I will give Kevin one thing. He sure knows how to annoy people into participating. This is the most active the Shoutbox has been in a while.
  • SuperMario
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 01:05 PM)
    Anw, anyone here who watched RWBY? There will be some small screenings around the globe for its second volume of Wednesday 27th of July. Just wonder if there is anyone here going to see it?
  • SuperMario
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 01:02 PM)
    But this one just has limited screening (once a day) and half of people come to watch it have no idea what they sign up for…
  • SuperMario
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 01:01 PM)
    @Kaiser: I watched the Handmaiden in my local cinema. Not sure about Dublin but here in Australia we tend to pick up Korean and Japanese titles fairly quickly.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 26. 2016 09:54 AM)
    Same with action scenes: I might like realistic grounded sword fights, with the battle settling after a few swings and slashes. Others might enjoy over-the-top sequences, with aerial flips and ridiculous power moves.
    This concept can be expanded to the enjoyment of romance, slice-of-life, historic, and any other subject matter. If someone’s a grownup adult and doesn’t realize such a fundamental concept, than they seriously lack critical thinking and social understanding.

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