Brothers in arms


OK OK so it’s been ages since I last posted. I’ve been on vacation (whine whine) and was out of the country too. Don’t ask where. Suffice it to say I won’t be back there.

Anyway, I’ve been watching this new anime called “Persona – trinity soul” which apparently is based on a video game. The show is set in Ayanagi City and happens 10 years after the last game. Our protagonists are three brothers who seem to lack the gene for expressing love. This trio of cold fishes are Ryo Kanzato who heads the local police department, his high school-aged brother Shin and their youngest sibling Jun. They had a sister, Yuki, who was Jun’s twin but something happened and she’s no longer with them. Ditto their parents.

I’ve only seen up to episode three and the show still hasn’t explained if Yuki died or was kidnapped or got vaporized. Since I never played the game, I’m reduced to getting my info solely from the show.

In the first episode, Ryo gets summoned to check out a submersible where the crew vanished. At the same time, his two younger brothers return home after several years of living with another relative. He doesn’t seem to relish seeing his brothers again.

There’s a mystery with a capital M going on. People are disappearing. Folks have been found dead and turned inside out. There’s a group of folks who seem to be grabbing certain young people and pulling out what looks to be their souls. Ryo keeps things from his own men much to the chagrin of one cop who thinks he’s up to something. Ryo, who is as friendly as an iceberg to his siblings and underlings, possesses some sort of power that launches a transparent giant robot thingy that saves one of the kidnapped girls and slashes some giant alien thingy that comes out of the kidnapper.

At his new high school Shin hears about “shadow extraction” and sees students doing such a feat on others. He passes out after a classmate, Takuro Sakakiba, and he managed to pull out these giant robots from each other. It seems these robot things are called Personas.

Interesting that the robots look like the models Shin possesses and even dreams about.

Little Jun is weird in his own right, He keeps a dress of his missing twin with him and behind locked doors, Ryo overhears him talking to a girl.

There’s some trouble brewing at a local karaoke bar when Shin and his classmates run into a group of young punks.

The show is interesting so far.

2 thoughts on “Brothers in arms

  1. Hey Ruby! You know the last time I was interested in anime was when my brothers and I were into Voltron and all the different Robotech series. I guess I was into Sailor Moon and Pokemon for a little bit too. But now Renee has becomed a little obsessed with Naruto since we got Cartoon Network last year.
    What the heck is up with this show? I swear everytime I watch it, I am dumbfounded by how kids could like it. It’s like a soap opera! Which really Robotech was for a while too, but come on! I don’t see how young kids could really get the emotions of some of these plot lines but I guess as long as they have some cool action and gear they don’t care. Anywho, it makes me miss the Robotech series and Akira – one of the best anime movies ever……

  2. Claudia,

    “Naruto” is geared mostly for the action crowd but anime has sorta blurred the lines between genres over the years. Somehow one can’t have a hero without angst or an anti-hero like Gaara without trauma in their background. Emo moments abound too which sometimes make you want to yell, “Yes, yes you had a sad life. I get it. Can we now go back to the fighting?”

    Most anime I’ve seen nowadays have a mixture of drama and comedy. The romance anime where there’s a convoluted love polygon is nothing but an animated soap opera. I kid you not.

    I actually like “Naruto” because of the big cast and their different quirks. I love Kakkashi the copy ninja and Jiraiya the perverted but awesome sennin. I could do without the moments when Naruto seems to have lost his brain and acts like a doofus or spews out some inane comments.

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