In an effort to learn more about the aliens that have been plaguing the planet for the past years, Dr. Noguchi and his assistant Maki Agata, revives an older version of the alien that they had scavenged. They recruit Takuto Kenishiro, Maki's boyfriend, into this project because of his talent for metallurgy. While Takuto is unhappy with Maki keeping secrets from him again, he reluctantly helps with the project. However, in the process of reviving the monster, that Dr Noguchi has aptly called Frankenstein (Frank for short), unidentified soldiers invade the Morgue facility, somehow causing an accident in the lab killing both Dr. Noguchi and Maki while leaving Takuto scarred and heart-broken.
Emotionally distressed by his ordeal, a mysterious man, Mr. X (who has the freaky habit of appearing and disappearing just as quickly), offers Takuto a chance to get his vengeance on the monster he blames for destroying everything and everyone that he cared for. Months later, Ryu Soma, reborn from the ashes of Takuto's soul, joins Funeral. It is the military organization which deals with the attacking aliens and also had managed to recapture Frank who had escaped during all the commotion at Morgue. Here, Ryu meets the other personalities behind Funeral and a child who carries the face of the woman he loves.
The Japanese release uses Greek in the title: AΠHENTO ΣOMA.
The title is Greek for The Silver Body.
Argento Soma was loosely based on Frankenstein, and was the second in a series of animes produced by Bandai which reimagined classic novels (the first was Infinite Ryvius, based on Lord of the Flies.) Neither show was a big hit, and thus Soma was the last in the series. It is unknown whether or not a third novel-inspired series was planned.
In the first episode the name on the side of Morgue's building reads "Morugue" as this is how the name of the group is pronounced in Japanese.
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