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->''"LIGHTNING... '''BREAKER!!!"'''''

''Soul Taker'' was created by Creator/TatsunokoProduction in 2001, directed by Akiyuki Shinbo who would later direct the first season of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. It tells the story of a young boy named Kyousuke Date who... dies in the very first scene of the anime. Killed by his dying mother who loved him very, very much. For essentially no reason.

... And then he gets dug out of a cemetery by a girl named Maya, and things get crazier from there as he has to confront the forces of the MegaCorp Kirihara Group led by CorruptCorporateExecutive Yui Kirihara as well as the enigmatic mutants of "The Hospital". Backing him up at first is the equally mysteriously motivated man named Shiro Mibu, and later on the young Hospital nurse Komugi Nakahara who often cosplays. Kyosuke himself has the power to turn into a demonic creature that the Kirihara Group dubs [[TitleDrop The Soul Taker]] and resolves to find his sister while protecting the "Flickers", fragments of her soul given human bodies.

Like ''Nanoha'', it starts out with a basic plot but kicks into high gear [[WhamEpisode in the sixth episode]], at which point the series starts bordering on MindScrew territory at times which is why many consider it [[XMeetsY Devilman Meets Evangelion]]. It's still a very good series nonetheless, with a unique aesthetic, [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome a kickass opening]] which was the fourth song JAMProject made, and a stellar voice acting cast on both sides of the Pacific. Definitely worth a look.

''Soul Taker'' was [[SpinOff later followed]] by ''Manga/NurseWitchKomugi'', which [[SelfParody parodies this show]].

Not related to the [[Film/SoulTaker western film of the same name]].
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!!This series provides examples of:

* BarbieDollAnatomy
* BadassNormal: Shiro Mibu.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Runa, Kyosuke's sister, is pretty much stringing everyone along]]
* BrainInAJar: [[spoiler: the current status of Kyosuke's grandfather. Doesn't stop him from getting a mutant form known as The Soul Killer]]
* Creator/BradSwaile: Voices Kyosuke in the English version. Became a HilariousInHindsight moment since it equates to [[{{Gundam00}} Setsuna being backed up by a badass Patrick]]
* [[DubInducedPlotHole Broadcast Induced Plot Hole]]: At least in the United States. When Creator/TechTV was broadcasting the series, they removed a few minutes of footage from each episode to make them fit within the timeslot. In some cases this made an episode seemed rushed. In others it made things very confusing. Case in point: near the end of episode 6, [[spoiler:Kyosuke is falling from a floating castle, and instead of rescuing him, Shiro shoots him with missiles, seemingly blowing him out of the sky.]] But within the last minute, [[spoiler:Kyosuke is shown to be fine, and he states that Shiro had done it to "wake him up," so that he could transform and stop himself from getting splattered in the fall.]] This last minute was cut from the American broadcast, however, making the beginning of episode 7 seem contradictory and ludicrous.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Runa's backstory.]]
* BrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler: Runa wants to mate with Kyosuke since they're both essentially aliens]]
** [[spoiler: Even worse, its implied that she felt this way ''before'' she found out they're basically aliens. {{Twincest}} {{Squick}}!]]
* CreepyCoolCrosses
* CrucifiedHeroShot
* CruelToBeKind: Kyosuke's mother stabs him in the beginning. [[spoiler:She did that because his latent mutant powers are awakened by trauma and only a betrayal from a loved one would fully awaken them. Runa suffered the same fate at a young age but [[BreakTheCutie didn't take it nearly so well]].]]
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Komugi.
* CuteLittleFangs: Komugi.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Komugi, more or less. She even got her own short anime series, ''NurseWitchKomugi''.
* EvilPlan: [[spoiler: Runa plays everything out the way they do simply so she can get all the Flickers in one place and provide her a mature body, remove all her enemies, and be reunited with her beloved brother]]
* FinishingMove: The Lightning Breaker. Becomes a victim of the TheWorfBarrage by episode six, however, and has varying effectiveness for the rest of the series
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: Runa was "killed" by Kysouke's real mother years ago to give her the power to defend herself. Poor Runa, who had previously been a perfect daughter, suffered a HeroicBSOD from it and resolved that even her own mother hated her because she really wasn't human]]
* GratuitousEnglish: Don't the Japanese have a word for "alien"? Also, "Hospital". And "Flicker".
* HandWave: More than a few plot elements, like Kyosuke's martial arts training and the fact he subconsciously couldn't step foot in the Kirihara Group's headquarters are glossed over in conversation.
* HeelFaceTurn: Komugi at the end of episode 3.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: [[spoiler: Runa's motivation. Kyosuke succeeds in convincing her otherwise.]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Things like syringes are favored by the Hospital mutants.
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: [[spoiler: Runa has spent all those countless years masquerading as the alien that Yui takes orders from]]
* KillEmAll: The power of the Applicon Buster, a material that could wipe out all life on Earth with just a few vials.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: In human form, Kyosuke wields a lightsaber... Er, we mean ''[[StarWars high-frequency katana]]''.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Kyosuke, [[spoiler: Richard Vincent, director of the Hospital]] is your father
* MindScrew: Each episode has a bit of one, but episode six takes the cake.
* MundaneUtility: You don't see a high-frequency katana used as a flashlight too often.
* OneWingedAngel: Essentially, Kyosuke's Mutant form is one of these, as is the Soul Crusher's, Soul Anubis's, and Soul Killer's. [[spoiler: Runa also needed one of these so she'd have a mature body]]
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: For one, they're all mutants created by exposure to Beta Applicon in the past.
* PlotTriggeringDeath: Mio's dying actions are to stab Kyosuke, and much of his personal story involves understanding why. [[spoiler:This is also what awakens his mutant powers]].
** Maya's death inspires Kyosuke to protect the Flickers, which takes up most of the early episodes.
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RedOniBlueOni: Kyosuke is the blue one.
* ShonenHair: Kyosuke.
* SpinOff: the ridiculously silly ''NurseWitchKomugi''.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Averted with Mio's diary. When Kyosuke finds the device, it has "30 GB" of memory.
* VictimOfTheWeek: The first six episodes involve Kyosuke trying to protect a Flicker.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: For one guy fighting along against the Kirihara Group and the Hospital, Shiro has a ''lot'' of guns, planes, helicopters, etc. [[spoiler: Later on we find out he's Yui's little brother and presumably has siphoned money out of the company for all this]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Runa wants to kill every single human so that she and Kyosuke can be safe.]]
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: While the Soul Anubis is pounding on Kyosuke he is apparently unable to respond due to his guilt over causing her death. Eventually, though, he decides taking the beating is pointless because it's accomplishing nothing.
--> I wanted to feel the pain Maya suffered, even just for a moment. I felt that I should know that pain. But right now, no matter how many times I'm hit, I'm not able to feel the pain. So now, ''I'm ending it.''
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: Shiro wants revenge on Yui because she killed Shiro's girlfriend, who was a Flicker]]
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->''"LIGHTNING... '''BREAKER!!!"'''''

''Soul Taker'' was created by Creator/TatsunokoProduction in 2001, directed by Akiyuki Shinbo who would later direct the first season of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. It tells the story of a young boy named Kyousuke Date who... dies in the very first scene of the anime. Killed by his dying mother who loved him very, very much. For essentially no reason.

... And then he gets dug out of a cemetery by a girl named Maya, and things get crazier from there as he has to confront the forces of the MegaCorp Kirihara Group led by CorruptCorporateExecutive Yui Kirihara as well as the enigmatic mutants of "The Hospital". Backing him up at first is the equally mysteriously motivated man named Shiro Mibu, and later on the young Hospital nurse Komugi Nakahara who often cosplays. Kyosuke himself has the power to turn into a demonic creature that the Kirihara Group dubs [[TitleDrop The Soul Taker]] and resolves to find his sister while protecting the "Flickers", fragments of her soul given human bodies.

Like ''Nanoha'', it starts out with a basic plot but kicks into high gear [[WhamEpisode in the sixth episode]], at which point the series starts bordering on MindScrew territory at times which is why many consider it [[XMeetsY Devilman Meets Evangelion]]. It's still a very good series nonetheless, with a unique aesthetic, [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome a kickass opening]] which was the fourth song JAMProject made, and a stellar voice acting cast on both sides of the Pacific. Definitely worth a look.

''Soul Taker'' was [[SpinOff later followed]] by ''Manga/NurseWitchKomugi'', which [[SelfParody parodies this show]].

Not related to the [[Film/SoulTaker western film of the same name]].
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!!This series provides examples of:

* BarbieDollAnatomy
* BadassNormal: Shiro Mibu.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Runa, Kyosuke's sister, is pretty much stringing everyone along]]
* BrainInAJar: [[spoiler: the current status of Kyosuke's grandfather. Doesn't stop him from getting a mutant form known as The Soul Killer]]
* Creator/BradSwaile: Voices Kyosuke in the English version. Became a HilariousInHindsight moment since it equates to [[{{Gundam00}} Setsuna being backed up by a badass Patrick]]
* [[DubInducedPlotHole Broadcast Induced Plot Hole]]: At least in the United States. When Creator/TechTV was broadcasting the series, they removed a few minutes of footage from each episode to make them fit within the timeslot. In some cases this made an episode seemed rushed. In others it made things very confusing. Case in point: near the end of episode 6, [[spoiler:Kyosuke is falling from a floating castle, and instead of rescuing him, Shiro shoots him with missiles, seemingly blowing him out of the sky.]] But within the last minute, [[spoiler:Kyosuke is shown to be fine, and he states that Shiro had done it to "wake him up," so that he could transform and stop himself from getting splattered in the fall.]] This last minute was cut from the American broadcast, however, making the beginning of episode 7 seem contradictory and ludicrous.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Runa's backstory.]]
* BrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler: Runa wants to mate with Kyosuke since they're both essentially aliens]]
** [[spoiler: Even worse, its implied that she felt this way ''before'' she found out they're basically aliens. {{Twincest}} {{Squick}}!]]
* CreepyCoolCrosses
* CrucifiedHeroShot
* CruelToBeKind: Kyosuke's mother stabs him in the beginning. [[spoiler:She did that because his latent mutant powers are awakened by trauma and only a betrayal from a loved one would fully awaken them. Runa suffered the same fate at a young age but [[BreakTheCutie didn't take it nearly so well]].]]
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Komugi.
* CuteLittleFangs: Komugi.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Komugi, more or less. She even got her own short anime series, ''NurseWitchKomugi''.
* EvilPlan: [[spoiler: Runa plays everything out the way they do simply so she can get all the Flickers in one place and provide her a mature body, remove all her enemies, and be reunited with her beloved brother]]
* FinishingMove: The Lightning Breaker. Becomes a victim of the TheWorfBarrage by episode six, however, and has varying effectiveness for the rest of the series
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: Runa was "killed" by Kysouke's real mother years ago to give her the power to defend herself. Poor Runa, who had previously been a perfect daughter, suffered a HeroicBSOD from it and resolved that even her own mother hated her because she really wasn't human]]
* GratuitousEnglish: Don't the Japanese have a word for "alien"? Also, "Hospital". And "Flicker".
* HandWave: More than a few plot elements, like Kyosuke's martial arts training and the fact he subconsciously couldn't step foot in the Kirihara Group's headquarters are glossed over in conversation.
* HeelFaceTurn: Komugi at the end of episode 3.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: [[spoiler: Runa's motivation. Kyosuke succeeds in convincing her otherwise.]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Things like syringes are favored by the Hospital mutants.
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: [[spoiler: Runa has spent all those countless years masquerading as the alien that Yui takes orders from]]
* KillEmAll: The power of the Applicon Buster, a material that could wipe out all life on Earth with just a few vials.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: In human form, Kyosuke wields a lightsaber... Er, we mean ''[[StarWars high-frequency katana]]''.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Kyosuke, [[spoiler: Richard Vincent, director of the Hospital]] is your father
* MindScrew: Each episode has a bit of one, but episode six takes the cake.
* MundaneUtility: You don't see a high-frequency katana used as a flashlight too often.
* OneWingedAngel: Essentially, Kyosuke's Mutant form is one of these, as is the Soul Crusher's, Soul Anubis's, and Soul Killer's. [[spoiler: Runa also needed one of these so she'd have a mature body]]
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: For one, they're all mutants created by exposure to Beta Applicon in the past.
* PlotTriggeringDeath: Mio's dying actions are to stab Kyosuke, and much of his personal story involves understanding why. [[spoiler:This is also what awakens his mutant powers]].
** Maya's death inspires Kyosuke to protect the Flickers, which takes up most of the early episodes.
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RedOniBlueOni: Kyosuke is the blue one.
* ShonenHair: Kyosuke.
* SpinOff: the ridiculously silly ''NurseWitchKomugi''.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Averted with Mio's diary. When Kyosuke finds the device, it has "30 GB" of memory.
* VictimOfTheWeek: The first six episodes involve Kyosuke trying to protect a Flicker.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: For one guy fighting along against the Kirihara Group and the Hospital, Shiro has a ''lot'' of guns, planes, helicopters, etc. [[spoiler: Later on we find out he's Yui's little brother and presumably has siphoned money out of the company for all this]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Runa wants to kill every single human so that she and Kyosuke can be safe.]]
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: While the Soul Anubis is pounding on Kyosuke he is apparently unable to respond due to his guilt over causing her death. Eventually, though, he decides taking the beating is pointless because it's accomplishing nothing.
--> I wanted to feel the pain Maya suffered, even just for a moment. I felt that I should know that pain. But right now, no matter how many times I'm hit, I'm not able to feel the pain. So now, ''I'm ending it.''
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: Shiro wants revenge on Yui because she killed Shiro's girlfriend, who was a Flicker]]
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15th Oct '13 7:15:23 PM Antwan
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* [[DubInducedPlotHole Broadcast Induced Plot Hole]]: At least in the United States. When TechTV was broadcasting the series, they removed a few minutes of footage from each episode to make them fit within the timeslot. In some cases this made an episode seemed rushed. In others it made things very confusing. Case in point: near the end of episode 6, [[spoiler:Kyosuke is falling from a floating castle, and instead of rescuing him, Shiro shoots him with missiles, seemingly blowing him out of the sky.]] But within the last minute, [[spoiler:Kyosuke is shown to be fine, and he states that Shiro had done it to "wake him up," so that he could transform and stop himself from getting splattered in the fall.]] This last minute was cut from the American broadcast, however, making the beginning of episode 7 seem contradictory and ludicrous.

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* [[DubInducedPlotHole Broadcast Induced Plot Hole]]: At least in the United States. When TechTV Creator/TechTV was broadcasting the series, they removed a few minutes of footage from each episode to make them fit within the timeslot. In some cases this made an episode seemed rushed. In others it made things very confusing. Case in point: near the end of episode 6, [[spoiler:Kyosuke is falling from a floating castle, and instead of rescuing him, Shiro shoots him with missiles, seemingly blowing him out of the sky.]] But within the last minute, [[spoiler:Kyosuke is shown to be fine, and he states that Shiro had done it to "wake him up," so that he could transform and stop himself from getting splattered in the fall.]] This last minute was cut from the American broadcast, however, making the beginning of episode 7 seem contradictory and ludicrous.
22nd Aug '13 10:24:20 AM Viira
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* BradSwaile: Voices Kyosuke in the English version. Became a HilariousInHindsight moment since it equates to [[{{Gundam00}} Setsuna being backed up by a badass Patrick]]

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* BradSwaile: Creator/BradSwaile: Voices Kyosuke in the English version. Became a HilariousInHindsight moment since it equates to [[{{Gundam00}} Setsuna being backed up by a badass Patrick]]
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Anime/SoulTaker was [[SpinOff later followed]] by NurseWitchKomugi, which [[SelfParody parodies this show]].

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Anime/SoulTaker ''Soul Taker'' was [[SpinOff later followed]] by NurseWitchKomugi, ''Manga/NurseWitchKomugi'', which [[SelfParody parodies this show]].
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--> ''LIGHTNING... '''BREAKER!!!'''''

''[[Anime/SoulTaker SoulTaker]]'' was created by TatsunokoProductions in 2001, directed by Akiyuki Shinbo who would later direct the first season of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. It tells the story of a young boy named Kyousuke Date who... dies in the very first scene of the anime. Killed by his dying mother who loved him very, very much. For essentially no reason.

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--> ''LIGHTNING... '''BREAKER!!!'''''

''[[Anime/SoulTaker SoulTaker]]''
->''"LIGHTNING... '''BREAKER!!!"'''''

''Soul Taker''
was created by TatsunokoProductions Creator/TatsunokoProduction in 2001, directed by Akiyuki Shinbo who would later direct the first season of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. It tells the story of a young boy named Kyousuke Date who... dies in the very first scene of the anime. Killed by his dying mother who loved him very, very much. For essentially no reason.
22nd May '13 4:31:32 PM Gatomon41
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* HandWave: More than a few plot elements, like Kyosuke's martial arts training and the fact he subconsciously couldn't step foot in the Kirihara Group's headquarters are glossed over in conversation
* HeelFaceTurn: Komugi at the end of episode 3

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* HandWave: More than a few plot elements, like Kyosuke's martial arts training and the fact he subconsciously couldn't step foot in the Kirihara Group's headquarters are glossed over in conversation
conversation.
* HeelFaceTurn: Komugi at the end of episode 33.



* TechnologyMarchesOn: Averted with Mio's diary. When Kyosuke finds the device, it has "30 GB" of memory.



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27th Jan '13 4:27:15 PM Morgikit
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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9v6iXIo88ns Hell yeah!]]
** Given [[JAMProject who performs it]], it's to be expected.



* FetishFuel - Komugi is in a different fetish-y outfit in almost every episode, sometimes in more than one per episode.
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