Nagase Sayaka and Aizawa Ryota are both third-year military academy students headed up to the Space Station Aries for training. They run into each other in the airport on Earth, but Ryota is searching for his fourth-year friend Morisaki Nao. They find Nao and Ryota has to lead her to her departure gate before her shuttle takes off. Along the way, they run into Nitta Kazuhiko, a fellow classmate, and he takes Nao the rest of the way. Ryota makes it back to his own departure gate, but in his hurry he accidentally trips into the breasts of a stranger. She doesn’t seem to care and Ryota hurries on. The shuttle flight is uneventful, though Sayaka and Ryota are amazed by the view from outer space. Once they arrive, they get reunited with Nao and meet their instructor, Celleria Markelight. It seems that the woman Ryota ran into earlier, Yamanami Yu, is also staying on this station. She takes a gun from her suitcase, but then hears a knocking on her door. At the door is Morimoto Shigemichi, here to welcome her to the Airies station. He explains to her the different parts of the station and then she shuts the door on him.
At the airport on Earth, a girl named Sugimoto Aya is lost looking for her gate. She trips, but is caught by a large man with a scar on his face. She asks him and his female partner where her gate is, and the girl points her in the right direction. The man and his partner then board their own shuttle, which is filled with men in military clothes. They seem to have something planned. Aya, on the other hand, finally arrives at the right gate. While getting out her ticket, she also pulls out a picture of herself and Sayaka. Back on Airies, the students have started some preliminary tests. Kazuhiko and Ryota are good at marksmanship whereas Sayaka is adept at using robotic arms. Ryota finishes his physical training and heads to the shower, but accidentally runs into Sayaka, who’s just coming out. Out of embarrassment, she slaps him, but later apologizes for it. Elsewhere, Yu has entered an off-limits area, but when she’s caught she pretends that she’s lost and looking for the exit. Ryota, Sayaka, and Nao are in the cafeteria when a certain blue-haired boy named Masato lifts up the girl’s skirts. He’s caught by Kazuhiko and then his mother comes to claim him. After they are led out, Shigemichi enters and gives Ryota a message from his brother Shuhei. Nao gets all wide-eyed and happy at the thought that Shuhei is coming to the station.
ED: 「dust trail」 by 橋本みゆき(Hashimoto Miyuki)
Watch the ED! Mirror 1 and Mirror 2
Really like the OP and the ED is growing on me. Both are done by Hashimoto Miyuki who also sang the ED to SHUFFLE! and the theme song to Tick! Tack!
To kick off the new season, we have the highly anticipated Soul Link. Well, highly anticipated by all of the people who loved SHUFFLE!, including myself. Anyway, the series gets off to a fairly slow start and the first episode merely introduces the characters and their setting, the Space Station Aries. The cast is quite big, and there’s already several relationships being hinted at (especially in the OP) such as Ryota & Sayaka and Nao & Shuhei. But like I was saying, there’s not much action in the first episode, though they do hint that something is going to happen.
The animation for this first episode isn’t anything great, but they did draw a lot of fanservice, which includes the return of everyone’s favorite skirt lifting Masato. I enjoyed the background music (especially the epic sounding piece when the ships docks with the station), but hated all of the Engrish. I think this series has a lot of potential, but they’re going to need to rev up the story a bit since this is only going to be twelve episodes long. I’ll probably be keeping up with this unless one of the other Saturday shows happens to be utterly amazing.