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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Bandai Entertainment
  • MSRP: 44.95
  • Running time: 225
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Silent Mobius

Silent Mobius Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     August 31, 2002
Release Date: August 20, 2002


Silent Mobius Vol. #2
© Bandai Entertainment


What They Say
The fight against the Lucifer Hawks rages on, and the women of AMP seem no closer to victory. Through fierce fighting, Roy and Katsumi have seemingly hit it off and have gotten closer. But the arrival of Rally's sister Rosa reveals startling secrets about Rally, and deals a crippling blow to one of the members of AMP. Will the AMP welcome their newest member with open arms? Enter the fiery, youthful - and obnoxious Lum Cheng. The battle against the Lucifer Hawks has just begun!

The Review!
The middle section of Silent Mobius shows up on this two disc set, and it certainly doesn’t feel like the middle of the series. These are some very strong and highly entertaining episodes.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. The series features a solid stereo mix with some nice moments of directionality throughout it. There’s nothing noticeable sent to the rear speakers, but it doesn’t adversely affect things here as this is a good sounding track. Dialogue is crisp and clean and we noticed no dropouts or distortions

Video:
While the animation quality level isn’t what it was during the first couple of episodes of the series, it still looks quite good through this transfer. Colors are good and solid, with the blues and blacks showing through at quite a number of intensities. Cross coloration continues to be very minimal and the aliasing we saw during panning sequences in the first volume have dropped off pretty well here. The show looks pretty good here.

Packaging:
Using one of the single keepcases with an inserted hinge, both discs fit snugly inside here. The front cover features a slick piece of artwork with Lebia in the foreground while various imagery makes up the background. The front cover also includes a small “02” on it, the only indication of which number this is as episode numbers and titles are not listed on the back. There’s a brief summary and a couple of nice collages of artwork as well as the listing of features and production credits. With a strong cast of female characters, Bandai’s offered up a reversible cover on this one as well, with an image of Kiddy in the foreground with Ralph off to the side. Bandai and Viz have teamed up with this release as there’s also a small mini comic included from the original manga series. The insert provides another shot of the Katsumi cover while it folds open to reveal some small bios on both her and Nami. The back side provides the full credits listing for the shows.

Menu:
Using the pentagram from the show as well as parts of the logo with the lightning crackling over it, the main menu loads up to the opening song and looks and sounds great. There’s little to the discs outside of playing the show, so the menus are fairly minimal but nicely styled with solid access times. Moving around is straightforward and we liked the overall look and feel of them.

Extras:
The only extra included is on the second volume, which is a good textless ending.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With another nine episodes under its belt now, Silent Mobius is creeping up the list of series that are in a very rare category: solid non-filler stories throughout its middle arc that are good. After building up the cast and the basic premise in the first nine episodes, this installment starts laying more of the groundwork for things to come.

There’s quite a few discovers along the way as well. Much like the beginning, not everyone gets a lot of screen time, but when they do, it’s used to advance the plot in some way. At the center of things though is Katsumi. With her growing realization at being an instrumental key to Nemesis and the reason several of the Lucifer Hawks are coming after her, she starts to really question herself and how she’s going through life. This comes directly into play with her relationship with Roy. With her withholding the knowledge from him, she continues to try and decide whether she should even be in a relationship, knowing her bloodline.

Bloodlines and family are also very central to these episodes. While we got a brief look at the key moment in time when Gigelf caused the world to go to hell, we get nearly two episodes here that goes back to that time period thirty years ago and looks at the larger game that was being played with the planet. While originally it looked like Gigelf was operating alone, we start to see more of his group that worked with him as well as the woman he would eventually come to love and sire a child with. This trip to the past is extremely enlightening, and played out slowly so as to get you to like the characters, as opposed to the typical rush job where you’re wanting more.

The stakes in the present day game are also increasing, as we get to learn the past of Rally, which also includes learning about her sister Rosa. With the two of them also being half Lucifer Hawk, it provides the classic example of what each road will provide. While Rally has dedicated her life to stopping them and protecting humanity, Rosa has gone to Nemesis and embraced her Hawk side while casting off her humanity. The inability of both of them to fully utilize both aspects of their nature is where they really fail, but these episodes start bringing a more cohesive team unit together as the nature of the threat of the Hawk’s increases.

One episode in particular that really got to me, even though it is very plainly and obviously laid out, dealt with Yuki. She manages to sneak in some quality episodes, with one that deals with her past while the one in question here is much more interesting. Through a series of events, she finds herself transported back to not long before the Earth went to hell. She gets to take in a world vastly different from her own, which provides the usual things such as differences in money, culture and weather. Weather particularly, since in her time they do real acid rain measuring. And as expected, she falls in love with someone as she believes that she’ll be stuck there.

While that part does play out, I was disappointed that Yuki didn’t try to go the other route and try to contact Gigelf to see if she can influence future events. That’s out of the scope of what the writers wanted to do here though, since it was to focus more on giving Yuki a true love and expanding the character that way. I would have rather seen it expanded to two episode and given more room to move, and tied it in with Gigelf more.

There’s a ton of stuff going on through these episodes and this is just prodding the surface of a few of them. Silent Mobius is really surprising us with just how well plotted out it is, leaving little room for silly stuff that generally annoys people. This is good stuff, and it’s hard to believe there’s only eight more episodes to go. I don’t want it to end.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Textless Ending

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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