An evil cliffhanger in this volume as what was once lost has now been found – and more shocks occur when the R.U.C suffers heavy losses…from the inside.
What They Say
What they say: Who says life is easy for a bounty hunter? For Roy Revant, who lives in a city on the edge of extinction thanks to an event called the Blast Fall, work is never complete. With Resembles (people with prosthetic limbs) roaming the streets, it is hard to tell who is for real and who's a fake. When a young female Resemble named Solty emerges from the skies, she promises to bring Roy both peace and pain. The anime series SOLTY REI continues to chronicle Roy and Solty's sci-fi adventures with this fourth collection of episodes.
Continuing from the previous volume to make it nice and even, I went and reviewed the English dub for this volume. In 5.1 format, the audio comes through perfectly, with no distortion, excellent quality (both in English and Japanese). You can tell the audio is good throughout, as the transition between echo effect and dialogue is flawless, and there are some great moments throughout, no less in the epic cliffhanger right at the end with the final gunshots…
The video for Solty Rei continues to be excellent, as there are no problems with encoding or timeframes, the animation frame rate doesn’t slow down, it’s very colourful and it times with the subtitles. It’s one of those shows where watching it widescreen shows what care for a show can do for you, as the vibrant colours and the high action demands it to be shown perfectly. Highlights in this episode in particular are the close up of Miranda and Roy when she (literally) slaps some sense into Roy, and pretty much all of the aerial shots with Will and Solty.
No packaging was provided with this disc.
The menu is a basic set up allowing for selecting to play all, episode select and extras, upon a background of various clips from the show and a colourful image of a sad Solty on the front. Each menu as well has a nice colour art of one of the characters (Solty pretty much is the poster girl for this volume in all the menu regards). The menu is easy to navigate and is quite colourful, though again there was no chapter select so something I’ll have to get used to for Solty.
The extras are mainly a repeat regarding the clean openings and closing, and trailers for Disgaea and Samurai Hunter Kyo.
Solty Rei continues to be a really strong show, and easily my favourite so far this year in the UK – whilst this discs doesn’t have the shock of the last disc, it has two nearly as big ones – integrated with an interesting character development with Solty.
Solty has just left Accela’s apartment and is wondering around in a daze after her verbal break-up with Roy. She is found, collapsed in the middle of nowhere, by a man named Joseph who seems to have some history with the R.U.C and his apparent grandson, Will, a happy go lucky young man who seems delighted in finding a new friend. Joseph seems to understand what Solty is all about, but Will is only interested in making her smile. Will is a fan of aviation, and is trying to make his own plane for his dreams of seeing a peaceful world from above. Will sadly however was a victim of the Blast Fall, hence why his dreams are of that nature, and it’s quickly apparent that he doesn’t have long to live. Hence why finding Solty was the best thing for both of them, as Solty sees their way of living and after Will’s cooking is considering less than palatable, she takes over the reigns which causes a few friendly jokes with Solty. However, as Solty debates if he is joking about his ‘confession’ during a successful take off flight, it turns sadly depressing…
Miranda meanwhile gets her moment in the spotlight and literally slaps some sense in Roy’s depressed nature of losing his daughter again – she was really top quality here as the Miranda/Roy relationship is always one that gets some intrege, both lost their loved ones yet coming together as employer/employee and master/tenant. Miranda shows here though her motherly nature on how Roy still has Solty, and that she should be his priority now, and despite the harsh words he gave Solty, Roy knows deep down that Solty is more than a Resemble, and certainly not an emotionless robot.
Solty to break out of what death is, carries on Will’s dream to rebuild the plane. As Miranda finds info to find Solty and Roy has snapped back to normal, another big discovery happens. At the R.U.C, the Proceed group of Integra, Sylvia, Celica and Accela are brought into discussion with the boss Ashley, the same man that Rose had been with on a date previously. Ashley is convinced that evolution is the way to go, and that someone with superior skills can lead this team – to the shock of everyone, their new boss is revealed to be…Rose.
At the moment, nothing is revealed to say how she survived which is probably the reason why the show didn’t get the A grade, as it’s a confusing issue which is in the back of the viewers mind throughout the episodes, when Rose being Rose, is quite friendly to the group and very casual – this doesn’t make Sylvia very happy that a thief is on the team, but it’s more due to jealousy as she’s and Ashley seem to get along quite well. However, Rose proves she is superior to Sylvia, much to her annoyance. However, it turns on it’s head big time during a mission, intermixed with a conversation from Roy with Joseph…with Solty returning home. It’s certainly interesting to hear about Joseph’s past and how he knows about Solty’s special abilities…and that he seemed to have a past with Ashley…who is officially the big bad, after a conversation with a heart broken and love filled Sylvia…kills her in cold blood with his resemble arm. To make things worse, he pretty much states he only needs Rose, and frames the other three girls for the murder of Sylvia.
On the happy side, Solty and Roy meet up, making for some smiles (and comic moments with poor Yuto) – however on the other side, Rose now taking orders from the R.U.C, even apprehending a young child thief who she was friends with, and with her brothers hearing the news that Rose is alive and on the R.U.C side, they inevitably wonder what’s going on. The three framed PROCEED girls are on the run, and whilst the shy Accela and the dark haired beauty Integra make a base, the hot headed Celica leaves them and begins to become a one-woman army, purchasing some weapons and ready to take out the R.U.C. Being on a wanted list, she doesn’t care and takes out any officers after her, before Ashley sends out Rose to take them out herself. To make matters worse, Integra and Accela have also been found out, which Integra stays behind to try and hold them off, as Accela runs off…and then bumps into Solty and Roy who are back on the jobs. Suddenly, Solty hears Rose’s voice, they look up and see Rose vs. Cecila. Then a single gun shot, Cecila collapses, Rose sees Solty and Roy, and smiles a sad smile…to end this evil cliffhanger.
The focus literally split into two parts. First was on Solty finding herself, with thanks to Will. It was only for one episode, but the spirit of Will lives on in Solty, as her questions on death, what she really is, emotions – they all become part of her with the realisation that she needs to go back to Roy. Roy finds the same conclusion, albeit with some help from Miranda, that Solty is different, but at the same time he’s come to care for her and needs her as much as she needs him. It’s a great emotional crossroads which is the reverse of the depressing nature that came back on the previous disc. On the other side, we have the movements of Ashley, as his plan for the R.U.C is becoming to come into light. The death of Sylvia was a surprise, and his plan to frame the other girls more so showing his character as one not caring for his subordinates when someone better comes along. This is particularly sad for Sylvia, who not only lost to Rose in battle, but with possibly romance, and literally paid the price for it. However, the return of Rose was a twist – and both it’s strength and weakness for this disc. Mainly how Solty and Roy see her now, does she have a plan, why does Ashley trust her so much? The many questions need to be answered – but mostly on how she is still alive and why she is working for the R.U.C. Her appearances in this disc basically suggests the same old Rose in personality, but there’s a different mentality there and this needs to be rectified otherwise it’s going to be seen simply as a deus ex machina.
Solty Rei continues to be a great show – after the sad story of the last disc, it seems progress is being made as both Solty and Roy have come back to their senses with a little help, and the R.U.C front is heating up with Ashley showcasing his plans, and the poor PROCEED girls now in complete disarray. There’s going to be a lot going on, and whilst there are plenty of unanswered questions, that just grips you wanting to see the next episodes as soon as possible. Highly recommended.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English 5.1 Language, English Subtitles, Clean Opening, Clean Closing
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