Silent Mobius Anime Volume 1 (English)

November 6th, 2006

I was asked a while back to review the Silent Mobius series and, as I needed to re-watch and read it anyway for that winning story for the “Worldshaking” Fanfic contest, this was as good a time as any other. :-) I was lucky to get the box set of the anime for a really good price, which will allow me to clear out some precious shelf space. I recommend the box set – it’s a good deal – about a buck an episode. Of course I’ve linked to it above. lol

To begin with, Silent Mobius is set in a future dystopia in which two worlds, that of humans and a parallel universe full of demony things called “Lucifer Hawks” have collided. Lucifer Hawks feed on, slaughter and breed with humans like the inhuman creatures of the night that they are.

The AMP, “Attacked Mystification Police” force is an all-female squad assigned to the single job of dealing with Lucifer Hawks. Who the members are, and why they, particularly, are chosen, are the subject of many of the first half of the series’ episodes. I will say this – I remember much of these character stories – they were very, very good.

Also good are the relationships between the women, and between them and characters outside the group. Everyone seems very human, very real – far more real than many current series ever get close to – with far fewer inexplicable hand-waves and plot holes. This story is quite seriously, well written and conceived.

Like You’re Under Arrest, Silent Mobius is an extremely straight story, but because of the nature of fandom, people just aren’t willing to settle for that, dammit, and go through all sorts of hoops to make couples of the women of AMP.

Frankly, I’d forgotton how much I like Kiddy and Ralph together. LOL And Roy and Katsumi are kind of sweet, too, even though I know that they are doomed. ;-)

Yuki, if the story were redone now, would be drawn as a 12-year old goth-loli and Nami’s the female equivalent of a eunuch. Lebia Maverick gets my vote as “character most likely to prefer sex with herself”. ^_^

Which leaves us with the only two characters who ping *my* Yuri-dar….Mana and Rally.

But I get ahead of myself. In this volume we have no more to ID them than exceedingly severe shoulder pads and a ball-buster attitude. (One day, many years ago, I went to work in a suit jacket, tie and long skirt. At least three guys told me that I looked “severe” or like a “ball buster”…I never really thought about it until I re-watched this DVD. I see what they mean!)

There is of course, Rosa, who with her S&M dom look and sister complex gets some people’s blood going. Not mine. And she hasn’t shown up yet, anyway. ^_^

Volume 1 is pretty much just a intro to the story. There are a few differences from the manga, the most notable of which is that Mana is already with AMP, and that it is told chronologically from Katsumi’s arrival in Japan. I think I prefer the manga, but that’s probably just me. There’s nothing wrong with the anime.

“Kindan no Pensee” is a really good opening theme, too – it was the first MP3 I ever downloaded to play on my computer. Ah, nostalgia…

Yuri? Not in Volume 1, but this story is more about good action, and solid characters than it is about Yuri. I’m surprised how well it holds up – even if the clothes look awfully 80’s “vision of the future.” ^_^

Ratings:

Art – 7 (The Lucifer Hawk had to be severely simplified for animation, which makes it easier to see them and what they do)
Story- 7
Characters – 8
Yuri – 0
Service – 1

Overall – 7

A strong action/magic/scifi/ball-busting severe woman/future dystopian/romance of a story.

With big shoulder pads.

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6 Responses

  1. Kya says:

    *grins stupidly* Yay. Good things come to those who wait.
    I also love the manga a little bit more – I can set my own pace and take my time appreciating the art… ;-)
    Even if they are all straight, they are all strong, beautiful, capable female characters with unique stories. At first I didn’t want to watch it because I had read it was about a sorceress and magic and monsters… – I’m not a fan of the supernatural/metaphysical. But I got over it after seeing the two OVA’s (which have a lot more Yuri potential than the TV series, and much bigger shoulder pads :-P).

  2. > Even if they are all straight, they are all strong, beautiful, capable female characters with unique stories.

    Absolutely. Except for, maybe, Yuki. LOL

    I barely remembere the one OVA I watched. I’ll have to go and take a look at them both.

  3. vee says:

    Hi there. I’ve watched fan-subs of the Silent Mobius anime and OVAs and I’ve been looking around to see whether I can buy the DVDs. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find any releases in Region 4. I don’t suppose you happen to know if there are any plans to release them in Region 4?

    Thanks
    Vee

  4. Hi there.

    I’m sorry, I have no idea whether they will ever be released for R4. Seriously, you might try writing Bandai:

    http://www.bandai-ent.com/contact/
    http://www.bandai.co.jp/index.html

    Let them know there’s an audience.

  5. vee says:

    Thanks. I’ll give it a go, though I’ll probably settle for getting the Region 1s and hoping my rather cheap, region-free DVD player actually performs as advertised. I’ve never been game to test it before :).

    Re. the series, I enjoyed it a *lot* more than I expected to–witness me attempting to purchase it :D–and I have to say thank you for your review of it. I doubt I would have given it a go otherwise. I could have wished for more screen-time for Rally, but otherwise I really enjoyed it and only wish there was more. I was astonished at how much I loved the dynamic between Kiddy and Ralph, when by all rights, surely she was one character who should’ve been gay ;). And yes, Rally and Mana certainly ping pretty loudly for me, and I’m not usually one to pair off characters without something concrete to stand on :). After watching the movies–the second one, especially–I had to go back to the series and take a harder took at Lebia, though. It’s pretty insubstantial in the anime, but I would swear to just about anything that there was something–an indefinable something–there between Rally and her in the movies :) … plus, and completely unrelated, I prefer her hair in the movies :D.

    Anyway, thanks again. I’ll stop rambling now.

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