Silent Mobius Manga, Volume 3 (English)

June 28th, 2011

Silent Mobius: Complete Edition, Vol. 3Okay, so, now you’re wondering – you’re about to take off for summer vacation and if you can’t bring The Last Uniform with you to read, what can you bring?

Let me suggest you throw a copy of Silent Mobius, Volume 3 into your carry-on.

Silent Mobius is good, solid old-school sci-fi, and this volume has spaceships and computers and very obviously adult women who are sometimes in various states of undress, but you can be darn certain that they are adult.

Volume 3 picks up where Volume 2 left off, with Yuki’s backstory. I’d forgotten how honestly unsatisfying the ending of that is. It’s not that Yuki doesn’t step up, but it reeks of Tuxedo Mask on a lightpole shouting, “Do it, Sailor Moon!”

From there we move into Lebia’s story. I consider Lebia to be one of the most interesting characters in AMP. She lives alone with her AI in a luxurious apartment, with an indoor pool. On a cop’s salary? You can’t tell me Lebia isn’t manipulating playing the markets. Lebia also strikes me as a bona fide hedonist, one of very few non-evil characters I’ve ever seen who is. For that alone, I love her. Then she, like everyone at AMP, turns out to be extra super awesome, and we like her even more. ^_^

The translation in Udon’s new edition has settled down nicely. I still don’t quite feel that each character has a unique voice, but that’s common in translated material…everyone sounds like the translator. More importantly, the translation reads smoothly, the color pictures look good and in general, as women in uniform kicking ass go…this series is still as wonderful as ever.

Ratings:

Art – 9
Story – 9
Characters – 8
Service – 2 (There is nothing loser-y in appreciating adult women’s bodies.)
Yuri – 0

Overall – 8

Still no Yuri,  but we haven’t gotten to Rally yet. Get your Yuri Goggles ready though….

I just love the heck out of this series. I’m going to go and play Kindan no Pense over and over and over. Oh and by the way, Asamiya Kia is on Twitter and he’s very talkative there – go tell him how much you like Silent Mobius!

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4 Responses

  1. BruceMcF says:

    So is that an 8/10 overall?

  2. @Bruce McF – yes! Woops, I’ll edit that. ^_^

  3. Anonymous says:

    Great recommendation! :) I’ll read the volumes in order (haven’t started the series yet) and look forward to v3 :)

    “…Silent Mobius is good, solid old-school sci-fi, and this volume has spaceships and computers and very obviously adult women who are sometimes in various states of undress, but you can be darn certain that they are adult…”

    Three cheers for manga about adults! :D

    “… Lebia also strikes me as a bona fide hedonist, one of very few non-evil characters I’ve ever seen who is. For that alone, I love her…”

    *Another* stereotype busted? Even better. :)

    “…but that’s common in translated material…everyone sounds like the translator…”

    Good point.

    “…Loser FanBoy – 2 (There is nothing loser-y in appreciating adult women’s bodies.)…”

    Bingo. ;)

  4. DerikB says:

    Don’t get too used to the new translation. Udon hasn’t put out or even scheduled v.4, and it’s been a loooong time. They said there was some kind of issue with the rights holders, and that was months ago.

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