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Silent Mobius Vol.2: Twists of Fate
2 Bilingual DVDs
225 minutes
Bandai Entertainment
Asamiya Kia
A very solid TV series full of drama, sexy characters, and psychokinetic powers.
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Silent Mobius Vol.2: Twists of Fate
By Patrick King

After reading through all of the currently available Silent Möbius manga, I was overjoyed to discover that the TV series based on the comics was finally getting released on DVD here in America. While there are some differences between the anime and manga, I think I'm beginning to like the anime even more than the comics...

In the near future, there is a war going on between two worlds. Only a few humans are aware of the invasion of creatures called "Lucifer Hawks," beings that possess enormous telekinetic powers and have plans for taking over the Earth and snacking on all of its human inhabitants. Standing strong against this unhappy goal is the A.M.P. (pronounced "amp," as in the abbreviation for amplifier), a group of women with supernatural talents of their own ranging from psychic abilities to bionic implants. In this collection, the presence of the Lucifer Hawks is finally revealed to the general public after years of covering up the existence of the creatures. Only time will tell how humanity will respond to this incredibly potent foe...

One of the main reasons I'm drawn more to the anime is I believe the characters look better in motion than when static. Asamiya's character designs are very unique, and they tend to be a little strange for my tastes. However, I found all of the lovely ladies of this series to be extremely well-drawn in this collection, helping me to better appreciate the original designs. I'm not sure why it is, but it seems like there's been a feminine touch added to the look of the show that wasn't present in the comics drawn by Asamiya. Everything is still extremely detailed with an appreciable focus on technology as much as magic, but the characters seem more organic, somehow. It's a nice change from how I perceived the manga. Despite being set in a slightly depressing on-the-brink-of-war future, there is a noticeable use of vivid colors made even more eye-catching thanks to the clarity offered by DVDs running in progressive scan mode on a good television. Ahhhh... Technology. Animation is smooth, as well, giving a hint to the (most likely) good budget this show received. After all, this is the man who created Steam Detectives and was given the honor of drawing the entire line of Star Wars manga. Now working for Marvel comics, Asamiya Kia is a very popular manga artist appreciated around the world.

Another change, mentioned before, is the plot. Far more of the characters' histories is shown, and usually in the TV series it's in linear order. This differs greatly from the manga, which reveals information in a much more drawn-out way. I, personally, prefer the anime's approach to the story, telling things as they are instead of hinting at what they may be.

The music and sound effects work very well in this series, and so far the background score hasn't become offensively repetitive. Another disc will show how well the score holds up, probably. The dub (recorded by The Ocean Group) is a little better than average. Speech is spoken at a believable pace and my only problem is the tones of the girls' voices. That's merely a personal preference, however, as I prefer that Japanese girls to sound like Japanese girls, and only the original language gives me that option. Luckily, it's included on the discs. You simply don't want to hear Rosa's maniacal laugh in only one's too good for that.

This nine-episode collection (spanning two discs) doesn't have too much in the way of extras, which include a textless ending and reversible cover. Reversible covers are nifty, but they're at their best in a clear case, and this came in a black keepcase. I can't complain about that, however, for an extra is an extra. Still, some additional material is always a plus. All in all, this is a fun show that balances fantasy and science fiction skillfully while showing off some beautiful, interesting characters that are as entertaining to watch as their grand fight scenes with the Lucifer Hawks. If you want to see a series with more of a feminine view to things but avoid shôjo anime like the plague, then this is a great compromise show. It has enough material to appeal to anime fans of either sex, and it should keep you interested for quite some time. I just hope the DVDs are released faster than the graphic novels...there was an 8 month pause between the last two printed installments...

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