Sol Bianca: The Legacy ( ‘¾—z‚Ì‘[email protected]ƒ\ƒ‹ƒrƒAƒ“ƒJ ) AIC/Pioneer LDC, 1998-1999 Pioneer Entertainment, 2000-2001 Directed by Hiroyuki Ochi (Armitage III, Bastard!!). Rated 16-Up for graphic violence, nudity, sexual situations and profanity. by areaseven - http://areaseven.net/ Thousands of years into the future, mankind has colonized other planets across the galaxy and completely forgotten about Earth. On one part of the galaxy, the female space pirates and their colossal starship Sol Bianca get a surprise when a young girl named Mayo stows away on board the ship. The crew then embarks on a journey to Earth to find the whereabouts of Mayo's parents and discover the secrets of the lost planet. Story: B- This remake of the 1990 OAV starts out with a bang, then suddenly goes low on gas within the last two episodes. Sure, there's more emphasis on the characters, but it's just not as action-packed as the original. Animation: B The character designs look pretty good. The 3D renderings of the Sol Bianca look pretty stylish. However, while a mix of 2D with 3D is a good idea, relying too much on digital 3D animation isn't. Both elements just don't blend properly. At least it still looks better than Blue Submarine No. 6 and Candidate for Goddess. Soundtrack: A- Seiko Nagaoka (Tenchi Muyo!, Stellvia of the Universe) supplies an excellent techno/orchestral score (performed by the Slovac Philharmonic Orchestra) for the series. The opening theme by Stella Furst is also an outstanding song. Sub vs. Dub Sol Bianca: The Legacy features Rica Matsumoto (Chihiro in Magical Project S, Aoi in You're Under Arrest) as April, Yoshiko Sakakibara (Sylia in Bubblegum Crisis, Integra in Hellsing) as Feb, Eri Miyajima (Kana in Haibane Renmei['/I]) as Jun, Tomo Saeki (Salt in Tiny Snow Fairy Sugar) as Jani, Hiroko Konishi (Nene in Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, Sae in Magic User's Club) as Mayo, Haruhiko Jo (narrator in Crest of the Stars) as Gyunter, Jurota Kosugi (Nagumo in Samurai Girl Real Bout High School) as Rammy, Yuji Ueda (Keitaro in Love Hina, Amiboshi in Fushigi Yuugi) as Percy, Junko Iwao (Key the Metal Idol, Hikari in Neon Genesis Evangelion) as Flor, Ryotaro Okiayu (Jinnai in El-Hazard, Sakata in Love Hina) as Void, Koichi Yamadera (Spike in Cowboy Bebop, Ryoga in Ranma 1/2) as Sancho, Akio Ohtsuka (Gato in Mobile Suit Gundam 0083, Kalilin in Full Metal Panic!) as Gwen, Shinichiro Miki (Allen in Escaflowne, Takumi in Initial D) as Booster, Cha Furin (Mole Man in Escaflowne, Monsha in Gundam 0083) as the gun store owner, Koji Ishii (Kimura in Azumanga Daioh, Oji in The Legend of Black Heaven) as the informant, Ryuzaburo Otomo (Ivanov in Macross Zero) as an auctioneer, and Satsuki Yukino (Kaname in Full Metal Panic!, Kagome in Inu-Yasha) as Chris. ZRO Limit/Animaze's English dub is pretty average; voices sound okay, but the acting needs some improvement. Featured voices include Wendee Lee (Faye in Cowboy Bebop, Kei in AKIRA) as April, Melissa Williamson (Urd in Ah! My Goddess: The Movie, Shayla-Shayla in El-Hazard) as Feb, Barbara Goodson (Naota in FLCL) as Jani, Abe Lasser (Puppet Master in Ghost in the Shell, Teddy Bomber in Cowboy Bebop) as Gyunter, Henry Douglas Gray as Percy, and David Lucas (Spike in Cowboy Bebop, Roger in The Big-O) as Rammy. DVD Extras: A- The menus are nothing short of eye-catching as they resemble the Sol Bianca's network interface. Each disc is loaded with music videos and character sketches. The Bottom Line Is Sol Bianca: The Legacy better than the original? Not really, but still worth a look.