Reviews of “Sol Bianca” (1990) and related work

“Sol Bianca” (1990Moving picture, 45 minutes)

Five women with an advanced pirate ship go looking for a valuable artifact. They’re misinformed.

Space opera. A relatively serious seinen take on the all-female action motif of Bubblegum Crisis (1987) et al. Reasonably realistic soft SF, but marred by gimmicky nomenclature and formulaic plot.

References here: “Silent Möbius 2” (1992), Outlaw Star (1998).

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“Sol Bianca 2” (1991Moving picture, 45 minutes)

The crew is looking for pāsha, a catalytic substance of which only 3000 tons are known to exist.

Added sexual violence as well as inferior direction and animation kill the charm. There are hints about a serialized plot (Yuri’s identity, Noal, the origin of the ship etc.), but this only lowers the appeal in the absence of a continuation.

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