Reviews of “Sol Bianca” (1990) and related work
- Sequel: “Sol Bianca 2” (1991)
“Sol Bianca” (1990)
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.
‣ “Sol Bianca 2” (1991)
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.