a.k.a. Ship of the Sun: The Legacy
In the distant future, mankind has moved away from its home world and expanded across the universe only to forget about their precious Earth. In one corner of the galaxy, the all-female crew of the interstellar pirate ship Sol Bianca returns from a raid and finds a young stowaway named Mayo onboard. Thus begins Jani, Feb, April and Jun’s adventure to Earth to find Mayo’s parents.
summary by Eek
Highs: Stylish execution and action
Lows: Cast is largely unexplored; frequently confusing
When something reminds me of Cowboy Bebop, it is both a good and bad sign. The good part is that it is incredibly stylish with its use of music, art, animation and lavish designs; the bad part is that substance is left in the dust. This is Sol Bianca: The Legacy.
From the very beginning, The Legacy oozes style from every crack and fissure. From the English opening song To Be Free by Stella Furst, you are thrust deep into an imaginative universe. The extravagant Sol Bianca and many of the weapons used by the crew show a meticulous attention to artistic detail. Even the character designs are quite refreshing and possess a look that is both sharp and beautiful. The action scenes have above-par art and animation, and even the CG blends in quite nicely. The visual appeal of the action alone shows much of producer Pioneer LDC’s talent.
Unfortunately, a series so focused on style is bound to lack substance. The characters in The Legacy receive brief mentions of background, at best. Seeing as how the first two episodes are mostly fluff, a lot of time could have been diverted to making these interesting characters far more than just standard female stereotypes. What makes this series less appealing is the confusion caused by its storytelling style. More often than not, it rushes headfirst into situations without any explanation as far as how and why events happened a certain way. Consequently, the anime rushes through each episode, and without a pause for a breath, most events are left with a big question mark hanging over them.
Had Sol Bianca: The Legacy been made into a television series, it would have had a great opportunity to go head-to-head with Cowboy Bebop and see which one packs the most substance along with their flamboyant style. As the series is now, it is merely pretty pictures with pretty women. If you want something quick and entertaining, however, check this one out.