Sol Bianca 2

Having enjoyed the first Sol Bianca somewhat, I decided to finally take the plunge and check out the sequel. I didn't have my expectations set too high and ended up receiving exactly what I expected: more of the same. Sol Bianca 2 is fundamentally the same as Sol Bianca. The story begins with the five lovely members of the Sol Bianca crew plundering some substance called "pasha". What exactly this pasha stuff is we are never told, other than it's incredibly valuable. From there they proceed to get themselves in all sorts of trouble, first with a fellow pirate which the ladies dubiously dub "baldie". And then they have a run-in with the police which puts them in a bit of jam, especially since the Sol Bianca is temporarily out of commission. All the problems I had with the first Sol Bianca resurface in the sequel, plus a couple new ones. Once again, the crew of the Sol Bianca just seems too almighty for them to be in any real danger. Even when Jan and Feb get captured by the police and are being whisked away on a transport ship, they act so sure of themselves that they'll be rescued. There's just no tension at all when the main characters never act like they're in a dangerous or difficult situation. The second problem is all the loose ends in the story line aren't tied up when it ends. There's this fellow known as Yuri Shuraba (who also seems to have some tie to Feb) who has all of about a minute of screen time, yet seems to have some grandeur purpose going on. Not to mention his mysterious tie to Feb which is never explained. Plus, there's also something going on with June who is somehow linked to Gi, the computer on board the Sol Bianca. Again, this isn't explained at all, and even her fellow crew members don't seem to know what's going on. The technical qualities of this offering are pretty much on par with the first Sol Bianca. That is, slightly dated but they get the job done. I wasn't overly enthused after watching Sol Bianca 2 but neither did I dislike it. Fans of the first one should probably watch the second, as it provides a brief, but satisfactory glimpse at the fab five. The unfinished story line, however, leaves something to be desired. 

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