Judge Mitchell Hattaway keeps hoping for an episode in which this team of female mercenaries must escape from a jello planet. Maybe in the next volume.
Beautiful, desperate, and desperate for work…again.
Geneon brings us the further adventures of the Nereids, everyone's favorite (well, at least my favorite) band of mercenaries/bounty hunters. In case you've forgotten, the group consists of Rena (the leader), Shizuka (the nerdy one), Gloria (the crazy one who likes to blow up stuff), and Maia (the new recruit who is often in over her head but usually manages to come out on top). The episodes in this volume introduce Yu, a former Nereid who has just been released from prison. Yu is just as crazy as Gloria and isn't above a little (read: a lot of) bodily harm and property damage, although she prefers to use her fists rather than firearms.
This second Daphne in the Brilliant Blue collection contains four episodes; here's a brief rundown:
• Episode Five: "Call Me Roughneck"
• Episode Six: "In the Heat of the Night"
• Episode Seven: "All that Papa"
• Episode Eight "The Speeding"
With the exception of Episode Seven, this is another batch of fast, fun, and funny bits of nonsense. So what's the problem with "The Speeding"? Well, it starts off fine (it's pretty funny watching Hanaoka attempt to domesticate Gloria and Yu), but it bogs down about halfway through. Once the penguin smugglers (who came up with that idea?) show up and snatch Yukari, the pace starts to crawl, and the ending is a little too saccharine for my tastes (it also doesn't really jibe with the overall tone of the series). Even the animation in this episode looks a bit off (maybe this one was rushed into production). On the other hand, the rest of the episodes are entertaining. You get Maia puking in the cockpit of the hovercraft she's testing, Rena seductively sticking her foot in Detective Yagi's crotch, a startled quarry almost peeing on himself, and Gloria and Yu beating the hell out of each other. It's fun for the whole family!
The technical quality of this disc matches that of the first release. The transfer is stunning, with bold, bright colors. The stereo audio tracks once again do their jobs well enough, but I'd still love to hear a full surround mix of this series. (I'm also going to once again advise against listening to the dub, as the voice acting is way off base.) Extras include the standard creditless versions of the show's opening and closing sequences, as well as previews for other Geneon titles.
Despite the minor blip that is Episode Seven, Daphne in the Brilliant Blue is still a very enjoyable series. Definitely recommended.
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