Judge Mitchell Hattaway thanks Daphne for updating her wardrobe. Now if we can only get Fred to ditch that stupid cravat.
Beautiful, dangerous, and desperate for work—yet again.
Those barely-dressed mercenaries known as the Nereides are back for more fun. This third volume contains the requisite number of fistfights, gunfights, chases, and jokes, but the episodes presented here also push the story in a couple of new directions and answer some nagging questions.
As was the case with the previous releases, four episodes are included on this disc:
• Episode 9: "Only I Don't Have Tomorrow"
• Episode 10: "Siberian Super Vacation"
• Episode 11: "The Long Stay"
• Episode 12: "The Day the World Floated Away"
The episodes included on this volume are the best this series has so far had to offer. We finally get some background into why and how the large aquatic cities were built, which is something I have been wondering about since the first episode. The flashbacks to Maia's past also help flesh out the story, while at the same time raising plenty of new questions; it also looks as if the mystery surrounding the show's title will eventually be explained. The elements that made the previous episodes so enjoyable are also at play here. The characters are extremely likeable, the action is fast, and the humor works (especially the digs at Mammo, the wooly mammoth mascot of Siberia City; he has to be the most annoying example of mascot inanity since the Atlanta Olympics unleashed Izzy on an unsuspecting world). Daphne in the Brilliant Blue isn't profound or revolutionary, but it certainly is entertaining.
The technical quality is again topnotch. The transfer is flat out beautiful; I honestly do not think I have seen another anime release with such gorgeous colors and shading. Both stereo audio tracks feature excellent channel separation; the English dub is a hair more dynamic than the Japanese track, but the voiceover work once again leaves much to be desired. Extras include previews for other Geneon titles and a gallery of what appears to be covers for the Japanese DVD releases of the series.
It's another fine presentation of a very enjoyable series. Daphne in the Brilliant Blue once again earns a hearty recommendation.
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