This TV adaptation of Silent Mobius was a great improvement over the two subpar movie adaptations
released earlier in the 1990s which I seen before watching the series. Being at 26 episodes, the series has
more time to focus on exploring the major events that led to the threat
of Lucifer Hawks coming upon our world and fleshing out other prominent
members of AMP. The girls that make up the group are a likeable bunch
having different personalities and backgrounds that led them to form or
join AMP. A number of these characters get development throughout the
series as they deal with the Lucifer Hawks and personal relationships,
particularly Katsumi as she comes to grips with joining AMP and dealing
with her family legacy.
The conflict between AMP and the Lucifer
Hawks proves to be an engaging one, especially towards the second half
of Silent Mobius. Enough plot twists are tossed out where certain AMP
characters are revealed to have past connections to what led the Hawks
to our world, the series isn't afraid to toss its characters into deadly
and depressing situations (even tossing in a character death that
shakes the resolve of one prominent character) and the major antagonist
of the series hatches a clever plan that pushes AMP to its breaking
point in the final episodes of the series. These shocking developments
kept me hooked on the series from start to finish.
also has enough time in exploring and giving enough details as to how
society functions in the wake of the problems that humanity faced by
Lucifer Hawks to give the series somewhat of a cyberpunk vibe.
Corporations in charge of the day-to-day operations of major areas of
society, entire areas of a city being slums for criminals due to no land
redevelopment to them, malfunctioning robots running amuck, people
coming to grips over loss of human identity with becoming a cyborg (big
subject with Kiddy's character). The fact the series could give enough
of these elements while retaining focus on its characters and the
continued conflict with Lucifer Hawks did well at catching my interest.
show's not without its imperfections. Some characters seem a bit
underdeveloped compared to others (Lum and Lebia) and the Lucifer Hawks
don't get much in the way of fleshing out. In addition, the show lacks a
proper resolution as Silent Mobius concluded during the middle of some
major plot developments revealed in the show's final episode.
visuals to Silent Mobius are a bit of a mixed bag. While sporting
bright colors and defined details with scenery and character designs,
the style of animation tends to get inconsistent on occasion,
particularly with how character faces are drawn. The series does make
use of CG animation in its rendering of magical effects and a later
scene involving a Lucifer Hawk which stick out from the regular
animation. And for an action series, the animation is rather lackluster
as shortcuts are apparent on a number of occasions with still shots and
reused animation frames. The soundtrack to the series, on the other
hand, was high quality throughout as the tracks matched well with the
moods of the various situations faced by the characters consisting of
selections such as dramatic ballads and intense insert music.
Silent Mobius made for an engaging paranormal/ sci-fi action series
which expands upon the content from the two earlier movie adaptations by
further exploring its world and characters with some engaging plot
twists to boot making it a better adaptation of its manga source
material despite its lack of a proper ending.