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Solty Rei Volume 2

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A mysterious event that took place twelve years ago devastated the city, over a decade on the affects can still be seen with people who are part cyborg-part human. The government body tasked to oversee this transformation of people into robo-humans are the RUC, the Reestablishment Universe Committee, who are not only making sure that the world is a clean place from deranged robot-humans but also to make sure that the city’s infrastructure and general appearance is back on track. However, this is not the case and the RUC is unable to keep track with the Resembles who have gone bad.

Our anti-hero Roy Revant works in the city as a bounty hunter for the Maverick Hunter’s Company, as his wife and daughter both died at the hands of the mysterious event known as the Blast Fall. This good-guy-gone-bad has a self destructive streak that is only being kept in check by the owner of the company who used to be friend’s with this widower’s wife. That is, until his salvation falls from the sky.

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This salvation comes in the way of a Resemble who’s not part human and part robot, but entirely robot and has the power to save Roy from a number of sticky situations he manages to get himself in. This Resemble decides to call herself Solty Rei and lives with Roy, much to his disgust. Throughout this volume of the show we see their characters start to expand and we see more opinions on simple things like theft, morals and strangely décor.

Yet it’s not as simple as that as Solty has to decide whether to become a thief to potentially save someone’s life, or let them suffer. This decision is clearly hard for Solty and Roy to make and this decision they make may not bode well for the future. Fortunately these decisions lead the team to the Old City where they can see the remaining devastation of the Blast Fall first hand. As they delve deeper into the city they end up being trapped with only moments left due to another horrible event in the area.

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Of course there’s a level of cliché in these episodes, as the characters are starting to try and define themselves a little to the audience. Rather than being the two dimensional anti-hero who’s lost it all, Roy’s heart is starting to open up to new possibilities and going to the edge of town where his partner and child potentially died is a great moment for a lot of character development to occur – unfortunately this moment was not utilised brilliantly. Fortunately though this could be rectified in the next episodes as there’s lot of nuggets of mystery and general humour that have been laid in these early episodes.

It’s more clear that although the anime is titled Solty Rei, the show does not centre just on this one character, or even the development and relationship between Solty and Roy Revant but more so on what is normally considered the supporting cast and especially Rose. She seems especially determined to try and recruit Solty into the RUC cause, and this simply annoys the rest of the cast and it’s quickly up to Roy and Solty to try and protect Rose from her own sense of unprofessionalism and fanaticism of a completed job.

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As ever with Gonzo is would appear that there are multiple themes and various storylines trying to be told at the same time. Fortunately in this case they are working well as they all seem to be somewhat interlinked at the moment, mostly surrounding Solty and the very fact that the team are all at the Blast Fall point is clearly important for the forthcoming volumes.

As with the first volume the colours are good, but this volume’s colours are not only brighter but they feel more vibrant and distinct. The animation quality itself has changed very little, some of the backgrounds to the cities look the same and a lot of the “occasional characters” leave no lasting impression. Although the main cast are all well designed and each of them are easily recognised and equally easy to remember.

The voice acting has been done to a great standard, both the Japanese and the English cast portray emotion very well and there’s a clear effort gone into the English casting as the characters match their profiles very well. Fortunately this isn’t just done by trying to match the tone of voice to the Japanese cast, but to the actual character itself.

Final Score

7

Action packed and light hearted.