|Length: 12 Volumes|
|Allegiance: Viz Communications|
|Mangaka: Asamiya Kia|
|Intelligence Agency Report by: Etch|
|The year is 2026 and the streets are plagued with the worst monsters, dragons, and other paranormal terrors normally found only within one’s most terrifying nightmares. Enter the Abnormal Mystery Police (A.M.P.), a group of six young women willing to hunt down and encounter these so called “entities.EArmed with their psychic super powers, this small team of women is far more than your ordinary investigation squad.|
|Research Agent Report by: Etch|
|(not an average)|
|My first impression of Silent Möbius was much different than how I presently regard it. Having expected a potentially boring detective story, I instead found the novel to be a rather exciting change of pace. It was a welcome change from the usual action-packed adventure stories or “fluffyEromance based novels. Since I’ve always found paranormal studies to be quite interesting, it was only natural that this manga would catch my attention.A clear outline is essential to maintain proper pacing for any story. Asamiya has accomplished this in Silent Möbius, by portraying each character separately at first, and only then introducing their relationships with one another. This gradual exposure of backgrounds and traits allows the reader to get to know more about each character and note how they all tie in together as the story progresses. Each of these characters posses their own uniqueness, setting them apart from one another and making them interesting, as well as proving their existence more crucial to the manga’s plot.
Another interesting quality found was the use of battle scenes throughout the story. The variety of combatants depicted, ranging from the paranormal to the humanoid, not only gives the storyline a more energetic appeal, but contributes to the story as a whole making it more exciting to the reader. Such scenes contribute to the novel by making it visually appealing. They are not randomly distributed, but rather carefully planned with respect to the events of the storyline. They are not fought by irrelevant villains, but made so that each villain is connected to the protagonist combatant. The end effect is that each battle is important to the novel and each scene connects the villains to the protagonists in some way.
Asamiya’s distinguishable knack for artwork can be found in Silent Möbius as well. His creativity is clearly exemplified through the visual flow and detail of the art. The battle scenes are especially well depicted as Asamiya only relays enough detail to accent the scene – refraining from adding too many intricacies so as not to distract the audience from what may be happening in the story.
Overall, I’d say that Silent Möbius is very much worth reading for anyone intrigued by a crime story and/or the paranormal. Throughout his work, Asamiya clearly shows both his artistic and literary skill capturing readers with both imagery and language. So, if you feel like reading an exciting story filled with the captivating struggle of good vs. evil, then Silent Möbius is right for you!
Posted on Nov 16, 2012