I have to admit that I come to this review without seeing the first part the series, which is a little bit of a handicap to say the least, for what it is worth, it may be best to see a review of the first part titled ` Eden of the East' to give you a feel of what to expect. Before I continue please see Mr Cook's review as it gives a good overview of the disc length and other features on the disc. So what attracted me to this Manga production? It's quite simple really as I enjoyed the Ghost in the Shell, and the complex series and thought that this production would have similar traits great story line, and animation that both has visual impact and stunning imagination. Well the narrative does not disappoint, with political and subversive elements and mobile phones that look and feel as they are integral character in the plot! All which helps heighten the intrigue, and for this viewer did not disappoint. The characterizations were good, but did not seem on par with that of Ghost in the Shell. Here too the animation was good, but again the animation of the various characters seemed almost overtly simplified. To conclude then, a reasonable production but as `Josh' says in his review if your new to this series, `this is not the best place to start!' Your better starting off with the first instalment, as this DVD is not a standalone production, and hence my three stars.