The original Sol Bianca is an OVA series by AIC, about the adventures of an Amazon Brigade of Space Pirates and their Cool Starship the "Sol Bianca", in a universe where the Earth is a distant memory. The first two episodes were relased in 1990 and 1992 (respectively), but the series was canceled despite a blatant Sequel Hook for a third episode. The series was one of the first releases by the fledgling ADV Films (still "A.D. Vision" then), and did well enough to inspire a short-lived comic adaptation.
Years later, the series was rebooted in 1999 with the six-episode OVA series titled Taiyō no Fune Sol Bianca (Ship of the Sun Sol Bianca). Geneon (still Pioneer Entertainment at the time) produced the new series, and released it in Western markets starting in 2000, as Sol Bianca: The Legacy.
This show provides examples of:
- Amazon Brigade: April, Feb, May, Janny, and June, the pirates of the Sol Bianca.
- Composite Character: Legacy has Mayo play the equivalent role of the young boy in the original OVA who kicks off the plot by stowing away on the Sol Bianca.
- Conspicuous CG: Legacy made prominent use of cel-shaded CG for spacecraft. In fact, CGI was all over the place, to the point where the framerate would noticeably drop while panning over CG-animated backgrounds.
- Cool Ship: The eponymous vessel.
- "Die Hard" on an X: The third episode, "Cleaner." The psychic terrorist Booster hijacks the Sol Bianca and captures all of the crew except for Janny, who has to storm the ship with only the aid of a mysterious cop, Gwen. Fortunately, she had been shopping for BFGs when the attack happened...
- Dyson Sphere: While it doesn't technically span the entire Solar System, in Sol Bianca: The Legacy the Earth is like this, surrounded by a mini-Dyson sphere known as Lotus. The Lotus is roughly the size of the Moon's orbit; in fact, the moon is clearly visible sticking halfway out of the shell of Lotus. Interestingly, the government tries to hide the fact that the Earth That Was is already dead, and thus the people who think they're on Earth live ON the sphere, not shielded by it on the planet. Gunter alludes to the Lotus Eater myth before The Reveal.
- Earth That Was: The original series treats the revelation that Earth had been lost as a plot twist: the treasure in the first episode was a time capsule from Earth. Legacy establishes the plot point in the first episode, and the main Myth Arc is discovering the final fate of Earth.
- Foreign Language Title: It's apparently supposed to mean "white sun" in Spanish and/or Italian ("bianca" is the feminine adjective form of "white" in Italian and "sol" is Spanish for "sun"; the correct phrase would be "sol blanco" in Spanish and "sole bianco" in Italian).
- Though that could be intentional, given the all-female crew.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Legacy has episode titles in both Japanese and Spanish; it also renames May as "Mayo" to fit the Temporal Theme Naming.
- Kill Sat: A variation — one of the Signature Scenes of the original series is Feb using a very high-powered laser sniper rifle from orbit to save her friends from an execution.
- Laser Blade: The ship's weapon is some kind of glowing yellow string (it forms curve shapes when in use) that cuts anything it touches.
- Law Enforcement, Inc.: The third episode starts on a planet where police work had been outsourced to private companies to save money. This is established then Janny sees a tourist who had been mugged; later, when the attack on the spaceport where the Sol Bianca is docked hits the news, Janny has to threaten several rival companies to make them stop giving her the hard sell. The epilogue of the episode has the planet's president discussing her decision to make policing a government function again.
- Left Hanging: The second episode of the original series ends with an antagonist character bringing someone out of suspended animation. We never find out more about this, though, because the series ends there, and the second series seems to be either a Prequel or an Alternate Continuity.
- Mini-Mecha: May's specialty in the original OVA was piloting one of these in combat. In Legacy, Janny reveals that she used to pilot a battle suit aboard the Sol Bianca before she grew too large for it, and sure enough, Mayo Falls Into The Cockpit in the final episode in order to rescue Feb.
- The Quiet One: Janny in the second series is serious and withdrawn, except when June manages to draw her into an argument.
- Space Is an Ocean: When the eponymous ship enters or leaves hyperspace, it resembles a submarine diving or resurfacing — complete with waves appearing around the vessel.
- Space Pirates: In both series, the crew of the Sol Bianca are hunting for treasure — particularly lost artifacts.
- Spaceship Girl: In both series, June seems to be something like a robotic terminal of the ship's computer.
- Stab the Scorpion: Happens twice in the third episode, "The Cleaner". First it looks as if Gwen, the cop who had boarded the Sol Bianca, was about to shoot Janny, but actually he saves her by landing a headshot on Booster's big monster minion standing behind her. Later, he does it again trying to shoot Booster himself.
- Starship Luxurious: The Sol Bianca has an onboard garden.
- Straw Misogynist: Booster, the villain of the third episode, takes the crew of the Sol Bianca hostage and hijacks the ship to attack the female president of the Planet of the Week. As the policeman, Gwen, pursuing him explains, Booster mistrusts women because his Missing Mom left both him and his older brother, Gwen, alone.
- Theme Naming: The given names of the main characters are month names or variations thereof: April, Feb, Janny, June, May (Mayo in Legacy). There's also an extrasolar system with planets named Uno and Tres in the original series.