Sunrise/Bandai Visual, 1995 U.S. Manga Corps., 1997 Directed by Ryosuke Takahashi (Gasaraki, Armored Trooper VOTOMS). Rated 13-Up for violence and strong language. by areaseven (http://areaseven.net/) After faking their own deaths, Captain Shin Kaieda and his crew board the Seabat, an advanced nuclear submarine built by U.S. and Japanese Naval Forces. On the Seabat's maiden voyage, the entire crew forms a mutiny, re-christens the vessel Yamato and declares it an independent nation. The actions of the Seabat/Yamato crew may lead to an all-out war between the U.S. and Japan. Story: C+ It tries too much to be like Tom Clancy's The Hunt For Red October and Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot, but fails due to some plot loopholes and some anti-American overtones. Animation: B The animation is very good, especially since it's not easy to animate underwater battles. Soundtrack: B+ The soundtrack, composed by Akira Senju and performed by the Poland Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (Escaflowne, Giant Robo), is very good, but not memorable. Sub vs. Dub Silent Service features Masane Tsukayama as Kaieda, Akio Otsuka (Anavel Gato in Mobile Suit Gundam 0083, Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid 1-2) as Hiroshi Fukamachi, Toshiya Ueda as President Bennett, Kan Tokumaru as David Ryan, Osamu Saka as Prime Minister Takegami, Osamu Kato as Tokuji Numata, Tetsuo Komura as Richard Boyce, and Yuzuru Fujimoto as John Murdock. U.S. Manga Corps.'s dubbing makes this title less interesting. DVD Extras: C+ Just a cast list and trailers. That's all. The DVD-ROM features include a gallery, scripts, cast, production credits and a synopsis. The Bottom Line Strictly a rental, unless you're into submarine films.