Angelic Layer is a mysterious tale about Suzuhara Misaki – following her from her hometown of Wakayama to her Aunt’s home in Tokyo. By chance she discovers a game by which the participants control robot dolls in a player versus player combat arena. Once Suzuhara creates her own doll, otherwise known as Angels, and names her Hikaru – she realizes she is one of the most talented players to ever play the game. What she doesn’t know is that her lonely heart that aches for her missing mother and the game have much in common.
Title: Angelic Layer aka Kidou Tenshi Angelic Layer
Format: 26 episodes
Angelic Layer is the kawaii version of Pokemon in an anime. The entire anime revolves around players controlling obscenely cute creatures and doing battle in player versus player arenas. Think Gladiator meets My Littlest Petshop. That being said, the animation is so visually appealing, Angelic Layer will compell you to give it a try.
In the latter half of the series, Angelic Layer takes a turn and the entire backstory of the game becomes reveleant and highly interesting. The game goes from being a really cute cockfight to something much more intricate. This turn really helps to solidify Angelic Layer as a sound story.
Where Angelic Layer has incredibly beautiful animation, it does fall flat in believability. The loop holes are big enough to swallow entire characters whole and the forced drama really pushes a bit too far. Misaki’s Angel (Hikaru) seems to be one of the weakest Angels, though we are unsure how other players have such superior attacks. It’s also a bit disenchanting to see that part of the plot has a very misguided turn when a player who was previously eliminated in a regional tournament shows up at the nationals, but obviously didn’t qualify. We are left scratching our head there and a few other plot dead ends.
The music in Angelic Layer is gorgeous, layers and layers of beautiful orchestral music, however, even that can’t build suspense in a story that just doesn’t have any.Tags: Action, Drama, Game Based, Mech, SciFi
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