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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Bandai Entertainment
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Angel Links

Angel Links Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     June 05, 2001
Release Date: June 05, 2001


Angel Links Vol. #2
© Bandai Entertainment


What They Say
It's business as usual for the crew of the Angel Links as they continue their war against the Pirates in the Oracion star system. However, even the busy crew of the Angel Links need some time off to have a social life. Kosei meets with a Pirate girl, but it's not what everyone thinks - or is it? And Meifon gets a mysterious invitation to hear "The Song of Mermaids." She's confident that she knows who her secret admirer is, but this date turns out differently than anyone could imagine! Episodes 5-7.

The Review!
The second volume of Angel Links gives me more of what I liked from the first, and just when you think you're getting a filler episode, you find out that it's a prelude of things to come. I just have to love that.

Audio:
For the purpose of our review, we listened to this in its original language of Japanese. The series continues its typical TV audio stylings, with the majority of dialogue coming through the center channel and a few ambient effects in the left/right. The music makes the most use of the soundstage and the ending song continues to be our favorite piece so far in this series. A solid audio presentation overall.

Video:
The video presentation here is pretty similar to what we saw on the first volume, with lots of great looking colors mixed in with some great looking black space sequences here and there. The rainbows are again present, but a bit less than before. The opening sequence is still where they reside the most, but at least the episodes themselves are becoming less overwhelming. We liked the first disc a lot for its video so there's more to enjoy here as well.

Packaging:
The packaging gets knocked down a notch if only because the front cover, while sporting a great looking picture of Duuz and Meifon, isn't quite as droolworthy shiny that the first release was. Call me whatever you want, but that first cover is just great. The back cover sports a number of small animation shots as well as listing the episode numbers and titles. The summary is pretty brief but covers what needs to be said and the technical information isn't overwhelming. The insert provides another shot of the cover while the inside does a good job of going into the character of Duuz with a nice accompanying picture of him. The disc also sports his image on it.

Menus:
The menus are identical to the first volume but thankfully without the weird looping problem I had with that disc. Access time among the menus is pretty good and things are laid out in a nice and simple but effective way. Shiny simple menus are nice!

Extras:
I wasn't sure if it would be done, but a textless ending is provided with this volume. Unfortunately there are no selectable subtitles along with it, and it's a pretty simple ending piece of animation with the petals flying by and just that. But it's a great song and taking the time to just sit and listen without all the text flying by is a plus. The commercials for the show that are included are great! More commercials! I love seeing how things are advertised in their native market, especially to compare to the trailers that are used to promote things here. Great extra.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The only bad part about this disc is that it's three episodes and I want more now. I mean, I want the entire series now. Especially since the third episode here ends in a way that demands more to be told quickly!

The opening episode is fairly self contained but provides a nice bit of story about Meifon's attendant and somewhat mysterious man, Kosei. A mysterious pirate ship keeps toying with the Links ship by firing but not doing any damage. After the third attack, the captain of the ship answers a hail by Meifon and we see that the captain is a fairly young girl, though somewhat wild looking.

The captain is taken by Kosei's presence, and talks as though she knows him but he doesn't remember. Valeria reminds him of an investigation they were on together and how he met this young woman. Meifon instructs Kosei to deal with the problem by taking her out on a date, which leads to a number of amusing situations and what in the end proves to be a very good self contained story.

While we had a decent introduction to the circumstances of Meifon and the Links Group earlier in the series, episode six brings the point to home again with more details about Meifon's rise to power and the first outing of the Links ship and her first crew. We also see how Duuz and Valeria were brought into the group and the ways in which Meifon convinced them to join up. Duuz's was particularly amusing, especially in how she manages to win him over. The episode is laid out in a slightly awkward storytelling style, but in the end it was one of the best ways to get so much information across quickly enough.

The final episode feels a lot like a filler episode, with an arranged date between Leon and Meifon. Though the romance isn't terribly strong or overpowering at this point, it's been fun to watch the two skirt each other in their own way, especially when one of the young children Leon takes care of tags along. What makes this episode strong is just what's motivating things without the characters knowledge and the flashbacks that begin to unearth Meifon's past and what she really may be.

Angel Links is just providing more of what was in the first couple of episodes. Considering we enjoyed them a lot in both style and story, it's no surprise that we enjoyed these episodes more. There wasn't a lot of actual combat/space battles and the like, but more of a focus on the characters and what's motivating them. I've got very little if anything to actually dislike about this show, so I'll just consider myself in the minority of people who are just enjoying this and will continue to do so. Very recommended if the first disc intrigued you.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Textless Ending,Commercial Collection

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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