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  • Audio Rating: A+
  • Video Rating: A+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: A+
  • 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. #4

By David Rehfeldt     February 06, 2002
Release Date: October 02, 2001



The Review!
Audio:
Primary listening was done in English, with spotchecks of the Japanese track. This is another Ocean dub, so haters will want to stay away. Personally I liked this dub, and I had no problems with the audio. I really did enjoy the music for this show, especially in the last episoe.

Video:
After the last volume's drop in animation quality, this disc was very refrehsing. I couldn't find any problems here.

Packaging:
I'm not quite sure what's going on with the final volume's cover. Leon Lau gets the spotlight this time with some mysterious red-headed woman in his arms. Although after three covers of Meifon, a change isn't so bad.

Menus:
I guess you can say that if it isn't broken, don't fix it. And that's certainly true here. The same menu is used for all four Angel Links discs, and it's good stuff.

Extras:
Finally! Something interesting! With the last disc offering next to nothing, I was worried what Bandai saved for the final volume. You get a clip called "Secrets of Angel Links", but personally I think it could be called "Meifooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnn's CHECK!" The clip is Chibi-Meifon going through a number of production stills and animation clips while giving her thought-provking comments. If you've seen Card Captor Sakura, you can know what to expect. I was busting a gut for 5 minutes straight, as this stuff is really funny. This has to be the best extra of all the Angel Links discs, and I wish there were more of these little segments.

Content:
Angel Links started out as a show "From the Outlaw Star Universe" but has really taken its own place in the anime world. After the huge revelations on the last disc, I was really wondering what would happen next. The ending, while predictable, came through and delivered quite well. It also gives this series a final closure, one thing Outlaw Star (and a number of other shows) never give.

At the beginning of this disc, Meifon returns to Angel Links after learning the truth about herself. In an attempt to save herself from her cruel fate, she and Kosei run away and try to start a new life. It doesn't work out, and she is thrust back into the battle from which she just escaped.

So Meifon leaves to face the destiny that has already been decided for her. Will she live? Will she die? You're going to have to watch to find out (although I'm sure you already know the answer).

My only complaint was that episode 12 was kind of a filler episode. And scrunched between two episodes that are major plot points (11 and 13), it didn't fit well.

Angel Links started out as just another spin-off, kicked into high gear in the middle, and finishes strong. It has very little, if anything, to do with Outlaw Star but I don't think that it's such a bad thing. And while fans of Outlaw Star may not enjoy this, it's still a great show.



Review Equipment
Sony DVP S560D DVD Player, Zenith 27" TV, Aiwa Mini-Home Theater System (without 5.1 sound), Generic AV Cables

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