Mania Grade: B
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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: B
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: NuTech Digital, Inc.
- MSRP: 39.99
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Angels in the Court
Angels in the Court Box Set
By Michael Thomas
May 02, 2003
Release Date: November 10, 2001
Cute girls playing volleyball, and falling in love.
When watching the show, I listened to the original Japanese seiyuu (voice actors). The talking, ambient sounds, and background music made good use of the two, built-in, TV speakers.
Solidly done. Colors are crisp and vibrant. There were a few soft spots, especially when the screen was saturated with orange and yellow.
NuTech did a standard packaging; good, but I don't really feel eye-catching. The slip box, and DVD covers feature art and scenes from the movie, and have pretty good synopses of each of the 2 episodes. The back of the slipcover also contains the usual material (DVD extras, VAs, technical stuff, and copyright). There is no insert.
After a short, animated intro, the menus display. The menus are very straight forward, easy to navigate, and quick to load.
On the back of the DVD are several trailers, and each DVD contains art from the shows, as well as picture galleries of the two adult stars.
::Content:: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Girls and Volleyball.
"Angels in the Court" isn't a very deep story, or a very dramatic one. It's just a light, enjoyable, adult bishoujo (cute girl) OVA. I believe it's adapted from a bishoujo PC game, but I'm not 100% sure. Anyway, you get some 6 pretty girls, a volleyball legend as their coach, and what adventures ensue. Done by Pink Pineapple, one of Japan's leading animation houses, the girls are all very pretty, and the show itself has solid technical marks.
The main plot of "Angels in the Court" is about the Yota Girl's Volleyball Team, and their quest to go to the finals. The problem is they need some serious work to get there. And, while Coach Motura does what he can, the team has some serious flaws. Enter cute, glasses wearing, transfer student Nanase.
Nanase knows about volleyball, and makes the same comments that the coach does... which gets the current girls on the team a bit peeved with her, so they challenge her, and she accepts... and promptly gets smashed. But, Nanase has a secret... she needs to get excited to play at top performance... really excited... sexually excited. So, Nanase runs off with the coach, and gets her inner-fires burning.
And the show proceeds from there with a mix of best-friend character interaction (such as Nao and Mio's discussion about an ice-cream soda... "I like it muddy!"), to volleyball games and training, to the coach getting seduced in various ways by the girls. Like I said, not a very deep story, but one you can simply enjoy without feeling the need to take notes, or think deeply on it.
"Angels in the Court" is a short OVA (only 2-30 min episodes), but it's fun, has good animation, pretty girls, and has some seriously funny scenes. So, in summary, if you want something that's funny, comedic, consensual, and sexy, you'll enjoy "Angels in the Court".
Panasonic CT-27D11E 27" TV; Sony Play Station 2 DVD Player; Gold-Plated Monster component cable