Earthian Angelic Collection (of 1) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2001
Release Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2001
What They Say
Two angels descend from the heavens - their purpose is to judge humanity, and each other. The first is Kagetsuya, an angel of vengeance with a heart of fire. His partner is Chihaya, an angel of compassion who has been cursed with black wings. Together they learn the meaning of Heaven's wrath, Hell's madness and Humanity's faith. Embrace the passion and tragedy that is "Earthian."
Oh yeah, this title has got it all. Shoujou-esque angels who are determining whether mankind should continue to exist or not who get involved in a plot about biohumanoids as well as the darkening of several angels. Oh, and one of them loves cream puffs.
For the purpose of this review, we listened to the show in its original language of Japanese. For a good amount of this disc, the audio is a decent stereo mix with the majority of dialogue through the center channel. Only a few scant moments appear to use directionality, but that's about it. There are several moments throughout the show where the volume does get perceptably lower however, though it may be intentional in a few of them such as when the rock star sings. While it's nothing that's really disastrous, it does take you out of the moment.
With the age of the show, a lot of this is likely source material problems. The first two episodes are from 1989 while the second two are from 1996. The second two do look noticeably better, but there's still some problems. Throughout all of them is a persistent level of grain and softness. This really affects night blue skies as well as some red sequences. The first episode is very grainy. Rainbows are minimal to non-existent throughout and line noise only creeps up in a few areas. Jaggies do make several appearances but likely won't annoy too many people. There were one or two areas where the video looked like it jumped ahead a few frames as well, noticeable enough that even my wife saw it.
Other than this being another sideways cover, it's very nice looking. The artwork used is very layered in its coloring and the draping of the title along it works very well. The back gives a brief summary of the show, lists the four episodes and features as well as providing a bunch of pictures. Overall a decent looking package.
This is a pretty basic disc and the menus reflect it. The main menu has a portion of the show playing in the background (which is one of the softer sections as well). Menu selections are pretty much the basics, but access times are very good and everything worked as it's supposed to.
The illustration gallery has a few nice pictures, but don't get too excited about the video interview. It looks as if it's in several parts that initially played at the end of the original episodes release, so it's very brief with a total running time just under two minutes.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
For the four episodes included (50 minutes, 40 minutes, 30 minutes and 30 minutes), it took us nearly four days to watch it all.
Each episode was mind numbing. And each episode was progressively over with faster yet seemed even longer.
After the second episode I was all set to pop the disc out and file it. But my wife insisted we finished. She said there was possibilities, as the basic storyline of angels from Planet Eden coming to Earth to pass judgment is interesting and may have something.
She nearly changed her mind after the third episode.
But it was far too late at that point! I was mentally unstable. Something in this compelled me to watch the final episode. After all, the third episode had teased us with the two lead male angels being in bed together. Maybe it would find a way to wrap all of it up in the end.
Oh how wrong I was. So horribly wrong.
Earthian appears to suffer from the same thing 3X3 Eyes did. Some episodes made early on when the manga was early running and quite popular. Several years go by and they decide to try and wrap up the series as the Earthian manga comes close to an end. Between the two sets of episodes, there's massive jumps in what you're supposed to know. New secondary characters that look like they could be important are suddenly gone, times have changed but no explanations.
And the first episodes aren't any better either. The general feeling that we got was that you'd damn well better know the manga before watching this. Otherwise why are you watching it? So much felt like we should know more than we do about the universe these characters inhabit.
The plot, what little there really is of it, follows the two angels name Kagetsuya and Chihaya. Both are teamed together to learn more about the Earthians and to help decide along with other teams of angels as to whether mankind should exist. Most seem to feel it shouldn't, big surprise there.
Of the two, Chihaya is the more sensitive of the two. He's the more compassionate and feeling towards humanity and desperately wants to save as many people as he can. He's also different from most other angels in that he has black wings and is unique among his people. This leads him to sympathize more easily with Earthians.
Having spent 150 minutes of my life watching this and feeling my time here on Earth becoming shorter, I can't bring myself to say much good about this show and can't bring myself to say much more about it as it's continuing to drain my life.
Unless you're a fan of the manga or just really love bad anime, avoid this show.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Illustration Gallery,Video Interview with Yun Kouga (2 minutes)
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.
Mania Grade: D
Audio Rating: B-
Video Rating: C+
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: B-
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Media Blasters
Running time: 150
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2