Twin Angels Vol. #1 (of 2) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, November 04, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, October 08, 2002
What They Say
Twin sisters Ai and Mai are the last in a long line of warriors charged with keeping the lascivious forces of evil at bay. But our delectable duo is quickly captured by demons...
Getting a re-release from the original sublicense to NuTech Entertainment that was done back in 1999, this new release of Twin Angels fairs much better overall.
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The track features a pretty standard stereo mix with some decent minor directionality across the forward soundstage, but otherwise a solid stereo mix that fills things up nicely. Dialogue is nice and clear and we noted no dropouts or distortions throughout.
Originally released in 1995, the materials here are some of the better looking traditional stuff that Ikeda’s pushed out over the years. The colors for this transfer look much sharper and more fully saturated compared to the NuTech release. There’s a few jaggies here and there during panning sequences, but overall this transfer feels more solid with its backgrounds and colors. Cross coloration is also thankfully absent from this new release.
While other re-releases have had some cover art changes, Twin Angels manages to keep the same yet effective cover art of our two leads being swallowed up by tentacles and other icky things. The artwork here is good with nice bright colors and a definite hentai signature look. The back cover provides a small paragraph about the show and the discs features. There’s some additional good looking artwork here as well. The reverse side of this clear keepcase provides a black and white piece with some artwork from the show. One side has the chapters while the other provides the main cast for both languages.
The main menu is a nice presentation overall, with animation playing through the center and having selections along the bottom that are quick to access. The downside is the English dub playing throughout it instead of just a nice piece of the music. Access times are nice and fast and the layout is surprisingly fresh feeling for a CPM release, with good use of colors and designs.
While the original release had no extras, we get a few here this time around. There’s the standard art gallery showcasing images from the show as well as the character profiles section. The neat new extra is a five minute video interview with Rusher Ikeda during the Big Apple Anime Festival. He answers a few questions about the shows origins and his own state during the shows conception, having just come off of the La Blue Girl material. It’s unfortunate that there’s only five minutes of this, as Ikeda is definitely an interesting listen, based on a past commentary track.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Twin Angels is a rather good story, all told, that deals with more distinctly Japanese aspects than some of Ikeda’s other produced series. In Twin Angels, we’re introduced to two young women named Ai and Mai, both of whom are trained in various martial arts to carry out their families duty. For centuries now, their family has defended against the race of demons who would want to control the world. Their current duty is to defend their young Lord Onimaro. Onimaro is really just a young boy, but he’s got the blood of both the Carnal Underworld and human in him.
If his Carnal blood should be truly awoken, he’ll become ruler of the Underworld and be the unifying strong force in destroying the human world. Your basic childhood.
Those of the Carnal Underworld are searching for Onimaro, and they’ve found him in the protective custody. Using one of their more attractive human formed demons, they send her to the university where Ai and Mai are attending. Using their special incense, she causes the entire poetry room where she launches her plans to fall under her sway. The room is filled with young women, all feeling incredibly hot and aroused, including our two leads. It’s from here that the demons take the girls back to the Carnal Underworld to become sacrifices to Onimaro’s awakening. Our leads manage to fight back against the incense to varying levels, but both eventually succumb to it and they’re free to take the other women.
In fact, they’re free to take Onimaro too, as the young whelp has managed to escape the protective custody of the family house and has been running through the city so he could get to the university and play with the women. But his freedom has set him up to be captured, and the plans start to go forth in the Carnal Underworld.
The episodes then shift focus to both giving a history lesson of the family and its responsibilities and then goes into their attempts to free Onimaro from the clutches of the demons who want to raise their Demon King back to life and conquer the world. Ai and Mai naturally get caught up in their tangled tentacles and there’s some rather good fighting sequences as well as a number of good sexual sequences. These play like normal tentacle hentai, but with the better production values and pacing that’s reminiscent of Ikeda’s shows. It’s not as campy as some of the things that have come out since, instead playing a more serious note and having a real sense of plot and story behind it.
Twin Angels tends to not get much notice for some reason, but I continue to find it an enjoyable little show that provides a nice twist on a lot of the tentacle hentai out there.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery,Character Profiles,Creator Rusher Ikeda’s Comments on Twin Angels
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.
Mania Grade: B
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: B
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Anime 18
Running time: 120
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Twin Angels