Galaxy Angel Z Vol. #3 (of 3) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, April 18, 2005
Release Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2005
What They Say
The galaxy is always on the verge of destruction when the Galaxy Angels are around! Whether it’s because of the Angels actions in investigating a Lost Technology or because of the once a year event when Milfeulle’s good luck turns incredibly bad. But the Angels always manage to survive and find time to go fishing for big fish and hunt endangered animals for their miraculous skin healing properties. In the end when the Angels discover they have super powers, will they fight for peace and justice or will they just squabble among themselves?
Also includes bonus episode where Forte has a “date” with a mysterious man from her past.
Bringing the second season to a close with six more half-length episodes, Galaxy Angel Z does exactly what it does best in providing a mix of its style of comedy.
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The series features a decent sounding stereo mix that has some solid directionality throughout the episodes, usually during the sound effects but also with some dialogue sequences as well. The track isn't really excessive in any way and comes across as a good mix with no noticeable problems during regular playback.
Originally airing in 2002, the transfer for this series is presented in its original full frame aspect ration. While the first season was done as twelve-minute episodes that had their own openings and endings associated with it, this season is done more in the way of a single opening and ending but with the eye-catch being a bridge between the two separate stories, much like how the original Urusei Yatsura ran. The transfer for these episodes looks good with sharp and vibrant colors. There's a hint of some cross coloration trying to get through on our setup, noticeably mostly in some slight shimmer around the edges of some characters hair, but it's not strong enough to be all that noticeable. Overall, this is a really good-looking transfer that will please most.
Matching the layout and style of the first set of releases but dropping the Platinum strip and adding a Z to the logo, this volumes cover is a mostly pink and pastel filled background piece with all of the girls basically doing something of a free fall down across the cover and floating about. It's a cute enough cover and their outfits are all nicely detailed and their designs attractive enough to catch the eye on a busy shelf. The back cover is having problems as it thinks it's a Donkey Kong game as there's a strip of summaries for all six episodes where at the side of each there's a small character shot from it. The discs features and technical information is all sort of randomly placed along the bottom and is fairly easy to find but ends up looking a bit messy. The insert replicates the front cover while changing some of the color shading from the background and opens up to a two page spread where an ID card can be found for each character that you can cut out and keep with you. The back of the insert is filled with tiny text that covers the credits, where as a change of pace, the English actors get their credits tied to their names.
Going with a theme used in the end credits for the show, the menu is designed the same way with a row of names changing in the background while random cut shots from the series playing along the right to the upbeat music. Selections are lined along the left, including individual episode access which takes you to scene selection instead of immediately starting the episode. With the episodes being so short, I'm not sure scene selection is really necessary (I'm not saying chapter stops aren't however). The menus are nicely done and laid out well and very in-theme to the show. The language selection correctly read my players default settings which are also a big plus.
This volume continues with one of the Japanese extras that looks to be a constant. Each episode originally came with a "Galaxy Angel Lecture" called "Now I Get It!" The six of those are on this volume, which allows you to select the lectures individually or do a play-all on them. These are cute little pieces that basically take parts of the show and break them down into quick little summaries as read and performed by the voice actress for Milfeulle, complete with her wearing the Galaxy Angel uniform. In addition to this standard extra, we get another set of commercials that were used to advertise the show as well as a special bonus episode that focuses on Forte and her past.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The second season ran for just a few episodes shorter than the first and topped out at number eighteen, which we get with this third volume though everything is grouped in blocks of two half-length episodes together. The last six of this season are much like the earlier ones and I continue to seem to have the luck of finding about half of them fun and enjoyable and the other half less than enjoyable.
Normad episodes tend to go both ways but this one proved to be fun as Normad finds himself kidnapped by someone who thinks he must be quite a valuable toy based no how much Vanilla is chasing him to get it back. With Normad basically being as in love as is possible with Vanilla, he's quite confident about being rescued and Vanilla plays it up perfectly with her pretty much unstoppable onslaught of attempts where her face never changes how she looks. Normad's taunting of the kidnapper is quite hilarious as well since he's basically unkillable and can't be threatened that way, leaving the kidnapper to regret every minute of this. It's a comical and over the top chase but it is just done with the right kind of wink and nod to it.
Another episode that I liked that surprised me had Forte in the lead as she convinces everyone to take a vacation not at a resort but onboard a boat so that she can go fishing. As it turns out, it's a legendary fish she's after that some locals came up with for an advertisement and offer up something like a million in currency for it. Everyone that reads it other than Forte sees it as a highly simple lie used to attract tourists and are upset about not being at a good resort. But when the fish does show up, it's humongous and Forte won't let go of it for her life. I normally don't care for Forte, she's my least favorite of all the Angels, but she manages to come across good here in that I enjoyed the way she acted and manipulated everyone into her scheme. The fish itself almost stole the show once it really showed up and things went all higgledy-piggledy.
Milfeulle gets a good episode that highlights here this volume as well when she heads down to Transvaal for a vacation day but it's when her luck gets completely twisted around and she has nothing but bad luck. For a girl where even when she has good luck there's thing like planets crumbling and other unholy signs of the apocalypse, though they work out for her, when he luck goes bad it's something where everyone in the Brigade goes as far as necessary to ensure that everything gets taken care of before things go truly wrong and that means keeping Milfeulle stress free for an entire waking day.
While the jokes change and the locations along with it, Galaxy Angel is a fairly consistent series so that you know whether you're going to be into it or not. If you haven't figure it out by this point then it's pretty hard to say what'll convince you. The show is popular though and there's still two more seasons worth of it to come eventually. Galaxy Angel doesn't have me in stitches or laughing out loud but it does get me to smile and I like the characters and the way they all interact. This final volume of the second season is just like the rest for me with some good material, some average material and some that just doesn't work that well. But that's comedy for you.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitle,Galaxy Angel Lectures,Commercils,Bonus Episode
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI with upconversion set to 720p, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.
Mania Grade: B
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: B+
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Bandai Entertainment
Running time: 105
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Galaxy Angel