Angel Links Vol. #3 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Wednesday, February 06, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, August 07, 2001
Who is Meifon Li? Why did her late grandfather have her start a free pirate fighting service? Why is her name on a gravestone? And how can a 16-year old have such huge breasts? These questions and more are answered inside this disc, and surprisingly there are still three episodes to go.
I listened to both English and Japanese tracks on seperate occasions and found them both to be fine. This is an Ocean dub, meaning a lot of people will hate it from the get-go, but I have no real problems with it. I was surprised to hear Megumi Hayashibara in the third episode.
I found no technical video problems with this disc, but I really don't have an eye for those types of things. My real beef was with the animation. In the first episode on this disc (episode 8) the character designs take a real nosedive to the point that it felt painful to watch. Even when the animation picked back up again in episode 10, I still was cringing a bit from the aftereffects. Valeria and Duuz probably get the worst treatment.
The cover features a nice shot of Kosei holding Meifon in his arms, which gets a chuckle from me every time I see it. Again, no real problems but very basic packaging.
The same menus that have been used on the two previous Angel Links discs are used here again. Perhaps there is some charm to these, but I'm not seeing it.
With the last disc having both the textless ending and commercials, I was wondering what they would put on this disc. This time around we get "Launch Footage", or the reused sequences of the Angel Links ship taking off. I can honestly say that I've seen each version (day and night) at least two times previously, so I have no desire to watch these again. Very disappointing.
We're starting to get into the really good stuff now. Although I couldn't stand the first two episodes on this disc (and after loving the first two discs, this was also disappointing), episode 10 brings us into the final arc of the show and leaves us panting for more. I won't really go into detail about the first episode on this disc, because it is mainly filler. There is one key point, but you may not catch it until afterward (or if someone points it out to you).
The second episode features Valeria and her past with the Einhorn Empire. At this point they've completely given up on Leon Lau as a good guy, so you start to see him plotting against Angel Links with the help of the Einhorn Empire. I am fascinated by Valeria as a character, but I really didn't enjoy this episode at all.
It is in the third episode (episode 10) that we start to see something. I'm not going to discuss the plot of this episode because saying more than what Bandai already lists would be giving away too much.
If anything, this episode reveals the secret answer to all your questions. When I finished it I watched it all over again, and everything from this show so far made sense.
This leaves Angel Links in very good territory, the fans have no clue what is going to happen next and there are no real loose ends to tie up. This could also be bad, if the ending doesn't live up to this kind of revelation. I'm hoping something big is still going to happen, and that they haven't laid all their cards out on the table yet.
Sony DVP S560D DVD Player, Zenith 27" TV, Aiwa Mini-Home Theater System (without 5.1 sound), Generic AV Cables
Mania Grade: B
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: C+
Packaging Rating: A+
Menus Rating: A+
Extras Rating: D+
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Bandai Entertainment
Running time: 75
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Angel Links