Voogie's Angel (Mania.com)

By:Richard Norton
Review Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2001

The Review!
This is a 3 episode OVA release which could have been the start of something good.....but nothing happened!

Another story of Earth's last stand against extra-terrestial invaders, our (to borrow a phrase) "last, best hope" being 4 cybernetic women.

Those who like Gall Force, Sol Bianca and Saber Marionette stories will be right at home here. Why I bought this was for the well known & well liked Japanese and English VAs on the respective sub and dub soundtracks. Trouble is, this title being a 3 part only, multi-cast story, there is too little to really get into each character's performance. Perhaps a TV series, or larger OVA series will be made one day, as when Saber Marionette R OVAs became J etc.

I won't give a detailed plot synopsis as Chris's review does that, but will just say what my less analytical viewing picked up.

Well a bit of fan service from Voogie, mainly, until the plot becomes more involving. The main male characters are bishoujo-ish.

This story is not for the squeamish. Definitely 15 or 16 up. Despite the amusing earlier character chatter and playing around, the story becomes Gundam-grim. There is a main character death, torture, and harrowing scenes from the human origins of the 4 "Angels" about 2/3 the way through episode 2 to the end of episode 3. This is where the pedigree of both casts shines though, real acting, and what leaves the viewer feeling hungry for more.

Audio. The sound FX were impressive but never drowned out simultaeneous speech. There are 2 scenes, watching the sub version, which Anime Works hiccuped on. The first is where the 4 angels are having a conversation in their space ship, only Voogie's speech is subtitled. In the second there is *no* audio, but only subtitles, for about 3 - 4 seconds in a scene between the Earth Admiral and one of his subordinates.

Video. OK generally. A couple of blurry soft focus scenes, but nothing else. The red especially shines out well.

Extras, trailers. Menu access only though.

Packing. OK. Another picture disc, which I like, and seems to be more frequent on anime DVDs now (as long as no advertising included as for BGC).

Another broken Amaray 2 piece hub and slightly scratched disc. Thankfully the disc play was unaffected, but having to buy a replacement case pushed the overall cost of buying the DVD up a little.

I can see myself watching this DVD again, and showing it to others. Episode 3 (with the origins), was especially gripping.

Review Equipment
Pioneer DV-340 player Sony KV25-X5 TV

Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: C
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: C
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Media Blasters
MSRP: 29.99
Running time: 90
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Voogie's Angel