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  • 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
  • MSRP: 24.98
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Galaxy Angel

Galaxy Angel AA Vol. #3

By Chris Beveridge     October 21, 2007
Release Date: October 23, 2007


Galaxy Angel AA Vol. #3
© Bandai Entertainment


What They Say
The search for lost technology continues as the Angel
Brigade makes a frenzied sweep across the galaxy. The squad discovers a dangerous piece of lost technology capable of destroying the universe unless they can successfully play seven rounds of a word association game. When Milfeulle loses it’s up to Forte and her magical time traveling turtle to save the day! Once the crisis has been averted a new problem rears its head in the form of Normad. Tired of the Angels’ constant abuse Normad runs away, only to return in humanoid form. Has the Angel Brigade met its match or will Normad’s feelings for Vanilla save the day?

The Review!
With a heavy focus on either food or destroying the universe, Galaxy Angel AA hits up three more episodes of wacky comedy.

Audio:
Bandai Entertainment has continued with the dual language presentation for Galaxy Angel AA with a pair of 224 kbps stereo mixes. This isn't a show that really needs a stereo mix for the most part as it's a full sounding mix that doesn't have a lot of real directionality to it. It is a good mix in that it's clean and problem free but there isn't anything to really let it stand out. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally airing in 2003, the transfer for this TV series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. Though a few years since its release the series continues to look very bright and colorful while maintaining a solid feel to it. Outside of a few noisy backgrounds here and there, often in the problematic dark blue colors, this is a good looking transfer that showcases the vibrancy of the series' design. Cross coloration is essentially absent and there's only a bit of aliasing going on during the various panning and zooming areas. Though Galaxy Angel isn't a show that stands out among some of the more vibrant ones out there, it looks very good here and pleasing on the eye.

Packaging:
The varying colors of keepcases among the Galaxy Angel seasons continue with this one as it comes in a bright green keepcase. The cover artwork itself is solid with a great looking piece that features Forte taking up most of the space while small sized versions of the other Angels are hanging all about on her. Lots of purples and whites combined with a sleek design in her uniform make this a good eye-catching piece. Unlike previous volumes, this one came in a black keepcase. The back cover provides a few headshots worth of character artwork but is more focused on the text as it has a decent summary of the various stories found in this volume as well as a clean listing of the discs features and extras. The extras actually come up a bit short in not listing the concert pieces though. The episodes are broken down well to illustrate the titles of each of the half length pieces while the remainder is done up with the production information and the most basic technical information. No insert is included nor is there a reversible cover.

Menu:
The menu design for the release is rather simple but not unexpected. With little more than a series of scattered headshots of the main girls on top of a multicolored background, it doesn't exactly excite as there isn't any animation to it or even any music. It's a decent enough looking menu but it feels pretty basic. Navigation is quick and easy however and access times are solid when moving about. We didn't have any issues with language selection both as the disc properly read our player's language presets and defaulted to Japanese with English language subtitles.

Extras:
Not too surprising this late into the series but the extras are fairly standard. There's a music clip featuring the voice actresses performing which runs a couple of minutes. New to this volume is a game trailer for the Windows PC Galaxy Angel game which runs about two minutes and certainly looks fun.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As the AA portion of Galaxy Angel inches ever closer to completion, this volume provides another three episodes in which a set of six stories are told. There is a good deal of focus on food this time around, which really isn't surprising considering past episodes, along with plenty of big time destruction of the universe. In fact, one episode destroys the universe repeatedly in the course of a minute or two. How can you not enjoy that?

The stories across this set of episodes is actually a good bit of fun even if it does play to certain things too much. In the realm of big events, there are some very amusing pieces. Milfeulle comes across a vase that grants the person who receives it three wishes. Of course, her first wish is for a fully stocked kitchen – which strangely includes a couple of live cows – from which she can then make all sorts of things for her friends to eat. She's at least considerate in that direction. The realization that there are two more wishes drives everyone else other than Vanilla into wanting to get those wishes, which means one of them must go. The competition is fierce and it plays out in a way that doesn't benefit the far too good natured Milfeulle. Even when she ends up as a gooey centaur.

Another amusing end of the world type story features a piece of Lost Technology that's discovered wherein if a certain event is not triggered once activated, it'll destroy the universe. The way to cancel it is to have seven people sit in a circle and one by one rattle off a three syllable word for an hour. Failure to do so causes the whole thing to implode early. If not for Forte being owed a favor by a talking turtle that can turn time back by an hour, everything would have gone downhill rather quickly. And yes, it is very weird to write a sentence like that in a straightforward manner. It gets even more silly when a crane that can time travel in combination with the turtle shows up but it's all in the quest for silly comedy which manages to work despite all expectations.

The food related stories are pretty strong throughout these episodes which can get fairly bothersome as time goes on. When you get to the last story with Vanilla trying to feed dried fish to one of the Malibu brothers, it's almost grating. But some of it is very well done, such as when the kelp god comes alive and tries to force the universe into accepting kelp as the best food out there. Though they try to resist at first, that fails horribly and they find themselves serving Konblu in some very amusing ways. One of the more amusing non-food stories comes when Normad, completely tired of being abused by everyone, gets abducted by a mad scientist who gives him a proper body to help him rule the world. Seeing Normad finding a way to seduce Ranpha and then abuse her before moving on to abuse others is beyond priceless.

In Summary:
Not unlike just about every other volume of this franchise ever releases, nothing really new is brought to the table here. What is here however is a genuinely fun if simple little show with cute characters and very obvious personality traits. With just three full episodes on the volume, it does feel a bit weak and over too soon but I think that helps to strengthen the show overall. The themes used across these stories do feel a bit overused and likely would have played better if they were spread out across the series more, but the end result is that they had me laughing, smiling and thinking back fondly on them after it was over. Fans of the show will definitely like these and will be coming back for more.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Secret GA Concert Clip,Video Game Trailer

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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