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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B-
  • Extras Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Bandai Entertainment
  • MSRP: 9.98
  • Running time: 25
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Galaxy Angel

Galaxy Angel S

By Chris Beveridge     May 29, 2008
Release Date: May 06, 2008

Galaxy Angel S
© Bandai Entertainment

What They Say
The Angel Brigade is back! In an attempt to defend her comrades from insurgent pirate forces, Milfeulle takes hold of an armed enemy grenade and starts running! Upon waking up in the hospital she finds herself being ignored by her friends and commander. Is this the end for Milfuele? Will she be forced to haunt her fellow brigade members for all of eternity!?

The Review!
Finishing out the third "season" of the franchise with a special episode, Galaxy Angel S is admittedly more of the same, but it is good silly fun.

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.

Originally released in 2004, the transfer for this special episode is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. Though a few years since its release the special is just the same as the A and AA series as it 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.

With so many releases in the franchise, there's only so much you can do with it after awhile for artwork, especially with a volume like this. Galaxy Angel S goes with a fairly standard shot that has the core group of girls together in a "yay team" kind of mode. The character designs have the same strong detailed and colorful look that we've seen in the past and it's all very upbeat and pretty. The back cover provides a couple shots from the show inside of hearts 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 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.

The menu is changed up slightly for this release and it's one that is a bit more awkward with its layout. The navigation strip is done sideways which makes it a bit more difficult to read considering they use pink, blue, yellow and white around each of the sections. The main section of the menu is using the cover artwork of the group while placing it against a much stronger pink background while the logo is against a silvery blue part. What's problematic is that in the language selection menu, it's angled a bit there and difficult to tell what's really been selected because of the color scheme and the lack of identifying what's actually set for use. Beyond that, the disc is fairly decent for its menus but they left me a bit less than happy with how it's all laid out, especially since it didn't read our players' language presets..

With just one full length episode here, it's little surprise that they tried to flesh it out with a fair bit of extras to entice the viewer into thinking they got a bit more. The original promos for the show are shown from both the Osaka airing and the Tokyo airing, and it's fun trying to pick out the differences. Each runs just under a minute in length. A brief series of commercials are also included which promotes the show's 1:40AM showings and they run just over a minute or so. One of the bigger extras for the release is the sound drama which has a runtime of just about twenty minutes. This is a nicely done sound drama piece that uses static pieces of artwork throughout to work with the dialogue to give it a bit more "life". Scenes from the shows are also brought in to flesh it out, though some of them seem a bit stale in comparison. It's certainly an interesting way to bring the sound dramas out in a way for fans to enjoy. The other sizeable extra is a fourteen minute video interview/talk piece between the voice actresses for Milfeulle, Mint and Chitose. It's a cute piece that talks up the show and its basics but a lot of the appeal is that it's made for fans of the voice actresses and seeing them be a bit silly and talk about stuff is simply good fun.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Considered a part of the third season of the series, the Galaxy Angel S episode is basically a TV special that adds in a bit more of the fun before the franchise went off to the X realm. Not unlike just about every other episode of the series out there, nothing is permanent and it's all done for fun so it isn't like it was going to push the envelope.

The two half length stories that are here are certainly fun and they do what Galaxy Angel does best in wrecking havoc on everyone and everything. The opening episode deals with an attack on the headquarters by mysterious group of rebels who end up tossing a powerful grenade/bomb into the Brigade's midst. Milfeulle decides that she'll sacrifice herself for greater good of the Brigade and runs off with it so that they don't get caught up in it. To her surprise though, she wakes up some time later alive and tries to figure out what happened. It turns out that she actually did die during it and nobody but Normad can see her. And she's quite upset that nobody seems to mind much that she's dead as they just reminisce about various events from the past, which in turn only causes her to want to haunt and curse them more.

The second episode is a bit more interesting as it revolves around the Brigade and the Twin Star teams as Major Mary and Lt. Colonel Volcott are swapped out for which team they oversee. It's actually a slap in the face for Volcott as it shows a lack of faith in what he's doing rather than a lack of faith in the Brigade. Mary sees it as a huge demotion while she's been on track for something bigger. It all turns to chaos however when Kokomo looks at Volcott and just insults his moustache. This is apparently the line not to cross and Volcott turns into a raging madman who begins to hunt down everyone who gets in his way. The reaction of Kokomo and Malibu to all of it is amusing as it shows their age while everyone else tries to defuse the situation in different ways.

In Summary:
There admittedly isn't too much to say about Galaxy Angel S other than it really is just more of what we saw with the A and AA seasons. That's not a bad thing but as a standalone piece it is a pretty weak offering. On the plus side, Bandai Entertainment has priced it properly for what it is and you can grab it on the cheap and enjoy it. In addition to that they've put a good chunk of extras on it that will please most of the shows core fans who are all about the voice actors and the particular characters that they love as the sound drama is a lot of fun. At this stage in the game, Galaxy Angel is really made for the hardcore audience here in the US and they'll grab this one to enjoy one more bit before the X series finally makes its way out. Galaxy Angel S is just good clean fun and offered in a way that will keep most fans happy.

Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Galaxy Angel Promos,Commercials,Sound Dramas,Talks with the Characters

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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