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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: A-
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Bandai Entertainment
  • MSRP: 29.98/39.98
  • Running time: 105
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Galaxy Angel

Galaxy Angel Vol. #1 (also w/box)

By J.M. Rich     April 16, 2004
Release Date: March 16, 2004



The Review!
Audio:
For this viewing I watched this show in the English Dolby digital for the first four episodes. Then I switched over to the Japanese Dolby for the final three episodes on the disc. The surround sound was clear and distinct through both languages. No fade outs at any point making the show very easily audible in both languages. The original Japanese language cast is great in the final three episodes as well as an enjoyable dub from Ocean on the first four episodes.

Video:
A nice, clean transfer on this relatively new show (2001) from Broccoli. This can be very well seen in the opening sequence with their space craft being given the green light for take off and then proceeding to leave dock. There is a tremendous amount of color in this show and you can clearly take in the vibrant beauty, especially on each individual planet. No ghosting on any of the episodes also is a credit to the transfer.

Packaging:
Galaxy Angels is another of Bandai's Platinum Edition release and the Bandai insignia and silver bar with black lettering can be seen on the top. There is a canary yellow background with Normad print. Then the five Angels are centered with Milfeulle in the middle and showing their very distinct personalities. The bottom has Galaxy Angels in Pink bold letters with yellow tracing and Whats Cooking? in the bottom left corner in the same style. On the back of the cover there is couple of pictures of the Angels and one of Normad to go along with a picture of the alternate drawling style of Forte, Ranphe & Milfeulle in the bottom right corner. The DVD extras and features are easily visible next to the screen caps. The disc description is contained with in a light purple bubble .

Menu:
This "animated interactive menu" features a rotating display of the five Angels. It starts with Milfeulle's name as a wallpaper and shows a couple of clips on the right hand side. This is then followed by Forte, Ranphe, Vanilla and finally Mint. On the left hand side of the menu it has the listings for play, episodes (1-7), setup, & extras.

Extras:
There is not a tremendous amount of extras on this disc. There are trailers but Bandai is still using Infinite Ryvius and Witch Hunter Robin which they have been using since last summer, although they have recently added Yukikaze as the third trailer. There is a textless opening of the theme and a promo clip. The best of the extras was seven "Now I get it! GA lectures" which are one minute episode previews by Japanese voice actress Ryoko Shintani who is the voice of Milfuelle.

Content: (please note that content portions of the review may contain spoilers)
This disc contains the first seven episodes of Galaxy Angels. It starts out with the group comprised of only Forte, Ranphe, Vanilla and Mint and they must recover a prized cat. As typically with their missions only a couple of the group are sent on these intergalactic errands, and to start Forte and Ranphe are given the job. While searching for the cat they keep bumping into a young girl who has a bizarre amount of good fortune. Eventually that cat is found, of course, with the girl and their mission has been completed.

But since Forte and Ranphe have some vacation time they do not proceed home but end up a casino planet. The Galaxy is made up of many planets that are specifically maintained for one purpose in the Transvaal Empire. After nonstop gambling Forte and Ranphe find themselves severally in debt and wrestling their way out of it when the meet the same odd girl. Using her "power" they once again gamble their way out of debt, and at the same time find their newest member who Mint was eagerly awaiting.

Their main mission is to find the Lost Technology a device of unknown capabilities and description. So on a recovery mission following a tip the Angels find a missile that they believe is the Lost Technology. It turns out though to be a weapon who feels that his purpose in life is not to explode but rather to be transferred to another body to live out the rest of his existence. After many different bodies Normad (the main computer of the missile) chooses to live in the body of a pink stuffed animal with a Z on his chest.

The other errands consist of protecting a construction mogul, returning a school I.D., fighting a giant rodent with abnormal powers and protecting the children of a theme park from being abducted. These errands keep coming up because as Forte says pay the bills.

In Summary:
The disc did a very good job introducing the characters, for when you give each character an episode or two where they are the main star it gives you more of a look at her. With a lead of five main characters you get introduced to them in pairings which makes it extremely easy to get attached to them. This disc is packed with zany entertainment that caused me quite a few laughs. Especially the varying personality types which is what is found so hilarious: from the very honor driven Mint to the playful and cute Milfuelle. In a show that goes far away from my normal viewing habits I found myself drawn in by the diverse cast. With the addition of Milfuelle as an Angel the show became much stronger because of the comedic dynamics between the five Angels. Personally the character that cracked me up the most was Vanilla and her stoic silence with occasional brilliantly timed lines. Even Normad'endless banter with Forte was amusing in the episode Forte's Ruinous Stew and a Dash of Trouble . A show that I did not expect to enjoy completely won me over and has me waiting for the next volume to watch what errands these lovely Angels will do next.



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