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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: 29.98
  • Running time: 105
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Galaxy Angel

Galaxy Angel Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     June 26, 2004
Release Date: May 25, 2004


Galaxy Angel Vol. #2
© Bandai Entertainment


What They Say
The search for the Lost Technology continues. But if they don't know what it is, how are they going to find it for the inspectors? Well, the Angel Brigade isn't going to find it if they're playing bikini baseball, running from ghosts or being held for ransom. Even with all this madness, Forte still finds the time to lift the spirits of a young delinquent.

The Review!
With Milfeulle now a full member of the Angel Brigade, she's more involved in the missions and is only getting friendlier with her fellow teammates.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The series features a decent sounding stereo mix that has some solid directionality throughout the episodes, usually during the sound effects but also with some dialogue sequences as well. The track isn't really excessive in any way and comes across as a good mix with no noticeable problems during regular playback.

Video:
Originally airing in 2001, Galaxy Angel is a series that was done in the twelve-minute episode format. The transfer for these episodes look good initially, but as you progress towards the middle and end of the disc they look much sharper and much more colorful. The first episode looks a touch dull in a few places, but later episodes don't have the same feel. The colors after the first episode are very vibrant and lush without being over saturated. There's a hint of some cross coloration trying to get through on our setup, noticeably mostly in some slight shimmer around the edges of some characters hair, but it's not strong enough to be all that noticeable. Overall, this is a really good-looking transfer that will please most.

Packaging:
Part of Bandai's Platinum Edition line, the cover for this release looks very cute with full color shots of a detailed Forte and Mint while little bunny sketches are in the background. Of course, the cute factor is strong with Mint so prominent and the fanservice is amply served by Forte's cleavage. The back cover goes for a traditional SF menu style layout with a mix of shots from the show and the summary of what to expect. All seven episodes are listed by their episode number and title while the features and extras are nice and clearly listed. The insert replicates the front cover without the Platinum part or the volume name and opens up to a two page spread character profile for Ranpha and Forte with their essential knowledge items. The back of the insert is filled with tiny text that covers the credits, where once again fans of the English actors get shafted by not having them tied to their roles.

Menu:
Going with a theme used in the end credits for the show, the menu is designed the same way with a row of names changing in the background while random cut shots from the series playing along the right to the upbeat music. Selections are lined along the left, including individual episode access which takes you to scene selection instead of immediately starting the episode. With the episodes being so short, I'm not sure scene selection is really necessary (I'm not saying chapter stops aren't however). The menus are nicely done and laid out well and very in-theme to the show. The language selection correctly read my players default settings which is also a big plus.

Extras:
Much like the first volume, this release has a good number of extras. Each episode originally came with a "Galaxy Angel Lecture" called "Now I Get It!" The first seven of those are on this volume, which allows you to select the lectures individually or do a play-all on them. These are cute little pieces that basically take parts of the show and break them down into quick little summaries as read and performed by the voice actress for Milfeulle, complete with her wearing the Galaxy Angel uniform. The promo piece appears again, and I think it's the same one but maybe with some differences, and runs about four minutes in length. The textless opening is gone this time around and replaced by the textless ending sequence.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Galaxy Angel barrels into another volume of short length adventures with the cast we were introduced to in the first volume without expanding it into an even larger cast, which is something that I'm definitely thankful for. I'm not sure it could take too many more women involved in the Angel Brigade.

Since we don't have the introductions or setting bits to work with, the show goes right for the short tales without much preamble to them. While we only really had a few of these episodes on the first volume since we were all playing along with Milfeulle and getting to know the basics, having seven episodes in a row like this shows a bit more unevenness than we saw before. Galaxy Angel is still a fun show, but there's just something with this batch of episodes that didn't quite carry the laughter as evenly as it should. Some of the episodes were fairly mediocre but some did get us to laugh quite a bit. Of course, not every episode is going to be a winner when you're essentially doing standalone stories in ten minutes.

The one premise that's used in several episodes is their continuing search for Lost Technology. The opening episode takes that and has a bit of fun with it when some of the Navy folks are talking up with Vanilla and Milfeulle in their quest to find certain pieces of Lost Technology they're convinced is on the Angel's ship. The conversation is amusing just as they try to deal with Milfeulle's? lack of comprehension until she tells them she has no idea what Lost Technology is or even looks like. Her complete honesty about it is amusing as is their reaction to it. This lets them search the entire ship though which gives us a tour of the various rooms of each of the characters. That unfortunately only serves to force up the stereotypes even more for the characters, giving them less "character" and more archetype than anything else.

Some of the premises are well done though. When most of the team ends up on a ship they're sent to investigate, they're threatened by strange pink ghosts and other strange oddities that keep them on the run. As it turns out, the ship is designed to force-train whoever is on it into hard exercise until they reach what the computer determines to be their proper weight for their build. Of course, you look at these paper thin girls and wonder what they could possibly lose (well, outside of Forte's massive mammaries) that would put them in so much panic and fear. It's a cute premise and it's well played out but it's flawed by that one, well, fact.

The best thing on the disc involves a product from a company called Full Monty Inc. 'Nuff said.

As much as I pick on Forte, she does get a decent episode to herself on this volume. On a planet where they're supposed to be investigating Lost Technology, she ends up being hired by a trio of doctors that have a very sophisticated and up to date practice in the center of town. Their problem is that their competition, a single older doctor manages to capture all of the towns business for some reason. So they try to hire Forte to force the guy out of town so they can get the business. They're rather in luck since they have easy access to Forte's heart when they show her a sizeable gun collection left by their predecessor, weapons that Forte is now drooling over and willing to do anything for. While there are obvious reasons why the bulk of the townspeople avoid one set of doctors and visits the other, it's not really touched upon all that much and serves as a mild backdrop that isn't really all that fleshed out. But the fun part really comes down to Forte's drooling over the weaponry cabinet. And with the show running less than ten minutes, something has to be sacrificed.

In Summary:
While I definitely enjoyed a good part of this volume, something seemed to lack compared to the first and I can't quite pin it down. There are still a lot of good laughs to be had and plenty of various types of fanservice offered, but the overall feel just didn't quite have me as happy and smiling afterwards. Milfeulle and Mint continue to be my favorite characters with this show and this volume provided some good scenes for both but they could always use a lot more. The show does seem to be getting better overall at handling the half episode length and telling tighter stories but they're still losing out on getting all the important details across in some episodes.

Features
Japanese Language,English Langugae,English Subtitles,Galaxy Angel Lectures,Promo Clip,Textless Ending

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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