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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. #3

By Chris Beveridge     June 26, 2004
Release Date: July 27, 2004


Galaxy Angel Vol. #3
© Bandai Entertainment


What They Say
Start with Milfeulle in search of Vanilla's mysterious, unidentified, lost treasure. Add Ranpha planning Forte's "funeral" as an excuse for forgetting a date. Mix well with Mint and Milfeulle in pursuit of a runaway high-tech tank. Fold in Forte, Vanilla and Mint on a space station and sprinkle with monkeys. Bake with Milfeulle and Normad on a date that's interrupted by a culinary droid being pursued by assassins. And finish it off with a garnish of Forte and Mint trapped on a deserted island with a crazed lunatic. When you're done, serve with a mouthful of laughs!

Episodes
15. Lost Item Pot au Feu
16. Grilled Girl in a Box
17. Canned Angel with Gun Turret
18. Monkey Salvage Combo
19. Angel Kiss Gateau de Milfeulle
20. Special Survival Combo


The Review!
Getting into a groove and short one episode, Galaxy Angels curves back into the funny zone once more and provides some good laughs.

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 looks good with sharp and vibrant colors. 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 Milfeulle and Vanilla along with Normad while little animal sketches are in the background. The contrasting hair colors looks good here, though Vanilla starts to blend into the background a bit due to the similarity of her hair color. 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 Vanilla and Normad 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 are also a big plus.

Extras:
The first volume to the series has a solid number of Japanese 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. Instead of a promo piece for this volume we get a collection of five commercials that you can play separately or in one full sweep. 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)
Our see-saw like enjoyment of Galaxy Angels seems to be continuing as we get into the third volume of the series, which also drops down in the episode count by one as well. While we did enjoy the second volume, it didn't quite hit the marks I had hoped for. Part of that is attributable to the fact that since Mint is my favorite character; her lack of screen time probably had an impact. While she doesn't get much more in this volume either, the stories in general were much more enjoyable and had us laughing more. In fact, after finishing it in Japanese, my daughter watched the entire disc again in English and laughed much in the same places. This show has definite repeat value for us here.

We were laughing pretty much from the start of this volume where Vanilla is on deaths door after having lost something very important to her, something so important that she's always clutching it in her hand though we've failed to note this before. While everyone else is basically preparing last rights for her, Milfeulle uses the Mother of the Milky Way to give her advice on where to look and she heads out to search for the missing item, something that Vanilla won't even say what it is. So Milfeulle being the lucky girl she is, keeps bringing back things that may be it. Amusingly, everything she brings back is just more valuable than the last thing, from winning lottery tickets to gem encrusted armor that's been lost for generations. There are a lot of cute moments in this as everyone reacts differently to the situation and their commander even gets to have a spot of fun. Vanilla still hardly says a word however.

Even more amusing is the episode where Ranpha has gotten out of a date with someone by using Forte as an excuse. Of course, she uses Forte's death as the excuse so now she has to create a fake funeral to go to so that she can prove it to her male friend. But she also keeps the fakeness from everyone else in the Brigade so they all believe she's dead. Forte goes along with it since Ranpha offers her a classic gun so she becomes complicit in it as well. It gets completely out of hand when the military finds out and then the reporters do, and Ranpha's made up story of heroics leads her to being immortalized and something of a hero of the universe. If only the body wasn't set to be cremated?

Even the seemingly really goofy episodes proved to be fun. When some of them land on a space station to engage in repairs on Forte's ship, they discover that it's seemingly devoid of people but filled to the brim with trash. This is particularly bad in the zero gravity areas. As they investigate so they can get the parts they need, it gets worse when they're attacked by a large number of monkeys that inhabit the station. Forte versus the monkey in trying to get her hat back is priceless. One episode that's slightly stranger than usual has Milfeulle and Normad together with a robot that's escaped from the President's office with some secret highly important information and is on the run. While the information itself is humorous, the fact that the robot is a chef is hilarious and how they take a break in the middle of being chased to do a bit of baking and have fun with that.

In Summary:
Much of the show is essentially the same as the past volume in terms of the shows look and feel so there's little real change there. With no serious overall plot going on here and the simplest of story hooks to do an episode, Galaxy Angels is definitely the type of show that tries to work over one gag and work it well. This volume managed to do that better in my opinion than the second one and we were laughing much more consistently with what was going on. Hopefully my favorite character will be more prominent in the next volumes set of episodes though, but even if she's not this show has some really good comedic moments and seems to be mastering the episode length better and better as it goes on.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Galaxy Angel Lectures,Japanese Commercials,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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