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- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Bandai Visual
- MSRP: ¥5000
- Running time: 50/70
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: I'm Gonna Be An Angel
Tenshi Ni Narumon
What They SayThe Review!
Having recently received the final volume of Tenshi Ni Narumon, I decided that it's time to write up a review for this series. The layout of these discs is very similar from volume to volume, so it's more convenient to just write one review for the whole series.
There are a total of 26 episodes, which are essentially two story arcs (1-13 and 14-26) spread across 9 volumes. Volume 1 contains two episodes and is a single layer disc. The remaining volumes, 2 through 9, all contain three episodes and are dual layer discs. As with most Region 2 releases, all discs are in Japanese with no subtitles. Translation isn't that big issue with this series, as it's mostly visual humor.
Dispell - Iwata Matsuo
Gabriel - Hayashi Nobutoshi
Mama - Hidaka Noriko
Michael - Ishida Akira
Myuzu - Sakura Tange
Suzuhara Natsumi - Nogami Yukana
Noelle - Kawakami Tomoko
Papa - Kosugi Juurouta
Ruka - Ohtani Ikue
Sara - Kawasumi Ayako
Silky - Konishi Hiroko
Yuusuke - Miyazaki Issei
The video quality in this series is absolutely amazing. Because this is a TV series, I expected it to have some dust speckles or jitter, but the picture remains rock solid throughout the entire series. The colors are very bright and look great, without any color bleed or video problems. Bitrate is in the 8 to 10 range. My thanks go to Bandai for spending the time to do Anime the right way on DVD.
The animation quality is comparable to OAV level, and is very smooth and impressive.
The sound is Dolby Digital stereo, and gets no complaints from me. I never noticed any sound problems. Sure, 5.1 would be nice, but for a TV series I don't expect this.
The music in Tenshi Ni Narumon is disturbingly catchy. The opening still lingers in my head for days at a time. Even the normal background music is memorable, which has been compared to swing/jazz "cigar-smoke filled club" music.
All discs come in keepcases, and are simply overflowing with inserts. Character designs, conceptual drawings, cast interviews, and full color pinups are all included on fold out posters. I have to store the pinups outside of the keepcases, because after I unfolded everything and folded them back up, I had a hard time getting them all to fit back in. Volume 1 also came with a cardboard box, complete with dust cover, to hold all the discs in. The pinups may be limited to the first pressing, so may or may not be still available.
Disc 1 has TV commercials and promotional material. Disc 9 has creditless openings for all 3 variations of the opening, and the creditless closing. Discs 3 through 9 have the Bandai "information" section, which is previews for other products. Other than these, all of the real extras come in the form of paper inserts and posters.
The menus on each disc are very similar in appearance and functionality. The main menu has a choice for each episode, which is useful if you stop between episodes and is quicker than going to the chapter select menu. You can also view the information section from the main menu, and in the case of disc 1 and 9, the extras as well. There isn't any sound or animation in the menu, but then again many region 2 discs don't include a menu at all, so I'm not complaining.
The continuing plot follows the life of a student named Yuusuke and a girl named Noelle who happens to have a halo floating above her head. Noelle starts following Yuusuke around and calling him her husband after he bumps into her one day. Although Yuusuke runs away, his house is replaced with Noelle's family mansion, complete with family. Noelle wants to be together with Yuusuke and thinks that if she can become an angel she will reach this goal, even though she has no idea what an angel really is.
The individual episodes are very off-the-wall and comedy oriented, with lots of slapstick and visual humor. The oddness factor is really high, and I never knew what to expect next. Chain-smoking mecha? Check. Ten foot gelatin molds? Check. Just when I thought it couldn't get any stranger, it surprised me yet again.
Even though the episodes look silly and harmless from a first glance, the characters undergo some tremendous changes. Watching the episodes out of order is not recommended, as you may not even recognize some characters as they change so much. Also, there is a creepy side of things that is better left to your own discovery. Based on the first few episodes, you wouldn't believe how this series ends.
So is it any good? I liked it enough to buy 9 discs worth at region 2 prices. If you have no tolerance to cutesy effects such as spinning hearts, bouncing Jell-O, or excessive color pink, this may not be for you. Otherwise, it's one of the most unusual series I have ever seen, and I recommend it to anyone looking for something out of the ordinary.
If you are interested in character info, screenshots/scans, and other information that would make this review use up all the bandwidth, I have set up the following PERL site: jeneki.megami.net/tenshi/perl/index.pl
Japanese Language,TV Trailers,Creditless opening/closing,Inserts with character designs sketches and interviews,Full color pinups,Strong cardboard box with dust cover
Pioneer DV-525 (codefree), 32" RCA TV (s-video), Pioneer VSX-305 receiver, KLH speakers.