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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B-
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Media Blasters
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 90
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Voogie's Angel

Voogie's Angel

By Chris Beveridge     August 28, 2001
Release Date: August 28, 2001


Voogie's Angel
© Media Blasters


What They Say
From Masami Obari-the influential mind behind the Fatal Fury series-comes Voogie’s Angel!

In the year 2020, Earth is conquered by a malevolent alien life form. The last remnants of humankind barely escape death by hiding in the oceans and creating underwater ."Aqua-bases."

One hundred years later…they are attempting to retake their world. The human survivors create a deadly strike force composed of one human and four, cybernetically enhanced, voluptuous young women: the motherly Midi, the spirited Voogie, the hard-hitting Rebecca, the innocent Merrybell, and the pensive Shiori.

Specially trained and armed with the latest weaponry, they carry out guerrilla attacks against the alien invaders!

The Review!
I was really unsure about this title from the minute it showed up and I realized Masami Obari was involved. While I don't hold him to the same level I do Ohata of MD Geist infamy, Obari's works tend to do little for me, such as Fatal Fury and Gowcaizer. Voogie's Angel was a bit of a surprise though.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Throughout the track we didn't notice anything in the way of distortions or dropouts of this stereo track. Most of the dialogue is center channel based with very few movements across the front soundstage. The music and sound effects made good use of the forward soundstage overall, but this is your basic stereo anime mix.

Video:
Originally released in 1997, these three OVA episodes have some good looking animation with something of a budget and what appears to be good source materials. Other than a few soft areas and some minor rainbows in one or two areas, there's little to really nitpick about with this transfer. Colors look good, blacks and grays during the flashback sequences are solid and the look overall is quite good.

Packaging:
The front cover features the array of cute yet serious looking women in skimpy outfits wielding weapons. It's a good looking cover that should easily sell towards the younger male crowd with lots of disposable income. The back cover offers a number of animation shots and a good summary of what the shows are all about. The insert's a pretty simple affair with the chapter listings on one side with no new artwork and adverts for other shows on the back.

Menus:
Simple is what makes up these menus. The main menu is a static piece of artwork with the selections in the corner, each quickly accessed. No music plays during the menus, but moving around them is pretty fast and with there being little to do, quick to get out of.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sometime in the future, humanity has been forced underwater as the Space Emigrants have arrived on the planet and taken over. Their disgust at how humanity has treated the planet has forced them to bring mankind to extinction, and after 100 years since their arrival, the time is getting close. Humanity has only three years left before their time underwater will be done.

To combat this, Dr. Crimt has created a team of cybernetic women along with his android assistant Midi. The women are all talented in their own way and when combined together as a team, can cause quite a lot of damage. So with time being short, Crimt and Midi send out the girls in their mini ship that looks a hell of a lot like a pig to take on the huge particle cannons that the SE's use to devastate any ships that come up from underwater.

After saving one of the attack fleets, the girls end up on board the ship to help out more only to find themselves the subject of racism. The crew in general doesn't like the cybernetic women, often calling them simply dolls or other derogatory things, even after they had just saved them. Not all are like this, but it's a very strong feeling. The team is placed at the back of the fleet and won't be involved in the next attack.

But of course they say screw the orders, load up the pig and head out to do battle. When they encounter an enemy similar to them (but in male form) we end up moving into some interesting territory where the characters true natures are revealed, with one of them actually being over a hundred years old. These flashback sequences, done in black and white, work quite well and actually had me really interested in their pasts, as these moments were used to illustrate the invasion and the time between then and mankinds movement underwater.

There's also a surprisingly strong cast on the Japanese side, such as Aya Hisakawa, Kotono Mitsuishi, Kikuko Inoue and Sakura Tange. I was really pleased to see them all working together and it probably helped my enjoyment of the show a lot.

Voogie's Angel isn't going to be a standout show, but it's a good solid three episode OVA release that presents a segment of a larger storyline well enough that you don't feel ripped off at the end knowing that there isn't anymore. This is definitely a good show to pick up for a late night viewing with friends just to have fun and enjoy taking it. Good stuff.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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