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on July 22, 2004
I know there are a ton of anime out there having to do with a young guy who comes to live with a bevy of beautiful girls and women and all the comedic romantic entanglements and conflicts inherent in the situation. Well, I haven't seen any of them, so Angel Tales' isn't really as much of a retread of old material to me as it would be for fans of series such as Love Hina. I thought this first volume was very funny, at times touching, a tad too sweet at moments, and a little disturbing.

Goro Mutsumi is a young man trying to make it in the big city on his own. The problem is that the company he worked for went bankrupt, he can't even find a part-time job, he's had to beg for money from his parents, and besides that, he's never had a girlfriend before. Just when he's decided he can't take it anymore, a strange fortune-teller appears next to him on the street and tells him that his luck is finally going to change. He goes home not believing a word of it. When he gets out of the shower, to his amazement and shock, he finds three nice-looking young ladies in his house.

It turns out that the three are guardian angels sent down by a mysterious goddess (the fortune-teller?) to make Goro's life better . In another twist the angels were once pets and if they accomplish their mission, they will be allowed to return to their masters. There's Ran, who used to be a goldfish, Tsubasa the Parakeet, and Kurumi the Hamster. All of them have a phobia based on the manner in which they died. For example, Kurumi escaped from her cage as a hamster, and became lost and starved to death, so now, in human form, all she wants to do is gorge herself. It's actually kinda disturbing to know that all these spirits died a pretty horrible death as an animal, whether it was being shot, suffocation, etc. It gives a dark underpinning to what is otherwise humorous comedy. They do find out that Goro was their original master by the end of it.

By the second episode, it seems evident that the angels aren't really doing anything to improve Goro's life. They basically just spend their time trying to see who can get the most favor from him. So, in the second episode, another angel is sent, Tamami the Cat who in turn wants to monopolize Goro and totally defeats the purpose of why she is there. There is also a dark element that shows up in that episode. A strange white-haired man tries to run Goro over with a truck but he is saved at the nick of time by Tamami's appearance.

In the third episode, two more angels show up, Mika the Rabbit and Nana the Dog. Mika has a huge timepiece and tells the group that they must all have scheduled times with Goro, no longer than four hours apiece. The problem is that there's only one Goro, and too many girls. Besides that, the mysterious figure from the second episode again makes an attempt on Goro's life.

In the last episode, after days of utter exhaustion due to the demands of the angels on his time, Goro collapses and falls into a fever. It also might be a result of the influence of the silent assassin that is stalking him. Two more animals show up to help in his treatment, Akane the Fox and Ayumi the Turtle. Of course, you know its trouble when the rabbit and the turtle go shopping together. There's also some conflict between Nana and Akane, seeing as how Akane was hunted down by hounds and killed by hunters.

Well, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this first volume of Angel Tales'. The presence of the animals horrible deaths seemed to dull the sometimes overbearing sweet moments in the show. There weren't a lot of cutesy scenes. It was mostly comedy. The different animals of course have all sorts of problems with each other based on their nature but they are united in their devotion to Goro. It's not seedy. This is not a love slave type of show. It's more about a group of girls that truly want to make Goro's life better. He's been so mistreated by fate and somebody has to step in and help him, even though the angels seem to make his life even more stressful. I'm sure they'll get the hang of it in time. We'll probably also find out who is trying to kill him too. The last episode ends on a cliffhanger.

The extras on the dvd include a character gallery which tells a little bit about each character and a Venomous Tails clip. The clip just seems to be a little anime extra about Angel Tales'.

Great dvd.
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on June 16, 2004
Being an avid fan of anime, through the course of many years, I have always been willing to give a new series a go in the hopes of discovering something worthwhile. This was how I came upon Angel Tales. How can a series that includes little plushies with the first DVD box set be wrong? I did not see the storyline as following a harem theme, as these guardian angels that come to Goro, obstensively to improve his luck, come to the realization that in past life each was a loyal pet treated admirably ("sweetly") by him. Watching the opening four stories of the series for the first time with my two best friends, we found ourselves in cycles of smiling, awwwing, humming along, and shedding tears throughout. Tissues at the ready for anyone who wonders about what happens to those we love when parted at death or for those who have an appreciation of the bond between people and companion animals. I can't wait for Volume 2 --expected in August. Angel Tales is sweet, satisfying, and sentimental.
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on January 14, 2011
this review is basically for all 4 dvd's. the whole story is around the worlds most unlucky guy and how the animals he has lost in his life come back to help him. it can be a harem story line at times but most of the time it is just fun to watch them get in and out of trouble. the opening song is really nice and the art work is done well. the one thing that was VERY repeitive in the story was the harmonica playing. yes it did bring back memories for all the female characters but could he have known more than one song.
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VINE VOICEon May 30, 2004
Angel Tales is yet another of a long line of anime harem shows being released in the US. (A harem show, for the uninitiated, brings one guy in proximity to a number of girls, all of whom have some kind of interest in him.) The quirk in this one is that all of the girls are the reincarnations (as angels) of various pets that main character Goro has had over the years. In one sense, it's no sillier than many of the other excuses these shows come up with to have girls piling into one guy's life, but it's almost disturbing, as these girls all retain memories of being animals, yet are interested in Goro.
Despite that one oddity, Angel Tales is simply harem show formula. It lacks the zaniness of a Love Hina or Happy Lesson, and the sweetness of an Ai Yori Aoshi. It just sort of is--not bad, not good, sometimes funny, sometimes not. The focus of the show seems to be bringing in new girls/pets--up to eight at the end of this disc, with more seemingly on the way. The show doesn't really do anything with any of these characters, beyond introduce them and identify their animal past. It is as if the whole show is on autopilot. Oddly, the English dub falls into this same trap--some of the better voice actors are in this, yet the show sounds like everyone just wanted to get in, read their lines, and get out.
It would be hard to recommend Angel Tales. While it's not bad, it's not much of anything. If you like the harem show dynamic, there are quite a few better choices.
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on December 27, 2008
I been an Anime fan for a long time and i can tell you this is a great anime. Good for all ages. I like it cause it was neat and it a great way to think of pets.
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on June 5, 2004
The plot of Angel Tales revolves around a boy with incredibly bad luck who one day runs into good fortune (good fortune coming in the form of live-in guardian angels). The guardian angels are more than his angels-they are his former pets come back to help him. The angels (8 so far) are all insanely possessive of him and from there arise whacky situations.
As much as I wanted to enjoy this series the episodes were terribly predictable and loaded with static characters. Fans of Ranma 1/2, Love Hina or Tenchi Muyo will either love this new spin on the Harem genre or see this as a very weak imitation of better shows.
Overall Angel Tales provides a few laughs but fails break new ground in an area of anime thats already over crowded. Fans of the "harem" genre will enjoy the comedic events but anime fans looking for something fresh will tire of the jokes. A decent filler anime to watch at a friends house but not worth spending your heard earned money.
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on October 4, 2005
Once upon a time, there was one very lucky young man. No job, no girlfriend, no sense of direction. But no matter how unlucky he might be, he never lost his love for animals. There's a special place in his heart for each and every single pet he had during his childhood.
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