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Angelic Layer - The Complete Collection (2005)

Mayumi Yanagisawa , Masayo Kurata , Hiroshi Nishikiori  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Mayumi Yanagisawa, Masayo Kurata, Atsuko Enomoto, Yuri Shiratori, Masaya Onosaka
  • Directors: Hiroshi Nishikiori
  • Writers: Shô Aikawa
  • Producers: David Williams, Fukashi Azuma, Hiroshi Hashimoto, John Ledford, Mark Williams
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ADKWN2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,172 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Angelic Layer - The Complete Collection" on IMDb

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From Shojo manga superstars Clamp comes an anime classic. 12 year old Misaki builds her own Angel, a robot competitor for the hit arcade game Angelic Layer. She soon begins winning battles where will and determination count far more than size and strenth. It's a heartwarming story with a message-and a great low price collection!

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're so LUCKY! This is the BEST! September 13, 2005
By Kim H.
Format:DVD
Wow, I can't believe that this is actually becoming a complete collection! I bought this whole series one dvd at a time, so I spent A LOT more money on it. A smart person like you would buy this dvd right NOW! You know you want to..

Angelic layer is about a middle school girl named Misaki Suzuhara (misaki-chi) who just moved to tokyo from a small town. Imedietly after her arrival she sees two "people" fighting on a screen. There is a person dressed in white and green who is small, facing a big stronger looking opponent. Misaki, watching intently, suddenly thinks that the little person would lose to the big person. She's small as well. Misaki asks two little kids watching the fight "what's going on?" The answer was "ANGELIC LAYER!" Angelic layer is actually the game where you make your own "angel" or your very own doll. The thing is that this "doll" can be customized to fit your liking. It can be fast or strong, big or little, red hair, blond hair, you get my point. These "dolls" or angels battle each other and it's a very popular sport. The owner or "deus" controls the angel with a head set and whatever the deus thinks the angel does. Misaki makes two new friends at school and a LOT more from playing angelic layer including a famous popstar singer, Ringo, and Ojiro who owns the magical angel Wizard!

There is also a weird person named Icchan who meets Misaki at the subway station. Icchan, the MAKER of angelic layer, offers to teacher her how to play. She fights her way up to the top 4 of the regional championship game and if she wins, goes on to the nationals! Misaki moved to tokyo in the first place to see her mom again whom she hasn't seen in years. Will she find her mother? Does angelic layer have any connection to her? Who exactly is Icchan? Ojiro?
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem Everyone Should Own November 4, 2006
Format:DVD
Angelic Layer has never been my favorite CLAMP series, and while the manga is ok it will never make my list of favorites. When I saw that Angelic Layer had been made into an anime series, I instantly thought 'pass'. But when I came across The Complete Collection for under $40, I thought 'hey, why not?'

While my taste in anime is usually for an intense series with a ton of depth (and usually lots of violence), Angelic Layer was a refreshing change and now it's one I recommend to everyone. Angelic Layer delivers a main character (Misaki) who you can't help but root for throughout the entire series. And yes, it can be predictable, but you'll never find yourself bored or tired of the story. I won't explain the plot here since others have already done so but I will note that if you are familiar with the manga, the anime is different- in a good way.

The animation is pretty good with vibrant coloring that suits the mood well and the character designs transfer from manga to anime well. The music is pretty good as well with a good 'makes you wanna dance' opening theme and while the first ending song is alright, the second is beautiful and always brings tears to my eyes (I don't even know why). I haven't listened to the dub (I never do), but the Japanese cast was great.

Along with Chobits, Angelic Layer is easily one of the better CLAMP-manga to anime series available. If your looking for a wonderful anime sure to make you laugh, cry, smile, and one that you won't regret buying, look no further then Angelic Layer. While younger audiences will be sure to enjoy this series, I personally think older audiences could take even more away from it. While the fight scenes are done very well and are exciting to watch, it was the background stories of the competitors that really got me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids of all ages. November 15, 2006
By skyhack
Format:DVD
O.K., I'll admit it. I downloaded this title via bit torrent after reading an online review, because I wanted to see something different. I watched it twice, and immediately ordered the box set. This is a real gem.

Angelic layer is the story of Misaki, a small, somewhat shy girl who was raised in the country by her grandparents. Misaki's father died when she Misaki was very young, and her mother (Shu) is away in Tokyo because of her work. At the age of 12, Misaki leaves for Tokyo to live with her aunt (Shoko), hoping for the chance to see her mother.

When Misaki gets off the train at Tokyo, she sees a live feed of a fight between two female opponents. She is quickly enthralled by the beauty of the fighters' movements, and begins to root for the smaller of the two, since she herself is small. The smaller fighter wins, and Misaki is hooked.

After learning from a mysterious stranger (Ichan) that the opponents are actually dolls (Called angels), she goes to purchase one of her own, then walks to her aunt's house, since she spent her train fare.

Misaki gets involved with Angelic Layer, the tournament series in which the angel dolls compete.

The great thing about this series is its continual emphasis on being successful through effort. Size doesn't matter in Angelic Layer, and Misaki proves to be a great competitor. Throughout the series, she is upbeat, cheerful, and quick to encourage others.

Her friends (a very fun group) are very supportive of her, and she makes many more friends through the tournament.

Angelic Layer is episodic and predictable (what will Misaki and her angel do to win?!), and would only garner eye-rolls from the older folks, if it weren't tied to a beautiful back story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, innocent story with a happy ending
This series is perfect for those who enjoy sweet stories with satisfying endings. If I'm feeling down I know I can watch episodes of Angelic Layer and feel better. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nambovi Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars adorable
charmingly entertaining, this set was too good a deal to pass up. i never know how much i'll enjoy a series that deviates from the source, but i found myself pleased overall with... Read more
Published 16 months ago by nekokoi
5.0 out of 5 stars very cool
wish angelic layer was a real game! lol. my daughters both love this series. we first discovered this gem on netflix and were thrilled to snatch up the dvd. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jessica Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying
whoever thought a bunch of dolls could be an awesome battle over and over again. Not my favorite anime but a good watch.
Published 19 months ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great CLAMP series.
This is the story of Misaki, she's moved to Tokyo to attend middle school and live with her aunt. On her first day there she sees an "Angelic Layer" battle on TV and falls in love... Read more
Published 22 months ago by KevinB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Anime for Young and Old
This is a great anime with action and a neat little plot that will keep you entertained throughout each episode. Read more
Published on December 16, 2011 by Japanerd
5.0 out of 5 stars A great anime for all ages!
I own a lot of anime titles and this is a great anime for the entire family. The story centers around a young girl named Misaki Suzuhara, who falls in love with a game called... Read more
Published on November 22, 2010 by TYC
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Angelic Layer
Angelic Layer is about a middle school Japanese girl that moves to Tokyo and discovers Angelic Layer. Angelic Layer is amazing. Read more
Published on September 18, 2010 by Deborah Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I've seen this anime before and really enjoyed this story, the characters and everything. The only thing is that an edge of my box was slightly crushed, minor and it won't really... Read more
Published on August 28, 2010 by Jai
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection to have!
I'm not a crazy anime fan, but I happened upon my sister watching this show on Netflix so I sat down and watched some of it. Read more
Published on April 24, 2010 by Benjamin Kowalewski
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