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Angelic Layer - Deus Ex Machina (Vol. 5)

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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, Mark Williams, Masahiko Minami
  • Format: Animated, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001DCR1G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,723 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Angelic Layer - Deus Ex Machina (Vol. 5)" on IMDb

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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 with it. In Angelic Layer people compete using dolls they remotely control with their mind to fight. It's a very popular game that has a huge fan base and lots of skilled competitors. Misaki gets an Angel and starts to play Angelic Layer. Through the game she meets lots of new friends and even unlocks secrets about her past, like the true identity of her mother and father.

This anime is mainly a fun & games type show. It has a lot of good lessons to teach about love and friendship with a descent amount of drama, but it's not upsetting drama; it's more fulfilling. I have loved every CLAMP anime I've ever seen and this is no exception. It's not as emotionally heavy as X or Tsubasa, but it's a nice change of pace. It think this is also one you can sit down and watch with the whole family. Young and old can find something charming about this little gem.
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I must say that Angelic Layer is not only my favorite story by CLAMP, but also probably my favorite Anime series of all time: I watch it every six months or so, and have since I first got it. That said, I must confess this is not my favorite group of stories, despite leading off with one of the best and most emotional episodes of all.

This disc transitions the games from local ( Tokyo ) and regional ( Kanto ) to National and the different structure they will assume from here on out. The former 10-minute combats will be broken into 3 segments, with time-outs allowing the players to assess damage to their angels and make minor repairs/corrections. For this, each is allowed a "second" to assist them and even make suggestions during combat. This puts Misaki in her usual quandry, since all her friends volunteer for the job, no matter how well-qualified they are. She finally learns that to get what - and WHO - she wants for the job, and without hurting anyone's feelings, she must somehow assert herself. ( Not her strong point! ) Meanwhile, her mother seems also to have reached a decision about finally "seeing" Misaki. This all makes for a story that is by turns amusing, frustrating, emotional, and finally heart-warming, as we realize the many friends and the progress Misaki has made over the course of the series.

The following episodes take us to the handsome new venue for the games, as well as showing that the company behind them ( especially Icchan ) are FAR from perfecting the system they are in fact still developing: electrical storms threaten; and new products must be introduced and tested. Both provide addional trials for Misaki, fully as much as any of her strong new opponents; one of which turns out to be Icchan himself!
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