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Galaxy Angels Reporting For Duty!! Milfeulle Sakuraba is the newest member of the Angel Brigade, a branch of the Transvaal Empire military whose primary mission is to search for relics known as 'Lost Technology'. The only problem is that no one actually knows what the Lost Technology is! Relegated to performing menial tasks of the highest priorities: a search for lost kittens, defusing of a talking missile, and delivering an old school I.D The Angel Brigade s here to save the galaxy... one planet at a time!
Contains all 26 episodes of the TV series. Special Features: Clean Opening, Clean Closing, TV Spots, Promotional Videos, Now I Get It! GA Lectures With On Screen Text Translated Into English For The First Time Ever, Character Bios, Relationship Chart, and Forte's Wishes. Directed by Morio Asaka (Sword Art Online, Gunslinger Girls, Chobits) and animation by Madhouse (Black Lagoon, Death Note, Magic User s Club!).
Audio: Japanese and English LPCM Stereo, Subtitles: English.
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While other seasons of Galaxy Angel (most designated by a specific letter in the title) would ramp up the comedy and hilariously absurd situations to truly perfect it's parody and loose continuity-gag structure, the charismaticly enjoyable members of the Angel Brigade in their first season outings lay the groundwork for the characters and their interactions, which would make the situations and comedy work even better as the additional series after this set continue, (and hopefully Nozomi Entertainment releases those as well). But the first season batch of episodes of this classic series are still generally good, and hold up pretty well as a jumping on point for the comedic madness that is to come, as the Angels parody and provide a short-story gag structure format in each episode, which contain 2 segments each.
Also, for those already familiar with the Galaxy Angel series who might be wondering how the remastering and Blu-Ray holds up, screenshots and demonstrations online and from the website show that the colors and detail are VERY on point from the originals, and look substantially better in quality than the original DVD releases. No detail damaging smeary, blurry automated filters or awkward, forced widescreen cropping that cuts the tops and bottoms of heads and bodies off to be found here. It's all preserved very well in it's original aspect ratio, looking about as crisp and as clear as this classically animated series can look given the time the original came out.
On the audio side of things, personally I feel both language tracks, Japanese and English (the English track, brought over from the original Bandai release), both provide a watchable experience, with an especially competently produced dub, although it should be noted that the English actresses portraying the Angel Brigade, while generally well cast and sound pretty right for the characters, still have yet to form the level of comedic timing and chemistry with one another to suitably bounce their performances off one another that the later volumes, starting with Galaxy Angel Z, would later provide once the English actors ease into their roles more comfortably and grabs the zany, comedic tone of the more wacky aspects of the humor, the series is known for down the road.
As noted earlier, the series is primarily a comedy series, that mostly adapts a gag-based format, using the varied ensemble cast of characters, The Angel Brigade, (girls that are military soldiers in the futuristic Transvaal Empire and who also occasionally pilot their fighter-craft spaceships, the Angel Frames) to highlight their offbeat personalities in a way that bounces them off of one another in a series of outlandish missions and situations they find themselves in at the behest of their superior commander, Colonel Volcott.
Sprinkled among the mostly comedic episodes are occasionally serious episodes, and a lot of Galaxy Angel seems to be somewhat experimental in it's approach to a series format, which makes this anime a bit unique and stands out a bit more than the usual plot-heavy, serial-style of continuity based-storytelling.
Episodes of Galaxy Angel, after the first few episodes, which set up the general premise along with the recruitment of Milfeulle Sakuraba, the newest recruit to the team, mostly go with a more "light continuity" in the interest of just concentrating on being funny and gag-based. In the first season, the episodes on this particular set, begin to push the boundaries in how far the show would eventually go for a laugh, the adventures are more straightforward in these episodes than in later ones, when the humor would be so absurd, the situations and hilariously intentional disregard for continuity can make episodes almost feel more like classic Warner Brothers cartoons in their gag structure, something that feels like it pays off and actually weirdly works, combining a wit and humor that at times feel like something out of the Animanacs or Tiny Toon Adventures series of the 90's. with Slice Of Life Anime characters and tropes, in a cute, funny, and at times, hilariously absurd way.
Galaxy Angel is best enjoyed when coming into it with a mindset that the first season doesn't take itself too seriously, and subsequent series would take ANY semblance of taking itself seriously and throwing it totally out the window in search of just trying to get really effective, clever belly laughs out of people. It's an experiment in structure and combining western cartoon styles (even right down to it's 2-episodes per half hour structure, bringing to mind Dexter's Laboratory and other such classic Cartoon Network series) with anime-designs and character types and situations, that works so much better than such a thing initially sounds like it would, when just trying to sit down and explain it.
This is what makes Galaxy Angel as an anime series a real classic, but also an effective experiment into humor, making it stand out in it's own way, more than a lot of other anime does. It's very unique this way.
It's also worth noting that the Galaxy Angel franchise also had a spin-off series of Japan-only visual novel/dating simulation games that are ENTIRELY different in tone and storytelling than this anime series. Where the video games are more typical, melodramatic, Dating Simulation type fare you'd expect, it shares almost nothing in common with this anime aside from the characters, names and general setting.)
If you want an anime series that tries something unique and different. with an emphasis on absurdist, character-based ensemble cast comedy, where the point is more about seeing how these characters react to different creative situations while zany adventues happen around them, leading to sometimes, surprising endings and the occasional episode that shifts tone widely and might suddenly give a more suddenly dramatic Cowboy Bebop atmosphere, rarely out of totally nowhere every one in a rare while, then this is a series to check out. It gleefully makes up it's own rules and breaks it's own rules whenever it feels like it, all in the hopes of getting a genuine laugh.
Though, as mentioned previously, the first season here (which is the entirety of this set), is more subdued and not as experimental as the future series would be. Galaxy Angel X, Galaxy Angel A, Galaxy Angel S, and other series may eventually get better, but this first series isn't bad, and it eases you into the experimental madness to come. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to comedy anime fans and people who want something a little different on their plate. Remastering and materials seem to be handled great, and the Blu-Ray is indeed an improvement over the original DVD volumes in terms of that visual quality and treatment, and all past special features from those DVD sets are faithfully carried over here, as well.