Angel Tales is another entry in the long line of 'five-girls-and-a-guy'
anime shows. You know the type I'm talking about; shows like Tenchi
Muyo where an unsuspecting guy, through circumstances beyond his control,
comes to be living with five gorgeous women. This is a show like
that but is has a little twist: There are more than five girls, and
they aren't really girls; they are angels. And they were all his pets before
Episode One – An Unforgettable Bond:
Goro is an unlucky fellow. He has no job, no girlfriend, and he even misses
his train, which means that he has to walk home in the rain. While
drying off under an awning, Goro encounters a fortuneteller who knows all
of the details of his life. She predicts that his luck will soon
change, as she secretly puts a spell on his cell phone. When he gets
home, Goro's phone rings while he is in the bath. When he gets out,
three young attractive ladies who claim to be angels sent to Earth greet
him. It turns out that these three used to be animals, pets to be
exact, which died and have come back as guardian angels. Ran (previously
a goldfish,) Tsubasa (a parakeet,) and Kurumi (a hamster) try to take care
of Goro the best that they can and are astonished when they realize that
Goro was their master. Happy to be reunited with his lost pets, even
if they are in human form, Goro welcomes them into his home.
Episode Two – I'm Not Scared of My Trauma:
The Goddess doesn't think that the three angels are doing a
good enough job with Goro, so she sends Tamami (once a Cat.) She
arrives just in time to deflect a truck that is speeding toward him.
The truck wasn't an accident; it looks like someone wants Goro dead.
Episode Three – I Will Serve You Master:
The four angels are bickering quite a bit, so the Goddess sends two more
angels: Mika a former rabbit and Nana who was once a dog. They
bring with them a clock. The Goddess wants the angels to split up
the time that they are taking care of Goro, so that they won't fight anymore.
During her time, Tsubasa takes Goro to an amusement park. While
there, a stranger approaches Goro and hypnotizes him to get on a malfunctioning
Episode Four – No! I Don't Want to Say
Goodbye: All of the angels are still arguing among themselves,
so the Goddess sends Ayumi (a turtle) and Akane (a fox) along with new
instructions: when the angels aren't taking care of Goro, they must
turn themselves into dolls. Unfortunately, Goro gets very sick with
a fever, and four of the angels tend to him while the others obey the new
instructions. But can even four of them stop bickering long enough
to make Goro well again?
This series started out strong, but fell into a slump soon after.
The first episode really had me hooked, and the mysterious stranger who
tries to kill Goro is an interesting plot, but the bickering between the
different girls gets dull really fast. Another problem is that there
are so many characters it is hard to keep them straight.
By the fourth show, Goro has eight women living with him, and he's supporting
them all without having a job. It is almost impossible to become
attached to any one character since they each have so little screen time.
I can see why Tenchi, Happy Lesson, and Love, Hina, limited
themselves to fewer girls.
This DVD has the original Japanese audio track in stereo and an English
dub, also in stereo. I preferred the Japanese track, though the English
track was pretty good too. The only thing I really disliked about
the dub track was Kurumi's voice. It was too high pitched, and she
had the incredibly irritating habit of ended each sentence with the phrase
"Na No." I believe that she does the same thing in the Japanese track,
but it is not translated in the subtitles. Other than that, the dub
is fine with talented voice actors.
The sound quality was very good in both tracks. They were clean
and clear with no hiss or distortion. There was some nice use made
of the soundstage, with the background music separated nicely. The
rain in the first episode sounded full and filled the room more than I
would have expected from a stereo mix.
The full frame video has very good picture quality. There was
only a minimal amount of aliasing and no blocking, a common defect in animation
DVDs. This is a recent show, and the colors were bright and clear.
A great looking DVD.
Character Summary: A text
based feature that list all the angels and their attributes along with
a brief biography.
Doku no Shippo – "Venomous Tails":
A series of short animated parodies of the show. They are pretty
funny, and run five minute total.
Trailers: Previews for Galaxy
Angel, Junkers Come Home, and Dragon
This show could go either way, the mysterious stranger who wants to
kill Goro (but make it look like an accident,) is a good plot, and could
hold my interest over the rest of the series. But the main story
with the angels taking care of Goro isn't totally working for me yet.
Their endless fighting (the pecking order based on the type of animal they
were in their previous lives, of course) and the fact that they don't seem
to be actually helping him at all makes me wonder a bit. The
transfer was good, and the audio fine. The show does have its moments,
and I really think it will improve, so I'm giving it a Recommended rating.