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DuskFey

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Angelic Layer

Feb 16, 2013

Anime in 200 Words: Angelic Layer

Premise: A young girl discovers an amazing game and with the help offered by a crazy stranger, she joins the game herself. Misaki is determined to be the best.

Disclaimer: I read the manga before I watched this. Everything I say here is colored by my prior review.

Training: The deuces perform complicated dance routines with their angels, and I actually like it because it strengthens timing and coordination.

Challenges: There still aren’t any. Misaki is defeated by a kindergartener once, and never loses again. I still hate how absurdly fast she learns this game.

Love Square: Why is this even in here?! *sigh* Regardless, it’s handled fairly well, though it’s a touch underdeveloped for my taste.

Main Point of Contention: Off the layer, Misaki is an idiot. A good-natured one, but she still possesses all of the classic characteristics of a dense protagonist. On the layer, at the very end of each battle, Misaki has a flash of genius, does something brilliant, and wins! This is too unrealistic for me; I can’t accept this character.

Overall: Angelic Layer isn’t a horrible anime and it has good points, but I still don’t recommend it.

5/10 story
7/10 animation
6/10 sound
4/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

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