Goro Mutsumi is a young man that never seems to catch a break; he has a hard time keeping a job, has horrible luck, and continuously finds himself in bad circumstances. However, things change one day when he comes home - having been fired yet again - and finds three young girls sitting in his apartment. They're the reincarnated angels of his deceased pets, and they're here to turn his luck around given how well he treated them in their past lives. While the idea sounds like a godsend, things don't go quite according to plan; the angels tend to cause more harm than good, and twelve altogether end up joining Goro's cramped household! In addition to learning how to co-exist with his newly acquired roommates, Goro must also defend them and himself against four sacred beasts who are after him for mysterious reasons. One thing's for certain: Goro's life will never be the same!
The show itself is so cute and I fell in love with some of the characters. Having said this, it’s good to note that this show is pretty much a copy cat of every other harem out there. The story line is not that much different then all the others and it gets hard to keep things in line with 12 girls all over the place. It was hard to keep them all straight though because it seemed that there were more characters coming out of the wood work as the story went on. I don’t want to have to have a list with every girl’s names and animals in front of me when I am trying to watch it. There is a reason why this show isn’t fully well known. Goro is so bland that he just makes it hard to feel for the guy. There really seems to be no personality and is completely shallow and he can’t even feel for the girls feelings at all. Even the girls talk about this in part of the show as his screen time seems to be cut down as more girls come in. The girls… I can pretty much pick out one piece of their personality and use that to give them a name. Seriously, when you’re going to do a harem anime, limit the characters down to at least 6 or 7. Not a whole 12! I mean, it doesn’t even make much sense, it would have made more sense if it was the twelve Japanese Zodiacs instead of us getting the frog, the gold fish, the hamster and so on. Then it would work much better to the story of the 4 gods. The art style is alright, though it felt like the characters have rather flattened heads; especially when they look right at the camera and when they turn, their heads seem oblong too. It’s well… mediocre at best. I’m not sure what the artist was trying to do but it’s not really well done. The music was alright, though a bit tinny and music box-ish. The other music really does not stand out except for one song they play over… and over… and over… and over… again. It’s annoying and I felt like having a drinking game to that song, it happened so much. I mostly only watched if for the story line that seemed a little different then the other shows.
Really the only redeeming feature of Angel's Tales is that it makes for very good riffing material. Basically Goro, the dude that this animorphs are supposed to swoon over, can be replaced with a cardboard cut-out and nobody would notice half the time. He plays the harmonica (riff I made "I tell ya, bein' a folk singer today is like bein' a dinosaur with somethin' to say yea!") So what is fundamentally wrong with this plot? Well, good writing is believable. Much of the plot is not believable. (Example #1: somehow they are able to afford things for everyone on a part-time salary. I wish I could find a part-time job that paid that good. Example #2: after the goddess sends three animorphic babes who start fighting over him, what do you think the dumbest thing she could do here to get the fighting to stop? If you said send more sexy animorphs to him, you're right.) The music was quite forgettable, and in this case, that's a good thing. Most of the animoroph girls were exceptionally annoying. It was supposed to be a cute anime, but it is packed with too much fail. Don't bother looking at this one.
Anime in 200 Words: Angel Tales Premise: Everyone has lost a pet, but in Angel Tales, Goro’s 12 pets don’t actually die; they become guardian angels and return to protect him. It’s a cute concept until the gushy love from all the girls kicks in. Sure, pets love you, but should they want to marry you? Not so much. Characters: The people in Angel Tales aren’t fully developed, which is likely due to the sheer number of them. (I remember 18 faces and 9 names.) In any case, the character designs and personality traits are cute, matching the animals well. Audience: I’m guessing young girls, because it feels like the show doesn’t even know what a harem is… despite the fact that there is one. Pretty dresses, magical powers, cat fights, and traditional female roles support this. Sound: Angel Tales uses 3 or 4 songs exclusively, and the casting staff preferred high and squeaky voices. Not a big fan. Overall: If you like sugary anime, go ahead and try Angel Tales. While this wasn’t my favorite series, there were special moments; I enjoyed watching the puppy go on a walk. One episode will tell you if you’ll like the show.
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