Her motive of being strong is dedicated to not being a burden for her mother, whom she hasn't seen in years and has been away in Tokyo for work; or so she believes. So you need not worry about investing your time in a 26 episode long series, only to have it disappoint in the end, because it doesn't! On the one hand the series well polished that contains great lighting and cinema-photography while at other times the series can look pretty messy and inconsistent to a point where some of the scenes in Angelic Layer look pretty ugly. The rest of the plot then deals with the tournament. The other thing I can't get around is the fact that she is the Kiseki no Rookie. Almost makes me wish they would bring over a fighting game of this series, heck I would buy it! He's just an incredibly bland character who simply allows Tamayo to do all her karate moves on him like a punching bag.
To its credit though they do end on some nifty cliffhangers every now and then, and do a pretty decent job of making the battles exciting for the viewer. Now we have Kotaro and not gonna lie he's is boring. It does good with keeping the tension between her and her mother actually meeting one day, as many episodes have them barely missing each other. Even so they seemed to lack a real sort of depth to them, there aren't really many episodes where we get a true understanding about the supporting cast or rivalries, usually it will include only a brief flash back or passing mention. And I really dont see how Hikaru can fall like the way that she does in that. Even during rainstorms, the pallet never feels downright dreary.
Hatoko's light and wispy tone doesn't sound bad, but it doesn't quite seem to fit, Jessica Boon's Misaki always seems just a little bit too dramatic, Monica Rial plays Tamayo maybe a little too gruff, and so on. Regarding the background music, you only really get one memorable soundtrack, it plays this sort or arena style action theme, it fits well with the fighting and builds up the anticipation of each match. The story on paper was interesting and entertaining however it actual execution the story is boring and predictable. The story follows sixth grader Misaki Suzuhara who has just moved to Tokyo to live with her aunt. There's not much self-awareness as the series seemed to ride on the cheese train. She ended up getting an angel that resembles the protagonist from Magic Knight Rayneth, and she calls it Hikaru. Partly it does this by making the tournament a fighter between customizable dolls, and making most of the competitors young females.
Icchi Chan is a pretty cool character While he doesn't have much depth, his still, a pretty entertaining character who has a lot a charm though at times he does go completely off-rails for my liking at times. Upon arriving in the city where her aunt lives, she sees a jumbo vision screen that has two little battle dolls known as Angles fighting one on one. Am not joking when I say this but Angelic Layer is one of the most predictable stories I have ever seen and it's not for a good reason which falls into the shows cheesy writing which I will talk about in a bit. However, these are not people - rather they are Angels, which are dolls controlled by a Deus. Most of the characters apart from the ones that I just mentioned ranged from dull, mediocre, wasted potential to downright awful and the tournament ultimately ended up being tedious thanks to its massive plot armour and predictability.
Aside from tormenting his assistants and providing screwball antics, Icchan displays a caring and sometimes insightful side behind his silly facade, proving to be a deeper character than the lead for much of the series. Icchan feels pretty spot on, though, but his harried assistant's whininess is a bit grating. These dolls are custom made, and they fight in Angelic Layer, which is the name of the sport. It seems like in order to make a new plot point in the fight, they introduce something, that they can miraculously explain away in all of the previous fights. That's not to say the entire show is light-hearted and gay; Misaki's personal mantra seems to be: I'll do my best in spite of my tiny size! Unlike most competition shows, however, Angelic Layer isn't treated as the be-all-end-all of life.
Hikaru, Misaki's angel, is a distinctive red outfit that's somewhere in the middle. Some of the fights are good, some are bad. This is the base of the storyline, along the way she meets new friends and rivals alike. On one hand, the premise and setup were very intriguing despite being weakly executed. Apart from three to two tracks, I can't remember the tracks in Angelic Layer.
Early on in the series, Kotaro developes a crush on Misaki, which is teased upon by Tamayo. It's such a shame really. The supporting cast lend a great deal of charm to the show, most notably from Icchan, the goofy, eccentric creator of Angelic Layer who hides his role as such from Misaki while guiding her into the game. Ever since I was a kid intrigued, watching kid tournament anime thanks to it's flashy fights base on set project as well seeing set strong fighter fight set strong fighter in a match. It's a decent anime that is very enjoyable for children as well newer anime fans.
She starts playing, and then she never looses. Yes, this is a side effect of the difference in sentence structure from Japanese to English, thus the lip flaps make it difficult to get the dialogue to flow easily, but perhaps if the translation was a little less rigid I'm assuming, again, I only saw the dub it might have been less obvious. Apart from Monical Raial as Tamoyo, the dub, in general, is pretty bad that it's filled with lacklustre to downright awful performances left and right. All-in-all, it's a nice show. The first 4 or so episodes deal with her starting, and then there is the tournament. Speaking of battles, this is another negative about the series, in that Mizaki is one of those main lead characters that rarely ever loses, which might ruin the anticipation of each battle for some viewers. I liked characters like Icchan and Tamayo as they were a joy to watch and I thought the some of the battles despite being very predictable were fun to watch.
However, later on in the series, Tamayo admits that she's had a crush on Kotaro for a long time. However, during the half way point you may start to notice a filler or two happening ever so often, or battles that seem kind of pointless to the base of the story. The animation itself was fine. Theres only so much you can ignore. While it's wasn't bad it just didn't do much especially when the series likes to use stock footage and animation shortcuts.
The plot is mostly simple enough: Misaki arrives in Tokyo, since she'll be going to a new school there and sees an exhibition Angelic Layer fight. I felt they were just about equal, but I would give a slight tip of the hat to the Japanese version, as it seemed to match a wee bit better! However, by postponing it, isn't she just making it worse? I think that the comedic moments are great, but sometimes it just pushes it. Honesty she should have been a main protagonist rather than Misaki because she's not only interesting character that is filled with charisma but she was only character in Angelic Layer that wasn't a bore to watch. It was okay in the first few episodes but it really got out of hand as the series went on as many of the fights seemed to either drag out just to fill the 20 minute mark or fights that are too short where they lasted 2 to 5 minutes. The story starts off well with introducing each main and supporting cast roll, and there are quite a few of them. They are not necessarily bad characters it's just the writing at the various points ruined many of the characters in Angelic Layer. The pacing seemed to plays along with the shows cheesy writing.