Angelic Layer

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Angelic Layer

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"The world is progressing day by day. Within it, the thing that continues to progress the most is electronic technology, and in that- its connection to toys. Now, the number one thing this is leading to is a 'World of Toys.' The first of these toys is the egg that came from a dream, 'Angel Egg.' If one with an egg shows wisdom, love, and courage, they can raise it into an 'angel.' That's Angelic Layer." - CLAMP Official Battle 1 Introduction Angelic Layer follows the adventures of a middle school student named Misaki Suzuhara. After discovering an interest in a battle game called Angelic Layer, Misaki purchases and creates her own doll, Hikaru, and with her, she is able to participate (and win) in Angelic Layer Tournaments. Along the way we meet the friends, rivals, and family of Misaki, some of whom have deep secrets. Angelic Layer comes from CLAMP, a group of women writers best known for relationship and shojo animes such as Magic Knight Rayearth, Card Captor Sakura, X/1999, and most recently Tsubasa Chronicle. Also known as: Battle Doll Angelic Layer, Kidou Tenshi Angelic Layer, Mobile Angel Number of episodes: 26 Airdates: Spring-Summer 2001 in Japan. No airdates in the US, except maybe on pay-sites like ADV's The Anime Network. License Status: This series has been dubbed into English by AD Vision (ADV) in the year 2003. DVD's are now available for all episodes. Do not ask about fansubs! Manga/Graphic Novels: Only five graphic novels have been written in the English version. Opening Song: Be My Angel sung by Atsuko Enomoto. Closing Song: * the Starry sky * lyrics and singing by H"L. Spinoffs and Related Series Chobits - this futuristic series is set a few years after Angelic Layer in the same world. The characters Kaede and Icchan have important roles in Chobits and this is described in detail in the graphic novels (US volume 7 and 8), while the anime barely references it. Tsubasa Chronicle is Clamp's latest release that combines many of their characters in different roles. There's a good chance some of the characters from Angelic Layer might end up in some of the episodes!moreless
Jessica Boone

Jessica Boone

Misaki Suzuhara

Atsuko Enomoto

Atsuko Enomoto

Misaki Suzuhara

Andy McAvin

Andy McAvin

Ichirou 'Icchan' Mihara

Masaya Onosaka

Masaya Onosaka

Ichirou 'Icchan' Mihara

Sasha Paysinger

Sasha Paysinger

Hatoko Kobayashi

Yuri Shiratori

Yuri Shiratori

Hatoko Kobayashi

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  • Another Clamp masterpiece which surpass cliche personalities and stereotypes

    10
    I never once had a dull or boring moment throughout the series. If the climatic arena didn't spice it up, the comical aspects and interesting friendship and romantic relationships definitely did. I totally love how the characters surpass cliche personalities and stereotypes. A lot of things are wound up in this anime, mother/daughter, friendship between 2 kids of very huge age gap, interesting romantic couples and arch enemies turned friends, making it a delightful masterpiece to watch altogether. I so badly want an Angel myself now!!!! It blows my mind how there are so few viewers for this. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, character developments and romantic plot twists! For new viewers just like me who watched only very recently, I wasn't at all bothered by the old graphic animations because the storyline and developments really made up for it. I even cried at one emotional scene. T_T And the ending was just sooo good.moreless
  • kinda boring but i wish we had it in real life..

    8.1
    angelic layer the duo between hikaru and her dus misachachi who just moved to japan and is now presently living with her aunt instead of her mother who also is in japan but for some strange reason wont let her live there later on in the story you get the jist of it and it becomes predictable that hikaru evolves with each fight she plays against people and misachis innocence fades as the story goes on preferably i perfer the manga which is more in depth than the anime with its detail but all the less just as predictable as the animemoreless
  • Angelic Layer is a manga series released by Clamp. The manga is published in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten.

    8.4
    The main character of Angelic Layer is Misaki Suzuhara, a seventh grader who just moved in to Tokyo in order to live with her aunt, Shouko Asami. After arriving in the city, she watches the battle doll Athena on a big screen television outside of Tokyo Station and becomes interested in learning about the amazingly popular toy called Angelic Layer, a game in which players (called Deus) buy and custom-design dolls known as Angels. Angels can move by mental control when on a field called the "layer". Layers are very expensive, and most people pay to use them by the hour in establishments resembling cybercafes. An eccentric man wearing a white lab coat and glasses, calling himself "Icchan" (Itchan), encourages Misaki to purchase and create her own angel. She names the angel Hikaru, after Hikaru Shidou from Clamp's Magic Knight Rayearth which she was reading on the train to Tokyo, because she wants the angel to be "a short girl, but strong and happy" like Hikaru and herself (Rayearth is a manga in Angelic Layer's world, and Misaki identifies herself with Hikaru). Even though she's clueless about the game, Misaki soon begins to compete in tournament, and is assisted and watched carefully by Icchan. Later Icchan's identity is revealed as Ichiro Mihara, the co-creator of Angelic Layer. Misaki also begins studying in the Eriol Academy, an educational institution which includes grades from kindergarten through high school (Although it seems to be named after Eriol Hiiragizawa from Cardcaptor Sakura). There she becomes friends with Hatoko Kobayashi, a very intelligent kindergarten girl who is also a famous Deus and an expert about Angelic Layer. Her incredibly fast angel Suzuka is a favourite contender in tournaments. Misaki also befriends Hatoko's older brother Koutarou Kobayashi and his friend Tamayo Kizaki, a girl fascinated by martial arts. Both turn out to be Misaki's classmates. Misaki pursues her ultimate goal of finding her mother, whom she has not seen since preschool. Eventually she learns that her mother assisted in the development of Angelic Layer in her quest to develop a perfect prosthesis for her multiple sclerosis, which has confined her to a wheelchair. Her mother is also the Deus of Athena, and the champion of Angelic Layer. The manga series is set a few years before Chobits, a CLAMP work in the same universe as Angelic Layer. In the manga, Icchan plays an important role in Chobits' storyline, but this connection was reduced to a single scene in the Anime. Icchan has a brief cameo but is not mentioned by name in the Chobits anime. Kaede's younger brother Minoru is also a Chobits character. In the manga series, Misaki's mother does not have multiple sclerosis, nor is she depicted in a wheelchair. The ending to the manga also has different couplings.moreless
  • Misaki Suzuhara, a young girl new to Tokyo, watches a program on a large TV at Tokyo Station depicting fighting dolls--Angelic Layer. With the help of a kooky scientist named Icchan, Misaki will learn to play Angelic Layer and maybe even find her mother.moreless

    10
    This show is great! I don't understand what so many people don't like about it. The animation is very impressive, the characters are well developed, and there is a great romantic plot twist late in the series.

    The characters are all really lovable, and the Angels are fun to root for. By the time you're done with just the first few episodes, you'll want an Angel of your own.

    The romantic struggles, such as Misaki's confusion between Ohjiro and Kotaro or Tamayo's secret crush, are all amusing to the girls who enjoy the series, while the boys watch it for the plentiful action.

    Like I said, what isn't there to like? It's well-developed, has a happy ending, and hey--it's CLAMP.moreless
  • One of Clamp's best work yet

    10
    Angelic Layer is about an girl name Misiki comes to Japan.She first encounter an game on tv.Which was called Angelic Battles.She becomes amazed by this and decided to create her own angel doll.So now she entered the tournments fighting other Angel and their Desu.Yeah this is one of Clamp's work.I have to say they did amazing work on this anime.The artwork is nice and all.I do love most of the Clamp anime.It would be cool if they made an movie with Angelic Layers and an OVA at least.That could've been more interesting.moreless
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