Cover of the first original DVD.
|Genre||Contemporary fantasy, magical girl|
|Format||Animated television series|
|Created by||Simona Ferri|
|Written by||Francesco Balletta, Francesco Arlanch|
|Directed by||Orlando Corradi|
Patrizia Mottola as Raf
Benedetta Ponticelli as Urié
Francesca Bielli as Dolce
Marcella Silvestri as Miki
Simone D'Andrea as Sulfus
Maddalena Vadacca as Cabiria
Emanuela Pacotto as Kabalè
Luca Bottale as Gas
|Theme music composer||Danilo Bernardi, Giuseppe Zanca|
|Opening theme||Angel's Friends performed by Cristina D'Avena|
|Ending theme||Angel's Friends performed by Cristina D'Avena|
|Country of origin||Italy|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||104|
|Running time||13 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Mondo TV
|Original channel||Italia 1|
|Original run||12 October 2009– 27 March 2010|
Angel's Friends is an Italian magical girl comic series created by Simona Ferri that made debut in March 2007. On 12 October 2009, an animated series of the same name premiered on Italia 1. A second season of 52 episodes was announced in January 2011 and premiered in Russia on 29 April 2012.
A television film, Angel's Friends – Tra Sogno e Realtà (Angel's Friends: Between Dream and Reality), premiered on 23 April 2011.
In the United States, the show is available via NBC, syndication and many local stations air the program on their secondary subchannel service to fulfill FCC mandates (at least three hours of E/I related material per week).
- 1 Plot
- 2 Differences between comic and cartoon
- 3 Characters
- 4 Places
- 5 Episodes
- 6 Film
- 7 CD
- 8 International broadcast
- 9 Publications
- 10 Reception
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Four Angels (Raf, Uri, Sweet and Miki) and four Devils (Sulfus, Cabiria, Kabale and Gas) are sent to Earth, in an unused area of the Golden School, to attend courses and join a stage to become Guardian Angels and Guardian Devils. The stage requires Angels and Devils to form pairs, each of which will have to deal with a human being, known as Earthly Ones, and help them choose between the right and wrong way in life without being discovered. Angels and Devils cannot operate at the same time, so they decide, clashing in the Challenge Room, who will work first. Moreover, they are subject to the V.E.T.O. (Vetoed from Exposing, Touching or Obstructing/Overhearing in the comic – Italian: Vietato Esporsi, Toccare, Ostacolare/Origliare).
While the Angels and Devils are attending their stage on Earth, the planet is threatened by ancient creatures, the Reliveds, lead by a mysterious man called Maliki. He was a Devil who gave up his eternal life because he loved a human woman, named Vera. When she left him, he decided to take revenge on all Angels, Devils and humans. As a result, the Angels and Devils form an alliance to fight against him.
The evil Neutral Reina, imprisoned in the Limbo with her slave Maliki, wants to take revenge of Angels and Devils who confined her. To get free, a sacrilege is necessary: because of this, she exploits the rising feelings between Raf, an Angel, and Sulfus, a Devil, forcing them to kiss. The sacrilege breaks the chains and Reina, once free, tells the truth about her origins to Raf: she was born a Terrestrian and was adopted by the Tall Spheres when her parents, two powerful sovereigns, died during the struggle between Angels and Devils. The Neutral persuades Raf to enter in the Hall of Portraits to see her parents' faces: while the Angel is in, Reina steals all of the portraits to control the Earthly Ones' will. At the end of the first season, using the Prism Fly ability, Raf, the Angels and the Devils manage to defeat Reina. Raf discovers that her real father is Maliki, who sacrifices his life to save her, while her mother is imprisoned somewhere in an endless slumber.
Differences between comic and cartoon
- In the comic, the main characters are younger: in fact, while in the cartoon they are the same age as Raf (15 "stars", as for the Angels, or "flashes", as for the Devils), in the comic the heroine is 12, Uri 11 and Miki 9; Sulfus is 13, Kabale and Gas 10, Cabiria is 11.
- Sweet, Misha and Reina don't appear in the comic, while the Angel Ang-Lì, the Devil Mephisto, and Raoul, the Earthly one loved by Raf, aren't shown in the cartoon.
- In the comic, the hobbies of Angels and Devils are shown, while in the cartoon they are not. For example, Raf is keen on ecological remedies, such as beauty masks and infusions, Miki is a music expert, Kabale loves chemistry, alchemy and numerology. Cabiria likes films, cartoons and comics and she's a director and an illustrator. Gabe is a genius of technology and uses a handheld.
- In the comic, Angels are part of a funk band, in which Raf is the vocalist, Gabe plays the keyboard, Miki the bass, Uri the drums and Ang-Lì the sax. The Devils have their own rock band: Sulfus plays the bass, Kabale the electric guitar, Cabiria the drums, Gas the keyboard and Mephisto is the vocalist.
- In the comic, Miki is repeating the school year because she tried to heal her Earthly one, breaking the V.E.T.O.. Sulfus behaves like a seducer, which doesn't happen in the cartoon.
- The character design of the cartoon is far different than that of the comic.
- In the comic, Arkhan and Temptel don't teach "positive Earthly life" and "negative Earthly life", but "positive Earthly infancy" and "negative Earthly infancy", as the characters are younger.
- Angie Town
- Angels' city, it's a peaceful town located in the Paradise. It's ruled by the High Spheres (Italian: Alte Sfere), whose messengers are the seraphims.
Sulfur City (Italian: Zolfanello City)
- Devils' city, it's a chaotic place, located in Hell. It's ruled by the Low Spheres (Italian: Basse Sfere), whose messengers are the malebolge.
- Earthly city
- It's the city where the Earthly ones live. Its name is unknown, but it looks like European metropolis.
- Golden School
- It's the school where the Earthly ones study, an old building located in the Earthly city. In an unused area, Angels and Devils attend their classes. In the middle, there is the Central Ala, where classrooms are located; in the same hallway, there's the Challenge Room (Italian: Aula Sfida), where Angels and Devils clashes. In the tower there are the Dreaming Rooms (Italian: Sognatori), Angels' dormitories, while underground there are the Incubators (Italian: Incubatori), Devils' dormitories.
- Mistery House
- Reina and Maliki's house after leaving the Limbo. Previously, it was Raf's family's house.
- It's the place where Reina was imprisoned since her exile, a place outside the control of both the High and Low Spheres. Only a sacrilege between an Angel and a Devil is powerful enough to break the wall of the prison. Maliki also lives here with his mistress, but he's allowed to go to the real world.
- Path of Metamorphoses
- A legendary path, rich in trials and obstacles, which, if passed, would allow Angels or Devils to become human. Tyco and Sai decided to try it, but after reaching the end, they didn't manage to transform and were obliged to separate. In it, the Wind of Deceptions (or Wind of Metamorphoses) blows: it's a powerful wind that inhibits reasons and pulls humans, Angels and Devils to act impulsively. The Path of Metamorphoses appears for the first time in the movie Between Dream and Reality.
The cartoon is produced by R.T.I., Mondo TV and Play Entertainment, directed by Orlando Corradi and written by Francesco Arlanch and Francesco Balletta. However, the first one who realized the cartoon (26 episodes lasting 20 minutes each) was the Italian company Stranemani, but during the comic festival in Cannes the version by Mondo TV was chosen, despite the Stranemani version using the same character designs from the comic.
First season (2009–2010)
|#||Title (English and Italian)||Italian air date
|USA air date
|1||"Flying with her own Wings"
"Volare con le proprie ali"
|October 12, 2009||September 27, 2010|
"Amiche per la pelle"
|October 13, 2009|
|October 14, 2009|
"La vera bellezza"
|October 15, 2009|
|5||"The Rules of the Game"
"Le regole del gioco"
|October 16, 2009|
|October 19, 2009|
|7||"Truth and Lies"
"Verità e bugie"
|October 20, 2009|
|8||""Who sows wind, reaps a storm""
"Chi semina vento raccoglie tempesta"
|October 21, 2009|
|9||"Life on Earth"
"Vita da Terreno"
|October 22, 2009|
|October 23, 2009|
|11||"A Secret Meeting"
|October 26, 2009|
|12||"Prisoners of the heart"
"Prigionieri del cuore"
|October 27, 2009|
|13||"The Deadly Labyrinth"
|October 28, 2009|
|14||"Face to Face"
|October 29, 2009|
"L'inganno di Reina"
|October 30, 2009|
|16||"Guardian Angel, Guardian Devil"
"Guardian Angel, Guardian Devil"
|November 2, 2009|
|17||"Playing with Fire"
"Giocare col fuoco"
|November 3, 2009|
|18||"The Caves of Obscurity"
"Alle Grotte di Oscuria"
|November 4, 2009|
|19||"Life in Danger"
"Vite in pericolo"
|November 5, 2009|
|20||"From Sunset to Sunrise"
"Dal tramonto all'alba"
|November 6, 2009|
|21||"Threats on the Horizon"
|November 9, 2009|
|November 10, 2009|
|23||"On the Edge of the Abyss"
"Sull'orlo del baratro"
|November 11, 2009|
|24||"Revenge of the Angels"
"La rivincita delle Angels"
|November 12, 2009|
|25||"The Trap of Time"
"Nella trappola del tempo"
|November 13, 2009|
|26||"Two couples, a destiny"
"Due coppie, un destino"
|November 16, 2009|
|January 9, 2010|
|January 10, 2010|
|29||"Goodbye to the Golden School"
"Addio alla Golden School"
|January 16, 2010|
|30||"The Last Chance"
|January 17, 2010|
|January 30, 2010|
|32||"Dream or Reality?"
"Sogno o realtà?"
|January 31, 2010|
|February 6, 2010|
|34||"The Legend of Reina"
"La leggenda di Reina"
|February 7, 2010|
|February 7, 2010|
|36||"Blow under the belt"
|February 13, 2010|
|37||"To Regain "Terrestrial""
|February 14, 2010|
|February 14, 2010|
|39||"Little Sweet... or Little Joke?"
"Dolcetto... o scherzetto?"
|February 20, 2010|
"Per sempre insieme"
|February 21, 2010|
|41||"Face to Face with Reina"
"Faccia a faccia con Reina"
|February 21, 2010|
|February 27, 2010|
|43||"Someone to Trust"
"Qualcuno di cui fidarsi"
|February 27, 2010|
|44||"Duel and Temptation"
"Duello e tentazione"
|February 28, 2010|
|45||"Capable of Everything"
"Disposta a tutto"
|February 28, 2010|
|46||"The Room of Portraits"
"La Stanza dei Ritratti"
|March 6, 2010|
"Aria di guerra"
|March 7, 2010|
|48||"Ultimatum to the Earth"
"Ultimatum alla Terra"
|March 13, 2010|
|49||"In the Wolf's Den"
"Nella tana del lupo"
|March 14, 2010|
|March 20, 2010|
|March 21, 2010|
|52||"Good-bye Golden School"
"Arrivederci Golden School"
|March 27, 2010|
|Movie||"Angel's Friends: Between Dream and Reality"
"Angel's Friends – Tra Sogno e Realtà"
|April 23, 2011|
|Angel's Friends – Tra Sogno e Realtà|
|Created by||Simona Ferri|
|Directed by||Orlando Corradi|
|Produced by||Mondo TV
|Written by||Francesco Balletta|
|Screenplay by||Francesco Balletta|
|Starring||Same as the TV series|
|Music by||Danilo Bernardi
|Original channel||Italia 1|
|Original airing||23 April 2011|
A television movie based on the animated series and settled between the first and the second season aired, in Italy, on 23 April 2011. The movie focuses on the Angels attending the Summer School at the Sunny College in Alpinville, where Raf hopes she will not meet Sulfus. The Devils show up at the school and Raf tells Sulfus she has fallen in love with someone else. Meanwhile, the Earthly ones receive the task of refurbishing the Theatre of Princes (Italian: Teatro dei Principi) and organising a play, Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare. However, they are attacked by a mysterious hooded man who wants them to leave the theatre. The Angels and the Devils decide to investigate and find out the truth about Tyco and Sai's fate. At last, Raf and Sulfus conclude that they'll decide what to do about their future together once returned to the Golden School for the new term.
On 2 November 2010, a CD dedicated to Angel's Friends was released. The album, produced by Mediaset record company, contains the full Italian opening theme performed by Cristina D'Avena and several songs named after the characters of the series, 11 songs totally. The tracks are in English, but the opening theme.
- Angel's Friends – Cristina D'Avena
- Cabiria – Kate Kelly
- Kabalè – Gabriella Vainiglia
- Malachia – Silvio Pozzoli
- Gas – Antonio Divincenzo
- Miki – Maria Concetta Montesano
- Raf – Gisella Cozzo
- Sulfus – Mark Evans
- Reina – Jacobs Sewit Villa
- Dolce – Fabiana Vitellio
- Uriè – Barbara Comi
Angel's Friends was distributed all over the world, in countries like Spain, Portugal, Latin America, Belgium, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ex-Yugoslavia. As of April 2010, the license has been sold in 37 countries.
|Greece||Star Channel, Makedonia TV|
|Italy||Italia 1, Boing|
|Mexico||Canal de las Estrellas|
|Russia||Teleteen, TV3, Obzor TV|
|Spain||Cartoon Network, Telecinco, Boing|
|United States||Nbc, syndication|
First original comic cover.
|Schedule||Monthly, then bimonthly|
|Publication date||March 2007 – January 2008|
|Number of issues||11|
The monthly publication of the comic Angel's Friends by Play Press began in March 2007. The printed version was edited by Red Whale and Yellow Whale, scripted by Bruno Enna and drawn by Giada Perissinotto. The publication was discontinued in January 2008 with the release of Chapter 14, A Spark in the Heart.
Chapters of Play Press comic
- The Eternal Day (Italian: Il Giorno Eterno)
- The Watcher (Italian: L'Osservatore)
- Only Two Steps (Italian: Solo Due Passi)
- A Tiny Evil (Italian: Un Piccolo Male)
- Angels' City (Italian: La Città degli Angeli)
- Sulfus's Shadow (Italian: L'Ombra di Sulfus)
- The Neutralmancer (Italian: Il Neutromante)
- Secret-Blurter (Italian: Spiffera-Segreto)
- The Guardian (Italian: Il Custode)
- Never More Together (Italian: Mai Più Insieme)
- The Other Side of Love (Italian: L'Altra Faccia dell'Amore)
- The Susceptible Point (Italian: Il Punto Sensibile)
- Between Dream and Reality (Italian: Tra Sogno e Realtà)
- A Spark in the Heart (Italian: Una Scintilla nel Cuore)
Chapters of Preziosi comic
- Chasing the wind (Italian: Rincorrere il vento)
- Unsaid things (Italian: Le cose non-dette)
- The storm (Italian: La tempesta)
- Between Good and Evil (Italian: Fra Bene e Male)
- Troiano, Rosalba (2009). Il mondo di Angel's Friends. Giunti Junior. p. 132. ISBN 978-88-09-05839-2.
- Troiano, Rosalba (2009). Segreti e ombre alla Golden School. Giunti Junior. p. 288. ISBN 978-88-09-74427-1.
In Italy, the first season got an average share of 8.2%, sometimes reaching 11%.
In 2011, Renee Summers, American child and adolescent psychotherapist, wrote a review of Angel's Friends, saying: "I can strongly endorse this series as both developmentally appropriate entertainment for the 13–16 year old viewer and as an educational and maturational aid to this age group. Angel's Friends has an upbeat yet straightforward tone. [...] The characters are dealing with universal teen concerns: clothes, the opposite sex, going to parties, relating to adults and school work. [...] The series shows this period [adolescence] as a time to face challenges and choices that are often complicated, to believe in oneself, do what is right and often to resist temptations. Angel's Friends values good friends, who are there to support and help. Yet, ultimately the series seems to say that action has to be done by oneself. Bullying is looked down upon as well as external attempts to mask/hide insecurities. Angel's Friends sees growth as involving introspection but also promotes facing inevitable developmental changes head on and with a belief in oneself. Peer pressure is presented as a powerful force that is difficult for the adolescent to resist, but Angel's Friends adopts the viewpoint that above all else one must be true to one self. [...] The clarion message of the film is that to act in accordance with one's convictions of what is right is not only the developmentally mature stance, it is the way to experience enduring pride in oneself."
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- "Второй сезон "Друзей Ангелов" на Мультимании (The second season of "Angel's Friends" to air on Multimania)" (in Russian). 20 April 2012.
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- Trailer of the first cartoon.
- "Angel's Friends". Stranemani website.
- Andrea Consonni (9 November 2010). "MONDO HOME ENTERTAINMENT – le uscite di dicembre" (in Italian). Retrieved 30 January 2012.
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- "Angel Friends en DVD en Rusia" (in Spanish). 1 August 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
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- "Il cd di "Angel's Friends"" (in Italian). 2 November 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
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- "BIGGEST MEDIA GROUP COMES OUT to PLAY". 24 July 2010.
- "María Bonaria Fois: "We are Acquiring Latin American Catalogs to Take to Europe"". Retrieved 14 January 2012.
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- "Angel's Friends Magazine N°1" (in Italian). 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2012.