Angelique (Japanese series)
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Angelique (アンジェリーク Anjerīku ) is a video game series. Currently, the series has only been released in Japan, with the exception of a Chinese PC version of the first game in the series. It is somewhat popular with overseas import gamers, who have started petitions in the hopes of English-translated releases of various games in the series. KOEI mentioned in an issue of Newtype USA that it is a possibility if enough demand is shown.
The basic lore of the series is built around a Queen who fairly and wisely rules a Cosmos. By balancing elemental forces with the help of nine Guardians, she keeps the various planets in her domain stable and her people content. However, the powers of the Queen and the Guardians fade over time, and successors must be appointed. In the first game and its various remakes, the protagonist is a 17-year-old girl named Angelique Limoges who has been chosen by the current Queen and her aide Dia as one of two candidates from the Royal Smallney Girls' Academy to become the next Queen. She is transported to the Flying City to begin her final examination.
Each of the candidates is given a land to populate. Whoever finishes populating their land first wins and becomes the next Queen. It is done with the help of nine Guardians who use their powers to make the people of the candidate's land happy, or to devastate their rival's lands. Along the way, the candidates become friends with the Guardians and can fall in love. If they choose love, they forfeit their chance to become Queen, but will live happily ever after.
The story expands in later titles, but most entries in the series feature one of a succession of girls named Angelique as the protagonist, with ever larger casts of characters. The roster of potential love interests swells to 19 characters in later titles.
- Angelique Limoges
- Age: 17
- Role: Queen Candidate
- Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori
- Personality: Cheerful and friendly; a tad clumsy.
- Rosalia de Catargena
- Age: 17
- Role: Queen Candidate
- Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi
- Personality: Confident and dignified.
- Age: 25
- Role: Guardian of Light
- Voiced by: Show Hayami
- Personality: Cold and austere
- Age: 26
- Role: Guardian of Earth
- Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki
- Personality: Sincere and warm
- Age: 22
- Role: Guardian of Fire
- Voiced by: Horiuchi Kenyuu
- Personality: Playboy
- Age: 21
- Role: Guardian of Water
- Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita
- Personality: Gentle and delicate
- Age: 22
- Role: Guardian of Dream
- Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu
- Personality: Flamboyant and bubbly
- Age: 17
- Role: Guardian of Steel
- Voiced by: Mitsuo Iwata
- Personality: Rebellious
- Age: 14
- Role: Guardian of Green
- Voiced by: Hiro Yuuki
- Personality: Sweet and innocent
Dating sim/Adventure titles
- Angelique (アンジェリーク)
First installment in the series. Angelique Limoges, an ordinary high school girl, is chosen as a queen candidate. With help from the power of the nine Guardians, she aims to be the next Queen. Angelique Voice Fantasy, Angelique Special, and Angelique Duet are all different versions of this game.
- Angelique Special 2 (アンジェリークSpecial2)
Second installment in the series. Angelique Collet, a girl who lives in the cosmos that the heroine of the first game now rules, is chosen as a queen candidate for a new cosmos. The count of male characters increases to include the nine Guardians, as well as three Tutors and three Collaborators.
- Angelique Trois (アンジェリーク トロワ)
Third installment in the series. Angelique Collet, now queen of a new cosmos, is drawn into a pocket cosmos, Arcadia, with the rest of the Angelique Special 2 cast. She develops the wilderness of Arcadia in order to free Elda, a strange being she finds there.
- Angelique Etoile (アンジェリーク エトワール)
Fourth installment in the series. The main character is a girl from the cosmos ruled by Angelique Limoges named Ange, who must save the cosmos as the "Legendary Etoile". Includes all of the major characters from previous Angelique titles, plus three new "Holy Beast Cosmos" Guardians.
- Neo Angelique (ネオ アンジェリーク)
A renewal of the series with all new characters.
- Angelique Tenkū no Requiem (アンジェリーク 天空の鎮魂歌)
- A traditional role-playing video game with dating sim events and multiple endings. Angelique Collet is the heroine. The cosmos which Angelique Limoges rules is under attack from a mysterious figure called the "emperor", and Angelique Collet must come to the rescue.
Board game titles
- Fushigi no Kuni no Angelique (ふしぎの国のアンジェリーク)
Angelique Limoges is the main character. The goal is to explore the Flying City to find the Guardian's tea party. Though a board game, it has dating sim events and multiple endings.
- Sweet Ange (スウィートアンジェ)
Features the first two heroines, their rivals, the nine Guardians and the tutors and collaborators as students attending the same high school. The goal is to make dessert dishes and get rewards for them. Though a board game, it has dating sim events and multiple endings.
- Angelique (Kairi Yura)
- Guruguru Angelique (ぐるぐるアンジェリーク) (J.O. Oda)
Anime in the series includes:
There are 4 OVA series:
- OVA 1- Angelique: Shiroi Tsubasa no Memoire (アンジェリーク 白い翼のメモワール) (2000; 2 ep)- sequel to game events
- OVA 2- Angelique: Seichi yori Ai o Komete (アンジェリーク 聖地より愛をこめて) (2001; 3 ep)
- OVA 3- Angelique Twin Collection (アンジェリークTWINコレクション) (2002; 8 ep)
- OVA 4- Angelique (オリジナルビデオアニメーション アンジェリーク) (2004; 3 ep)- based on video game; first series chronologically, prequel to "Tsubasa no Memoir"
Angelique Limoges and Rosalia de Catargena have been chosen as candidates in a Queen Examination - a test to see who is better qualified to be the next Queen of the cosmos. For this special examination, both girls are given their own continent on a planet. The girls must raise the continents into thriving civilizations and environments. Nine Guardians (who control various elements, such as fire, wind, and water) have been chosen to help the girls raise their continents during the Queen Examination.
Television series spin-offs
- Koi suru Tenshi Angelique: Kokoro no Mezameru Toki (恋する天使アンジェリーク 〜心のめざめる時〜) (13 eps) 2006 spinoff of the OVAs
- Koi suru Tenshi Angelique ~ Kagayaki no Ashita ~ (恋する天使アンジェリーク 〜かがやきの明日〜) (12 eps) 2007 sequel to 2006 series
- Neo Angelique Abyss (13 eps) April 2008 spinoff of OVAs
- Neo Angelique Abyss - Second Age (13 eps) July 2008 sequel to April 2008 series
Gaiden Drama Series
- Angelique Gaiden: Infinite Scale (アンジェリーク外伝 無限音階)
- Angelique Gaiden 2: Outline in Crimson (アンジェリーク外伝2 緋の輪郭)
- Angelique Gaiden 3: Mirrors of the Forbidden Land (アンジェリーク外伝3 禁域の鏡)'
- Angelique Gaiden 4: Rainbow Memories (アンジェリーク外伝4 虹の記憶)
- Official Neoromance Site
- Angelique at Neo-Romance.net
- Angelique (Japanese series) (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- My Neoromance
- Angelique Games information and screenshots from C-games.info