Galaxy Angel

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Galaxy Angel
GalaxyAngel game.jpg
Cover of the first Galaxy Angel game
ギャラクシーエンジェル
(Gyarakushī Enjeru)
Genre Comedy, Magical girl, Science fiction
Anime television series
Directed by Morio Asaka
Yoshimitsu Ōhashi
Studio Madhouse
Licensed by United States Bandai Entertainment
Network Animax
Original run 7 April 200129 September 2002
Episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Manga
Written by BROCCOLI
Kanan
Published by BROCCOLI
JIVE/Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Dragon Junior, Dragon Age
Original run 27 April 200127 March 2004
Volumes 8
Game
Galaxy Angel EX
Developer BROCCOLI
Publisher BROCCOLI
Genre Bishōjo, Strategy game
Platform Windows Media
Released 29 July 2005
Game
CR Galaxy Angel
Developer BROCCOLI
Publisher Taiyo Elec
Genre Bishōjo, Strategy
Platform PlayStation 2
Released 27 November 2008
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Galaxy Angel (ギャラクシーエンジェル Gyarakushī Enjeru?) is a bishōjo sci-fi/comedy anime, manga and dating sim series by BROCCOLI. It was created in July 2000, when Broccoli launched the multi-platformed project called Project G.A. The anime and Galaxy Angel Party manga comprise a comedy story in an alternate universe, while the games and the regular manga have a serious and involved romance/action plot.

A sequel to the game trilogy was released in June 2006, entitled "Galaxy Angel II Zettai Ryōiki no Tobira", and stars an entirely new cast, the "Rune Angel Troupe", and a new feature that combines the new Brave Heart frame with any of the Angels. Each of the Rune Angels has a connection to one of the Galaxy Angels, such as Apricot Sakuraba, the younger sister of Milfeulle Sakuraba. Just like the original Galaxy Angel, the Galaxy Angel II series will have multiple games and already has a manga adaptation and comedic anime spinoff. The second Galaxy Angel II game was released in October 2007 entitled Galaxy Angel II Mugen Kairō no Kagi.

The success of the video game and anime series influenced the creation of a manga series based on the video game universe.

In Japan, the series became so popular that a musical based on the series was made. Entitled "GALAXY ANGEL ~The Musical~", it debuted in March and December 2005, and featured cast members who also worked on Galaxy Angel II.

Anime[edit]

The Galaxy Angel anime series, produced by BROCCOLI, Madhouse and Bandai Visual, premiered across Japan on Animax between 7 April 2001 to 29 September 2001, and was soon followed by numerous sequels, including a second series ("Z"), a third series ("A", "AA", and "S") and a fourth ("X"). Each broadcast is made up of two fifteen minute episodes, whose titles always contain references to food. The first series was broadcast by Animax, while later series have been broadcast by TV Osaka and other TXN stations. Internationally, the series has been broadcast by Animax and its respective networks worldwide, including its English language networks in Southeast Asia and South Asia, and its other networks in Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Latin America. In the US, this series is distributed in DVDs from Bandai Entertainment.

The story is about a group of women and girls who go on government-sponsored humanitarian missions as the Angel Troupe (Angel-tai) to search for Lost Technology, generally a plot device to set up amusing and absurd humor typical of the show, rife with obscure Japanese puns. Many of the devices look like extremely mundane objects like sticks or rice cookers, but have fantastic powers like mutating organisms or as destructive weapons.

Series Title Broadcasts (TV) 1 Episodes (TV+extra) 2 Directors Aired in Japan 3 US Release Date
1 Galaxy Angel 24 24+2 Morio Asaka, Yoshimitsu Ohashi 7 April 2001 to 29 September 2001 27 June 2006
2 Galaxy Angel Z 9 18+1 Morio Asaka, Yoshimitsu Ohashi 3 February 2002 to 31 March 2002 25 July 2006
3 4 Galaxy Angel A 13 26 Shigehito Takayanagi 10 November 2002 to 29 December 2002 27 December 2006
Galaxy Angel AA 13 25+2 5 January 2003 to 30 March 2003 19 August 2008
Galaxy Angel S 5 1 2 21 December 2003 6 May 2008
4 Galaxy Angel X 13 26 Shigehito Takayanagi 7 July 2004 to 29 September 2004 September 2, 2008

Notes:

1: Series 1 had one 15 minute episode per program, while other series have two 15 minutes episodes per 30 minute program.
2: Some episodes were not broadcast in Japan. Those were later added as extra episodes (OVAs) released on DVD.
3: Ignoring extra episodes on DVD.
4: Galaxy Angel A and AA is actually considered to be the same series (Series 3) in Japan. They just decided to give it a different name in the middle of the series.
5: Galaxy Angel S is a single special episode, which also is considered to be a part of series 3.

The Galaxy Angel anime generally abandoned any sense of strict continuity or plot arcs after the first series, so they can be viewed in any order. The cast is frequently abandoned, killed, or transmogrified only to return completely normal in the next episode. However, the fourth series introduced a new character (see below)[where?] and occasional references are made to funny events in previous series (For example, references to the Bandit Corned Beef). Many episodes also parody aspects of Japanese culture, movies, and of course, anime, often compressing what would be expected to be multiple-episode long stories into a few minutes. Each series also contains one episode which is played straight - as a serious, non-parody episode. The animated series can also be cited as a fanservice series in the most basic (but non-sexual) sense: the show is self-promotional, with absurd humor, spontaneous musical numbers, and elaborate costumes.

Games[edit]

The video games are part strategy game, part dating sim, and are available for the PC and PlayStation 2. The three games in the series are titled Galaxy Angel, Moonlit Lovers and Eternal Lovers. All versions of the story are centered around Takuto Meyers, commander of the 2nd Frontier Fleet.

Broccoli announced that the video game trilogy would be released in North America[citation needed], but Broccoli would not be working on the actual game themselves. For unknown reasons this project stopped when Broccoli stopped their operations in the U.S.

Galaxy Angel[edit]

Galaxy Angel
Developer(s) BROCCOLI
Platform(s) Windows, PlayStation 2
Release date(s) 23 August 2002 (Windows),

17 April 2003 (PS2)

Genre(s) Dating Sim/Strategy Game
Mode(s) Single player

In the video game universe, the Galaxy Angels are from the "Special Guardian Division" and they work closely with the "Imperial Special Guards" and the "Satellite Defense Teams". They are the guardians of the White Moon, the sacred planet of the Transbaal Empire, and the personal protectors of the White Moon Goddess Shatoyan. The story begins with Prince Eonia attempting a take over of the Transbaal Empire with the aid of the mysterious Black Moon, counterpart to the White Moon. To counter Prince Eonia, the Angel-tai along with their flagship the Elsior are placed in the hands of the kind and ever-capable Commander Takuto Meyers. In addition to the storyline differences, the personalities of the characters were also altered significantly for the anime, and the video games offer a much more in-depth look into the Galaxy Angel universe.

Plot summary[edit]

The girls of Galaxy Angel as seen in the anime series. From left to right: Vanilla H, Mint Blancmanche, Forte Stollen, Ranpha Franboise, Milfeulle Sakuraba

Commander Takuto Meyers is a commander of the 2nd Frontier Fleet, when exiled Prince Eonia launches his coup, Most of the Royal Family on the homeworld were killed via orbital bombardment, and large portions of the Imperial Fleet were destroyed in the surprise attack. As Commander Meyers is unable to contact 2nd Fleet HQ, he waits on standby for orders, until three members of the Angel Wing arrive, with a large fleet chasing them, which turns out to be unmanned ships. After destroying the fleet, Meyers takes his fleet and follows them back to where the Elsior is hiding, the battleship usually used only by the Imperial Guards for ceremonies and meets his old Instructor Lufte, now Commodore, who charges Meyers with commanding the Elsior and the Angel Wing in escorting Prince Shiva, the only survivor of the Royal Family, to the Rhombe system where loyalist forces are gathering for a counter offensive as the 2nd fleet has already been destroyed. Before the engines can be repaired however, more enemy ships arrive, and rather than risking discovery, COmmodore Lufte takes command of the remaining fleet and draws the enemy ships away, while the Elsior remains and makes its way to Rhombe, fighting off enemy attacks along the way, including elements of the Imperial Fleet changed sides to side with Prince Eonia.

While attempting to meet up with the 3rd fleet stationed at Rhombe, the Elsior discovers destroyed remnants of the 3rd fleet and runs into a trap by Prince Eonia's main fleet. While fighting the forces, they receive another message from the 3rd fleet with a new rendezvous point, after fighting their way through the enemy fleet to the rendezvous point, allied reinforcements arrive and force the enemy forces to retreat, Commodore Lufte having evaded enemy forces and reached the Rhombe System ahead of the Elsior. Afterwards, the Loyalist fleet launches an operation to destroy Prince Eonia's main fleet at the Nadler system, and they inflict a serious defeat on the enemy and the commanding admirals (and other high-ranking officers of the Imperial Navy) decide to hold a ball in Prince Shiva's honour, and plan to transfer Meyers away to command another fleet while the Angel Wings and the Elsior remain behind to guard Prince Shiva on Fargo, an orbital city around the planet Rhombe. On a routine visit to the ship's hangar, Meyers bumps into a strange girl called Noah, who wants Meyers to give him one of the Emblem Frames. When Meyers refuses, Noah gets angry, says that she will make more and stronger ones, and runs off, disappearing just around the corner. Shrugging the incident off, Meyers takes his chosen love with him to the ball, and while there Prince Eonia shows up with several soldiers to try and take Prince Shiva into his Custody, although Prince Shiva refuses. Shots are fired, and it is revealed that Prince Eonia and the soldiers are just holograms and are not physically present, at this point Eonia's fleet launches a sneak attack while most of the Loyalist fleet is docked and not combat ready, and inflicts serious damage on the port facilities.

Meyers heads back to the ship with Prince Shiva, and after the enemy fleet retreats, the Black Moon, an identical counterpart to the White Moon(a planet sized structure) shows up and fires a massive laser that slices Rhombe in half and destroys much of Fargo and the Loyalist fleet. Meyers and the Angel Wing fight a desperate battle to reach the Black Moon, which is constantly producing attack satellites and unmanned ships, before Noah unleashes an EMP like blast that leaves the Elsior, the Emblem Frames and the Loyalist Fleet powerless except for sensors and communications, before attacking them as they lay helpless. While the situation looks grim, suddenly the Elsior and the Emblem Frames have their power restored to above their original levels, and the Emblem Frames all grow wings. They manage to break through the defensive line and damage the Black Moon which causes Prince Eonia to back off for now, turning it into a stalemate, although afterwards the Emblem Frames lose their wings and their power levels drop to below normal.

As the loyalist fleet gathers on the other side of Rhombe, Commodore Lufte takes command as everyone higher-ranking was MIA and presumed dead. Elsior's chief engineer, Creta and Prince Shiva shed some light on the abilities of the Elsior and the Emblem Frames, and also that there is a weapon possibly capable of destroying the Black Moon, but it is stored in the White Moon. While briefing Commodore Lufte on the situation, he mentions that Noah was spotted on other ships and the port facilities before the attack, although when guards attempted to question her, she disappeared into smoke right before their eyes. The Elsior and the Loyalist fleet then head to the White Moon in order to retrieve the weapon, as Sherry, Prince Eonia's second in command, tries to stop them along the way, but fails, finally sacrificing herself as she tries to ram her flagship into the Elsior, although the Angel Wing manages to destroy her ship just before impact. At the White Moon, Lady Shatoyan, the Holy Mother of the White Moon, reveals that the White Moon is a weapons producing factory just like the Black Moon, but the people who found the White Moon decided to keep it a secret, and only use the technology there for good. Lady Shatoyan then lifts the limiters on the Emblem Frames and installs the Chrono Break Canon on the Elsior.

In the Final Battle, after defeating the Hell Hounds, Prince Eonia's elite fighter wing piloting copied Emblem Frames, Noah causes their frames to grow wings as well by altering their structure, in the process causing the fighters to consume their pilots and turn them into soulless zombies. After destroying their fighters, the Elsior gets into position and destroys Prince Eonia's flagship with the Chrono Break Canon, after which Noah reveals that Noah was just a form used to trick Prince Eonia, whom wanted to use the Lost Technology to create an age of peace and prosperity for everyone, into launching his coup so that the Black Moon could unite with the White Moon and evolve further. While the Black Moon pulls the White Moon out of orbit in an attempt to unite with it, Meyers and the Angel Wing breaks through a large screen of attack satellites to use the Chrono Break Canon on the Black Moon, but before it can finish charging, the Black Moon brings the full weight of its power on them, disabling them, all except for the Emblem Frame piloted by Meyer's chosen heroine.

Game Endings[edit]

The following endings assume that Transvaal remains an empire, if the player tells Prince Shiva the truth at the beginning of the game, buys him a chess set and spends time with him, it is possible to unlock the Prince Shiva subplot, and at the end of the game Prince Shiva gives up the throne and Commodore Luft is elected President of the Republic instead.

Milfeulle Sakuraba : Makes a wish to the Emblem Frame that she will give up her life as the Goddess of Luck in order to restore power to the Elsior, which destroys the Black Moon with the Chrono Break Canon. Meyers retires from the navy to lead a peaceful life with Milfeulle, who has lost the ability to pilot Emblem Frames as well as her legendary luck(both good and bad), while Lester leads the Frontier Research Team to find remnants of Eonia's fleet and any Lost Technology like the Black Moon

Ranpha : As the Elsior starts going down in flames, Ranpha finds her resolve and destroys all the enemies, clearing a path for the Elsior which destroys the Black Moon with the Chrono Break Canon. Meyers stays in the military as head of the Frontier Research Team, and leaves with Ranpha on the Elsior, who starts redecorating the ship as their home.

Mint: The communication system goes down on the Elisor but Mint and Meyers understood each other due to their feelings. The Elisor is heavily damaged but Meyers decides to trust Mint and charge through and destroy the Black Moon with the Chrono Break Cannon while Mint destroys all the surrounding enemies with her Emblem Frame's "Flier Dance" ability. Mint decides to quit the Angel Troupe to accompany Meyers on his mission to scout the Frontier.

Forte : Destroys all the enemies in front of the Elsior, allowing it to destroy the Black Moon with the Chrono Break Canon. Meyers becomes commander of the frontier research team, and Forte becomes his new adjutant, replacing Lester.

Vanilla : Uses her Emblem Frame's nanomachines to restore full functionality to the Elsior, allowing it to destroy the Black Moon with the Chrono Break Canon. Meyers become commander of the Frontier Research Team, and Vanilla accompanies him on the Elsior, by now largely having gotten over her past and become more cheerful.

Theme Songs[edit]

  • Opening Theme: "Eternal love" ~Hikari no Tenshi~ (Eternal Love ~From Angels of Light~)
Artist: Mari Iijima
Lyrics: Yuki Mori
Music: Yuusuke Sakamoto
  • Ending Theme: "Tenshi-tachi no Kyuusoku" (Angels' Holiday)
Artist: Mari Iijima
Songwriting: Mari Iijima
Arrangement: Yuusuke Sakamoto

Galaxy Angel Moonlit Lovers[edit]

Galaxy Angel Moonlit Lovers
Developer(s) BROCCOLI
Platform(s) Windows, PlayStation 2
Release date(s) 22 August 2003 (Windows),

26 February 2004 (PS2)

Genre(s) Dating Sim/Strategy Game
Mode(s) Single player

The second game in the trilogy, Moonlit Lovers, revolves around the battles with remnants of Eonia's forces led by General Rezum and later a mysterious woman named Nephilia who claimed to be a member of a race called the Val-Fasq. A new member of the Angel-tai, Karasuma Chitose, is also introduced. The relationship between Takuto and whichever Angel whose heart he won is explored as well.

Theme Songs[edit]

  • Opening Theme: "Eternal Love 2003"
Artist: Mari Iijima
Lyrics: Yuki Mori
Music: Yuusuke Sakamoto
  • Ending Theme: "Tenshi-tachi no Kyuusoku" (Angels' Holiday)
Artist: Mari Iijima
Songwriting: Mari Iijima
Arrangement: Yuusuke Sakamoto

Insert Songs[edit]

  • Theme: "Eternal Love" ~The angel of light Squadron Version~
Artist: Angel-tai
Lyrics: Yuki Mori
Music: Yuusuke Sakamoto

Galaxy Angel Eternal Lovers[edit]

Galaxy Angel Eternal Lovers
Developer(s) BROCCOLI
Platform(s) Windows, PlayStation 2
Release date(s) 20 August 2004 (Windows),

24 February 2005 (PS2)

Genre(s) Dating Sim/Strategy Game
Mode(s) Single player

In the final game, Eternal Lovers, the war with the Val-Fasq begins in earnest while a couple of refugees from the legendary EDEN (the place origin of both the White Moon and Black Moon) arrive to beg the Transbaal Empire (and the legendary hero Takuto Meyers) for help. Takuto and his Angel's relationship is also put into serious jeopardy as his duties preparing for the war with the Val-Fasq keep them apart with increasing frequency.

Gameplay[edit]

Players can go through the story in the adventure mode and play real time tactics battle missions in the name of Takuto Mayers. While having good relationship with the Angel Troupe can increase their battle ability and the Angel Troupe with the best relation with Takuto will be with Takuto in the end like the previous two Galaxy Angel games. In this game, the cleared character would relate to the shooting mode of the game and her own Angel Frame would be unlocked in the shooting mode. Players can replay the game's battles piloting the Angel Frame instead of being the commander in chief of the battle. (while players are still given the option to command other fighters at the same time without the free camera mode.)

Theme Songs[edit]

The opening and ending theme is sang by the famous singer Hiromi Satō, known to be moved by the songs and wept during singing through the recording sessions.[1][2]

  • Opening Theme: "Angelic Symphony"
Artist: Hiromi Satō
Songwriting: Noriyasu Agematsu
Arranger: Masashi Huzima
  • Ending Theme PC ver. : "Eternal Love 2004"
Artist: Hiromi Satou
Lyrics: Yuki Mori
Music: Yuusuke Sakamoto
  • Ending Theme PS2 ver. : "Owarinaki Prelude" (Neverending Prelude)
Artist: Hiromi Satō
Songwriting: Noriyasu Agematsu
Arranger: Fujita, Hitoshi Makoto

Manga[edit]

Unlike the Anime, the manga version of Galaxy Angel looks at the stories in events with the battles against The Legitimate Transbaal Empire (Eonia's Rebel Forces), and the relationship between Takuto Mayers and the six Galaxy Angel members. All Galaxy Angel books were released in North America by Broccoli-Books.

Title # Release date JP Release date USA
Galaxy Angel 1 December 2001 March 3, 2004
Galaxy Angel 2 September 2002 May 19, 2004
Galaxy Angel 3 March 2003 July 21, 2004
Galaxy Angel 4 November 2003 December 15, 2004
Galaxy Angel 5 July 2004 April 20, 2005
Galaxy Angel 2nd (Beta) 1 December 2004 November 30, 2005
Galaxy Angel 2nd (Beta) 2 July 2005 March 15, 2006
Galaxy Angel 2nd (Beta) 3 October 2005 August 9, 2006
Galaxy Angel Party 1 February 2003 July 30, 2005
Galaxy Angel Party 2 July 2003 January 4, 2006
Galaxy Angel Party 3 July 2004

Other media[edit]

Date
GALAXY ANGEL ~The Musical~ 16 March 2005
GALAXY ANGEL ~Re-Mix~ 7 December 2005

On March 16, 2005 Galaxy Angel Live has been performed. Performers are completely different from the voice actors because some of them were unable to participate.

There was another show in 2005, from December 7 to 11.

Cast[edit]

  • Takuto Meyers: Yūji Ueda (タクト・マイヤーズ)
  • Milfeulle Sakuraba: Maho Tomita (富田麻帆)
  • Ranpha Franboise: Yuka Koide (小出由華)
  • Mint Blancmanche: Marie Ono (小野まりえ)
  • Forte Stollen: Risa Shirakawa (白川りさ)
  • Vanilla H: Satomi Akesaka (明坂聡美)
  • Chitose Karasuma: Erina Nakayama (中山恵里奈)

References[edit]

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