Angelique (video game series)

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Angelique
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The Angelique series logo.
Developer(s)Ruby Party
Publisher(s)Koei
NEC Home Electronics
Designer(s)Kairi Yura (character)
Platform(s)Super Famicom, PC-FX, Sega Saturn, Windows, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS
Release
Genre(s)Dating sim
Mode(s)Single player

Angelique (アンジェリーク, Anjerīku) is a Japanese media franchise based on the 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.

Plot[edit]

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.

Characters[edit]

Angelique Limoges (アンジェリーク・リモージュ)
Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori
Angelique has the role of a Queen Candidate, and is seventeen years old.
Rosalia de Catargena (ロザリア・デ・カタルヘナ)
Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi
Another Queen Candidate, Rosalia is also seventeen years old.
Julious (神鳥の光の守護聖ジュリアス)
Voiced by: Shō Hayami
Julious' role is the Guardian of Light, he is twenty-five years old and serves the queens.
Clavis (クラビス)
Voiced by: Kaneto Shiozawa, Hideyuki Tanaka
Clavis has the role of Guardian of Dark, he is twenty-five years old.
Luva (ルバ)
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki
Luva has the role of Guardian of Earth, he is twenty-six years old.
Oscar (オスカー)
Voiced by: Horiuchi Kenyuu
Oscar's role is Guardian of Fire, he is twenty-two years old.
Lumiale (ルミアレ)
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita
Lumiale is twenty-one years old, and has the role of Guardian of Water.
Olivie (オリヴィエ)
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu
Olivie has the role of Guardian of Dream, he is twenty-two years old.
Randy (ランディ)
Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna
Randy is Eighteen years old, and has the role of Guardian of Wind
Zephel (ゼフェル)
Voiced by: Mitsuo Iwata
At seventeen years old, Zephel's role is Guardian of Steel
Marcel (マルセル)
Voiced by: Hiro Yuuki
Marcel's role is Guardian of Green, he is fourteen years old.

Titles[edit]

Main series[edit]

  • Angelique (アンジェリーク)
    First installment in the series developed by Ruby Party. The game follows 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. The game was released on September 23, 1994 for Super Famicom. A Game Boy Advance version was released on March 21, 2003.
  • Angelique Special is a revised version of the first game and features several new animated scenes, in addition to voice acting by several big-name voice actors. Among the new animated scenes were several love events that were not present in the original game. Others included the opening sequence and the endings. released on December 22, 1995 for PC-FX and published by published by NEC Home Electronics. The game was ported to [IBM PC clone|PC]], Sega Saturn, and PlayStation on March 29, 1996.[1] PlayStation
  • Angelique Voice Fantasy included a special Audio CD and an add-on called Voicer-Kun, which allowed for the addition of voice acting. The game contents are otherwise identical to the original version. It was released on March 29, 1996 for Super Famicom.
  • Angelique Duet was released on July 30, 1998 for Sega Saturn and PlayStation. The game was ported to the Nintendo DS on February 2006[2] This version allows the player to choose the usual heroine, Angelique Limoges, or her rival Rosalia de Catargena, as the main character. The DS version introduced a messaging feature.[2]
  • 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.

Spin-offs[edit]

  • 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.
  • 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.

Related media[edit]

Software[edit]

アンジェリーク美術館
1995年7月21日発売。デスクトップアクセサリ。Windows、Macintosh用。
レター工房アンジェリークポストクリップ 
1996年発売。マルチレター印刷ソフト。Windows95用ソフト。
アンジェリークスクリーンカクテル
1997年1月31日発売。デスクトップアクセサリ。Windows95用。
アンジェリークラブラブメール
2000年10月27発売。メールソフト。Windows95/98/Me、MacOS8.1/9用ソフト。

OVA[edit]

  • アンジェリーク(スペシャル・上・中・下)(闇の守護聖クラヴィス役は 田中秀幸)

Manga[edit]

  • Angelique (Kairi Yura) Serialized in Monthly Asuka by Kadokawa Shoten in 1996
  • Guruguru Angelique (ぐるぐるアンジェリーク) (J.O. Oda)

Anime[edit]

Anime in the series includes:

OVA series[edit]

There are 4 OVA series:

  1. 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
  2. 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)
  3. OVA 3- Angelique Twin Collection (アンジェリークTWINコレクション) (2002; 8 ep)
  4. 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[edit]

There was first a Koi Suru Tenshi Angelique series (25 episodes) from 2006 to 2007, and then a Neo Angelique series (26 episodes) in 2008

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Neo Angelique Abyss (13 eps) April 2008 spinoff of OVAs
  4. Neo Angelique Abyss - Second Age (13 eps) July 2008 sequel to April 2008 series

CDs[edit]

Vocal and soundtrack CDs[edit]

  • アンジェリーク 優しい愛のメロディ
  • アンジェリーク FALLIN’LOVE
  • アンジェリーク SOIREE
  • アンジェリーク Sing&Talk~ハルモニア

Drama CDs[edit]

  • アンジェリーク 光と闇のサクリア(闇の守護聖クラヴィス役は 島田敏)
  • アンジェリーク ときめきの宝石箱(闇の守護聖クラヴィス役は 島田敏)
  • アンジェリーク 恋はPUSH&PUSH!
  • アンジェリーク あなたの瞳に夢天使(スウィート・エンジェル)
  • アンジェリーク 惑わせないで聖少女(イノセント・ガール)
  • アンジェリークデュエット 飛空都市物語(ストーリー)

Gaiden Drama Series[edit]

  • 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)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ゲーム – アンジェリークSpecial" [Games – Angelique Special]. Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Japan: Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Gantayat, Anoop (18 November 2005). "Koei Brings Love to the DS". IGN. Retrieved 17 June 2014.

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