Most jarringly, the characters look exactly like they do in the anime, but they're much more serious; they have a war to win, after all.The manga and games stand in stark, frankly ridiculous contrast to the anime, which ran just as long as the games and comics (five seasons) and completely tosses out the spacebound drama and romance angles in favor of more jokes. Mari Ijima's urgent hymns are replaced with giddy, pun-laden sing-a-longs by the Brigade themselves, and the characters, who are mostly named after food, star in episodes also named after food, occasionally engaging in longer story arcs that mostly involve food.
have been in the business of space comedy for quite some time; one of their foundational anime releases is classic space comedy Irresponsible Captain Tylor, and they've built on this show's momentum by bringing back fare like is a series that is near and dear to my heart, and if you want a good rundown why, just watch this video that I made way back in 2009.
I'll try my best not to spend the rest of the column repeating stuff from it.
This is one of the many aspects of that gets me arguing with other fans of the series (another one: should Angel Tai be translated as Angel Brigade, like Bandai's old DVD release does, or would something like Angel Wing or Angel Squadron be better?
), because in the Japanese version, both Vanilla and NORMAD are voiced by .
That's too bad, because the video games are really the foundation of universe, and until I finally picked up the manga years after watching the TV series, I had no idea who he was.
He's Tact Meyers (he's often referred to as “Takuto” but the series spells his name with katakana, so I'm going with “Tact.” Incidentally, I also refer to as “Nart”), legendary hero of the Transvaal Empire, a brilliant and unconventional fleet commander who put down a major rebellion and quashed a plot against the Transvaal royal family.
Actually, it should be pretty easy to avoid parroting my earlier examination of the TV series, because as a for TV.
It's a little tricky for me to examine the former, because the video games, released back in the early 2000s for PC and Playstation 2, were never released in the west.
Season 2 introduces Kokomo and Malibu, twin boy geniuses who are ostensibly reinforcements for the Angel Brigade, but the TV series staff treats them more like Poochie from The Simpsons; after all, they were basically just cooked up for drama CDs.
It gets even funnier when the pair realize they're gimmick characters, a gag that gets pushed even farther with the later introduction of Chitose, a new brigade member.
As for the , I'm happy and a bit relieved that it's coming back into print.