Re-released more than a year ago in the UK, I finally picked up the Blu-ray version of Angelic Layer. This particular release is almost sold out so I acquired it sooner than later.
Angelic Layer (Enjerikku Reiyā) is a 2001 television anime series based on the manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Clamp. The anime was animated by studio Bones and aired during the Spring 2001 anime season in April.
Angelic Layer was written by Clamp, known for its works on Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, and X as well as character designs for Code Geass. The show honestly I do not see being talked about as much as Cardcaptor Sakura was, but it’s still enjoyed by fans over the years.
The show did see a UK release in the past from distributor ADV Films on DVD. The interesting part is that while the show has been rated PG, due to a derogatory word on the English dub audio commentary (the word “retard” is generally not accepted in the UK compared to other territories) it warranted a 12 unless it was removed. ADV chose to remove the commentary track in order to maintain the PG rating. Since Anime Limited is using Sentai Filmworks’ masters, they kept everything in its entirety including the audio commentary track and did not bother to re-rate the series or use the available 12 rating.
Released in September 2018, Angelic Layer from Anime Limited contains the entire series (26 episodes) across three Blu-ray discs, using the Sentai Filmworks master. The audio options available include the main Japanese language with English subtitles and the ADV Films English dub. The yellow subtitles are locked during playback and the discs are playable on both Regions A & B Blu-ray players.
Angelic Layer is available to order in collector’s edition Blu-ray format on Amazon UK.
Languages: English, Japanese
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Video: 1080p High Definition Native format with 4:3 presentation ratio
Locked Subtitles: Yes
Plot Synopsis (via Anime Limited):
“From the moment twelve-year-old Misaki Suzuhara arrives in Tokyo to live with her aunt, she finds herself swept away by the amazing world of Angelic Layer – a fast-paced, high-tech game where dolls called Angels are controlled by the thoughts of their operator.
Discovering that her new friends are as interested in Angelic Layer as she is, Misaki builds her own Angel and begins competing in battles where will and determination count far more than size and strength. Can Misaki handle the pressure of the national championships while struggling to adapt to life in an unfamiliar city? From the amazing minds and pens of legendary all-female creative team CLAMP, it’s the coming-of-age adventure that’s become an all-time classic!”
Blu-ray On-Disc Extra Features:
Episode 1 English Dub Commentary with Jessica Boone (Misaki) & Andy McAvin (Icchan)
Episode 6 English Dub Commentary with Kevin Corn (Kotaro) & Monica Rial (Tamayo)
Episode 11 English Dub Commentary with Shelley Calene-Black (Madoka) & English ADR Director David Williams
Episode 15 English Dub Commentary with Tiffany Terrel (Kaede) & Tiffany Grant (Sai)
Episode 17 English Dub Commentary with Sasha Paysinger (Hatoko) & Mariela Ortiz (Ringo)
Episode 23 English Dub Commentary with Christopher Patton (Ohjiro) & English ADR Director David Williams
Episode 25 English Dub Video Commentary with Christine Auten (Shuko) & Kelly Manison (Shoko)
Clean Opening Animation “Be My Angel”
Clean Closing Animations “The Starry Sky” & “After the Rain”
Sentai Filmworks Trailers
Collector’s Edition Extras:
Rigid Box with Clean Artwork, Title on Spine & Paper Info Sheet for Specs
Angelic Layer has been licensed for Blu-ray release by UK distributor Anime Limited.