Hey Guys today is Anime Review Rewind time! This is where I review Anime that I watched when I was a teen and see how well they hold up for me as an adult.
Today’s anime is called Angelic Layer.
This anime came out in 2001 in Japan with its source material coming out in Japan in 1999.
The synopsis that the Anime News Network has is as follows:
“12-year-old Misaki Suzuhara has just gotten involved in Angelic Layer, a battling game using electronic dolls called angels. Even as a newbie, Misaki shows advanced skills as she meets new friends and enters Angelic Layer tournaments to fight the greatest Angelic Layer champions of the nation.”
This only has one season and is available on HIDIVE where I watched it along with home video.
This was the first anime that I had discovered that was actually fun for me to watch as far as a game battle tournament arc story. At the time I first watched this, I was fascinated by dolls that could move freely with your mind and enhanced my fascination with Artificial Intelligence/Robotics. With this rewatch, I was in awe how much was involved with the dolls and tournaments.
When it comes to the characters and their friendships and relationships with others, I was surprised by how silly it was, but at the same time how wholesome yet serious it could be. Because of this, I can definitely recommend that teens of both genders can watch this.
When it comes to the adult characters though, some of the scenes that involved them made me feel like the children were a lot smarter. I think though that is how the authors tend to write those characters, and not the story itself.
When it comes to the subject matter, it brings the right amount of mech and contemporary feels together without feeling too overwhelming. Also as far as the little bit of romance that is presented it is more like an afterthought than consuming the story. Family though is a huge theme so if that interests you check this out.
Rewatching this show, it brought me back to my childhood for sure and I have to say for modern audiences , I think it would be a fantastic addition to anyone’s anime collection. Especially if you enjoy contemporary along with robotic stories. Because of these points, I have to give this anime a 4.5 out of 5 stars or 4.5 sushis 🍣🍣🍣🍣1/2. I am definitely going to read the source material for sure.