Reviews - What do customers think about Angelic Layer #1?
Not terrible, but very disappointing. Oct 17, 2005
It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Clamp. I've read/seen many of their series and I've loved them all. Unfortunately, I found Angelic Layer to be exteremly disappointing and if I had to choose a least favorite Clamp series, it would have to be Angelic Layer. The biggest problem I had with this manga was the characters. None of the characters struck me as particularly interesting and Angelic Layer is completely devoid of any character developement. Gone is the usual love-triangle angst fest that are practically staples of Clamp series, all the characters in Angelic Layer remain virtually the same. Then, at the end of the series some characters are just randomly coupled together in ways that don't really make sense. The plot is highly predictable and the ending is just downright terrible.
Misaki's mother's reasons for leaving her (which I won't reveal her for spoilers' sake, so don't worry) is way too cheesy. Thank goodness Angelic Layer was only five volumes long. I think I would have given this series up if it were any longer. However, that isn't to say that there isn't anything good about Angelic Layer. Icchan was a wonderful character that I loved to bits. He's actually my favorite Angelic Layer character. There's lots of comical moments in the manga that really make me laugh and as predictable as they were, the battles in this series were fun. The artwork is also fantastic, as to be expected from Clamp, and I like the way they drew the characters all squid-like during certain comedy scenes.
If Angelic Layer was Clamp's first series, I would have given it a higher rating, since it's still a cut above the rest of the crap that's out there. But Clamp is more than capable than producing better series than this, so I have to unfortunately judge it harshly. One other good thing about Angelic Layer is that it's the safest series Clamp has. There is abosuletly nothing objectionable in Angelic Layer at all. So, if you know any little kids that like anime or manga, Angelic Layer would be the perfect series to use to introduce them to Clamp. I've heard that the anime version is better than the manga, and from what little I've seen of the anime, I have actually liked it more, but this manga was just very disappointing. The only reasons why I can see why one would want to read Angelic Layer is if you're either a diehard Clamp fan or a little kid. But if you want something that truly represents Clamp at their best, I recommend reading something like Cardcaptor Sakura or Chobits instead.
Completely adorable Sep 23, 2005
I loved the anime series for this as well. The drawing is well done; similar to other CLAMP works and the characters are very much the same from the anime, if you have already watched it. I like the humor of the series and how the main character Misaki is always going, "Eeeks!" And mad scientist Icchan and his "Icchan went boom!" mantra always makes me laugh as well.
A Cute Read Jun 14, 2005
I have all five volumes of "Angelic Layer", and I think it's good. Elementary student Misaki Suzuhara discovers the world of Angelic Layer, a popular game where contestants battle their own custom made dolls. Misaki makes her doll designed for speed, and names her Hikaru. Hikaru is small like Misaki, but she wins battles through planning and strategizing, proving that bigger is not always better.
The story was pretty good, if not a little predictable. The characters are ok too, but they are a little stereotyped. The art is cute, and the battle scenes are detailed. If you can, buy the editions without the red Tokyopop symbol on the spine because they have nice color pictures in the front.
One of the biggest attractions for me with this manga was the major crossover with "Chobits". A few characters from "Chobits" appear, like Minoru's sister Kaede.
Overall, this is a cute, fun manga that teaches the value of trying your best. I would mostly recommend it to younger readers, but others can enjoy it as well.
Battle Angels GO! Apr 30, 2005
Misako is new to the city and has just found out about Angelic Layer - a game where robotic dolls, controlled by the will and spirit of their owners, fight for fame and glory. She wishes to join in on the sport but it takes money and experience. Misako, like most young twelve-year olds, has little in the way of cash and has no experience with the game at all. Yet with the help of a slightly-unbalanced scientist and a Angel of her own design she might make it all the way to the finals. If you are a fan of CLAMP or the Angelic Layer anime you might wish to start collecting this manga.
Even better than the anime Aug 23, 2004
I wanted to see Angelic Layer ever since I saw some music videos on the Internet. After watching the fan-subs numerous times I knew I had to have the dvds when they came out. Then I read the manga...
It's hard to believe, but I actually think the manga is better than the anime in this case. In the anime, Misaki is more doubtful and distracted (even during the fights). In the manga, however, she's super-cute all the time, but when she starts a battle that's all her mind is on.
And speaking of battle, I don't think I've seen a manga yet where I liked the fight-sequences quite as much. The back-flipping, cartwheeling, super-graceful movements of the angels on the layer is simply a joy to behold on the printed page.
The dialog of the characters also seems (to me at least) to have more snap to it in the manga than on the show, and Icchan in particular is so incredibly hilarious I couldn't help but laugh out loud many times when reading Angelic Layer. The art style is interesting as well, as the characters are supremely well-defined and well-drawn at dramatic moments but turn into very silly (and very funny) "squid" versions during comedy dialog.
This is one manga that pretty much anyone can read. There's enough action to satisfy the martial-arts lovers, enough cuteness to satisfy a little girl, and none of the sex and violence garbage that could otherwise mar an excellent story.