Semi-Essentials

Semi-Essentials: Galaxy Angel


What Is It?

Galaxy Angel is a space-faring comedy series by Broccoli. The series chroncles the adventures of the Transvaal Empire’s Angel Brigade, who travel the galaxy in search of the enigmatic Lost Technology. However, nobody really knows what Lost Technology is, let alone what it looks like, so the crew ends up being relegated to busywork and humanitarian missions. The group recently took on a new recruit, though. Milfeulle Sakuraba is an air-headed, pink-haired ditz that has a lucky streak the size of the Grand Canyon. With her on board, the Brigade just may be able to find some Lost Technology and crawl out of the rut they’ve been in.

The series is presented as a series of fifteen-minute shorts. Each episode has the Angels departing for a new location, to investigate a different possible piece of Lost Technology. From finding a royal cat at a tropical resort, to disarming a smart-assed talking missile and stopping a runaway AI-driven tank, it’s never a dull moment for the Angels.

Why Was It Passed Up??

The series saw a mild level of success when it first came out. It was received well, and sold decently through the first few volumes. However, the series was a victim of numerous unusual circumstances. The first nail in the coffin was the show’s overall length. Galaxy Angel, in its entirety, is sixty-two 30-minute installments, which was spread across 16 volumes, and a boxed set for Galaxy Angel A. The show was released across a span of four years, from 2004 through 2008 which means that it had to compete with literally dozens of bigger, newer shows. This includes The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Hellsing, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Interest just tapered off as fans were attracted to the latest and greatest.

At the same time, Galaxy Angel was a title that was released straight through the anime crash. At a point when anime sales fell through the floor, as companies folded one by one, and the industry moved to boxed sets as a new normal, the show was being released at $29.99 singles.
 

Why This Show??

I could go on for hours, but I’ll be blunt. Galaxy Angel is one of the funniest shows to hit the air in a long time. The series is a spiritual successor to Broccoli’s previous comedy, DiGi Charat and, as one can expect, the show is a straight-up barrage of jokes and comedic moments. Everything is pushed to a level of absurdity that could have easily been groan-worthy. However, the strong characters and top-notch writing save all but the most egregious jokes. The cast especially serves as a major driver of the show’s laughs. From the ditzy Milfeulle, to the cosplay-addicted Mint and gun-loving Forte, it’s hard not to find a member to resonate with.

Closing Thoughts

To be overly kind: Galaxy Angel is a modern classic.

To be realistic: Galaxy Angel is a fantastic show with a playful sense of humor and a charming cast. The series has far more ups than downs, and never tries to take things too seriously. The show rarely delves into the overly otaku-ish qualities, and ha enough broad appeal to work with even those who haven’t had much prior exposure to anime.

Most of the show is currently unavailable and growing fairly rare, though later seasons can still be found on Right Stuf.

Opening

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Trailer

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About the author

Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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