Reviewby Maral Agnerian,
DVD 4 - Eternal Angel
Volume 4, the culmination of the Angel Links story, deals with Meifon's reaction to the revelations of the last volume. The shock of discovering her true nature is too much for her, and she runs away for a time, but soon enough she comes to realize that she has to face Goryu and herself.
Episode 11 deals primarily with Meifon's breakdown, but more information is given regarding the relationship between Chenho (Meifon's grandfather) and Goryu/Leon, and their connection to Meifon. The final two episodes show the final confrontation between Goryu/Leon and Meifon, and there is even a small piece of the Meifon puzzle left to be revealed.
Ah yes, the dramatic ending. No cliche is left unturned--Meifon pulls a Miaka ("I have to do it all by myself so I won't hurt anyone") but is taught the value of friendship and teamwork by her loyal crew, Goryu makes creepy passes at Meifon again, there's the lengthy explain-the-plot-while-dying scene, and the obligatory villain's-death-causes-the-building-to-explode scene, which in this case makes even less sense than usual. Fortunately the very end makes up for it, with a very understated and sweet closure to a less-than-fabulous show.
As for the disc itself, we finally get some decent extras--this disc includes a 'Secrets of Angel Links' segment in which an SD-Meifon and Taffei talk about the details of the ship, how it works, etc. It's quite cute and fairly interesting, and includes new material as well as concept sketches. The dub, however, appears to have gotten even worse since the last volume--Goryu/Leon sounds like he's on Valium, and the rest of the cast deliver their lines in a very stilted, artificial manner. Art and animation are still good, although in the last episode the character designs (especially Meifon's) look a bit odd--perhaps they switched animation teams.
But despite its numerous flaws, Angel Links is mercifully short. With only 13 episodes, there wasn't much time to waste on boring and pointless episodes. Sure, there were a few, but most of the episodes were used for advancing the main plot, and for that it gets some points. It's a very average sci-fi adventure show, and everything here has been done better elsewhere, but at least it doesn't drag on forever and ends neatly. If you've stuck with Meifon and crew this far, it's worth watching this disc just to see how everything turns out.
Overall (dub) : C-
Overall (sub) : C+
Story : C+
Animation : A-
Art : A-
Music : A
+ Nice clean ending; interesting extras
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