After my Ikoku Meiro no Croisée post another entry for the Anime Summerseason 2011.
Today I’d like to share my opinion about the magical girl comedy show Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel.
Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel: Kyun Kyun Tokimeki Paradise!! is a 12 episode long anime show produced by J.C. Staff, originally based on a pachinko slot machine game. The story of this show is simple, it centers around Haruka Minazuki and Aoi Kannazuki, two students of St. Cherine academy, at night they are the magical girl duo Twin Angel who fight against the organisation Black Auction and protect the seven amulets who contains an immense power from them. In 2008 there already was a two episode long Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel OVA made by studio Nomad.[singlepic id=1397 w=320 h=240 float=none] [singlepic id=1400 w=320 h=240 float=none] Haruka is a cheerful and upbeat character, in Twin Angel mode she is a close combat type, while Aoi the more calm and collected character does long range attacks with her bow. My favorite character was Haruka because she’s cute, but in terms of character depth their teacher is the more interesting person, she is debt ridden and while searching for a part time job she gets pulled to the side of the main villain Black Trader who wants the 7 amulets to fullfill his wrath. [singlepic id=1401 w=320 h=240 float=none] [singlepic id=1402 w=320 h=240 float=none] In the later episodes another character joins the Twin Angel Duo, Kurumi Hazuki, a tsundere character who always gets into arguments with Haruka, they are like cat and dog. She is something like the explosive expert of Twin Angel who throws different kinds of bombs at her opponents. In the last quarter of Twin Angel two new villains appear, Tesla and Nine, the adopted daughters of Black Trader, they hate Twin Angel and bring more life into the story. [singlepic id=1399 w=320 h=240 float=none] [singlepic id=1398 w=320 h=240 float=none] The voice acting is done by a talented cast, the main characters, Aoi and Haruka are voiced by Noto, Mamiko (Sawako – Kimi ni Todoke) and Tamura, Yukari (Nanoha – Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha) Kurumi Hazuki is voiced by Kurumi Kugimiya, Rie (Louise – Zero no Tsukaima). [singlepic id=1403 w=320 h=240 float=none] [singlepic id=1404 w=320 h=240 float=none] The show wants to be a parody of magical girl anime and a magical girl anime at the same time, but that doesn’t work especially well most of the time I have to say. Even though Twin Angel has it’s good and funny moments, the second half of the anime also feels a bit out of good ideas and also a bit rushed and therefore development from the story and the characters lack in substance.
I think when you have such great voice actors, you should make a less half assed job with the plot. Well, there are a few good action scenes and overall the characters and the magical girl outfits are very cute, but something crucal is missing.
It was a cute, cheesy and funny anime, but it could have been better in terms of plot and pacing.
Also the catchy Op “Onna no Kotte Maji Chō Angel” and Ed song “Shining☆Star” were nice.
Thx for reading, see you in two days with another review of an anime from Summerseason 2011.