Ranked #2136

Kidou Tenshi Angelic Layer

Alternative Titles

English: Battle Doll Angelic Layer
Japanese: 機動天使エンジェリックレイヤー


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 1, 2001 to Sep 23, 2001
Premiered: Spring 2001
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: TV Tokyo Music
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: Bones
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.331 (scored by 19,334 users)
Ranked: #21362
Popularity: #1187
Members: 36,401
Favorites: 214
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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.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Suzuhara, Misaki
Suzuhara, Misaki
Enomoto, Atsuko
Enomoto, Atsuko
Kobayashi, Hatoko
Kobayashi, Hatoko
Shiratori, Yuri
Shiratori, Yuri
Kizuki, Tamayo
Kizuki, Tamayo
Yukino, Satsuki
Yukino, Satsuki


Minami, Masahiko
Minami, Masahiko
Nishikiori, Hiroshi
Nishikiori, Hiroshi
Director, Script, Storyboard
Tsuruoka, Yota
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director
Takamatsu, Shinji
Takamatsu, Shinji
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(0/26)

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Opening Theme

"Be My Angel" by Enomoto Atsuko

Ending Theme

#1: "The Starry Sky" by HAL
#2: "Ame Agari" by Matsushita Moeco

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Dec 13, 2008
If I were to describe this anime in one sentence, it would be: "Pokemon with Battle Dolls!"

Story: 6/10
We follow little Mizaki, a little girl wanting to see her mother after years and years of being away from her. Upon arriving in the city where her aunt lives, she sees a jumbo vision screen that has two little battle dolls (known as Angles) fighting one on one. She is intrigued by them and decides to try it out for herself, unknown to Mizaki her mom is actually much closer than she thinks. This is the base of the storyline, along the way she meets new friends read more
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Jan 4, 2009
Title: Angelic Layer
Genre: Action, Comedy, Shojo-ish
Rating: 6/10

Plot Summary: Suzuhara Misaki moves to Tokyo city in order to attend school and for a hope that she will see her mother, who left 7 years previous to work in Tokyo. After exiting the station, she sees on a big screen two people fighting. However, these are not people - rather they are Angels, which are dolls controlled by a Deus. These dolls are custom made, and they fight in Angelic Layer, which is the name of the sport. She is told all this by the scientist Icchan, who walked up to her and started telling her this read more
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Apr 11, 2009
CLAMP decides to take the standard shonen fighting tournament setup and retools it into a series for girls. Partly it does this by making the tournament a fighter between customizable dolls, and making most of the competitors young females.

Like most tournament shows, the themes of doing your best and friendship pervade the experience. A doll used in the Angelic Fights is usually treated by her (or rarely, his) owner (deus) as though it were a dear friend, with concerned cries going out when they are injured. Unlike most competition shows, however, Angelic Layer isn't treated as the be-all-end-all of life. Characters who take it read more
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Sep 5, 2015
I'd have to say that it's a good thing I force myself to finish anime, even if I am clearly not enjoying it in the beginning. Personally, I felt the first 10-15 episodes were very hard to watch - mostly because the three recurring girls were the characters I found most annoying. And sure, I ended up sympathising with two of them, but that didn't make them any less annoying at the end. I greatly enjoyed the other characters, however. Perhaps the three girls are good enough characters that they evoke an emotion in me - annoyance? Maybe. Who knows. I also felt that they read more
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Anime: Gundam Build Fighters
A toy has become one of the most popular competitions. Build your own customized miniature fighter and use it in duels on a special arena against various opponents. Some of them may become your friends, some may use quite underhanded methods to win. Catch up to your parent. And maybe you'll even find love along the way. 
reportRecommended by luinthoron
Anime: Cardcaptor Sakura
Both are Lovable stories that follow two girls as they get stronger.The main characters, Misaki (angelic layer) and Sakura ( cardcaptor sakura) are friendly and kind. They are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in. As the story progresses, the two girls get better at what they do. Sakura at collecting clow cards and Misaki at playing angelic layer.The two main character's best friend, Tomoyo (cardacaptor sakura) and Hatoko ( angelic layer)are also similar in appearance and personality.
The art is similar. Both stories have to do with adventure and character develoment. They are fun to watch.  
reportRecommended by Sanfron
Anime: Busou Shinki Moon Angel
Both shows are about 15 cm (roughly) tall robots and some form of tournament battles. You get to customize and train your companion while fighting against various kinds of opponents in normal or tournament style battles. Both main characters start in a near similar fashion working their way to the top. I find this to be the most appropriate Anime to recommend when watching Moon Angel.

Main difference however is ammunition is live and Shinki's have full A.I when compared with "Angel" who need platforms to battle. Rest is similar. 
reportRecommended by EuroSubstance
Anime: Saki
In both series, the main characters not only want to become stronger through participating in more advanced tournaments, but they also have got emotional motives and struggles to communicate with their loving family. They need to become to top ones to solve their family issues.

What's more, the fighting stage in the tournaments in Angelic Layer are different and grand each time, which makes the fight become quite challenging, fresh and exciting, and those who participate must use their knowledge, skills, experiences and wisdom to win the game. 
reportRecommended by animan7
Anime: Bamboo Blade
-Both animes are about getting better at their games aiming to keep on winning and continue to move onto bigger tournaments
-Both have really potential leads 
reportRecommended by MagicFlier
Anime: Hikaru no Go
Main characters are about the same age, both have or get some emotional scarring they need to overcome, both are trying to become good at something new, in effect rising to their challenge. Neither anime neglects the cast of supporting characters, always a good thing. 
reportRecommended by rkrempel

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