Ariel Visual

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Japanese: ARIEL (エリアル) VISUAL


Type: OVA
Episodes: 2
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 21, 1989 to Aug 21, 1989
Producers: animate Film
Licensors: Central Park Media
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Novel
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: MechaMecha
Duration: 27 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 5.351 (scored by 657657 users)
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Ranked: #112322
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Popularity: #10472
Members: 2,116
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To save the Earth from alien invaders and their giant monsters, Dr. Kishida does what any other red-blooded mad scientist would do: he builds a giant robot—the ultimate feminine fighting robot!

Unfortunately, his grand-daughters refuse to pilot it! Apparently, they've got more important things to do than becoming teenage super-heroes. Besides, how are you supposed to study for your college entrance exams while getting beaten-up in battle?

Fortunately for Dr. Kishida, things aren't too well for the invaders, either. According to their reports, the Earth was the perfect target: lush, peaceful, and relatively defenseless. Theoretically, the planet should've surrendered long ago. Now, the war is at a standstill, the dreaded Accounting Department is warning about the serious cost overruns, and the head of the home office has arrived from Galactic Headquarters to personally oversee operations. Has Headquarters decided to unleash, The Audit—or do they have something even more evil in mind?

The fate of the world rests upon two people: Aya Kishida, one of the doctor's granddaughters, who may have to give up prep school to pilot the mighty (and lovely) ARIEL; and a mysterious alien named Saber Starblast, who may have the power to defeat the invaders once and for all...

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Characters & Voice Actors


Watanabe, Junichi
Director, Script
Matsuura, Noriyoshi
Sound Director
Hayashibara, Megumi
Theme Song Performance
Shounen Shoujo Gasshoudan Mizuumi
Theme Song Performance


Opening Theme

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"Ariel no Uta (エリアルのうた)" by 国立科学研究所合唱部(二軍), Shounen Shoujo Gasshou Dan Mizuumi

Ending Theme

1: "Mikakunin Girl: Good Innocent Ribbon Lady (未確認GIRL -Good Innocent Ribbon Lady-)" by Megumi Hayashibara
2: "Mikakunin Boy: Best Oriental Young Man (未確認BOY -Best Oriental Young-man-)" by Yuuko Mizutani

Aug 24, 2011
Mixed Feelings
The story arc is pretty simple. Aliens have invaded for the sake of claiming Earth for the corporation they work for. Their efforts are being thwarted by a large mecha shaped like a woman, ARIEL, so an old friend of the invasion force's leader shows up to provide assistance. Things aren't going smoothly on Earth, however. ARIEL's pilots decided that they don't want the job and it's up to their Grandfather/Uncle, two of the girls are his granddaughters the other is his niece, to persuade them otherwise. The story itself is pretty standard and kind of weak, but the execution is great. It's very light-hearted ...
Oct 12, 2015
Mixed Feelings
My biggest issue with Ariel Visual is that there’s no reason to care about the plot and most of the characters. The OVA starts out with an opening narration that summarizes that sets up the bare bones of the plot and character relations, but it never develops them beyond what’s presented in this narration. It never really goes into why the aliens even want to take over the Earth and by the end of the second episode all of the characters can still be summed up with the same two sentences that they were summed up with in the opening narration.

My other big issue is ...
May 15, 2020
Mixed Feelings
The 80s saw a large number of OVA releases, many of which fell into two general categories. Some were passion projects by directors and animators eager to create something, and others were made to serve more as promotional material for another product. Ariel is an OVA that falls into the latter category.

I'll be honest, the only reason I came across this OVA was because of the recently released Moderoid kit of the titular robot. It's also worth mentioning that this is based on a 20-volume long series of light novels, of which a grand total of 0 volumes have been translated to English. The ...

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