Plot: What’s it about?
As Meifon has discovered much about her true self, she has been in a fragile state, especially with her horrific dreams still present. Although she tries to deal with the immense pain, it becomes too much and in an effort to heal, she takes drastic action. She first disbands the Angel Links and Link Group, then ventures to an isolated location to get away from it all. But of course, she is unable to run away from her problems and as per usual, her problems come to find her, even when she’s in a remote village. As Meifon simply tries to live a normal life away from missions, danger, and of course, Goryu, some of the members of the former groups close down the operations. But Duuz decides to look into the issues more and stumbles across some vital information, which he passes on to Kosei, who is with Meifon. As Goryu prepares to gain vengeance on Meifon, some hard decisions must be made by Meifon, in terms of how far she will go to end this. After the smoke clears and everything settles down, what will become of Meifon and the former Links teams?
The fourth installment in Pioneer’s Angel Links series, this disc contains three episodes, numbers eleven through thirteen. This is also the final volume in the series, so if you’ve seen the previous three discs, of course you won’t want to miss this one. I enjoyed these episodes, but I don’t think Angel Links will find a wide audience. The animation is quite good and the voice acting is solid, but even in just these three episodes, things were a little redundant at times. I’m not easily annoyed, so the repetition never really got to me, but I can see how some would dislike the approaches taken with the series. But if this kind of anime is something you can deal with, then Angel Links has a lot to offer, to be sure. The writing is good and even when storylines get tangled up at times, by the time all is said and done, it all makes sense. So the character depth and story levels are very good here, especially in these later episodes. Another high point is the music, which is terrific and adds a lot to the series’ entertainment value. Angel Links is an interesting series and if you’re at all interested, I recommend a rental of a couple volumes, to gauge your reactions.
Video: How does it look?
The episodes are presented in full frame transfers, as intended. This is an above average visual effort, but some minor issues keep the score down. I found colors to be bright and true most of the time, but scenes show some bleeds, although not to an extreme degree. I had to watch a couple of scenes twice to catch the instances, but they’re present nonetheless. I also noticed some edge enhancement in some sequences, though again, nothing to serious to contend with. Aside from these issues, the transfers look terrific and have solid contrast & colors, as well as clean print, more than effective presentations.
Audio: How does it sound?
I chose to listen to the episodes in the original Japanese language soundtrack, but Pioneer has also included an English dub option. I found the audio to be much like a sharp television presentation, which seems to be adequate here. The sound effects are more distinct and well placed than expected, so I was very pleased in that respect, while the superb musical score is flawless here, simply excellent. No errors with the dialogue either, as vocals were sharp and never distorted in the least. This disc also includes optional English subtitles.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes a six minute reel of conceptual artwork, hosted by Meifon, who shares her thoughts as the reel advances.