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The Devils and Angels are at it again…
Momoko Hanasaki and her friends, Yuri and Hinagiku, are Love Angels, earthly agents for the goddess Aphrodite. Their job is to protect love from being corrupted by the evil Devils, who want the earth to be overrun by hate and fear. Through the use of magical talismans (a mirror, a lipgloss, and a watch), they transform into wedding dresses, the most potent symbol of love, to fight minions of Lady Raine Devila. Pluie has been the biggest enemy to date, with his "Jama" demons he uses to possess and control others. What Pluie and the Devils hate the most is the "love wave"—any strong expression of love from humans. They want to obtain items called the Saint Something Four so they can enslave the Angels and wipe out love. We don't yet know exactly what the Saint Something Four are, but we do know that Momoko won't let them win.
Volume two still has some backstory to tell about the Angels and the Saint Something Four. We find out what the Saint Something Four represent, learn more about what originally created the Love Angels on earth, and get a peek at Momoko's real feelings for Yousuke. Of course, in the meantime there is plenty of butt kicking to go around, and in this set of episodes, a bunch of new devils to fight.
It should be noted that the terms "devil" and "angel" are being used somewhat loosely in this series to describe two sides in a war. Characters don't necessarily remain devils all the time, as in the case of Jama-P, a sprite who used to fight for Pluie, but who was transformed by Momoko's love wave into a cute ally for the Love Angels.
"Pajama and the Sleeping Princess"
"The Stolen Something Four"
"Good Work! Friendship Renewal!"
"Time Traveling Hinagiku"
"The Beautiful Devil's Love Fortune-Telling"
Aptly named "Pluie's War," nearly every episode features a new minion to attack lovers in a new and different way, and nearly every episode ends with a liberal use of the "Bridal Flash" technique to purge each devil of all hate. At this rate, who will be left to fight? Some new enemies are being introduced for the Love Angels to fight, but that might mean additional costume changes. In this series, there are two sets of changes—the first, into a wedding dress, and a second, into less cumbersome fighting gear. Each have their own "battle gear change" sequence (at least one per episode) that wears the patience thin after a few back-to-back viewings.
Video transfer for Volume Two is excellent, with clear and colorful visuals for this glossy animation style. Sound quality is also good, with a robust soundtrack and an excellent English voice dub track with performances that are spot-on, and don't lay it on too thick. I especially like the actor for Yousuke, who is slightly snarky, but can be sincere when required. Other extras: a reversible cover, and clean opening and closing animation. With six episodes to a volume, you won't mind the lack of substantive extras.
This release definitely improves on Volume One, as we get to know the characters a little better and things start to get interesting. A couple of new characters that look like they might reappear from time to time are introduced, as well. If you liked the first volume, check it out.
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