Visual Novel Highlight : Galaxy Angel

Yeah, Sorry that I haven’t posted anything lately, been experiencing some wacky mood swings and it affected most of my IRL stuff. Today I’m going to talk about one wholes series that for the ones who don’t know might shock them a bit due to the bizarrely different themes served by 2 different medias and it’s the Galaxy Angel Series.

1088Galaxy Angel, is the first game from it’s series. It was developed by BROCOLLI and was released first for the PC in August 23, 2002. The game itself is basically a Love Adventure combined  with a RTS Spaceship battle, where you can command all the “Emblem Frames” Piloted by the Angel Troupe. Later in April 17, 2003 it receives a PS2 port. It then ultimately received an anime adaptation in April 7, 2001, but wait the release year it’s contradicting itself? The truth is the development for the game got delayed and they first released the mange adaptation of the game in 2001, then they did a loose comedic adaptation for the anime. So, the game is the root for every adaptation known in the industry. In fact because the anime went first, and it was a popular hit, it then overshadows the game and the manga itself, in which resulted expected the game and the manga to be “the same” with the anime when they don’t realize that the anime was a spin-off adaptation.

Story

Galaxy Angels are from the “Special Guardian Division” and they work closely with the “Imperial Special Guards” and the “Satellite Defense Teams”. They are the guardians of the White Moon, the sacred planet of the Transbaal Empire, and the personal protectors of the White Moon Goddess Shatoyan. The story begins with Prince Eonia attempting a take over of the Transbaal Empire with the aid of the mysterious Black Moon, counterpart to the White Moon. To counter Prince Eonia, the Angel-tai along with their flagship the Elsior are placed in the hands of the kind and ever-capable Commander Takuto Meyers. (Wikipedia)

Takuto Mayers

Takuto Mayers

So, in a nutshell, it differs greatly with the comedic anime, where the game takes a serious approach on a love war drama. the main differences lies on the fact of the existence of the male protagonist, Takuto. In this game The “Galaxy Angels” are elite military officers that’s assigned to protect the Transbaal Empire. Each member of the Galaxy Angels are assigned to one personal “Emblem Frame” which are the spacecrafts used to fight and defend against enemies they used them in the anime but mostly used for transport only. In the game you will command these Emblem Frames in space battle.

Gameplay

The gameplay is divided into 2 parts, the conversion part where you will converse with the Angels and try to improve their relationship. The other part is the action part, where you will command all the ships in a “real-time” strategy mode similar to other RTS games, like Warcraft and Command and Conquer series.

In every chapter as Takuto you will roam the ship and try to speak with the members of The Angel Troupe, raising your intimacy with them. Besides developing the love story, any member that has a positive attitude will have a status boost when they’re deployed in battle later. In the action part, depending on the story you will have an amount of ships to control, including the Emblem Frames and your mother ship the Elsior. But despite that, the Angels by default will move by themselves if no command is issued.

Why Do I like this Visual Novel

Foremost the story of Galaxy Angels falls right into one of my favorite VN genre, which is romance. the thought that I can court my favorite characters from the anime series blew my mind when I first found out about it. Storywise can be a bit cliched, but that’s not the focus of the game, they want you to focus on the members of the Galaxy Angel. Despite being a VN, it’s action part is also good but little bit short since it’s not a “build your army” kind of games. The game besides offering the usual CG events also offers fully animated cutscenes usually happening in important points of the story. If you like Galaxy Angel, and is curious about how it actually started  I encourage you to play this game, because it has details and secrets not revealed in the anime series. The Galaxy Angel series is a +15 rated series  so don’t worry about explicit stuff. The Game itself has already received a fan translation in English, so why don’t you just go ahead and try it.

Fan Translation patch can be found here, the game itself can be found in your torrent sites or VN download sites.

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For the next few days, I’ll be talking about VNs that are adapted into an anime so be prepared to learn more and be shocked on some of the entries. But for the time being, I’m going to finish up the Galaxy Angels series first. :D

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3 responses to “Visual Novel Highlight : Galaxy Angel

  1. Wow, I think Galaxy Angels use the Homeworld 1 or 2 engine, it look really similar ! Homeworld is probably the best space opera ever made, so obviously I’ll like this one !
    Thank you a lot !

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