Angel's Friends (possible spoilers ahoy)
haven't done any reviews in a long time and since Tumblr has come back I
might as well. I was watching the horrors that is the new Winx Club
from Nickelodeon on YouTube when I saw a show called Angel's Friends on
the recommended videos side bar. Okay, I was game for it and so here is
my review of the show based solely on the first season. I see there has
been a second season made but I have not seen it.
is a show that falls into the not W.I.T.C.H. genre as a friend pointed
out. It's about a girl named Raf who is also an angel who needs to go to
Earth for training and meets up with her friends Sweet (Dolce) Miki and
Uri. They must challenge the devils Sulfus, Gas, Kabale and Cabiria.
each have teachers that are trying to get them to sway their "earthly
ones" to do the right or wrong thing respectively. Seems standard
enough, until they throw in the mix that Angels and Devils can't violate
the VETO. In other words, they cant touch, stop the other from their
turns and stop free will. Well there's a person, I won't spoil it, who
wants them to so she can be released from LIMBO so she tempts them into a
forbidden love. I'm sure you can guess what happens. (Longest kiss in
animated cartoons for 6-11 I've ever seen.) Things go crazy and there's
fall out. The next crisis turns into a "OMG who am I?" when Raf finds
out her angel heritage might not be totally accurate. So the entire show
is surrounding the Romeo Juliet/ Angel Devil bit that seems swiped from
Wedding Peach but I'll over look that one.
pretty bad for many of the episodes. It seems to be done in 3d with a
flat toon shader on it. There are disconnected movements and some
coloring errors. For a few it seemed like it was done in Flash with the
rigging option. The backgrounds are better than what you would see in
Winx Club. There's a lot of sparkling on the costumes though.
found myself having flashes of Bloom from WINX watching Raf but then
the same voice actress contributed to that one. Miki seemed to come in
as an after thought despite being a main girl in the original comic's
trio. Sweet is my least favorite of the girls. She's annoying and
obsessed with shopping. Strange for an angel to do. The devils all seem
to fit well. Professor Arkane was a bit creepy and clueless for a higher
angel. The ORBs seemed a bit clueless for being omniscient. I liked the
design of the Temptress. I thought she was the most unique looking of
all of them. I liked her personality.
characters are distinctive enough but some look out of place. Where
many of the characters have very pointy hair Sweets, for example has
rounded hair. It looks out of place. She was added to the cartoon and
isn't in the comic the show is based on. The twin earthly ones look
bizarre with dots on their faces. Reina's one form is very distracting
with her eye color, in the other her face makeup looks a bit ridiculous.
Her mask was much better to look at. The girl's new costumes/power ups
look a lot like W.I.T.C.H. meets WINX. From what I can tell a lot of
them changed for season two and look more like they were animated in
Flash so I can't really comment on it.
saw both versions of the show, in Italian and in English. I think the
English had more distinctive voices that sounded more unique to each
character but the drawback was the cramming in of words and lines.
Sweet's lines were always so compacted. I think her voice actor was the
worst of them. Sulfus the devil sounded the best of all of them. There
was some recycling of actors from The Winx Club which made it a bit
distracting though. The Italian version was okay but didn't have enough
to separate the characters. It was distracting when more than one
Friends is one of those strange shows that is crammed into about 12-14
minute episodes. There were some very rushed scenes where you could not
quite catch what was going on unless you had seen the previous episodes
and knew what was going to happen. IE a character in the portrait hall
turned angry or good. I question why these weren't 26x 22 minute
episodes instead of the 52 x 12 minute shorts. It would have helped a
lot for plot development.
one of those shows that I think had a bit tighter plot than say WINX
but they do have quite a few similar plot points...If you have nothing
else to do give it a shot. I found myself frustratingly wanting to know
more and kept watching all the way to the end. Sulfus has to be the best
thing about the show.