Angelic Layer is a manga series written by Clamp and was published in Shonen Ace Magazine starting July 1, 1999 and ended October 1, 2001by Kadokawa Shoten. An anime adaptation, Angelic Layer: Mobile Angel, was directed by Hiroshi Nishikiori and written by Ichiro Okouchi under Bones studio. It aired starting April 1, 2001 and ended September 23, 2001 on TV Tokyo.
Angelic Layer Plot
Angelic Layer revolves around a young seventh grader, Misaki Suzuhara, who just moved with her aunt, Asami Shouko, to Tokyo. Wander the city, she watches the doll, Athena, battle on a large TV at Tokyo Station and is drawn in to trying out the popular battle doll game, Angelic Layer. These dolls are animated mentally by expensive fields called the “layer”. A mysterious man in a lab coat, Icchan, urges Misaki to buy and make her own custom angel. Misaki names her customized angel, Hikaru, after a character in a manga she read during her train ride to Tokyo.
Misaki does not know much about the playing the game but soon learns how to play in tournaments with the guidance of Icchan. It is later revealed that Icchan’s real identity is Ichiro Mihara who is the co-creator of the Angelic Layer.
Misaki then enrolls in Eriol Academy where she becomes friends with Kobayashi Hatoko, an incredibly brilliant kindergarten girl who is also an Angelic Layer expert. Hatoko owns the speedy angel, Suzuka, who is considered to be one of the strongest angels in the game.
Angelic Layer Characters
Misaki Suzuhara – Misaki is a kind, younge gurl who moved to Tokyo to live with Asami Shouko, her aunt. She originally lived with her grandparents but her family could eventually afford for her to go to school in Tokyo. She is not athletic and her size often gets her mistaken as an elementary school student. She looks to the game, Angelic Layer, to prove her size does not get in her way and buys the angel, Hikaru, and joins tournaments under the guidance of Icchan.
Ichiro Mihara – Icchiro Mihara acts quite immature for a 28 year old man but when it comes to his co-creation, Angelic Layer, he is incredibly smart and serious. He was looking into making prosthetic limbs that were controllable using one’s mental capacity but when the funding for this project was stopped, him and Shuko created the game, Angelic Layer, to fund their research.
Kobayashi Hatoko – Hakoto is a very young kindergarten girl who owns the Suzuka and plays Angelic Layer and is considered to one of Misaki’s best friends.
Angelic Layer similar series
1. Cardcaptor Sakura
2. Busou Shinki moon Angel
3. Gundam Build Fighters