Ange Vierge

Ange Vierge

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One day, out of the blue, the five worlds were linked together. Our blue world, Earth. The black world, ruled by night and magic, Darknes Embrace. The red world, protected by prayer and by the gods: Tera Rubily Aurora. The white world, managed by science and computers: System White Egma. The green world, governed by weapons and armies: Glynnesert. Meanwhile, in each of the worlds, there was an emergence of girls possessing special “Exceed” abilities. The girls would come to be known as the Progress. There, the girls would meet. The world is on the verge of doom. Only the Progress can save it.

Another anime which I wasn’t so sure of at first. The first episode didn’t really showcase much of the story or the characters or the ideas behind those known as Progress and those that were Alpha Drives. It just seemed to be a demonstration of how awesome these unexplained powers that these girls had were. Also, by the time I got to this one, it already had a lot of 1-star reviews on Crunchyroll.

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Thankfully, things started to get back on track a little bit in the second episode and I could see this one as something I could get into. Despite its sci-fi base-protecting battle format, Ange Vierge still has something very ‘mahou shoujo’ about it. From the initial settling and the slightly dark tone, at first glance it felt like this one was strangely similar to Unlimited Fafnir (minus the bland male protagonist) with a hint of Madoka about it. I already have the fantastic Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! that covers magical boys, so to have some magical girls to balance things out can only be a good thing.

After their base suffered an unprecedented attack by their enemy, the monstrous ouroborus, the Progress find themselves drastically weakened after a targeted attack on their Alpha Drives, encasing them all in an unknown substance that repels all physical attacks. Not only that, but their senior Progresses have been led away on a dangerous feint by the enemy and are now converted to the ouroborus side, creating negative energy that is causing all the worlds to accelerate towards one another in a collision course that will end life as we know it.

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Though this one isn’t the most highly-rated show of the season, I find myself quite enjoying it at times. It’s got a little bit of a dark twist that quite a lot of anime released this summer has (which in really enjoying). What’s good about Ange Vierge is that it’s refusing to info-dump. I can see now that I’m a few episodes in that it’s letting the action scenes do the talking whilst just highlighting them with extra information when it becomes relevant. However, having just hit the middle of the episodes, things have taken a a bit of a dip, entering a repetitive cycle of the type of actions scenes we are seeing. Each of our main core characters finds themselves facing their senpai, who has essentially been taken over by the ouroborus. Whilst this was entertaining at first, things are starting to get tiresome. The characters differ slightly but the fight scenes are the same – the character doesn’t want to fight their senpai, but ends up having to anyway because they have no choice. Somehow, by the end of the episode, they end up beating them. The end. Are things ever going to change course again before the final episodes?

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There’s also a lot of time-hopping, switching between scenes that have already happened to fill the audience in on the group’s history – in particular their specific relationships with the Alpha Driver, Amane. Since the strength of a Progress is directly linked to the depth of their bonds with their Alpha Driver, they all have to work together to really understand each other in order to become more powerful. Whilst the remaining Progresses are working to save their senpai and get to the bottom of the ouroborus attack, we are shown past scenes of them meeting Amane and showing how they all became friends with her. This was great in the earlier episodes, but now even these are becoming as repetitive as the actions scenes that they run side-by-side with.

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Despite its early allure, Ange Vierge feels like things could be quite straightforward. I think I can see how things are going to end after the standard formulaic story. I’m hoping for a bit of a twist or an unknown obstacle that gets thrown in the way of the group. I’m still hoping that this one has still got a few unknown aces up its sleeve to keep my attention and make me not regret picking this one up.