Angel Cop

Angel Cop (エンゼルコップ, Enzeru Koppu) is a six-part original video animation created and directed by Ichirō Itano. A manga adaptation written and illustrated by Taku Kitazaki was serialized in Newtype in 1989 and collected into a Newtype 100% collection released in April 1990.

Angel Cop
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エンゼルコップ
(Enzeru Koppu)
Created byIchirō Itano
Original video animation
Directed byIchirō Itano
Produced byKazufumi Nomura
Written byShō Aikawa
Ichirō Itano
Music byHiroshi Ogasawara
StudioDAST
Licensed by
Released September 1, 1989 May 20, 1994
Runtime30 minutes
Episodes6
Manga
Written byTaku Kitazaki
Published byKadokawa Shoten
MagazineNewtype
PublishedJune - September 1989
Volumes1
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PlotEdit

The story initially starts by dealing with terrorism at the end of the 20th century, where Japan is the largest economy in the world. The communist radical group, the Red May, are trying to bring down Japan's economy and take over the government. In response, a government agency, the Special Security Force, is formed with the ability to act outside the law. However, when the Red May suddenly find themselves being wiped out, the force discovers that something else is hunting the terrorists.

CharactersEdit

  • Angel (Yō Mikawa) Voiced by: Mika Doi (Japanese); Sharon Holm (English) - The main protagonist and title character. A member of the Special Security Force, she initially believes in just getting the job accomplished and not caring who dies. In the end, however, she shows dismay after being forced to kill Raiden. Her story differs in the manga; she becomes cybernetic after being injured in an explosion, in contrast to her anime counterpart who remains human throughout.
  • Raiden (Isamu Sakata) Voiced by: Masashi Ebara (Japanese); John Hunter (English) - Angel's assigned partner in the Special Security Force. Injured during a pursuit of the Red May terrorists, he voluntarily allows himself to receive cybernetic enhancements in the anime. His new powers allow him to fight Lucifer to standstill. Afterward, he forces Angel to kill him by causing his suit to detonate, destroying Lucifer in the process. Raiden's story differs in the manga, where Angel becomes cybernetic instead of him.
  • Hacker (Yūji Fuse) Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka (Japanese); John Bull (English) - One of the Special Security agents. As his name implies, he handles hacking duties, but also participates in firefights, being enormously strong and muscled. He is killed when Lucifer takes control of his body and causes him to detonate a grenade in the anime. In the manga, he is killed by Freya.
  • Peace (Reika Yogawa) Voiced by: Rei Sakuma (Japanese); Barbara Barnes (English) - The only other female Special Security agent, Peace handles explosives and is generally paired with Hacker. It is later revealed that she is in love with him. Peace dies when Lucifer drains her mind in the anime. As with Hacker, she is killed by Freya in the manga.
  • Kuwata (Masumi Hirakawa) Voiced by: Mikio Terashima (Japanese); Garrick Hagon (English) - Taki's right-hand man, Kuwata appears to be second in command of the Special Security Agency. He is killed by Lucifer for allowing Tachihara to leave the Special Security's building. He wanted an alliance with the hunters shortly before his death.
  • Kaishō Taki Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi (Japanese); Bob Sessions (English) - The head of the Special Security Force, he is responsible for giving his subordinates their orders. In the final episode, he arrives at the main police office to kill Maisaka, but is wounded in the attempt and left to bleed to death; however, he manages to plant a bomb in a tape recorder and escape the building.
  • Ichihara Voiced by: Kôichi Kitamura (Japanese); Peter Marinker (English) - A scientist for the Ministry of Defense who developed cybernetic technology for the police force. Taki, however, refused to allow Ichihara to test his works on the Special Security agents; nevertheless, Ichihara was able to give Raiden a cybernetic exoskeleton. During the final battle, he was killed when his laboratory exploded by Lucifer's power.
  • Lucifer Voiced by: Kumiko Hironaka (Japanese); Lorelei King (English) - The main antagonist, Lucifer is a Hunter, a psychic sent to destroy anyone unjust in the world. Of the three Hunters, Lucifer is the most powerful and the most fanatical, causing a mass pile-up just to catch Tachihara and killing anyone who attempts to aide the Red May terrorists, the Special Service agents included. Her powers are telekinesis and telepathy, and is able to increase her physical and psychic power by sucking electricity. She is finally killed when Raiden's suit detonates in front of her. In the manga, she is killed by a cybernetic Angel.
  • Asura Voiced by: Nozomu Sasaki (Japanese); Jay Benedict (English) - The first Hunter encountered, Asura possesses psychic powers of teleporting and telekinesis, though the latter not on the same level as Lucifer's. He decides to join up with the Special Security agents after realizing Lucifer went too far in her methods. Asura soon becomes targeted by her, but survives the final encounter. In the manga, Asura never allies himself with the Special Security agents and is shot in the head by Angel.
  • Freya Voiced by: Yuko Mizutani (Japanese); Barbara Barnes (English) - A young girl Hunter. She possesses pyrokinetic and telepathic powers, and is also capable to create a kinetic shield out of fire. Asura and Freya appear to be very close. She is killed by Lucifer in the anime and Angel in the manga.
  • Maisaka Voiced by: Osamu Saka (Japanese); Jesse Vogel (English) - The main villain, Maisaka is the Governor of Tokyo, and he is in command of all the police forces. He is responsible for Red May, awakening the hunters, and attempting to wipe out the Special Security Force. He was killed when a bomb Taki planted inside his tape recorder detonated.
  • Togawa Voiced by: Tesshō Genda (Japanese); William Roberts (English) - Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Public Security Bureau Third Public Security Division Chief and Maisaka's second in command. Togawa was seemingly killed by Angel during an attack on Ichihara's building, but the man killed was revealed to be a decoy. The real Togawa perishes in the explosion that also kills Maisaka.
  • Tachihara Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (Japanese); Danny Flynn (English) - The new head of the Red May, Tachihara initially manages to escape from the Special Security Force, but is eventually captured and tortured. He was also a pawn of Maisaka. Hacker and Peace attempt to bring him to Ichihara's laboratory for safety, but the three are killed by Lucifer on the highway.

ReleasesEdit

Originally licensed by Manga Entertainment, Discotek Media have announced in May 2018 that they acquired the rights to the OVA and announced a plan to re-release it on DVD and Blu-ray in North America, with a new uncensored subtitle track, essays, an interview, trailers and will include the English dubbed version.[1] Some antisemitic content[clarification needed] present within the original Japanese dialogue was censored from the previous Manga Entertainment English releases.[2]

ReceptionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Discotek rescues classic trash ova Angel Cop". May 25, 2018.
  2. ^ Justin Sevakis (November 29, 2007). "Buried Garbage - Angel Cop". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 2014-09-08. Retrieved September 8, 2014.

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