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From left: Haruka, Kurumi, Aoi.

I know I'm pathetically slow to receive news sometimes. Well, more like all the time.

Still, it wasn't until I was looking through random Youtube videos that I heard about the second set of anime episodes (webcast, if I read it correctly) for Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angels. I would watch it if only for Yukari Tamura and Mamiko Noto reprising their roles as Haruka Minazuki and Aoi Kannazuki respectively, but this adds in a new character in the form of eleven-year old Kurumi Hazuki, voiced by the instantly-recognizable Rie Kugimiya.

No points for guessing Kurumi's likely personality.

Further big names for new characters are present in the form of Yui Horie and Ryoka Yuzuki as rival duo Twin Phantom, sisters Tesla (or whatever the katakana TE-SU-RA stands for) and Nine Violet respectively. Apparently the teacher Joshi Saijou (Yuu Asakawa) is associated with them somehow? I forget. In any case, the big baddie this time is Godot Black Trader, voiced by Rikiya Koyama.

I suppose my interest in this show lies entirely because it is not groundbreaking. It is safe, familiar, and has lots of cute girls. I am, truth be told, kind of tired of deconstructions and twists and parodies. I want to go back to the roots of it all. I want to have fun. I want my happy ending.

Preferably without being insulted for wanting them.

The second opening song is basically the first opening song plus about thirty seconds of extra bits in front. The actual animation is different, though; more cute chibis is always welcome.

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Let's Go Fever Time~

Unless one is going for something Darker and Edgier, magical girls, by their very nature, have to exist in a sort of simplified version of Real Life, where Improbable Aiming Skills are de rigeur, and indeed on the lower end of the power spectrum. It is a world where teenage (and younger) girls can go up against trained killers and win, possibly because trained killers are usually not as dangerous as the Monster Of The Week, or at least as dangerous as the Monster Of The Week could be if it hadn't been nerfed.

It is also, apparently, a world where a single stolen book is transported in a briefcase, which is then placed into a large reinforced crate, which is in turn placed into a large shipping container. Which took a great deal more time and effort to move than simply carrying the briefcase. So it goes.

Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel, apart from having a distinctly redundant title, has Yukari Tamura and Mamiko Noto in the lead roles, as Extroverted Twintail Haruka Minnazuki and Introverted Meganekko (who, unfortunately, loses her glasses when in Magical Girl mode) Aoi Kannazuki respectively, complete with all the associated character tropes thereof. It is classic, not in the sense of being able to survive through the ages, but more due to its whole-hearted embrace of the Standard Magical Girl Tropes, complete with helium-voiced super-bouncy ave;new ending theme. (Which is certainly keeping with the theme).

Hopefully the second episode (of two; this is an OAV) deals with the distinctly Downer Ending cliffhanger, mostly because a magical girl team comprised of Yukari Tamura and Mamiko Noto is, in this blog's vernacular, hanyaa~n.

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