Oct. 11th, 2011

jlarinda: Syaoran & Syaoran (AL - You're stronger than anyone else)
CLAMP 30 day meme

+ Day 15: A CLAMP series you love that is vastly underrated

Angelic Layer! It doesn't really have a fandom, most people don't give a shit about it, it's too "new" for people to even like it on a nostalgic!way, and the thing most people remember from it is Icchan.

Angelic Layer is an adorable, sweet, hilarious story, about the most awesome toys ever, and an adorkable cast. The series's full of silliness and dynamism, and it's light-hearted and fun. It doesn't sink into random emo, because it's not meant to. The battles're awesome, because the series does a great job at mixing the fact that yes, these are toys and not sentient beings, with the fact that you can't help but get attached to them (it reminds me of how you'd get attached to your Pokémon in-game, even knowing they're just pixels). And it's awesome because it's the Deuses battling just as much as it's the Angels battling. They're not just there sitting down wailing orders, if the Deus isn't skilled then their Angel won't win. And vice-versa. Few series in this... monster/mascot/toy-battle genre manage to balance it out so well, usually it's either the toy/mascot/monster doing all the work, or it's the owner doing it by managing all the strategies.

Anyway. AL is wonderful, and it makes me happy and more people should read and love it.

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