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A young girl, Ange, celebrates her seventeenth birthday while on a field trip for a group of top female high school students on the main planet. While there, she finds a glowing stella that reacts to her presence, releasing a cute rabbit-like creature, the divine embodiment of the stella, which she names Tantin.
Because of this reaction, Ange is visited by the Queen's Aide Rachel, and is told that she is the "Legendary Etoile," who can help save her Cosmos, the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast. No life has been born yet in this Cosmos, and Queen Angelique Collet has no Guardians to help support her.
Ange agrees to help for one year to save the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast. To do this, she visits the Cosmos of the Sacred Bird, ruled by Queen Angelique Limoges and Queen's Aide Rosalia, to gain power from the nine Guardians, which she transports to the other Cosmos to help cultivate it. Along the way, she will need to recruit the help of nine new Guardians to support Angelique Collet's Cosmos.
If Ange completes her task, she could become the legendary angel that saves the Cosmos... or will she instead find love with one of the Guardians along the way?
Ange - Ange is a seventeen-year-old girl who is the new heroine, born as the Legendary Etoile. She is a strong and bright girl who is not discouraged by adverse circumstances. It is her job to explore the cosmos of the Sacred Bird, ruled by Queen Angelique Limoges, and the cosmos of the Sacred Beast, ruled by Queen Angelique Collet. She has a magical animal companion known as Tantin. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Queen Angelique Limoges - Angelique Limoges, seventeen-years-old, is the Queen of the Cosmos of the Sacred Bird. Though she leaves many tasks to her Aide, Rosalia, Angelique is always deeply anxious about the state of the Cosmos; not only her own, but for the development of others, which is why she wants to help the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast. She is a kind person with a motherly smile, watching carefully over the state of the Cosmos. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Queen's Aide Rosalia - Rosalia, seventeen-years-old, is the Queen's Aide to Angelique Limoges of the Cosmos of the Sacred Bird. Though she came from a distinguished aristocratic family, she left that life behind to become Queen's Aide, and keeps her old self-confidence about her job. She reliably arranges much of the action in the Cosmos of the Sacred Bird on behalf of the Queen. She helps Ange in her mission to save the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast by allowing her to use the dimensional corridor to travel to faraway planets quickly for Guardian recruitment. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Julious - Julious is 25-years-old and the Guardian of pride-providing Light. He has been a Guardian in the Cosmos of the Sacred Bird from the time he was 5-years-old to present, a total of twenty years. Therefore, he is very dedicated to the Cosmos of the Sacred Bird and Sanctuary, and works very hard at his job -- and has the same expectations of others, even those in the newer Cosmos of the Sacred Beast. Due to his harsh work ethic, he may act a bit severe when being visiting during the work week, but he is like a different person when away from his job; a highly considerable gentleman. Julious's calm and gracefulness are the main points to his charm. Seiyuu: Hayami Sho. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Clavis - Clavis, also 25-years-old, is Guardian of peace-bringing Dark. He is the second Guardian to be summoned to the Sanctuary in the Cosmos of the Sacred Bird, only a year after Julious. However, his personality and tastes are completely opposite. Clavis comes off as being very indifferent and closed up, not wanting to open up to others. When it comes to the development of the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast, he will not offer help recklessly, but waits for the opportunity to help calmly. If Clavis is approached calmly, over time he will eventually open up with his feelings. Seiyuu: Tanaka Hideyuki. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Randy - Randy is the 18-year-old Guardian of courage-bringing Wind in the Cosmos of the Sacred Bird. He is energetic and sporty, but a lot of his hot-headedness has been calmed down a bit, and he can occassionally even be caught reading books (something he picked up from Luva during the time of "Trois"). This has sparked a new curiosity in the youth, and he enjoys intellectual conversation that plays on this curiosity. He is still a very precocious person, and someone that can be depended upon day by day. Seiyuu: Kanna Nobutoshi. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Lumiale - Lumiale is the 21-year-old Guardian of gentleness-bringing Water in the Cosmos of the Sacred Bird. He is a kind and gentle person, often seen with a smile, and it is easy to fall for his tenderness. However, he is a bit naive to the pains of the world, reveling a bit too deeply in his own delicate images of what the world should be. Because of his gentle nature, he shares his kindliness with everyone. Seiyuu: Tobita Nobuo. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Oscar - Oscar is 22-years-old, and the Guardian of strength-bring Fire for the Cosmos of the Sacred Bird. Oscar is the knight-in-shining-armor playboy, looking for a "miss" to sweep off her feet. He is strong and devoted, and has no problems in helping to protect the new Cosmos of the Sacred Beast. Oscar's strength and devotion gives him a charm that makes it hard for the ladies to resist him. Seiyuu: Horiuchi Ken'yuu. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Marcel - Marcel is 14-years-old and the youngest of the Guardians of the Cosmos of the Sacred Bird, preciding over bounty-bringing Green. Even though he is the youngest Guardian, even of those in the new Cosmos, with the birth of the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast, Marcel is now considered a "senior" Guardian when compared to the new Guardians, and as such he seems to take his duties a little more seriously than previously. A gentle and playful person, Marcel still feels a bit of uneasiness at this newfound responsibility. Marcel doesn't want his age to be an obsticle, and his desire to nurture and protect Ange should be gently accepted, and it won't take long to share in Marcel's over-abundance of happiness. Seiyuu: Yuuki Hiro. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Zephel - Zephel is the rebellious 17-year-old Guardian of ingenuity-bringing Steel for the Cosmos of the Sacred Bird. Active, mouthy, and disobediant, patience is needed when dealing with Zephel. However, he does seem to be a bit more gentle now than he has been in the past, but it is something that seems to be hidden in his depths and not easily visible. Zephel has finally seemed to have gotten used to life in the Sanctuary, and he seems to be a little more respectful of others; now his rebellious spirit seems to aid his splendid individuality. Seiyuu: Iwata Mitsuo. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Olivie - Olivie is 22-years-old, and is the Guardian of beauty-bringing Dream in the Cosmos of the Sacred Bird. Olivie is the true individualist in the Sanctuary, and everything from his tastes, opinions, and power seem on the strange side. While the cross-dressing Olivie may only seem interested in fashion and make-up, his tastes have become extremely varied over time, including taking up the lute, learning darts, and practicing his hand at the sword, hobbies he's likely picked up from the people around him. Always full of energy, Olivie is talkative and friendly, sharing his energy with others. Seiyuu: Koyasu Takehito. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Luva - Luva, 26-years-old and oldest of the Guardians, is the Guardian of wisdom-providing Earth in the Cosmos of the Sacred Bird. He is well-liked by everyone in the Sanctuary, due to his kind personality and ability to deal well with problems and conflicts. Despite his good people skills, he seems to become shy around girls, something he's grown a bit better about over time. The scholarly Luva is sincere and kind, bearing a tranquil smile to those around him. Seiyuu: Seki Toshihiko. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Queen Angelique Collet - Angelique Collet, seventeen-years-old, is Queen of the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast. She is in a tense situation since life has not yet developed in her Cosmos, and therefore shuts herself up much of the time, not showing herself, putting all her efforts into the Cosmos. However, her power alone isn't enough to help her Cosmos, which is why she has waited for the appearance of the Legendary Etoile to come and help save her Cosmos by bringing it Sacrea and finding a set of Guardians to help support her. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Queen's Aide Rachel - Rachel, sixteen-years-old, is Queen's Aide to Angelique Collet of the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast. She is a powerful assistant to the Queen, with a clever head and a bright, positive character. She was taught by the Royal Research Institute when she was young, and has a lot of knowledge about the Cosmos, which comes in handy in her new position as Aide of a Cosmos in desperate need of cultivation. Rachel acts as the go-between to the Cosmos of the Sacred Bird and the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast and deals closely with human relations. She acts somewhat in an elder sister fashion to Ange, even though she is younger, and provides much help to Ange in both finding new planets and recruiting Guardians. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Leonard - Leonard is twenty-seven-years-old and the new Guardian of Light for the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast. Leonard is a bit violent and selfish person, often causing trouble, but he is also a very honest person with himself and with others. He doesn't really care what other people think, and lives according to his own desires. He is a bit arrogant toward others, but when he warms up to someone, he does have a gentle side he rarely shows and is always willing to lend an ear when needed. Seiyuu: Koyama Rikiya. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Francis - Francis is twenty-three-years-old, and the new Guardian of Darkness for the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast. He is a graceful gentleman, always adorned by a soft smile, and is very formal, taking to calling Ange "Lady." He used to be a counselor before becoming a Guardian, and therefore cares greatly about other people and understands their way of thinking. However, he hides his true self within, and it takes persistance to see beyond his mask. But once breeched, he'll wish nothing more than to please from the bottom of his heart. Seiyuu: Sugita Tomokazu. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Hueye - Hueye, seventeen-years-old, is the new Guardian of Wind for the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast. He grew up in the country, unaware of the presence of the Queen or the Guardians, and at first, he is skeptical to help the Cosmos because of this. He is a free and strong person who follows his own breeze when obstacles get in the way, and likes to act on the fly, not wanting to live life in a pre-determined pattern. He's a refreshing new presense, but also has a stubborn streak. Seiyuu: Namikawa Daisuke. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Victor - Victor is 34-years-old, and was the Instructor of Mind over the last Queen Examination, but is now the Guardian of Earth for the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast. Victor is a general of the Royal Expeditionary Force, considered by some an unsung hero. His knowledge from this role is expected to aid him greatly in his new position as a Guardian, but mentally even he is not completely prepared for the responsibilities and pressures of this new Cosmos. Standing strong despite pains from his past, Victor plans to do everything he can for the future of the new Cosmos. Seiyuu: Tachiki Fumihiko. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Sei-Lan - Sei-Lan is 22-years-old, and was previously the Instructor of Sense, but is now the Guardian of Green in the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast. Outwardly Sei-Lan is a bit cold and cynical, but inside he has a very loving and praising nature, but often art is his only way of expressing this. He takes life simply and inside has a very pure heart. Sei-Lan is interested in his new position as a Guardian as he sees using his power to develop the Cosmos like an artist putting paint on a canvas, and looks forward to seeing the Cosmos he helped create. Seiyuu: Iwanaga Tetsuya. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Timka - Timka, 16-years-old, was previously the Instructor of Dignity, but is now Guardian of Water for the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast. The youngest of the Guardians in this Cosmos, he is ready for the responsibility, used to such as his position of being king on his home planet. Though despite this, Timka worries continuously about his own abilities, thinking his powers are not yet strong enough or developed well enough, and he tries extra hard. Beyond his own self doubts, he is a friendly person who is good at interacting with other people, always full of a gentle smile. Seiyuu: Kisaichi Atsushi. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Ernst - Ernst is 30-years-old and was previously the Head of the Royal Research Institute, but is now the Guardian of Steel for the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast. From his previous position, he possessed great knowledge at watching the growth of the universe, and feels somewhat of a inner happiness at finally being a part of making it happen, even if he doesn't show it outwardly so much. Still the scholar at heart, Ernst is very cool-headed about his duties as a Guardian, often calculating too hard what may be the outcomes of his actions. Seiyuu: Morikawa Toshiyuki. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Mel - Mel is 18-years-old, previously a Fortune-Teller, and now Guardian of Dream in the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast. Mel has grown up fast due to being a member of the fire-dragon clan rather than a normal human being, and now the boy that was once younger than Timka is older. However, Mel still seems to have a bit of his precociousness at heart, and he is watched over by the other Guardians of this Cosmos. Feeling that he has grown up too fast, Mel is reminded to take his position as a Guardian slowly over the new universe. Seiyuu: Touma Yumi. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Charlie - Charlie is 26-years-old, and was previously the "merchant" at the last Queen Examination, hiding his identity as the president of the largest corporation in the Cosmos. Now he is serving as the Guardian of Fire for the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast. Charlie is still full of energy, encouraging everyone with his bright smile. Having seen hardship in life, Charlie wants to make people happy, and sees his new position as a Guardian as a fate that is calling him to do just that. Always a businessman at heart, Charlie aims to please the new universe, the "customer" of the Guardians, with his power. Seiyuu: Madono Mitsuaki. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Arios - Arios is twenty-eight-years old, a mysterious figure who comes and goes, seen on random planets or around the palace when visiting Rachel. Arios was a mysterious swordsman who aided Angelique Collet in the past, but is plagued with past personal conflicts. Will Ange encounter his on his wanderings, and accept his dual-nature? Seiyuu: Narita Ken. Additional Information: Marfisa's Angelique.
Captain - The captain, forty-six-years-old, runs the flying ship which takes Ange to the different planets in the Cosmos that she needs to visit to recruit new Guardians or cultivate with Sacrea. Like any captain, he loves his ship, and wants his passengers to enjoy their trip, so he always has a warm welcome for Ange.
Amy - Amy is eighteen-years-old, and works for the Royal Research Institute. Beautiful and intelligent, he helps Ange on her mission by providing information about the planets in the Cosmos and informs her of when new planets are discovered. If Ange visits her often, they become good friends, and she'll share recipes with her. She acts in an elderly sister manner toward Ange.
Nene - Nene is sixteen-years-old, and one of the fortune-tellers from the Fire Dragon Clan. She provides horoscopes for Ange, keeping her informed of her rating among the Guardians, and can also cast Love Love Flash spells to improve comptability between two people. If Ange visits her regularly, they become like sisterly friends, and Nene will share recipes with Ange. Her spells also become more effective the closer she is to Ange.
Angelique Etoile is a bit more complicated playing-wise than its previous games; you now must cultivate a Cosmos rather than just a planet or a continent while recruiting another set of nine Guardians, and dating the Guardians has turned a bit to the Tokimeki Memorial style. But once you get the hang of it, it's not too hard to grasp.
The game begins with Ange turning seventeen-years-old, and when she ends up unsealing the magical creature Tantin from a stella, she is recruited as the "Legendary Etoile" needed to save the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast. To do this, Ange must collect Sacrea, the power from the nine Guardians of the Cosmos of the Sacred Bird, into her bracelet, and then bring this power over to the planets of the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast to cultivate it. The beginning of the game will be spent with Ange talking to the Guardians to collect Sacrea, and then emptying the Sacrea with Rachel, the Queen's Aide of the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast, while spending her Sundays dating the Guardian of her choice.
A little ways into the game the game-play will change slightly, with the detection of negative Sacrea on a foreign planets in the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast. Now Ange must travel via the floating ship to a planet and "defeat" the negative Sacrea, and then she must return to recruit the new Guardian who lives there, which will take four to five tries to convince them. After a Guardian is recruited, there will be a new planet detected, and the cycle will continue until all nine new Guardians are recruited. Also, now Ange must travel to these planets to empty the Sacrea from her bracelet for cultivation.
Sunday dating is now a bit more than just sitting in your room or going to the park or lake; now there is the choice between chatting in your room or going to Celestia, a large amusement park located on the floating continent which features four districts full of locations, which may change depending on the season or time of day they are visited. Visiting areas that a Guardian likes and picking the correct responses from the three multiple choices will boost a visible date meter that shows how well you are doing on the date. If you do very well on the date you may be invited for dinner in the fifth district of the park by the Guardian, where you can chat or give him a gift, and perfect dates can lead to a love event of a romantic walk home by the lake. Successful dating is the key to raising the affinity level of a Guardian, which is turn is the key to getting a love ending.
There are several endings to the game; you can recruit all the Guardians and save the Cosmos, becoming the legendary angel, you can confess love to one of the Guardians, be confessed to by one of the Guardians, or have your cake and eat it too: recruit all the Guardians, cultivate the Cosmos, and woo a Guardian enough that he confesses to you at the end, which awards you with more CGs or an animated love ending.
It isn't too difficult, but it does take a little figuring out the first time around, especially with who to talk to and what option to pick to get things rolling when it comes down to finding the new Guardians. But if you get frusterated, relax; after one game you'll get the hang of it, and the play guide I offer below in the Downloads should help. I was rather confused about the whole process myself when I first played, until explained to me through friends, so hopefully the guide will be helpful.
As far as technical issues, I found no problems playing Angelique Etoile on a Windows XP machine set into Japanese language. Do be aware that the game is a hard-drive space hog, however... you will need about a gig and a half of space free for installation.
AGTH Compatibility - Angelique Etoile is NOT compatible with Anime Games Text Hooker.
Angelique Etoile Play Guide - A guide in English made by myself on the gameplay basics for Angelique Etoile It is not a complete capture guide, as the date options for the Guardians are randomized, but it does provide information and links to a wonderful Japanese capture guide site on how to woo your Guardian of choice.
Angelique Etoile Wallpaper (800x600) - Official Angelique Etoile wallpaper from Koei's website in 800x600 resolution.
Angelique Etoile Wallpaper (1024x768) - Official Angelique Etoile wallpaper from Koei's website in 1024x768 resolution.
After playing Angelique Etoile Prologue, I was quite excited to play the full game it was promoting, Angelique Etoile. I was not disappointed; fans of Angelique are sure to enjoy this new installment, and fans of girls games in general are probably going to want to give this game a look.
Like the previous games in the Angelique series, Angelique Etoile follows the pattern of "young shoujo heroine has come to save the Cosmos or find love along the way." Yes, the story is getting a bit cliche by this point, but I must say that Ange, the heroine of Etoile, is by far my favorite heroine of an Angelique game yet, and the story this time around, involving saving the Cosmos of the Sacred Beast by using the help of the Guardians from the Cosmos of the Sacred Bird, as well as recruiting new Guardians, gives an opportunity for lots of replay value, since there are 18 main characters and one hidden character to date.
Angelique Etoile is a very high-quality game, featuring wonderful graphics, as well as some nice animation sequences, which prompted me to quickly learn how to extract the movies from the game code and take screen captures. The endings feature beautiful CG art in the style shown in Angelique Etoile Prologue, as well as some softer, manga-style "after the credits" CGs. And like previous Angelique games, the wonderful seiyuu make their return, providing excellent voice to the male characters of game.
The only bad parts about Angelique Etoile is that they just don't give you enough of the good parts. The voice-work is wonderful, but the game is not full-voice (though it is fairly close), and one wonders why they didn't just go the extra mile and voice in the few parts that were left mute. The CGs are beautiful, but you are only awarded them at the very end of the game; the game itself is very low in the CG department. Each play-through only hosts about four CGs for the original nine Guardians, and about two for the new Guardians, who also get an animation sequence. I suppose the lack of CGs is due in part to the gorgeous animation sequences in the game, but it would've been nice to have some more artwork, as well as a CG gallery or a way to replay the animations (a feature which is annoyingly missing).
Despite the fact that the game leaves one wishing for more goodies, it is a fun game that I'd definitely recommend to girls' game fans. Those that are already fans of Angelique surely won't want to miss this installment to the series, and those that aren't fans of Angelique should have no problems hopping into the story and enjoying the shoujo-style romance. With 19 winnable characters, Angelique Etoile is guaranteed to keep you busily playing and satisfied with all the replay value, not to mention dazzle you with its quality.
Game City: Neoromance - The official site for Angelique, Harukanaru Toki no Naka de, and Kiniro no Corda.
Angel's Wing (Japanese) - Features a complete capture guide for Angelique Etoile.
The English Angelique Etoile Guide (English) - An English gameplay and capture guide for Angelique Etoile. Currently under major construction.
Marfisa's Angelique (English) - A great site with information about anything and everything Angelique related.
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