In Ange Vierge, girls with special abilities who come from five different worlds battle to keep those worlds from colliding. The story goes dark early on, yet each episode manages to have moments of comedic lightness thanks to two standout characters.
[Note: This article contains spoilers for Ange Vierge.]
In Ange Vierge, the girls in are divided into two categories: Progresses, who fight using special abilities inherent to the worlds they come from, and Alpha Drivers, who form a psychic bond with Progresses on their team–which enhances the Progresses’ abilities and gives them barriers that protect them. While the Progresses are powerful on their own, the Alpha Drivers are the key to every battle.
Early on, the mysterious entities the girls fight, the Uroboros, lure all the more powerful characters away, and in their absence, capture all the Alpha Drivers. Using the psychic bonds that Alpha Drivers have with the Progresses, the Uroboros corrupt most of the Progresses and turn them evil.
The turned Progresses still retain their memories and personalities, which they use to pretty much psychologically torture the weaker, non-turned Progresses who try to stop them. Episode after episode, they rip into the series protagonists using the deepest subconscious negative thought they’ve suppressed to say the things that will hurt the protagonists most. Honestly, it can be hard to watch at times.
The thing is, as stated above, even evil and with an evil agenda, the turned progresses retain their memories and personalities. So, when they’re not fighting the non-turned progresses or not enacting their evil plans, they’re very much themselves.
Enter Ageha Sanagi and Mayuka Sanagi, two sisters from the world of Green–a world of order under military control. Ageha is a stoic lieutenant colonel who dotes on her little sister, yet constantly tries to retain the strictness of being a soldier. Mayuka is a second lieutenant with an excellent record. She’s warm and naïve and looks up to her older sister for guidance.
Every episode, we’re shown short scenes where Ageha trains Mayuka to be the best soldier she can be. These scenes have absolutely no bearing on the story at large and the episodes pretty much screech to a halt just to have these two sisters in humorous situations.
For example, in episode four, Ageha tries to teach Mayuka how to survive out in the field. The biggest hurdle for a soldier, Ageha tells Mayuka, is determining what plants and animals are poisonous. So Ageha prepares a giant plate full of rice balls where only one is safe and the rest are filled with hot sauce. But not willing to have her precious little sister put herself at risk alone, Ageha offers to go through the training with her… You can see where this is going. Later on, we’re shown the aftermath with both sisters lying in a field unable to move after having eaten too many hot sauce rice balls.
During the rather dark and depressing episodes where you have characters being psychologically torn to shreds by people they love and have looked up to as friends, it’s a relief to have this sort of nonsensical humor every now and then. It’s funny, cute, and charming. At this point, watching the sisters in their wacky training skits has pretty much become what I look forward to the most. I mean, the world-ending drama is important and engaging and all that, but it’s tough to beat two sisters off in a world of their own doing ridiculous things together.
Ange Vierge can be viewed with English subtitles on Crunchyroll.