I was initially put off by the gory beginning of this film, which was reminiscent of many low-budget shockers, but once past that I was increasingly intriqued by the characters and impressed by the photography and music of this film. Hinako Saeki is impressive as Misa--very dynamic, and the other actresses are good too, especially Ayaka Nanami as Aya. The film is unusual and creative, and gets better and better as it goes along. I like the wide-screen, subtitled format: with this format you hear the voices of the original actresses, yet the words are always legible. Because of the acting and superior photography, I greatly preferred this film to "Wizard of Darkness" --the first film in the Eko Eko Azarak trilogy (which had a completely different cast). To me, "Misa the Dark Angel" was a real find.