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Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan Second

Title: Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan Second aka Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan Second
Genre: Comedy/Romance
Company: Hal Film Maker
Format: 4 OVA
Dates: 11 Aug 2007 – 10 Nov 2007

Synopsis: Life for Sakura Kusakabe continues to be as hectic as ever. Caught between the heaven of Dokuro-chan’s cute disposition and sexy flirations, and the hell of her merciless wrath, living with an angel is not all it’s cracked up to be! With the addition of Zakuro, Dokuro-chan’s sister, to the Kusakabe household, Sakura finds himself in all sorts of sticky situations.

The Highlights
Humor: Same lovable habits of the original series.
Plot: Continues to raise your eyebrows in question, but give in to its addictiveness.
Length: Adds a few more mini-episodes to the story. Quit teasing us!  Give us more!

Released in the United States as a bundle with the original series, this short but satisfying collection of OVAs added an extra dash of magic to a hilarious series. Because of the dual release and the lack of an ending in the first eight episodes, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference had it not been for a different ending theme and an altered opening theme animation. What we loved in Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan stays the same, along with the same flaws the original had.

Given the fact that the “episode” length is half of what you would expect from an anime, the numbers present are considerably smaller. The combined total of 12 episodes between the two series runs approximately 180 minutes, and the sequel set of OVAs counts for less than an hour of that time. Am I the only one a bit insulted here?! Sure, I’m gracious for the chance to experience more of the amazing-ness that is Dokuro-chan, but to release four mini-episodes a couple years after the original release and then stop seems a little…short-coming? (pun intended).  That aside, I was pleased to find all of the positive aspects of the first run still present, including the same animation style and all of the original talents. Favorite tracks were brought back, not excluding the addictive opening theme, and a few more upbeat songs such as the ending theme were added.

As far as story is concerned, the chaotic day-to-day happenings continue with no real development, which is fine considering there wasn’t really a strong plot to begin with. However, I think this was one of the really present flaws, seeing where the creator could have gone but failed to do so. A good Rom-Com with just the right level of eechi-ness is right up my alley, but I’d still like to see some protagonist-antagonist conflict….character development…give me something! With the addition of the characters that were introduced at the end of the original Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan, there’s at least a little bit more going on than bludgeon, revive, and repeat between Sakura and Dokuro. But again, where there could have been some developing relationships or storyline, the end result is little more than an excuse for more fan-service-y goodness. So once again, if you love fan-service and chaos but can due without a tangible story then don’t let this title pass you by.

 The Rating: 7

Reviewed by: Godai

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