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Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan

Title: Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan aka Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan
Genre: Comedy/Romance
Company: Hal Film Maker
Format: 8 episodes
Dates: 12 Mar 2005 – 10 Sep 2005

Synopsis: Twenty years into the future, nobody would guess that Sakura Kusakabe would invent a machine that freezes the appearance of women at the age of twelve! To stop this perverted side effect of immortality, an organization of angel assassin’s known as Rurutie send Dokuro-chan into the past to kill Sakura. Convinced that the future can be prevented, Dokuro-chan instead ends up protecting Sakura from others who come to confront him. Yet with a magical club “Excalibolg” and a nasty habit of bludgeoning poor Sakura to death at every whim, peep, argument, or just-for-the-hell-of-it, living with an angel may not end up being all it’s cracked up to be.

The Highlights
Cuteness: On a scale of 1-10, Dokuro-chan is an 11!
Plot: Ha! Who needs a plot when you have chibis and fan service running amok!
Length: Too short! 13-minute episodes and only 8 of them?! Give me more!

Once again parading through the volumes my local anime retailer, I stumbled across this little gem distributed by Anime Works. This company is renowned for bringing lesser known titles over to the States in a subbed only format that is both high quality and reasonably priced. Compelled by it’s enthralling cuteness I decided to give Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan a whirl, and was not disappointed with my purchase.

Certainly one cannot expect too much from an anime that has a combined total of twelve episodes between two series, lasts less than 180 minutes, and is priced under twenty bucks. Surprisingly, although the series was short lived I was thoroughly entertained. There’s something disturbingly cute about an angel that will tease you, splatter your brains against the pavement for it, bring you back to life with a “Piru~ pipiru~ pi~”, and then smile like nothing was wrong. Between the dramatic changes in animation to the nonsensical dialog, the series is eerily reminiscent of Excel Saga. Okay, nothing is as sporadic as Excel Saga, but it comes darn close. Take out the outlining of a plot and add in some romance, you come up with Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan. So if this sounds like your cup of tea, please read on.

Based on the manga by Masaki Okayu, his sole contribution to the anime industry thus far, this work brings along a fantastic seiyuu cast, including such unknown talents as Reiko Takagi (Sakura) and Saeko Chiba (Dokuro-chan). The soundtrack is also exceptional, with an opening and ending theme, also performed courtesy of the lovely voice styling of Saeko Chiba, that are guaranteed to leave you mesmerized weeks after viewing this series. Animation is beautiful, except for those occasional overly detailed scenes that leave you a bit disturbed (Excel fans, you know what I’m talking about).

Most of the characters are shallow and underdeveloped, which is unsurprising based on the length of the series. However, the main characters are unique and entertaining. Dokuro-chan especially will leave an impression on you with her cuteness and menacing habits. As it follows, there just isn’t enough time for the series to profoundly develop either, and as such the viewer is left with random adventures and not any sort of real resolve. You get a bit of insight into what exactly happens in the future for all of these angels to come bludgeoning, whipping, and electrocuting into the past after Sakura, but no real plot development after that and an ending that doesn’t leave you satisfied. But assuming the intention wasn’t to portray some heart-wrenching drama, this anime will give you some great laughs and is a must for any fan of comedy and ecchi.

 The Rating: 7

Reviewed by: Godai

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