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Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan

Before you ever think about watching this anime, you must make yourself a question. A question about wether you need an anime to be rational or NOT. If not, welcome to Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan. Since I watched Puni Puni Poemi, I’ve always thought that I’d never ever see an anime that could match it’s whackyness, However. This is the most funniest ova I’ve ever seen. The most stupid one. Since I watched Puni Puni Poemi, I’ve always thought that I’d never ever see an anime that could match it’s whackyness.It doesn’t give you time to think about the story or any of the usually important features of an anime show… you’re too busy laughing your ass off.

The animation is pretty standard for an anime of 2005, that is every movements are smooth and you’ll never see any choppy scenes. There are some reused frames (the “pipiru piru piru pipiru pii” revival scene) but they are not really annoying or distracting. Actually, they made the effort to adapt the thing top the actual clothing of Dokuro-chan during the scene, so it doesn’t look weird. While the animation is standard, the art is a little sub-par in general. The animated elements show a little less details than in your average 2005 anime. However, it also successfuly makes use of different drawing styles. What makes it funny to look at is that they will change the drawing style in only a small part of the scene. You’ll see some “Hokuto no Ken” style drawings as well as cut out pictures. This style mix really adds up the comical situations.

The music is… weird… Again, for the opening theme think Puni Puni Poemi. The singing style is just the same, it’s quite impressive to hear a singer butcher a song this hard! But the really amazing part is it works. Very well I might add. The opening theme really reflects how the whole show is: energetic, funny and… bloody. The ending theme is the most (actually the only) serious part of the anime. However, it provides you with a very pleasant cooldown time at the end of the episode. Otherwise, the background music is pretty unnoticeable.

As most of these whacky animes, Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan struggles to bring a decent story line. The “story” is really made up of Dokuro-chan killing Sakura, or ruining his would-be-tender moments with Shizuki-chan. But again, as in most of these whacky animes, it’s not the story that is interesting in the first place, it’s the whackyness. And in this area, it comes really close to perfect. Every moment is made so that it ultimately ends into a funny situation. The rolling on the floor kind of funny. Don’t expect any fine, witty humour. Slapstick, quiproquo and embarassement are definetely the main motor of humour there. However, the gags quickly become repetitive, you’ll often see the same thing over and over. This didn’t bother me much, but I know that there are many people that are indeed bothered by this.

The whole anime revolves entirely around Dokuro-chan and Sakura. All the different characters are used solely to make a particular funny situation happen. Having said this, it’s becomes pretty obvious that the only really interesting characters are Dokuro-chan and Sakura. Dokuro-chan reminds me of the little sister of the main girl protagonist in a regular romance show, she’ll always do anything she can to have fun, which most of the times imply annoying or embarassing Sakura. Think Michiru from Air, except armed and dangerous… Sakura is a two sided character. On one hand, he is your average nice guy which is constantly a victim of Dokuro-chan’s Excaliborg, but on the other hand he’s portrayed as a twisted, perverted, lolikon (which is often translated a pedophile, but I personally feel it has a slightly softer meaning). The fights between his good and bad conciousness are extremely funny. Finally, the last interesting character is Sakura’s classmates (as a whole). It probably the most cruel bunch of guys I’ve seen in an anime. While Dokuro-chan will “simply” kill Sakura’s body, they will constantly kill his mind by making caustic comments (which are not always wrong, by the way) or using him to do the nasty tasks… Don’t expect any character developpement though. First because the anime is way to short for that, and second because it would probably feel totally out of place in that kind of comedy.

You can watch this over and over again and still laugh yourself hoarse. Trust me, it doesn’t get boring. Show this anime to anyone who likes funny, cute, gore, randomness, or ecchi stuff.

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