Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-Chan, or bludgeoning angel Dokuro-Chan, began as a light novel by Okayu Masaki. It was quickly adapted into a manga and then an anime from Hal Film Maker, known for their work with Aria, Princess Tutu and Uta Kata. I originally watched this series in Secondary school and I don’t remember much about it aside from the music being awesome. Let’s take a look at the series and see what else, if anything, it has going for it.
So, the setup is that a young student named Sakura is living with an angel, the titular Dokuro-chan. She came from the future to change the past surrounding him. How? By beating him to death with a spiky club and resurrecting him multiple times. Her plan is great. You can probably already tell that it’s not a serious show. So, what can you expect from the comedy? Most of it is either gross out humour, frequently involving gore over the top reaction humour or ecchi humour. The events themselves revel from having no connection to reality. Sakura’s classmates and teacher just accept everything that happens without much reaction or comment. You’d also expect Sakura to be terrified of Dokuro, given her tendency to violently murder him with little provocation, but he treats her like a childish friend who just needs to be gently corrected most of the time. I’d suggest that he should call the authorities and get a restraining order, but she is a supernatural menace. So, who should he call? Why Ktulu’s Supernatural Exterminators, of course. Our staff will use science and logic to prove within a .0005% probability that your supernatural menace doesn’t exist, thereby causing them to vanish in a puff of logic. Wendy says “I had a ghost living in my house. He was friendly enough, but he was kind of an annoying tool. So I called Ktulu’s Supernatural Exterminators. The representative who came to my house insulted everything from my intelligence to the décor, and when I called to complain they didn’t understand what I was talking about.” To clarify Wendy’s statement, we understood perfectly, we just didn’t care. “But she was done in less than ten minutes and now I don’t have that tool lurking around anymore.” That’s Ktulu’s Supernatural Exterminators. We promise efficient and effective removal of supernatural beings, but not good customer service. Our motto is “if you were smart, we wouldn’t have to deal with it for you.” Call today, we’re currently offering specials on sparkly vampires and green-haired kitsune stalkers. Now, back to Bokusatsu Tenshi. Another serious issue is the ending. They actually try to have a semi-serious, tense moment. Naturally, that doesn’t work in a series that’s already built up a very goofy aesthetic.
The characters in this are really lacking in dimension. You wouldn’t expect them to develop much given that the series only has eight fifteen minute episodes, but they don’t even come across as one-dimensional. It’s like Highschool of the Dead, the characters are so flat they would be lucky to have half a dimension to them. The characters don’t even play well off of each other for comedic purposes. Pretty much every joke has the same reaction from them. Dokuro gets violent, Sakura freaks out, their other classmates watch without reaction.
The art in this is pretty bad. Most of it is really undetailed. The only parts where they put in any effort are the gore effects and the occasional ecchi moment. And even then it’s not all the time. Most of the gore effects consist of large quantities of blood spurting everywhere and they’re pretty lazy.
The sound is the best part of the series. Mainly because of the opening, which has awesome music. The voice acting itself is largely either over the top or under-stated. The variation is pretty much based entirely on the character. Chiba Saeko, Takagi Reiko and Tobita Nobuo give exaggerated performances, everyone else gives really dull, emotionless ones.
The ho-yay factor is a 2/10. There’s one throwaway joke involving Sakura and Zansu. It isn’t remotely funny.
So, who would actually like this? If you’re a fan of violent gross out humour, this is certainly one for you. If you think exaggeration is tantamount to humour, you’ll probably like it. If neither of those statements applies to you, check out the music but stay away from the actual series. Final rating: 2/10. Next week I’ll look at Robotics;Notes.