Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-Chan 2: Mirth gets bludgeoned

Overall, this has been a positive year so far. Lots of really strong series, nothing too bad. Obviously, that had to change at some point. Which is why we find ourselves looking at the follow up to Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan, a terrible anime from Hal film maker about an angel who beats her love interest to death, brings him back to life and that’s basically the big joke that we kept getting. I’m not looking forward to this one, but let’s move in and see how many more gruesome domestic abuse scenes they can cram in and treat as humorous.

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Story:

We pick up where the last series left off. Sakura is living with the angel sisters, Dokuro and Zakuro. He’s trying to live a normal life and get the attention of the girl he likes at his school but that’s consistently ruined by Dokuro torturing and murdering him, but it’s okay because she brings him back to life afterwards and that makes it funny because… people dying horribly and gruesomely is hilarious according to this series.

The humour is much the same kind of thing that the first series offered. We have gross out humour with the over the top gore effects and perverted humour that’s really used more as an excuse to show Dokuro and Zakuro in skimpy outfits than it is for actual comedic attempts. This is one of those series that seems to be based firmly on the idea that sex and violence sell and you don’t need any charm or clever witticisms. After all, even semi-clever jokes would have interfered with this OVA’s mission to route your blood flow away from the brain. The humour is also quite repetitive with Dokuro getting angry and mutilating or murdering Sakura with little or no provocation. It really shouldn’t be possible for a joke to get stale with less than an hour of content, but they manage. So, does this one have any legitimately funny moments at all? Personally, I thought that Corpse Party did the over the top violent humour much better and it wasn’t trying to be funny.

Characters:

This cast of characters is pretty horrendous. I’ll give comedic series some leeway when it comes to character complexity since they really only need to play off of each other well for comedic purposes, but this cast doesn’t even have that much going for them. We get the same few unfunny pay-off reactions repeated.

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Art:

The artwork is pretty lazy with fountains of blood gore effects, really basic character designs and minimal backgrounds. The most effort they put in is for the tacky fan-service scenes. Which shouldn’t be surprising after the first series.

Sound:

Like the first series, the theme tune is easily the best aspect of Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan 2. However, it is weakened a bit by being a pretty lazy remix of the first series’ theme tune. Rather like Toei did with Futari Wa Precure: Max Heart. The acting is either obnoxiously exaggerated or emotionless and dull, depending on which character is speaking. Which is a pity since there are some really good actresses here. Chiba Saeko, to give an example, voiced Nina in Code Geass, Azmaria in Chrno Ctrusade & Natsuki in Mai-Hime/Otome. She can give such strong performances. It just doesn’t happen here because there’s nothing to work with.

Ho-yay:

There are some “jokes” that imply that Zansu is romantically interested in Sakura. Aside from that, there’s really not any.

Final Thoughts:

This series is not good, at all. It’s crude, tacky and generally tasteless with the same basic jokes the first OVA had. So, if you’re a fan of the gross out/ fan-servicey humour, you might get a kick out of it otherwise, I would stay far away. For myself, I was not amused. I was quickly annoyed by the series and tired of its nonsense. I give Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan 2 a 2/10. Next week we’ll move away from sequels and talk about Charlotte.

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