Animation: Weak
Depth: Weak
Design: Weak
Characters: Fair
Story: Weak

Type: TV   (12 episodes)

Vintage: 2005

Category:

» comedy
Verdict: meh
Review:

Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan


Summary: >

Sakura seems like any other 14 year old boy. He attends school, has a crush on a classmate and tries his best in school. That last part might get him in trouble. Apparently in the future he becomes something like an evil genius and will invent a device which grants women immortality but stops them from aging past 12. This pedophile's world is an affront to God, so an angel named Dokuro is sent back in time to do away with Sakura. Dokuro however takes a liking to Sakura, and decides to instead keep him occupied so he doesn't get a chance to create this sinister invention. While officially deciding not to kill him, he still ends up dead by her hand quite often due to misunderstandings, over reactions, and simple carelessness. Luckily she can always resurrect him to cover her mistakes. Some other angels sent from the future may finally get the job done right however.


Thoughts: >

There are a lot of shows that I've picked up to because of the title, or because of the outrageous concept. It's rare for something this bizarre to live up to expectations, but Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan gets it done. If you've ever seen some of the over the top cultural wackiness that comes out of Japan in the form of commercials, game shows etc; this is a lot like that. If you're thinking "I want to see some really crazy messed up stuff from Japan", this title was made for you.

Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan knows at all times what it's supposed to be doing, and why you're watching it. Many titles screw up their concept, try to be something else, or don't adhere to their own script. This anime is at least consistent in maintaining it's brainless fun. The opening theme for example, could have been a generic pop song, but instead it's a cute, violent and silly song, with lyrics that explain the show and is perfectly in tune with the concept. Actually, if you watch the opening (look it up online) and get the humor, this will pretty much determine what you'll get out of the show. Like it or hate it.

The setup doesn't have a whole lot to do with the show. It mainly drifts into whatever story (not like it matters) and Dokuro (among others) abusing and killing Sakura. This oddball slapstick is the mainstay of this title. Dokuro almost always maintains pristine cuteness, but kills Sakura in extremely violent and bloody ways. It's also a bit risque, with some off the wall comedy mixed in. The jokes don't vary much, so if you're not big on the humor in the first place it will get old fast. Personally, no matter how many times Dokuro killed Sakura, I never got tired of her stock resurrection healing animation (strait up magical girl style).

One warning. Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan relies heavily on shock value for its entertainment appeal. This wears off the more you watch, so it's probably better to watch one or two episodes at a time, instead of all of them in one go.

Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan definitely has a target audience, and I'm going to say you'd want to watch this only if you WANT to watch something really freaking weird. If you are prudish about absolutely anything you'll want to avoid this one - It'll surely offend you, because it tries its damnedest to do so. As for me, I liked it but I have to admit it was pretty weak aside from it's inherent weirdness. It's dumb, and totally wrong yet fun and completely honest about what it is. It's ok if you can tolerate (or are looking) for something on a level of extreme edginess.


Quote: >

Sakura: Dokuro-chan, I have said this numerous times, but if you insert an outside item into my body, I die. Please remember that.

Dokuro: ... ... ... okay!

Sakura: What's with that pause?


Screen Caps: >

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reviewed by archen in 2011