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Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan (Episodes 1-2) PDF Print E-mail
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Now in Japan
Monday, 18 April 2005 12:06
Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan - Sakura & his love interestYou get your first idea of what this show is about when you translate the title - Club-you-to-Death Angel, Dokuro-chan, and lead male Sakura is duly decapitated within about 2 seconds of the first episode starting.  Fortunately, Dokuro-chan also possesses the ability to reincarnate her victims, or this would be a very short series.  Expect large doses of animated blood and gore...

1 - I'm the Club-you-to-death Angel, Dokuro-chan!
Middle-school kid Kusakabe Sakura has an unusual housemate - angel from the future Mitsukai Dokuro-chan, sent on a mission from God.  We find out later that her orders are to kill poor Sakura to prevent his lolicon fetish getting our of hand, but she seems to have decided not to follow her orders just yet.  She does have a disturbing tendency to remove his head with her heavy-duty spiked metal club Excaliborg, though, while terrible things seem to happen to anyone who comes between Dokuro-chan and Sakura....

Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan - Sakura, decapitated.  This happens a lot...Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan - Dokuro-chan goes looking for Sakura

2 - The Assassin from the Future
Another angel has appeared, and Sakura's not about to refuse when she asks him to go somewhere private with her (in her best seductive voice).  Her name's Sabato, but she hasn't come to let Sakura have his wicked way - rather, she has orders to kill.  Dokuro-chan comes to the rescue, but Sabato's powers of persuasion (or is that seduction?) are just too powerful.  Is this already the end for our hero?  At least he gets to find out why he's been marked for death first...

Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan - Beware of this angel's temptations...Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan - She does look cute.  Occasionally.

Blood, guts, and a whole lot of ecchi scenes - there's a huge market for this series right there.  The 'episodes' come as two 15-minute shorts shown together (similar to how Galaxy Angel was done) - which may be pushing it a bit, as the comedy is very over-the-top and not something you could watch for too lkong at a time.  15-minute chunks are fine, but don't overdo it.

It is funny, though, especially if you enjoyed the cartoon violence in Itchy & Scratchy or Tom & Jerry.  Other people will no doubt complain about the excessive violence being inflicted on poor Sakura (Love Hina's Keitaro doesn't even know what pain is, compared to what Sakura gets put through), but that's missing the point of the show.

Plot?  Depth?  Character progression?  None, and to be honest, don't expect any.  Slapstick?  Lots of it, and it's fun in small doses.

Dokuro-chan will never set the world alight, but it's a fun way of passing a few minutes...