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Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan Review

August 27, 2007

story 7/10

Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan screenshot

Complex and deep it ain't but the series sure makes up for it with a sick and eccentric premise. There really isn't much else to say apart from what is in the AniRec synopsis without ruining the viewing experience. The story opens innocently enough with Sakura and the girl of his dreams Shizuki walking home to a gentle melodic theme, lulling the viewer into thinking this is another mediocre slice-of-life. Once Sakura gets home, however, the entire series changes to a new and shocking track!

It was a wise decision to make this a short series of mini episodes (roughly 13 minutes each) because every instalment stops short of tedium, keeping the viewer refreshed for the next little mishap. It also means the story remains focused on Sakura and Dokuro's relationship, developing it with every gory murder and cute-but-short-lived reconciliation. They even manage a couple of wee subplots with the supporting cast. What I like about this series compared to others of its ilk is that, although silly and random at times, it mostly sticks to definite plotline using coherent scenes. There is a lot of violence, liberal use of bodily fluids of all sorts, and daydream sequences of the Scrubs variety, but never did I feel they served no purpose.

animation 6/10

Visually, the series is nothing special, but then that's not what you're watching it for. Big eyes, cute mouths, a heavy dose of ecchi and frequent manic contortions of the face; anything better or more complicated to look at would be a waste of budget and would probably detract from the effectiveness of the humour anyway. Besides, as long as you can tell which part is Sakura's head and which part is his blood gushing out, the viewer should have no problems.

sound 8/10

The soundtrack is 99% forgettable (and I swear it was all done on a synthesizer) but, that aside, the OP is what really makes this series. I never paid much attention to OP lyrics before because most of the time they were predictably vague due to translation or inconsequential - I just wanted to like the tune. Dokuro's little ditty on the other hand first makes you do a double-take and then doubles you over with laughter. Definite download factor of 10.

The voice acting is suitable and effective. Sakura's speech is often really fast, which I assume has to do with the necessary comic timing (and maybe because he's trying to babble himself out of getting killed), but it directed my attention to the tone and rhythm of dialogue as well as the actual words spoken. Dokuro's crazy giggle during the ‘river' scene was my personal favourite. In any other context, it would have been cute but, at that particular moment with Sakura so obviously frightened, it just conveyed ice cold vengeance.

characters 6/10

It is not the characters we take away from this series, but the humorous situations they find themselves in. Sakura has only one purpose, and that is to be tortured by Dokuro. Likewise, Dokuro exists only to torture Sakura. Their relationship is really like any where a male protagonist has to share life and living space with an uninvited female guest e.g. Chobits but with more, er, domestic unrest. Dokuro, like Chii, can be very adorable in both looks and her unwavering loyalty to Sakura. Her heart is definitely in the right place, it's just a shame about the bat. Sakura is an unwitting pervert with a questionable destiny, but this doesn't really impact much upon his personality in the here and now; it's something to make you laugh, not something for him to agonise over in any meaningful sense. Unsurprisingly, character development has no place here, but with another series to go, that might change.

overall 7/10

There really should be another section for this anime titled ‘Humour' for which my rating would be a sick and solid 9. Comedy in anime is all about expressions for me because randomness rarely pushes my buttons. Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan has it in bucket loads, and pulls it off extremely well. The only problem might be its rewatchability factor which, as you can imagine, is quite low, but if you wait long enough (say, a year or two) there's no reason it shouldn't tickle your fancy again.

Anime Info

  • OVA (4 eps x 25 min)
  • 2005

Angels are genteel and graceful messengers from Heaven, right? Wrong! Sakura Kusakabe will create an invention that inadvertently ruins the future for womankind and thus, angels from the future have arrived to do the only reasonable thing: assassinate him! Fortunately for Sakura, one of them, Dokuro-chan, takes a liking to him but her intentions to protect him prove downright lethal. When Sakura’s not dodging her spiked bat Excalibolg, he’s fighting for his life on river escapades. And when he’s not quick enough, Dokuro-chan’s catchy incantation brings him back to life! Bludgeoning and blood splatters aside, can Dokuro-chan save the one she loves without damaging the future?


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airbornefilip avatar airbornefilip
Feb 28, 2012

If we don't include Dragon Ball, Pokemon, Digimon and Yu-Gi-OH (which I watched when I was 6-7 years old because those are cartoons and that all I wanted to know back then), this is first anime I watched. Watched it coz some blog with some ecchi Dokuro pictures and I liked anime after watching it. It was funny, not too long, a bit of romance if I can say so, and lots of blood and killing. Those last two things remainded me on Kill Bill.

apocanagic avatar apocanagic
Nov 9, 2011

Many people who dislike this anime only do so because of blood even if they say it's not the case. There is nothing else bad about it unless you hate ecchi. If you think this is bad than you didn't watch any animes at all. Easily one of the best ecchi animes I ever saw.

People who don't like this anime think that we like it because its bloody, they think we laugh in gory scenes because it is gory but that is not the case. We laugh in gory scenes because there is something to laugh at, how Dokuro doesn't understand it is a bad thing to kill people or how Sakura forgets that halos are sharp but says it out loud and runs around instead of letting it go.

This was the only anime that made me say "Someone who likes this cannot be a bad person"

This anime deserves to be a lot more popular. It is way better than To Love Ru or Kanokon.

Vargdi avatar Vargdi
Jul 17, 2011

Es genial,pero lo que elpasa a los angeles cuando les quitas la aureola no mw gusta xD

Kusuriurisama avatar Kusuriurisama
Jan 31, 2011

I like bloody stuff, and I enjoy shuttting my brain to watch some senselessness, but...it just wasn't funny. It couldn't even serve for that aforementioned very-very basic role...

(And you gave it more points for story and CHARS than Le Portrait de Petit Cossette, wtf)

Beldallan avatar Beldallan
Nov 20, 2010

This show had no redeeming qualities. I thought it would be funny, but it wasn't, and the song was so inane I feel stupider already.

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