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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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