Omurqi's avatar

Omurqi

  • Netherlands
  • Joined Feb 6, 2009
  • 23 / M

Can a show go from reasonably funny to complete and utter garbage just because of the way it’s animated? Dokuro-chan proved to me it can. From blood-fountains looking like something a 12 year old with “Flash for Dummies” came up with, to spastics looking at you with a face saying “Look at how funny my pain is, laugh, LAUGH!”, this show continually managed to screw up potentially hilarious moments into something completely unfunny. In short: for someone like me, who grew up with dumpholes like Newgrounds being popular among elementary scholar though boys , Dokuro-chan looked like a high-budget version of those god-awful monstrosities spawning from the depth of flash-animation hell.

Let’s go through the summary. Dokuro-chan is an oblivious girl (angel) who, out of the blue, decided to move in with our hero of the story: Sakura, a premise proven successful repeatedly by shows like Ah! My Goddess and Chobits. However, life is cruel for Sakura, instead of having acquired a personal maid or dutch wife with AI, his lottery ticket awarded him a bludgeon-swinging angel! But wait, if that wasn’t enough to make you burst out in laughter, there´s more! Every time our unfortunate hero  gets “accidently” bludgeoned, resulting in an always successful spray of ketchup, Dokuro revives him with her catchy (read: awfully reparative) “Piru Piru” song. That, along with some sexual jokes and eventually a second oblivious rival-angel, is literally all there is to it. The bludgeoning continues through the episodes, each one having a classic theme as seen in many other shows. We have the “girl transfers to guys’ school, much to his dismal” episode, the “path-of-courage” episode (I never quite understood this. Since it’s a recurring theme in anime, I began to wonder, do they actually do this for the “boy-protecting-girl” idea in Japan?), they even threw in the “highly successful” curry-episode, as seen in Rosario to Vampire, which was considered one of the stronger episodes in that series… right? From crudely drawn curry-monsters to whole episodes dedicated to poo jokes, this anime has it all. If it wasn’t for its short 8 episode duration, I wouldn’t have made it out alive; those razorblades began to look like an appealing alternative around episode 6, because just like emo-jokes, this show got old really fast.

Aside from the earlier mentioned blood sprays and spastic faces, the animation in Dokuro-chan was just a little below average, not bad enough to become funny, not good enough to improve the show. The standard anime character-looks are used, again adding nothing but a faint attempt on parody to the show. However, because the sprays and spastics managed to screw up the little bit the show had, it gets a low animation-rating from me.

Sound wise it’s quite horrible. The earlier mentioned “Piru Piru” song is also used as OP. I know they’re making it this repetitive on purpose, mocking all those equally dull-sounding anime songs, but they could’ve made it funny instead of equally boring, that’s not parodying, that’s reproducing the same old thing. I wasn’t exactly charmed by the voice actors, but they were passable.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand why some people like this show. I also understand why some people find it enjoyable to kick dogs, or find yellow showers the kinkiest among plays, that doesn’t mean I sympathize with them in any form or way. You might be thinking: “Silly Omurqi, you just didn’t get it! Dokuro-chan is probably too random for your liking,” and you’d be right. I’ll make sure to stick to serious, intellectual titles like Puni Puni Poemy and FLCL, which I both enjoyed, from now on.

4/10 story
2.5/10 animation
2/10 sound
0.5/10 characters
2/10 overall

You must be logged in to leave comments. Login or sign up today!

SwordAcolyte says...

This show looks stupid, I hate senseless violence.

Oct 3, 2013
Sunagan says...

The strongest point about your reviews is your great humor. It always makes for a hell of a laugh ^_^! Keep up the good work!

Jan 5, 2010
Doommuks says...

you know..... maby its the weather maby i just read way to much rewiues today but i didnt read you rewiew...  too long...but there is one thing that i cant just let by.......  you gave it a 2? A FRICKING 2????what the hell is wrong with you people, this was an exelent anime, funny, kinda wierd, but funny.....so ppl, please, stop raiting great anime with low marks... AND STOP SAYING: "I gave it a bad mark becouse its a comedy that only kids could find funny"you know what, look at a mirror... now the person you see is probably the only one that CARES ABOUT YOUR OPINION..... god, stop rating if you dont like it.(and i can see that you rated DearS with 2.... i think i will add a comment on that one)

Oct 28, 2009
KiraRin says...

See! Ranting is fun! You do also realise I will now have to watch this...

H.

Oct 7, 2009