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.