Angel Densetsu

OVA (2 eps x 24 min)
1996
3.851 out of 5 from 1,456 votes
Rank #1,921

What is Seiichirou Kitano, a boy with the heart of an angel and the face of a devil, supposed to do when he starts his new life as a first year high school student? Accidently defeat the school "guardian" and become the most famous and feared gang leader in the town, of course! With his "henchmen" Kuroda and Takehisa in tow, Kitano turns a simple act of good will into an all-out war with Hakuun High!

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Franconator
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In the world of Angel Densetsu, people like to scream and shit their pants before talking about the  problem like decent, ordinary folk. Miscommunication abounds as a result, and it's this punchline the entire show lives and dies by. It's a shtick that gets real boring real quickly, and it doesn't help that Demonface Kitano himself is so oblivious to everything around him. He appears self-aware at first, since he knows people think he's scary. He goes out of his way to avoid misunderstandings and actively tries to be a good guy despite the face he was born with. But the moment the proverbial you-know-what hits the you-know-where, all common sense flies out the window and Kitano's left flailing his arms and shrieking like a mad bat straight out of hell. Apparently, this is all the warning people need before they start fleeing for their lives, no matter how loudly Kitano yells out his true intentions.  The comey didn't age well, is what I'm saying. Even if there was a good concept here, most of it's ruined by the singular and tired punchline the whole show rides on. Then again, Angel Densetsu only has two episodes to its name, so it didn't have much of a chance to flex some real comedic muscles and explore the other ways Kitano might have struggled to fit in. Of course, all this is hardly the show's fault, but with the way a lot of the gags relied on a single punchline to see them through, I'm not sure there was anything left for Angel Densetsu to offer. I'm probably better off reading the manga, but if most of the jokes are going to be like this, then I'm not sure I'm going to be sticking around there, either. 

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