I'm Gonna Be An Angel! - Reviews

Alt title: Tenshi ni Narumon!

bunnypopcorn's avatar
Aug 8, 2011

Tenshi ni Narumon is one of the few of the older comedy anime series that have deeper meaning under all the silliness.

I'll admit, the first half of the episodes are rather silly and just laugh-a-minute humor. We're introduced to Yuusuke and his discovery upon finding that his house has been transformed into something that looks like it came from another world, with a supernatural family living inside it. A Frankenstein father, a witch mother, a vampire brother, an invisible sister, another sister who's something of a mad scientist, and of course Noelle, the girl with the halo who wants to become an angel.

Yuusuke has a crush on a rather uppity girl in his class, Natsumi, while Noelle begins crushing on him, declaring that she'll become "his angel". Meanwhile, Dispel and Silky, the two antagonists who appear to live in a dark indefinite space, are for reasons unknown (at first) pursuing Noelle and her family and trying to tear them apart.

Now, all this silliness and ridiculousness has driven many a viewer away from finishing the anime. It's a big mistake you're making to stop watching it.

Even though it comes in late, and that's led to its doom, there is a serious and almost heartbreaking plot under it all. I won't spoil it, but the latter half of the series was beautiful. As soon as Noelle really starts to put an effort into trying to become an angel (in other words, trying to fly), the heartbreaking pasts of her and her individual family members are revealed, along with Natsumi's, and Mihael and Raphael, the two mysterious teenage boys that seem unrelated to the plot at first.

The last episodes nearly had me in tears, and the ending is perfect as well.

Watch Tenshi ni Narumon to the end, and you won't regret it. If you don't like it, drop me a comment and tell me. Not that that's ever gonna happen ;).

9/10 story
8/10 animation
9/10 sound
10/10 characters
9/10 overall
cottonrice's avatar
May 24, 2010

Tenshi Ni Narumon is an odd ball of an anime, and those who can’t grasp its strangeness usually end up staying away from it.

You can’t be able to understand this anime’s appeal unless you’ve watched all of it, while most probably end up quitting after a few episodes, those who don’t are in for a real treat. Tenshi Ni Narumon actually contains a plot among all of its wackiness! Re-watching the anime, you’ll discover that the executing of the plot was done skillful. The writer has managed to introduce a deep plot from episode one while still containing Tenshi Ni Narumon’s witty humor and cheerful atmosphere.

The anime’s characters are certainly… original. The cast includes Noelle’s Frankenstein Papa, some delightfully designed Mecha, the wacky Dispel-sama, and of course Noelle. Looking at this cast, you might think that Tenshi Ni Narumon didn’t have any character development, but you’d be pleasantly surprised. Even the rice cooker has a plot twist!

Moving onto animation and Audio. This anime was made quite well for one of its time, though video quality wasn’t always the best. The colours where often very saturated and animation was less than seamless. But this, in no way, affected the overall experience of Tenshi Ni Narumon. While opening and ending credits had enjoyable music, the in-video music often left me with a dry taste in my mouth. And though voice acting was at times over the top, it over all fit each character very well.

While Tenshi Ni Narumon certainly has a different flavor than other anime, it definitely should deserve a chance.  Under the cutesy, over the top visuals lies an important and deep plot that is often over looked, and many miss out on the full experience of this anime.

6/10 story
6.5/10 animation
6/10 sound
7/10 characters
6.5/10 overall
NyanMan's avatar
Jul 4, 2022

This was the weirdest anime I have watched to date. I did enjoy it on the whole. I think? Still not 100% sure what to make of it. It is mostly a comedy but it has a sad underlying story that comes to a full head in the last 4 episodes. I (mostly) enjoyed the quirky tone of this show which made it very... distinct. That said, if you don't find yourself enjoying the humor in the first 2-3 episodes then you probably won't like the series as a whole, since there are a total of 20+ episodes of such comedy before it finally gets serious. The story itself is rather philosophical and deals with such themes as coming to terms with one's true identity, what it really means to be a family and etc. The ending was decent snd everything was resolved in a satisfactory-enough manner with no loose ends as far as I could tell. The characters themselves were very memorable and their interactions were a hoot to watch. I also thought both the OP and ED were fantastic, with one being an addictive earworm you want to sing along to, while the other a beautiful lullaby. Voice acting (JP) was top notch too. So I would definitely recommend giving this one a try if you up for some quirky and colorful storytelling.

7.5/10 story
6/10 animation
8/10 sound
8/10 characters
7.9/10 overall
HelloImaJuiceBox's avatar
Oct 9, 2022

Cute anime with great character designs and a rather nice looking visual style. The first 21 episodes are a fun watch that don't take themselves seriously and focus on a rather colorful group of characters. However, episodes 22 to 26 have a drastic shift in tone and feel like a completely different show and are a slog to watch. The story is fine, I just wish the conclusion could have been handled different and keep the light hearted tone.

Over all, this is still a fun watch that's worth checking out regardless.

6/10 story
8/10 animation
6/10 sound
8/10 characters
7/10 overall
apoc9's avatar
Jan 28, 2021

I started to watch this series on recommendation from one popular anime reviewer and enthusiast. Boy, it was rather disappointing. Despite me trying to keep my expectation low. There are some nice parts and elements in the story, which did arouse my interest, but in my opinion too few and far between. I’ve heard the payoff comes at the end, but it didn’t for me. The ending was disappointing for not being pretty much different from usual shounen trope of ending not changing anything in truly meaningful way for the main protagonist. The story is 90s’ shounen anime comedy silliness with some romance in it. One of very typical tropes I’ve seen before. Boy loves a girl, but different strange and very obnoxious girl appears starts to pursue the boy. In the end the boy slowly turns his heart toward her, something happens and boy saves the annoying girl and they return to their previous situation the end.

In this anime the boy lives alone until he meets this strange girl Noelle, who falls in love with him instantly and she wants to become angel for him. As if things couldn’t get worse, her even more odd family, bunch of mythical creatures from magical world, come to his home or rather take over his house and replace it with strange building. The protagonist is forced to live with this strange family. This generates a lot of simple comedy and what seems to be child-oriented stories. This is the more boring part at least for me.

The main overarching plotline is that of angels and becoming an angel. This part didn’t make much sense for me. On one hand we had humans becoming angels, despite the fact angels are not a same species. In fact, each one is supposed to be created as completely unique species, but I digress. There is another thing, which made even less sense [1]. Later on, when Raphael is introduced, there is a lot of homo-teasing and weird scenes, where he sleeps with Mikael naked in the futon. This is not something I was thrilled about either.

The better parts were dealing in simple manner with family issues. Probably the most interesting part is arc of the schoolmate girl. The original love interest of MC, Mizuhara. Silky was surprising character as well [2]. I liked Noelle’s sister Sara.

Animation and visuals are 90s’ average. Soundtrack is ok. I don’t care about OP nor ED.

Overall, the series has few nice things, but it’s too little. I was rather disappointed and I wouldn’t recommend it. If you want to try it anyway beware, that if you don’t like it around mid-way in you likely won’t like the rest as well.


[1] One angel soul splitting into becoming three completely different characters.

[2] How the show initially manages viewer to hoodwink into thinking she is just a side character and not the true antagonist, who is the main cause trying to prevent Noelle becoming an angel.

5/10 story
5/10 animation
5/10 sound
5/10 characters
5/10 overall
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