Tenbatsu! Angel Rabbie
The last war of mankind left the world largely depopulated, but there is hope in "angels" from heaven, who have been sent to shepherd mankind back onto the path of righteousness.
Unfortunately, what we get here is Lasty Farson, a klutzy, inept little girl with a teensy bit of a flatulence problem. Well, nothing a bit of magic can't cure, as with her powers, she transforms into super-powerful Angel Rabbie!
I watched this with a friend of mine who is a French-speaker, as the version I got was subtitled in French. I can safely say that this title makes no goddamn sense no matter what language you're listening to. From the moment UNDER17 launches into the theme song, in which they scream "Tenbatsu! Tenbatsu! Tenbatsu! Tenbatsu!" like a rabid pack of ten-year-olds, we knew this was going to be an utter disaster.
The major problem is that the entire cast is comprised of blithering idiots. Yes, Lasty Farson is a ditz in the Sailor Moon mold, late to her appointments, accident-prone, and codependent, and we are led to believe this is apparently "cute and endearing", but reality is that it comes off as "irritating and annoying". This is easily Iizuka Mayumi's worst voice acting role to date, which is a damn shame. I adored her as Mahou Tsukai Tai's Nanaka Nakatomi and Star Ocean EX's Rena Lanford, but here, she just sounds utterly embarrassed to be involved in this mess. No one else is on-screen long enough to matter, either, except perhaps for the sub-Team Rocket "antagonists", who are also inexplicably cute women and girls.
The plot and writing relies largely on Lasty being a ditz, and collateral damage being funny, which in this case, really isn't. There are at least two fart jokes, too, which is probably the weirdest damn thing I've ever seen in a moe series. Lasty goes through embarrassing ordeals like being put in a garbage bag, before waving her magic wand and beating the bad guys in a set of action scenes so perfunctory, they could've been outdone in excitement by an average episode of the Power Rangers.
Otherwise, there is nothing about this title that surpasses mediocrity. Art and animation are perfunctory, with generically "cute" character designs, ridiculous school uniforms (of course the angels have school uniforms), and totally blah scenery and mecha design. The music generally falls under the category of "atrocious", especially when we get to hear UNDER17 yell "Tenbatsu! Tenbatsu! Tenbatsu! Tenbatsu!" at us over and over again. Seriously, that theme song makes me want to shoot things; it's like an aural assault by a horde of lolita dentata.
Then it ends with the utterly ludicrous sentence, "To be continued in a novel!" Book-burning never sounded like such a good idea.
There is absolutely nothing redeeming about Tenbatsu! Angel Rabbie, and it says something when I find that I'd really rather watch High School Musical 2 than sit through this thing ever again.
Moe otaku will likely disagree with me and add a star or two. The rest of us can safely stay away. — Carlos Ross
Recommended Audience: Young teens and up. There are two Sailor Moon-type undetailed nude transformation sequences, and lots of explosions and people turning into stone.
Version(s) Viewed: Prerelease fansub, French language
Review Status: Full (1/1)
Tenbatsu! Angel Rabbie © 2004 AIC
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