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AKA: 撲殺天使ドクロちゃん (Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan), Club 'em to Death Angel Dokuro-chan
Genre: Shounen parody (?)
Length: OAV series, 8 episodes, 13 minutes each
Distributor: Currently licensed by Media Blasters.
Content Rating: 18+ (gore, death, torture, crude humor, lolita fan service)
Related Series: N/A
Also Recommended: If you want a show about angels (or something in the same vein) coming to earth to live with an average joe, Ah! My Goddess TV is as good as it gets. My Dear Marie, Chobits, Hand Maid May, and Steel Angel Kurumi are also suitable alternatives.
Notes: EDITOR'S NOTE: A possible translation for Dokuro is "skull" or "cranium", which is a very good indication of the tone of this show.

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Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan

Synopsis

Sakura, upon returning from school, bids his friends goodbye as he enters the gate to his house. Heading to his room for an evening's worth of studying, he enters only to find Dokuro-chan in there changing clothes. Naturally, she's quite irate about the whole deal, and heads straight over to Sakura. Upon coming within arms reach, she produces what looks like a steel baseball bat with spikes and hooks, and commences to smash half his head off, splattering blood all over the walls, the door, the ROOF, not to mention Dokuro-chan herself.

However, since she's an angel, she resurrects him. But for him -- and moreso us -- the pain has just started.

Review

My initial assessment after watching the first couple of minutes of.... THIS.... is that this just has to be a parody work of sorts. And it would hardly be the first parody show I've seen. Excel Saga. Puni Puni Poemi. Elf Princess Rane to a certain extent. And I guess you can include Bobobo as well.

Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan, however, is the first show that actually proves that there can be too much parody -- too much crazy stuff happening. I barely lasted two episodes of this show, which sets a new precedent on how quickly I have given up on anything I've watched. And even the completely, unrepentantly insane Bobobo didn't manage that.

Now, go ahead and read the synopsis again. You noticed that I mentioned blood splattering all over from Sakura's partially decapitated head, right? Well, that's the kind of humor you have to prepare yourself for if you really plan on watching this despite my warnings. You see, Dokuro-chan is VERY short tempered, and wastes no excuse in whipping out that death-bringing bat of hers. In fact, she's so eager to use it, even Violence Jack would go "Hey, don't you think that's a bit too much?" Well, the show certainly don't agree, so expect to see Sakura being bludgeoned to death several times, strangled until his face turns an ugly blue, prodded with shock rods containing lethal charges and god knows what else. In fact, Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan is nearly as violent as Elfen Lied, but in a "comical" sense. See, she resurrects him afterwards, so it's just comedy. Um ... yeah.

I could probably have lived with it if that's all that it was. But no. This show just HAD to throw a curveball at me -- and you better believe this show actually CAN throw a curveball despite the lows it has sunk into already. It proceeds to introduce ANOTHER angel, Sabato-chan, who is apparently from the same ... er, AGENCY ... as Dokuro-chan, and no less violent. She tricks Sakura into removing Dokuro's halo without telling him that apparently an angel's halo is as sharp as a razor blade, leading to MORE "hilarious" bloodshed and the knowledge that an angel without her halo will suffer from chronic and explosive diarrhea (thankfully kept offscreen.) Oh, Dokuro-chan... will the fun and laughter never end?

Anyway, the new angel's mission is to kill Sakura because in the future, he will devise a serum (or something) that will make all girls stop aging at around twelve years of age. You see, Sakura is a pedophile. No kidding! The show flat-out tells you this through a video sequence the second futuristic angel shows the entire class (after the two of them nearly demolish the school in their hunt for Mr. Pedophile). And what does Sakura DO when faced with this rather extensive evidence? Does he freak out and assure the people around him that he does NOT plan to let this future come to pass, like any NORMAL person would do? No, he immediately demands his classmates to support him, doing nothing to actually dispel the accusations he's faced with. Naturally, the class is hesistant, and who wouldn't be?

And THAT'S the sort of thing you are facing when you watch this show. The violence, the torture, the innuendo ... it fills the show with so many parody elements, the show implodes on itself and becomes an anti-parody show, a black hole that consumes any actual entertainment you might have had watching this. Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan goes to such extreme lengths to make me dislike the main character, I've come to the point where I want all the violence Dokuro-chan visits upon Sakura to happen, because he deserves it.

But that doesn't mean I want to stick around watching it happen.

This show may be based upon two episodes only, but I dare anyone to try to convince me it 'will improve later on'. As if there's a miracle in this world big enough for the job.Stig Høgset

Recommended Audience: Well, we've covered the fact that this show is violent. Extremely so, in fact. I guess I could mention the fan service, the panty shots, the near-nudity, the crude humor, the diarrhea (wait...I DID mention the diarrhea), but I think I've given you enough reasons not to watch this show, so there you go. This show is certainly not for children, but on the other hand, it's not for adults with intelligence to spare either. So who's it for?



Version(s) Viewed: Prerelease fansub
Review Status: Partial (2/8)
Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan © 2005 Masaki Okayu / Media Works