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I’m Gonna Be An Angel!

a.k.a. Tenshi Ni Narumon!

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Genre: Comedy/Romance
Company: Studio Pierrot
Format: 26 episodes
Dates: 4/7/1999 to 9/29/1999

Yuusuke leads a normal life going to school and pining over a girl that would never be his; that is until he meets a strange girl with a halo in the forest. After running away from the quirky girl he all but forgets the incident, at least until he gets home to find his house brimming with odd mechanical inventions and inhabited by a modern day version of The Munsters. The strange creatures claim to be family of his forest-acquaintance Noelle, who claims she’s going to be his angel.

summary by Mugs

 

Reviewed: 04/21/2004 by
Grade: 84% av-Mugs

Highs: Excel Saga-ish energy; humorous; endearing characters

Lows: Sometimes I wanted to beat Noelle dead; a character in extremely poor taste

This anime is, without a doubt, one of the quirkiest and most high-energy shows I’ve seen. The cast of characters is a mishmash of creatures including a witch, Frankenstein’s monster, a mad scientist, a vampire, a cat girl and a (very hot) invisible girl. Throughout the series each family member gets one or two episodes where they’re allowed to shine. Other than that, the show is squarely focused on Noelle’s attempts to become an angel usually with her mysterious guide Mikael giving advice.

The early episodes are almost “Monster of the Week” in setup, but the fresh twists in every episode help keep it new. The antagonist of the show is presented as a rather strange-looking creature named Dispel who collects cute things. Now we all know that guys who desire cute things are sick and evil, and Dispel has both qualities in spades. With him always is an almost catatonic young girl named Silky. Little is really revealed about them until later in the series, but when more information comes out it’s quite a big twist that I didn’t see coming.

The animation is good but not great, and everything is nice and bright and lively as it should be for a show of this nature. Being a shoujo anime, the major themes throughout are, of course, love and some commentary on family. The fact that it’s a shoujo anime also led to one of my two main complaints about it, namely one of the characters I found not so much annoying as downright offensive. The character in question was Raphael, and let’s just say he presented a decidedly wrong picture of how an angel should be. The other problem is that the end is very incomplete. The audience is given no information as to why the outcome of the climax occurs. Also, out of the three main individuals involved in the climax we only see how two of them truly make out in the end.

The pros outweigh the cons in the end. As it stands, I can recommend it as an excellent show.

 

I’m Gonna Be An Angel! can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.


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