#1 The main-character is a what?
The story of Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-Chan concerns the strange life of male high school student Sakura Kasukabe. He is a normal boy by most accounts, who is concerned about his grades and has a crush on one of his classmates. However, Sakura lives together with Dokuro Mitsukai, an angel from the distant future (2025) who frequently lashes out at him with her spiked bat. This frequently kills Sakura, whereupon Dokuro will feel guilty and use magic to put him back together.
While the first episode keeps this vague, it’s soon revealed that Dokuro and other angels were sent back in time to kill Sakura because, in 2025, he will have discovered a way to make mankind immortal. However, he will have grown up into a pedophile and used this scientific breakthrough to make sure every girl on earth was stuck in the age of 12.
Unwilling to believe that he would do such a thing, Sakura attempts to avoid the angels while trying to somehow convince them of his future innocence. Dokuro is an exception here, because she believes Sakura can be stopped without actually killing him. A shame, because she is the only one who is actually good at it.
#2 Unpredictable violence
And while Sakura is in for a strange future, his present time is not much better. Living with Dokuro-Chan leaves him permanently at risk of being bludgeoned to death at any given moment, the reasons for which often vary.
Dokuro is blessed with inhuman strength and childlike enthusiasm, making much of her destruction unintentional. Her kind hugs can shatter spines, for example, and her behavior is erratic at the best of times. The excellent OP even alludes to her expressing her love through various acts of torture, and the excitement with which she approaches it is simultaneously cute and frightening.
The biggest problem for Sakura is that Dokuro is incredibly fickle. In the first episode alone she beheads him for the sin of walking in on her changing clothes, but then strips down to her panties to distract him from homework later. There is not a moment in his day where Sakura is safe from harm. Any second he might be murdered, hurt, sexually harassed, or poisoned. And, worst of all, everybody is convinced that he totally deserves it.
#3 Blood & Gore & Panties
Being an OVA, Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-Chan is exempt from such petty problems like TV regulations. As a result, the show is lovely violent and entirely deranged, which does wonders for my mood on a bad day. Looking at my recent reviews, however, I begin to suspect I am having more of those bad days as of late. I’ll get back to more wholesome anime… eventually.
Anyway, Sakura will face plenty of death throughout this series and many of the more painful scenes will be hilariously overdone. His guts will be sent flying, his brains will get some fresh air, and he’ll bleed so much it colors entire rivers red. Blood gushes out like explosive fountains and, while it isn’t spectacularly animated, the sheer ridiculousness of it all was good for many laughs. There is no full nudity on display, but there is plenty of fan-service and sex-related jokes that were also thoroughly entertaining.
And that is fortunate, because the actual comedic writing of the show can be a bit lacking and kind of low-brow. Like there is an entire episode dedicated to characters suffering diarrhea with weird faces and fart noises, which was the point where I originally dropped the show years ago. Giving it a second go now, I was glad to see that the hilarious violence, fan-service, and sexual gags were much more prevalent than the show’s low points.