''Angel Cop'' is a six-part original video animation directed by Ichiro Itano, but due to the content of the anime, it's usually considered that the driving force of the anime is actually the writer Sho Aikawa. A manga adaptation written and illustrated by Taku Kitazaki was serialized in Newtype Magazine and reprinted as a Newtype 100% collection in 1990.

Plot in a nutshell: Jewish bankers (Americans in the dub) plot to turn Japan into a nuclear waste dump.

To elaborate: TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, Japan's economy is so strong that it's linked to the global economy. This angers a communist terrorist group called "The Red May," who decides that the best way to make the world a more equitable place is to blow up as much Japanese infrastructure as possible. To combat these terrorists, a bunch of elite law enforcement officials licensed to kill are assembled. They include the titular "Angel," a buff dude called Raiden, a couple of other token stereotypes, and DaChief. Things take a turn for the bizarre when Raiden goes missing after one encounter with the terrorists, and then the terrorists themselves are being attacked and murdered by three powerful psychics called "Hunters." Raiden shows back up as a cyborg courtesy of a local friendly MadScientist, it turns out most of the government is evil, two of the Hunters join Angel and her team when they realize they're the unwitting pawns of a government conspiracy to somehow profit off of Americans dumping nuclear waste in Japanese territory.

The real reason to watch this anime is for the gunplay, the cars, the gruesome kills, the awesomely-animated displays of telekinetic power being thrown about by the Hunters, and the hilarious profanity in the dub.

Along with other "masterpieces" such as ''Manga/{{Mad Bull 34}}'' and ''Urotsukidoji'', is it directly responsible for the widespread belief in the early 90s that [[AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles all anime]] was just "{{Gorn}} and Porn."

!!''AngelCop'' has examples of:

* ActionGirl: Angel
* AntiHero
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Zigzagged. One of the earliest on-screen deaths is that ''very'' graphic handgun lobotomy of a female mook. All of the ''named'' women, however, have much cleaner, more dignified demises.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: A lot of the supposed good guys do a lot of highly questionable things. Taki's torture of the Red May leader, in particular, is gruesome and blood-chilling, going above and beyond anything "necessary."
* BlownAcrossTheRoom
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Lucifer, as it turns out, is really working for the real bad guys and is just killing everyone else to eliminate an evidence trail. She's been brainwashed into thinking that she's actually doing good. Taki suggests that eventually she'll break free of her conditioning and turn against the evil old guys, Maisaka and Togawa in charge, but he's more willing to bet that Angel, Asura, and Raiden can finish her.
* ClusterFBomb
* {{Cyberpunk}}
* DecoyProtagonist: The titular Angel doesn't get to do all that much until the finale, and that's because almost everyone else is dead or disabled.
* DefectorFromDecadence: Asura and Freya
* DirtyCommunists: The Red May terrorist group
* {{Dubtitle}}: Since the original Japanese dub was deemed antisemitic and impossible to market in the west, the English sub and dub toned down the Jewish plot. Of course, anyone who knows Japanese can simply overlook the subtitles and listen to the actual dialogue and know what is actually going on in the scene. There is also the problem that even viewers who don't know Japanese can clearly hear the word "America" being said while the subtitles say something else.
* DullSurprise: Hacker has this problem... a lot.
* TheEighties: The whole anime didn't [[RedScare age]] [[OutdatedOutfit very]] [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld well]], but [[EightiesHair Asura]] and Raiden got the worst of it.
* EnemyMine
* {{Engrish}}: Lucifer in the original
* {{Expy}}: Angel looks more or less like [[Manga/GhostInTheShell the Major]]
** Hacker bears an almost uncanny resemblance to {{Golgo 13}}
* TheFaceless: The Jews/Americans
* FeministFantasy: Sorta. Angel exhibits the key traits of the NinetiesAntiHero to the hilt, delivers zero {{Fanservice}} and never undergoes {{Chickification}} at the hands of a male character (well, unless you count [[spoiler:[[SociopathicHero uncharacteristically]] hesitating when forced to shoot dead her male partner whom she has developed romantic feelings for]]). The anime is somewhat unusual in just how little it acknowledges the gender of its female lead; Raiden expresses surprise when he discovers that his partner who just splattered a terrorist's brains across the wall is a woman, but otherwise Angel is essentially written identically to the typical male {{Badass}} of 90's {{Cyberpunk}} anime.
* FilmNoir: The dialogue draws heavily on a film noir influence
* ForTheEvulz: Angel's motive for killing her targets degrades into this when she is known raging at people who dare to kill them before she does. Taki's taking the torture of the Red May leader ''wayyyyyy'' further than necessary also shows shades of this.
* FriendlySniper: Peace is more amicable than the super-bitchy Angel, but fully capable of blowing people away if necessary.
* GenderBlenderName: Lucifer.
* GreedyJew: In the Japanese version; not so much the English version.
* {{Gorn}}
* HandCannon: A gun so powerful it's got too much kickback for humans to safely use it (it was meant for cyborgs). Firing it risks breaking your hand.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Raiden]]
* HighPressureBlood
* HulkingOut: Rare female example: Lucifer goes from silky-smooth to rippling once the gloves are off.
* {{Infodump}}: An unnamed narrator explains the situation engulfing the first episode [[spoiler:and briefly explains the unshown conclusion at the end of the last episode as well]].
* JapanTakesOverTheWorld: Japan is a superpower, which is why it's frequently targeted by terrorists
* {{Jerkass}}: Angel
* {{Kill Em All}}: The only named characters who survive the movie are Angel, Taki, and maybe Asura. To say nothing of the the nameless people who got sent to the slaughterhouse.
* LadyOfWar: Lucifer, arguably.
* LadySwearsALot: While precious few if any of the characters are exempt from ObligatorySwearing in the English dub, a majority of them are viciously delivered by [[NinetiesAntiHero Angel]].
* LudicrousGibs: Emphasis on "[[{{Narm}} ludicrous]]"
* KnightTemplar: Lucifer, definitely. Angel has shades of this.
* MadScientist
* {{Magitek}}
* MeaningfulName: [[HinduMythology Asura]] (subverted in that Asura turns out to be a [[DefectorFromDecadence good guy]], contrary to what his name suggests), [[NorseMythology Freya]], [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]]. And Angel, obviously.
** And [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Hacker]].
**** Angel: The name's Angel but don't let that fool you, I can be a bitch if I want to.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Lucifer
* [[NinetiesAntiHero Nineties Anti-Heroine]]: Angel, '''to the extreme'''.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed
** Lucifer - [[Film/RedSonja Brigitte Nielsen]]
** Asura - [[Music/{{Queen}} Brian May]]
** Freya - [[Literature/{{Firestarter}} Charlie McGee]]
* OffModel
* OutdatedOutfit
* PlayingWithFire: Freya's power
* PowerHair: Lucifer.
* PrettyInMink: Lucifer first appears with a huge fox fur jacket worn as a CoatCape.
* PsychicPowers: Lucifer and Asura have [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]], Lucifer has some {{telepathy}} in the form of a MindProbe, Asura also has teleportation, Freya has garden-variety {{telepathy}} and [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinesis]]
* PsychicSurgery: Lucifer reaches inside her own body to set some broken bones at one point, and also inside other people's heads.
* RedScare
* ShootTheShaggyDog
* ThemeNaming: The vigilantes
* TheyCalledMeMad: The mad scientist who rebuilds Raiden chortles that those who laughed at his genius will now be destroyed by it! This is one of the few times we see a non-evil mad scientist spout this.
* TortureAlwaysWorks: Actually, it doesn't; the Red May leader is tortured hideously, but only breaks when he finds out that three ultra-powerful psychic killers are on his tail.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Hoo boy...
* WeCanRebuildHim: Played straight with Raiden.
* YourHeadAsplode: Angel makes her debut by graphically blowing the brains out of a terrorist all over the wall.
** Lucifer inverts this three times, by making every part of a man except his head explode.

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