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Angel Densetsu is one of those rare series which simply makes you feel good for having read it.

Kitano isn't a typical hero, he's just a really nice guy who happens to have a really ugly face. Unlike similar "nice" guys in other works though, where the use of the word is rather questionable, we get a chance to see what he's thinking and the way he acts, and he is sincerely and truly one of the kindest and most optimistic people you'll ever have the pleasure of meeting.

After having read and seen far too many anime and manga where the main character is a bishonen, angsty 'badass' in a world half-empty, its a breath of fresh air to read about someone who biggest act of violence is a really strong shove, who's biggest problem is how to avoid hurting the feelings of others inadverdently, and who's face would disturb a blobfish. Kitano is like a more extreme version of Vash from Trigun, if Vash lived in a better world and was more oblivious to the shortcomings of those around him, and got hit in the face by a forest of ugly trees.

"Angel Densetsu" is a comedy on the idealistic side of things, so don't expect hyper-realism. If you can enjoy a plot that uses misunderstandings for much of its comedy, then this manga is a great read. For a non-manga example, if you liked "What about Bob" or "The Man Who Knew Too Little", then this sorta comedy might appeal to you. If you can't, but you really like the idea of a different sort of protagonist, then its still worth a try, the series is rather short, especially the anime.

I'd highly recommend this series to just about anyone. Its one that I still remember fondly, though it will never be a major series, its nice just the way it is. Much like Kitaro himself.
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I really do not like this series.
Disclaimer: I've only read the first about six chapters. I couldn't stand any more. "But if you read more then..." nothing.

Second disclaimer: This review contains opinions. Grow up and deal with it.

Angel Densetsu, is was about a boy who has the heart of an angel but the face of a terrifying gang leader. Interesting enough premise - setting up a nice little story about the value of not judging on appearance. It then rams the premise into the ground by making every single moment hinge on one joke - Kitano does something, gets misunderstood, and ultimately mistaken for being terrifying. It's a little funny the first time. It got boring the second, and was infuriating the third, fourth, fifth and sixth times.

Basically, everyone is stupid. To quote the Idiot Plot article, "Angel Densetsu raises the Idiot Plot to an art form". I couldn't agree more. Literally every moment is one of three things: It's either Kitano being a Nice Guy on his own; Kitano trying (using the word loosely) to be a Nice Guy but being somehow horribly mistaken; or Kitano mistaking others' baffling terror of him to be kindness. Nothing else ever happens. For example, the main character thinks someone may be in trouble. How does he try and help this poor soul? He throws his arms up in the air, begins screeching and runs at full pelt towards them. That cannot ever by anything but fucking terrifying. Seriously, who does that?!

Even without the infuriating misunderstandings, Kitano is the most annoying Purity Sue. Every action he tries to take is what any small child would think a hero is - one-note and kind to a fault. His entire character arc is "why doesn't anyone like meeeeee?!" And, on an unrelated note, after you see about ten panels of his gormless face, the "fearsome visage" becomes Dull Surprise, since it's the only way that the artist can draw him.

It's a shame that I didn't enjoy this manga, then, since I quite enjoyed the three volumes of Claymore I own, which is written by the same author.
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