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.