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Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan (Club-to-Death Angel Dokuro-chan), released in English speaking countries as Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan, is a small Japanese franchise consisting of 10 light novels plus one extra book, six "pairs" of anime episodes, 3 volumes of manga, and a PlayStation 2 video game. The series centers around a boy named Sakura Kusakabe, a fairly nondescript Junior High student that was marked for death by God due to the fact that he will invent a form of immortality in the future that prevents women from aging after 12 years of age (creating "a pedophile's world", as one character comments). God sends Dokuro, an angelic assassin, back in time to kill him.

But alas, Dokuro finds herself enamored with him and decides that she can prevent this horrible future by keeping him too distracted to ever stumble upon the method. However, due to her irrational nature, she ends up wrecking his life in the process. One Running Gag is that Dokuro does, in fact, kill Sakura... repeatedly. Usually if he touches her in a way she views as inappropriate... or says something she misinterprets... looks at her funny... is just there... but she always resurrects him immediately afterwards. Drama unfolds when another angelic assassin, Sabato, is sent to do the job that Dokuro is putting off and Dokuro ends up taking on a role as Sakura's "protector" (death by Sabato seems almost preferable).

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The series derives most of its humor from crossing every line in parodying the whole Magical Girlfriend genre (and plenty of other Anime tropes). In that in has quite a few similaries with Dai Mahou Touge, with which it shares the directing and screen-writing talents of Tsutomu Mizushima. Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan manages to often be far more brutal in its violence though. Sakura doesn't just get killed, he gets splattered in the most creatively gory ways possible (it actually becomes comedy when he doesn't get killed). Along with completely shattering the masquerade and the total creepy honesty of most of the secondary characters, it certainly is a unique show.


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Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan provides examples of:

  • Accidental Pervert: Sakura almost never has any overtly sexual thoughts when he provokes Dokuro's wrath. In fact, these moments are just about the only time he isn't having sexual thoughts.
  • Achilles' Heel: Possibly an angel's only weakness is removing the halo from above their head. (Unfortunately for Sakura, who does this several times, the edge of the halo is as sharp as a sword and always manages to humorously cut his hand.) It strips the angels of their power and gives them explosive diarrhea.
  • And I Must Scream: Something noted by Sakura in the novels and mangas is that Dokuro never truly kills him. He remains conscious even when she tears him to smithereens.
  • Art Shift: When a classmate's head turns into a howler monkey's head, the howler head is photorealistic, instead of animated. It's quite jarring, to say the least. Later, the same style is used when Dokuro turns another guy's head into a dog head, and another guy's head into the head of a deer.
  • Batter Up!: Excalibolg, at least in appearance. It's actually a real weapon called a kanabō, so it's more Carry a Big Stick than this trope.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Dokuro starts reading a French fairytale to Sakura about a farmboy and his dog, Patrache. She then alters the story so that Patrache raped his master.
  • Black Comedy: It's a wacky comedy about repeated bloody murder and dismemberment in order to prevent a lolicon paradise. It gets to the point where one joke in the second season is that Sakura somehow avoids getting killed simply because several angels can't agree on how to do it.
  • Blood Sport: Who knew that dodgeball could be so bloody? They are playing with a heavy basketball, but even the lightest blow seems to result in showers of blood all throughout the series.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Oh so very much.
  • Bokukko: Dokuro, who by invoking this trope, puts the boku in "bokusatsu".
  • Book-Ends: At the beginning of the first episode of season one, Sakura walks in to find Dokuro dressing, she proceeds to kill him. Then in the final episode of the first season, Sakura walks in to find Dokuro dressing but with a Modesty Towel on, but it falls off and she kills him again.
  • Break the Cutie: This happens quite fast. It even comes with a crazy laugh every now and then. Dokuro-chan has somewhat of a Higurashi: When They Cry laugh.
  • Bulletproof Human Shield: Sakura once uses Sabato as an Excalibolg-proof Angel Shield. It works, and the impact merely makes her vomit whereas it would have killed him, but he ends up dead in a few seconds, anyway, because Dokuro won't stop at one hit.
  • Butt-Monkey:
  • Calvinball: According to one episode, Dokuro likes to make up her own board games. The only one we see is the mystifying "Gothello". Hilariously, the special edition DVD set in Japan actually came with a Gothello set!
  • Came Back Wrong: Dokuro's resurrections of Sakura don't always go quite right. Of course, it's Played for Laughs.
  • Celestial Bureaucracy: Heaven is portrayed as a bureaucracy that can only send increasingly ineffectual assassins after a young boy. Though this may be intentional. After all what better way to teach someone a lesson than to send people that would decide not to kill him yet essentially torture him for the rest of his life. One might say god knows exactly what he is doing.
  • The Chew Toy: Sakura. Also, Sabato, but to a lesser extent, as she's also frequently a flat-out Woobie.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: For someone trying to help Sakura, it almost feels like (permanent) death would be preferable.
  • Cute Bruiser: Zakuro, Dokuro and Sabato all match this trope.
  • Death as Comedy: Dokuro plays this straight with the unfortunate Sakura, who gets an explicitly animated horrible club to the wherever whenever he does something Dokuro finds vaguely inappropriate. She also possesses the ability to bring him back, which leads to a vicious cycle of this happening multiple times per episode.
  • Death Is Cheap: Sakura gets turned into gibs and resurrected all the time, and his strongest reaction is "That really hurt!".
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Dokuro-chan takes this trope Up to Eleven. It's also one of the few cases where this is Played for Laughs... and we laugh. It isn't limited to that, however, making it a subversion of this trope. To date Sakura has been abused by his male classmates, male animals (who were formerly classmates), his male teacher, and his father (in the manga) all for the sake of giggles. Sabato also endures hilarious amounts of abuse and misfortune from the other female angels.
  • Embarrassing First Name: "Sakura" is still considered pretty feminine in Japan, and in the light novels, Sakura actively laments his name.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: The Student Council president gets turned into one courtesy of you-know-who.
  • Gainaxing: There's a bit of this every now and then. One instance is when Sakura accidentally pulls down Dokuro-chan's shirt, revealing her breasts, the nipples of which are covered by a conveniently-placed plant branch.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: All the angels qualify as this, but Dokuro especially counts.
  • Gonk:
    • Angels without halos. In the manga however, they still look normal.
    • Sakura becomes this when Shizuki says she likes another guy, flailing his arms like a Garry's Mod ragdoll and screeching unintelligibly all the while.
  • Gorn: Dokuro-chan runneth over with this one!
  • Groin Attack:
    • The most cringeworthy is probably right in the opening, where Dokuro is seen leaning heavily on her spiked club, embedded deep in Sakura's groin. At another point in the opening she punts him in the crotch, sending him flying. Yeesh.
    • In an episode, Dokuro blackmails Sakura into joining her school club by putting glue on his crotch and letting it harden. The view is then treated to a Gory Discretion Shot where she rips the glue off as Sakura can be heard screaming in pain.
  • Panty Shot: Good God, this trope is everywhere in the show. Odds are, if there is a female character introduced, you will see her panties at least once. The angels often get multiple shots.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: Probably the ultimate form of this trope in anime, and the most frequent cause of death for Sakura.
  • Potty Failure: Removing an angel's halo gives them a bad case of diarrhea, apparently. Could also be seen as Potty Emergency since they're never shown failing to make it to the bathroom.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Kim Jong-il is stated to sport these in Episode 1.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Parodied with Shizuki. Both Sakura and Shizuki love each other, but circumstances conspire to prevent them from ever making that official.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: It is speculated that Sakura would create his Pedo-World because he met Dokuro-chan.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Dokuro-chan coming from the future to "help" Sakura is a screwed up take on the premise of the Doraemon series. And so, there are references to the blue cat robot everywhere you look.
    • The manga makes one to To Love-Ru in the first chapter, where Sakura demands Dokuro to show her (non-existent) tail, claiming that it is her weakness.
    • Episode 6 has Dokuro-chan admit that she doesn't believe in ghosts, with Sakura retorting that since Dokuro-chan is an angel, anything is possible, including a cat robot from the future, a reindeer who's a doctor, a witch who's a nurse, and even moving castles.
  • Show Within a Show: Sensitive Salaryman Binkan, along with the accompanying Merchandise, a sausage that makes you extremely sensitive to every sensation. We probably don't want to know all of the implications of that.
  • Slasher Smile: Dokuro, Sabato, Sakura's classmates... anyone who is about to beat the crap out of Sakura generally sports one of these.
  • Stock Footage: Subverted, in that while resurrection is done in a manner that looks like stock footage, it actually changes to accommodate what Dokuro is wearing at the time.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: A possible explanation for why Sakura resigns himself to putting up with Dokuro. The finale of season one is the best evidence.
  • Super Strength: All of the angels in the series have this ability.
  • The Tease: Dokuro, though she doesn't really indulge this in the anime. It is mentioned in the Expository Theme Tune, though.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Sakura, in spades. One would think he'd get a clue to stay away from Sabato the fourth time she tried to kill him in ten minutes. Or as soon as he saw the halo and horns, especially given Dokuro's record of killing him repeatedly. Considering how much he's died, he just might not care that much anymore.
    • Sabato is this sometimes. Especially when she prepares to shock Sakura with her baton... but has somehow forgotten that she's soaked with water and is kneeling in a puddle. The resulting electrocution is hilarious.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Sakura ends up telling his guardian angel to stop helping him a lot.
  • Verbal Tic: "~zanzu!"
    • Sabato with "desu".
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Dokuro keeps her holographic cellphone in her panties, somehow.
    • Judging by how the thing's shaped like a cone, she probably keeps it somewhere a bit more specific.
  • Weirdness Censor / Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Nobody but Sakura seems the slightest bit weirded out by Dokuro and her antics. When she turns one guy's head into that of a photorealistic howler monkey, the teacher shrugs it off as though it were normal and she had nothing to do with it. Sakura repeatedly lampshades this throughout the whole series whenever nobody takes any notice of something especially odd that Dokuro-chan has done.
    "It can't be helped that the class representative has been turned into a monkey, so Dokuro-chan may sit next to Sakura-kun."
  • Wistful Amnesia: Even though there's really no reason for them to miss her.
  • With Friends Like These...: The real reason Sakura's classmates waited for him before eating dinner was to find out if it would kill him. Sakura's classmates (sans Shizuki) are really only slightly better than Dokuro-chan, in that they only regularly abuse and demean him, instead of outright killing him.
  • Yandere: You bet your halo Dokuro's one of these. She interestingly exhibits qualities of a Tsundere as well. Dokuro's generally a "nice", "well-intentioned" girl, however she won't hesitate to become enraged and kill Sakura in two seconds if he manages to get on her bad side. And then she's back to being dere-dere again.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Dokuro has got to be at least a grade A, maybe even S. Just look. High socks? Check. Twintails? Check. Tsundere? Do we even have to say it?


 
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