From the original creator of Claymore, comes the manga and subsequent anime adapation Angel Densetsu. The original manga series ran from 1992 to 2000. The anime was created in 1996 and adapted the first two volumes. It is very popular in China of all places, even warranting a Chinese dub of the OVA.
Angel Densetsu is a story about Seiichirou Kitano, a kind and naive boy with the heart of an angel, but the sinister looks of a devil. This causes many misunderstandings, leading people to assume that he is a villain or heroin addict, and results in a career as the head thug, or “school guardian” at his new school.
Despite a rather serious plot synopsis and front cover, the show is really comedic in nature. The situations the main character finds himself in are often times chalk full of comedic gags and over the top reactions. The show is based upon the misunderstandings of students and other delinquents, and the dense nature of the main character when it comes to these situations.
Being Norihiro’s maiden work, the art style is not as top-notch as it was for Claymore. The key to enjoying Angel Densetsu is to not take things seriously. It is very much like a prototype Cromartie Highschool in many respects; everyone including the adults are afraid of something that shouldn’t be that frightening. The story falters slightly with the overuse of deux ex machina. Some of the situations Kitano finds himself in can’t be solved any other way. Such use is permissible, given the show isn’t serious to begin with.
Final Thoughts: 7/10
A great shonen highschool series about actual down-to-earth delinquents, unlike most of what we see in anime today (I don’t care what anybody says, Tomoya is not a delinquent). The anime gives off the Great Teacher Onizuka vibe, too bad it was cut short as it could have been just as great, questionably a bad pun. Watch Angel Densetsu, then watch Cromartie Highschool, the show that satirizes the genre.