Angel Densetsu (Comedy) by Yagi Norihiro – Great/10 (8.5/10)
§ynopsis: Angel Densetsu is the one of the funniest things you will ever encounter in your life. Ever. Seriously, review complete… go read it now.
…What still here? Ok ok, here goes: Angel Densetsu [which will now be referred to as AD] is pretty much about the high school life of a boy named Seiichirou Kitano, who is blessed with the purest of pure hearts but cursed with a truly horrific, terrifying, wouldn’t-want-to-meet-in-a-dark-alley face. He’s ugly. Not just regular ugly though, nonono. This guy is practically demonically ugly at times. He has no eyebrows and his pupils are tiny, his skin is something akin to Edward Cullen, and he has shark teeth. People are terrified at first sight of him. But enough about his [ugly] face. As the case seems to be with pure hearted people in manga, he’s also terribly naive when it comes to other people being, well, bad. You could say he’s downright ignorant of it. This leads to some truly hilarious scenes and sets the tone for the entire manga.
AD begins when Kitano transfers to Hekikuu High under full recommendation from his previous school, whose principal praises his grades and attitude, but neglected to send a picture. When he walks into his new principal’s office he is hit with a wall of verbal abuse Judge Judy would have been proud of. The principal is convinced that he is a villain and that someone with that sort of face could not have the sort of record Kitano had at his previous school. Another teacher [Vice-principal perhaps? Who knows -.-] who is present, seems to have more common-sense, and asks Kitano for ID, which he produces, and shows him to his new class. Needless to say, his classmates are stunned into total silence at his appearance, and even after Kitano introduces himself as a timid and shy boy, most are already thinking he’s a psycho or something. Even the first period teacher, after receiving ‘the death glare’, begs for Kitano not to take his life. Now Seikichi Kuroda, the school’s ‘guardian’ [think top delinquent, like Hibari from Hitman but 1/100000 as awesome] hears about the commotion with the new transfer student and decides to go and cool all the talk by dealing with Kitano. When he sees Kitano however, he is so shocked that he purposely drags the wrong student out of the class [and beats him up] just to get out of there, and tells his two followers [whose names are not revealed till like halfway through the manga or something] that he felt Kitano’s ‘ki’ and that he’s probably a heroin addict ready to explode at any time. Lol. Frankly he was scared. Either way, while carrying a fallen log to the garbage, Kitano ends up nearly killing Kuroda by pure accident by tripping over his own feet and impaling the wall just above his head. Kuroda admits total defeat at once and renounces his title of guardian to Kitano, which begins a literally legendary [to everyone but Kitano, who’s oblivious] run of events surrounding him and various other characters coming into play, who mostly want to beat him up either for said title, or more likely for a misunderstanding due to his face.
Artwork: Saying it’s nothing special would be a compliment really. It looks really old, though it did come out way back in 1992 so I guess that counts for something. The characters are very simply drawn, and can often look very different from panel to panel. All that aside though, I don’t think it really takes away from the enjoyment factor of the manga in any way, since the older simple style really allows for the emotions on peoples’ faces to be really dynamic. The shock at seeing Kitano’s face for the first time for most people is usually hilarious all by itself.
Mood: Funny. At least 75% of the time when reading this manga, I was cracking up. Not the little ‘lol but I’m not really laughing’ moments either. Like rocking in my chair kinda laughing. This is all just my opinion so someone else may find it totally dull but I’d find that hard to believe. Not to say that there isn’t anything serious about AD though, since further into the manga Kitano makes a few friends who start to understand his true nature as their relationships develop. Also, there are plenty fight scenes throughout, though these are often funny as well. Truly a good read for anyone looking for a laugh.
Genre: Action, Comedy, Martial Arts, Romance, Shounen.
Status: Complete (84 Chapters, 15 Volumes)
Age Rating: 17+
Year of Release: 1992-2000
DISCLAIMER: Angel Densetsu, the manga, the image above, pretty much everything related is © Yagi Norihiro. Support him a bit. Check out the volumes, it’s only 15 of em after all. Or else…
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