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I'm not an Angel


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Title Info

  • alias: Tenshi nanka ja nai
  • seen: 1 of 1
  • type: OAV
  • grade: worthy
  • genre: shoujo
  • made: unknown
  • Review created: Recently, but I didn't record the date.
  • mod: none

This came very close to hitting the watchable category, because while it is good stuff there is only so much that can be done in one OAV episode. And since it is obvious these characters come from a longer manga this has the potential to irritate. Anyway, the story takes place at a newly constructed school which as a result is somewhat deficient in both student culture and students. The solution, according to Akira Sudo, president of the school council, is to hold a culture festival. We get to watch the student council, not so much to watch the culture festival as to follow the first steps of a romance. It seems the lively, creative and emotional Midori "Angel" Saejima is greatly attracted to the rough seeming president. Of course actually being able to act on that is another story. Especially when it seems like there might be someone else who has already captured his attention. There's also a charming subplot in which it appears the rather brusque secretary of the school council is not immune to romantic attraction.

The characters are great, although given the time limits (30 minutes) we really done't get to see much. This also means there is a great danger of them feeling like another iteration of familiar shoujo stereotypes. But too bad, the formula still works and watching Midori and Sudo step around each other is solidly done. It also has some unusual elements, including the two in the background story, which make it worth the watch. The dialog and physical observation is sweet, and we get all sorts of character hints, but these are doomed to be incomplete experiences.

The animation is reasonable but fairly basic. It has a fuzzy incomplete look to much of it, even more-so than is expected from this genre. In addition the colors used are weird, with quite a lot of cool colors which sometimes gives it a `dingy' look, especially when the next minute we are confronted with a bright watercolor look. Character designs are well done and brought out in the time available, the physical action is nice and the ability to depict character and atmosphere solid. The voices are pleasant and I didn't really notice the music.


Words by Andrew Shelton, Web by Ticti, Last Compile: Wed Aug 5 12:39:20 WST 2009