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Tenbatsu! Angel Rabbie Review

June 22, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Anime

Back in 2004, I was infatuated with a group called Under17, and one of their songs in particular, Tenbatsu! Angel Rabbie. It was around the tail end of the the kawaii boom in anime, and hyper-bouncy songs like this were all the rage (at least for me). I remember having this song set on continuous loop as I worked on my calculus homework. Little did I know that it actually came from an anime by the same name. In fact, I unknowingly had my desktop wallpaper set to an image of the main character from the anime (see above).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtsmrpu4_ZM

Tenbatsu! Angel Rabbie’s (TAR) music and artwork captured my interest 7 years ago, so I thought I should watch it at least once in my life and I did just that, yesterday. TAR is a 1 episode OVA that came out in 2004, and is based on the visual novel Angelic Serenade. As a pre-Haruhi era visual novel-based anime, I thought it defined its generation perfectly. Before the age of slice-of-life schoolgirl anime, female characters actually did stuff like beat up bad guys, shoot aliens, and slice up monsters. The main character in TAR is Lasty Farson (aka Angel Rabbie), who is an angel in training. In order to become a full-fledged angel, she must go to Earth and bring peace and happiness by, you guessed it, beating up some bad guys/aliens/monsters.

Despite being only 1 episode long, this anime is jam-packed with everything that you would expect to find in anime from the late 90’s to mid 00’s:

– a transformation scene

– clumsy main character

 

– cool headquarters

– a ship exploding after some minor damage

– lackeys that get blown up most of the time

– a mysterious antagonistic force

– and multi-coloured eyes.

In fact, I think just about the only thing missing was a cute stuffed animal-like creature.

There were a few nostalgic moments throughout the anime. First off, the set-up of the angels’ headquarters is reminiscent of many command centers like the one in Ah! My Goddess. Next, the fight scenes reminded me a lot of Bubblegum Crisis with the close-combat and the design of the armour. Lastly, the “auuuu~” that Lasty makes as she repeatedly tumbles down the stairs is exactly the same sound that Makoto from Kanon (2002) and Kanon (2006) makes (the voice actress is actually the same person).

BGC (left), TAL (right)

Despite the nostalgia, the anime itself was very weak. The plot had no depth to it other than fighting bad guys, side characters are introduced only to say one or two lines, and a third of the anime was spent watching Lasty trying to make it to her angel test on time. As a stand-alone anime, it is not worth your time.

Taking these factors into consideration, TAR is more of a parody anime than anything. If you’ve been watching anime since the mid 90’s, then it’s a nice trip down memory lane as most aspects of TAR seem to be taken from other anime. On the other hand, if you’re looking for an engaging anime that will knock your socks off, then this definitely isn’t it.

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11 Comments to “Tenbatsu! Angel Rabbie Review”


  1. Not that interested in the anime, but the older style certainly brings back some warm feelings of nostalgia, especially since ~2004 is when I really started to consume lots and lots of anime.

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  2. Such nostalgic looking title, never heard of it before thought.

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  3. Always nice to revisit older series. Sadly, I never heard of this before, but looks interesting. Have to admire the style.

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  4. Oooh, I’ve heard of this! The only reason I’ve known about the anime was also from the song (I was also a fan of Under17’s music for a while).

    Listening back on it now, Tenbatsu! Angel Rabbie is a pretty ear-grating song… ^^;

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  5. @Yi:
    The style really is representative of the 2000-2005 era.

    @Miette-chan:
    Except for the song and some artwork, it wasn’t as hyped up as other series.

    @tsurugiarashix:
    The good thing about older series is that usually they’ll be good or at least be decent enough to survive the test of time.

    @Arianna:
    It is a bit annoying now, but back then it was all I listened to. No wonder people questioned my taste in music.

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  6. OMG, its translated, need to download. I was looking for this OVA several years ago and the company that was supposed to localize it was taking its sweet time. Great to see it finally done by them or fans, but its done.

    I am a huge fan of the character designer and original VN artist, Chisato Naruse, and own the artbook for the VN, which is filled with serene images, blushing, and a bit of drama. So I was really surprised to see a complete 180 with a slapstick parody in its OVA form, it makes me think they might be completely different stories.

    Anyways, thanks so much for sharing! For better or worse, I’ll finally get to watch it.

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  7. @Luth:
    I hate when it takes forever for anyone to translate an anime that most people have never heard of. That’s one of the good things about fansubs, they offer you something that isn’t commercially available.

    I didn’t know thaht the VN was more dramatic than comedic, I thought it was along the same lines as the OVA.

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  8. I think I’m watching Nadia: The Secret of the Blue Water lately for that trip down memory lane feeling you described :)

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  9. @lovelyduckie:
    There are a lot of anime that can do the same thing. I still haven’t watched Nadia yet, but it’s in my folder of old anime.

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  10. So that’s where the song comes from! I haven’t seen this either I might have to check it out one of these days. I remember having a slight obsession with Under17 after watching DearS. The song “Love Slave” played constantly here and I listened to a bunch of their music including this song but I never knew where it came from for some reason.

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  11. @Persocom:
    Under17’s music was really unique and hypnotizing. Most of their songs were used in kawaii anime with lots of cute girls.

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