Under Your Radar: Angel Densetsu

 

Hello everyone, and welcome to the second installment of Under Your Radar.

This time, we’ll be covering a series that’s more a social commentary than the lulz that my previous feature was (although there are many more lulz to be had here than in the previous one).

For our second Under Your Radar, I will introduce you all to Angel Densetsu (literally Angel Legend). It’s an 84-chapter manga by Norihiro Yagi (of Claymore fame), which inspired 2 45-minute OVAs that you’d be lucky to track down today. It’s about a guy named  Seiichirō Kitano, who’s the nicest guy you’ll ever meet, it’s just…

That face of his leads people into a huge set of conclusions, and he ends up becoming a the boss of the local school’s gang by accident when he was just clearing some debris that fell onto school property (more specifically a tree trunk). He also goes and decimates enemy gang members while cleaning up a park, since they’re scared of his face and trip over tree roots…

“Special” guidance counsellors are also sent to beat him up over what he looks like and what they assume that means.

Yeah, it’s a series about communication failures, and it’s one of my favourite titles of all time.

As the series progresses, everyone comes to realize what mistakes they were making by jumping to conclusions, but Seiichirō has no idea what’s going on the entire time. Or more like he thinks he does, he just jumps to the wrong conclusions or fails to communicate well throughout the entire length. The only thing he manages to actually get across without initial trouble is his love for the female lead, and he actually denies it for all of ten seconds first.

The series ends rather abruptly, but so does the writer’s later work, so…

Something that may be an initial turn-off is the art style. But it’s important to remember that this series was serialized monthly, so it ran from 1992 to 2000. The art really evolved over that time frame.

Yes, same character and same artist. 8 years will do that to you.

So yeah. It’s a funny, yet meaningful story. Definitely worth at least a skim if not a read.

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