Angels of Death might look like a grim and gruesome piece of psychological horror, but its delightfully campy edge makes it more giggle-worthy than expected. This week, Nick and Steve dig into the comedic kitsch buried just under the surface of this grave thriller.
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The horror! They’re going to be so soggy now.
That is literally a thing that happens in “My Immortal”. And this show just drops it in my lap without so much as a knowing wink. What the hell am I supposed to do with that?
Angels of Death is frequently operating on a level I’m both impressed by and scared to try and comprehend. So it’s been pretty fun to watch!
That’s absolutely the strongest thing the series has going for it. It helps to know that it’s based on a RPG Maker horror game by the same title, which begins like most of those: you’re a little girl, you’re trapped in some weird building you have to escape, there’s a giant monster chasing after you, and also you have to solve a lot of puzzles. Angels of Death‘s twist on the formula is that you actually end up befriending the monster.
The show has legit comedic chops! My favorite gag happens when Zack gets electrocuted, and his screams continue through the eyecatches. It caught me off guard, because i didn’t expect that kind of joke to come out of a game adaptation, but the anime has really surprised me with its enjoyability. Horror anime especially seems to be strongly hit-or-miss, and Angels of Death ain’t perfect, but it is very entertaining.
I admit that part of my enjoyment just comes from the nostalgia this series awakens in me. I don’t know if teens these days still have the same kind of edgelord phase, but Angels always takes me back to filling my MP3 player with death metal bands and trying to disappear inside my skull-themed hoodie, while adding just enough self awareness to be fun instead of mortifying.
Yet unlucky enough for that grandpa to immediately die, setting him on the path of serial killing that would lead to him hanging out in some weird priest’s basement.
As the show’s gone on, what started as a simple agreement of necessity has turned into a driving force behind Zack and Rachel’s actions. He starts risking his life to protect her, and when he’s incapacitated she does the same for him. Eventually you realize that when Zack says “I want to kill you”, what he really means is “I love you. And want to kill you.” Which would be a bit troubling in a less campy package, but it kinda works here because everyone already operates on bonkers emotional logic that wouldn’t make sense if they ever stopped to think about it.
It’s for sure messed up, but when everyone else in the show is their own brand of weird murder pervert, Zack and Ray’s bond seems like the healthiest thing anybody has going for them.
And that’s where things start to get rocky. Turns out the most dangerous threat in Angels of Death is running out of material, because woof has this dude’s arc been a drag compared to the others. For one, it splits up our dynamic duo, which kills a lot of the comedic relief and makes the tone much more dour. For two, there’s an entire episode of just the pointless backtracking you’d presumably have to do in the game, complete with revisiting every past floor to fill out time.
It’s definitely a shot in the arm for the arc, but I’m still hoping this bit wraps up soon. Though that might not happen since we’re apparently due 16 episodes of this show instead of the usual 12.
I have no idea how that can be possible, but I’m praying there’s enough zaniness to fill in the rest of the runtime.
But I am frankly concerned with how much time Angels of Death has left, considering it’s spent a lot of time creeping forward in first gear. The latest episode brought back a lot of what I liked about the early episodes, but part of me’s sure that the rest of the show is just going to get more self-serious, which would be a shame.
Actually that’s a good point to end on. The series has been rife with religious allusions and Christian imagery—Grey is a priest after all—so I’m eager to find out what all of that might symbolize–
, 2018-09-11 17:00:00
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