I’m a little late with this write-up, but that’s fine. Yesterday I watched the second episode of Gabriel DropOut, the comedy anime adapted from the manga of the same name. In it we follow the angel Gabriel who graduated from the school of Heaven and was offered a chance to study human life on Earth. Once she arrived however, she soon got addicted to online games and became a bitter longer who acts nothing like an angel is supposed to. It’s a silly premise and it works beautifully.
The general cast consists of three more girls, two devils from Hell and another angel. Like Gabriel, they all fail miserably at their supposed role. Gabriel’s dorm neighbour Vigne is a responsible devil who tries to put Gabriel back on track. She serves as the “straight man” of the quartet and quickly became my favourite of the cast. There’s Satania, a devil who wishes to become the next queen of Hell itself, but is terrible at performing evil deeds. Finally there’s Raphiel, an angel who got bored of life on Earth until she met Satania, who she could torment in various sadistic ways for her own amusement.
Episodes are presented as separate skits, each with a clear beginning and end. You’ll get about four or five per episode and so far I’ve loved every single one. Both the gags set around the girls at school as well as the ones set around their home works really well and all four cast members shine through with their different personalities. I think my favourite scenes involve Satania though, just because of her high intensity and terrible levels of misfortune. She’s the kind of character you love to feel bad for, with her constantly going through so much crap that she clearly doesn’t deserve but you can’t help but enjoy.
I’ve read a few chapters of the manga and I’ve enjoyed it quite a bit, so I’m glad the anime feels like a strong adaptation so far. The animation is on point as well, with smears being used to great effect to show Satania’s frantic movement among other things. It’s simply a joy to look at, especially considering how colourful the art style is. I also love how well the series portrays contrasts between character behaviour in visual styles, the most obvious one being Gabriel’s initial appearance to her “fallen” form.
I tend to find it tricky to write about comedy anime for longer posts, so I’ll end it here. But I can happily say that Gabriel DropOut is one of my favourite titles this season and something that I highly recommend fans of the genre to check out.
Gabriel DropOut is licensed by Crunchyroll and is currently being streamed on Crunchyroll.
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