「もう戻れないと知ったあの日」 (Mou Modorenai to Shitta Ano Hi)
“The Day I Knew I Could Never Go Back”
Angels, demons, and slice of life: it’s a combination that just works. Proof in point being the countless series featuring all three components in damn near every conceivable genre, from Ah! My Goddess to Heaven’s Lost Property, and hell even the ridiculous Dokuro-chan. Gabriel Dropout might be the first though to mesh hikkikomori shut-in with angelic stature and centre it all around comedic gags. As a comedy this was one series I’ve eagerly awaited since previewing, and I dare it’s lived up to expectations.
At its core, Gabriel Dropout is all about slobbery, particularly the obsessive gaming variety. For humour this concept certainly never grows tiring, and Gabriel (Tomita Miyu) definitely proves the point over and over again. Given how Gabriel literally fell from grace, there’s probably an argument for the addictive, deleterious effects of video games on vulnerable people here, but it’s hard focusing on such things while laughing away at our angel’s the ridiculous antics. Skipping school and refusing to clean are only topped by her public littering and forgetful memory, all completed by a totally uncaring attitude. This little angel has fallen far enough to feature one hell of a corrupted halo, and hilariously become unable to transport herself between locations. I’ve seen Gabriel compared to Umaru of Himouto
infamy fame, but it’s not a particularly good fit given Umaru attempted maintaining the perfect outwards appearance, whereas Gabriel abandons all pretense of trying.
What really separates the two and coincidentally makes the comedy work so well though is the playoff with our featured devils. The ironic switch of angelic and demonic traits between our angels and devils arguably makes many of these situations work so well, such as Satanichia’s (Oozora Naomi) shock over the spilled juice, or Vigne’s (Oonishi Saori) utter lack of demonic nature. Gabriel isn’t the sole corruption here, each girl features some serious ruination in their own way. Vigne in particular serves as Gabriel’s mirror image, providing all the traits we expect from our little angel, but wrapped up in one cute demonic package. Quite funny too how she still retains some of that devilish attitude when the bugs start appearing. Satanichia, however, is a force unto her own and probably one of the best characters at the moment. It’s as though Ah! My Goddess’ Marller became more hyperactive and practiced in front of a mirror, because this girl is a diabetes inducer—those gleeful faces and cutesy laugh are alone enough to keep me watching. I’m fully expecting some more hilarious scenes with this devil, especially once the totality of Raphiel’s (Hanazawa Kana) sadism is revealed and we get some more provocative antics.
For a comedic slice of life this is definitely one good stress reliever for this season, especially if the humour continues as is. Still mulling whether I’ll continue blogging this one, but if Satanichia forever remains best girl I know where my choice lies. Need look no farther than this one for your weekly comedy fix.
OP: 「ガヴリールドロップキック」 (Gabriel Drop Kick) by Gabriel Tenma White (Miyu Tomita), Vignette Tsukinose April (Saori Oonishi), Satanichia Kurumizawa McDowell (Naomi Oozora), Raphiel Shiraha Ainsworth (Kana Hanazawa)