Angel Blade

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In a post apocalyptic world, Earth's atmosphere has become polluted, and humanity is forced to live in 99 cities above the smog. The surface below is home to horrid abominations. One of the cities is suddenly attacked by the forces of Dark Mother. Dark creatures prowl the night and harass the female part of the population. One night, a mysterious woman appears, wearing a pair of red boots, a latex corset, a helmet and absolutely nothing else, raises her sword to protect the innocent. An agent of the Dark Mother, Lady Nailkaiser, takes interest in Angel Blade, and decides to capture her, and kidnaps the popular Seiryu Tenmyoin whom she believes to be the masked vigilante's civilian identity. Tenmyoin happens to be the secret crush of Shinguuji Moena a shy high school girl, part time waitress and the true Angel Blade (although even she is unaware of it at the time). Moena's alter ego takes charge of her, as she rushes to rescue the captured Tenmyoin, discovering her secret dual life in the process.

This is the first episode of Angel Blade, a Hentai action-comedy series by Obari Masami. An obvious parody of Go Nagai's Cutey Honey and Kekko Kamen, Angel Blade operates using excessive amounts of hammy moments and the fact that Naked People Are Funny, for instant humor, to make sure that absolutely no one will be able to watch it with a straight face.

The series started out with three episodes, introducing the main character and a second angel unit called Angel Ender, along with Angel Blade's nemesis, Lady Nailkaiser. It eventually ended on a Cliff Hanger. A three episode sequel called Angel Blade: Punish! was released, tying up the loose ends from the third episode, and also introduced two new characters, including the third angel unit, Angel Bullet, and the aptly named antagonist, Widow. So far the plot is still unresolved. There are no official plans for a third installment.

Angel Blade contains examples of the following tropes:
  • Affectionate Parody: Both Cutey Honey and Kekko Kamen, with occasional shout outs to Magical Girl series.
  • Asskicking Pose: Done naked for an extra dose of Narm
  • Author Appeal: It's a Obari Masami anime, big breasted warriors fighting in revealing clothing (with an emphasis on revealing) is par the course, and Angel Blade stands as no different.
  • Badass Normal: Fudo Ayame, the police woman.
  • BFS: Angel Blade's sword becomes one at the end of Punish during her Super Mode to finish off Widow.
  • Big Bad: Phantom Lady.
  • Blind Idiot Translation: Phantom Lady is addressed by her subordinates as Lady-sama. Due to the convention of translating -sama as 'lord', it was inevitable that one set of english subs will have at least one instance of Lord Lady showing up.
  • Boobs of Steel: Phantom Lady has the biggest pair of breasts, rivaled only by Moena's aunt. And all Angel Blade's strongest attack did to her in Angel Blade Punish Episode 1 was break a small part of her helmet.
  • Boom Stick: Where 'stick' refers to a very specific part of the user's anatomy.
  • By the Power of Greyskull: Angel Heart Flash!!!
  • Captain Ersatz: The main character. Duh.
    • Nailkaiser's kind of an Ambiguously Brown Morrigan, too.
      • The character Hazuki Tachibana is essentially the character Mizuki Tachibana from Gravion, another work by Obari.
  • Compressed Hair: In their first and only confrontation, Angel Blade manages to break part of Phantom Lady's mask, causing part of her long blue hair to come out. How that much hair was stuffed into such a small space is anyone's guess.
  • Cool Hat: Well, helmet. Almost each of the main cast has one. Phantom Lady's helmet actually becomes her trademark feature. So much in fact that the one time she's shown without it, you can't even recognize her.
  • Death Glare: Phantom Lady. I mean just try looking in her eyes! I dare you.
  • Eagle Land: Elphie Elphman
  • Expy: Son Karin. Vaguely monkey like in appearance and mannerism and carries a large staff (both figuratively and literally). Hang on. That sounds familiar.
    • Even more so, she's an expy of a heroine from Obari's Fighting Game Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer (and the OVA based on it). Shaia (Angel Ender)'s an expy of the Shaia from Gowcaizer, as well.
    • Ayame's kunoichi outfit's not entirely unlike Mai Shiranui.
    • Widow in her armor shows resemblence to the one shot villain Hanmushi from Outlaw Star. Her demise (getting pulled into a black hole generated by the main character's technique) is also very similar.
  • Fan Disservice: Men in the AB universe are less than good looking to say the least. The only exception is Moena's father, but he never gets a single interesting scene.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: The "Chaos".
  • Faux Action Girl: Shaiya *barely* skirts this besides being Angel Ender by one-shotting one of Widow's Co-Dragons given how she ridiculously helpless she was against Yayoi though only for the sake of another sex scene, but c'mon!
    • She picked up the Idiot Ball. Putting off the armoring from which she gets her powers, and giving it to the artist for the sake of a photo session is not a lack of skill, but just a plain dumb move. Like putting away silver blade and bullets when werewolves can be anywhere, and anyone.
      • Ayame is suppose to be a super hot kick ass, ninja girl. But every time she faces the bad guys, she easily gets beaten and sexually assaulted, which is mostly her primary role.
        • In her defense... Nailkaiser was strong enough to break Moena's power artifact, and did not get hurt by Angel Blade during the fight. Ayame was clearly outclassed from the beginning. Same goes for Widow and her henchmen.
  • Fan Service: Do I really need to explain this?
  • Foe Yay: Nailkaiser to Angel Blade.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: The whole point of the series. But it's played for laughs and kinks.
  • Gainaxing: Seeing how many boobs are put on display, this is pretty much a given.
  • Girl-On-Girl Is Hot: Seeing how damn ugly most of the men are, the only non Squicky interesting scenes are the ones that feature two girls. Mostly.
  • Gorn: There's quite a few instances. You can't cut down too many monsters without turning the whole scenery red after all.
  • Gratuitous English: Angel Blade's attacks.
    • Elphie's occasional throw-in lines could also count, although they're visibly better (though not enough to qualify as Surprisingly Good English) than your usual Engrish.
      • Elphie's line, "Are you ok?" surprisingly counts though.
  • Hentai: well, what exactly did you expect?
  • Hermaphrodite: All female villains with the notable exception of Widow can pull out a member of considerable proportions. It has secondary functions as well.
    • Taken to whole new levels with Nailkaiser who appears in the opening shot of the entire series, sporting no less than three.
  • High-Pressure Blood: Monsters bleed a LOT.
  • Large Ham: The headmaster of the academy. He's basically Kinzo, except with black hair, and a bunch of tentacles and yells NAILKAISER SAMAAAA instead of Beatrice.
  • Les Yay: Moena and Elphie in the (so far) last episode.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: This a given, since it's a parody of Cutey Honey and Kekko Kamen.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Phantom Lady is quite likely Moena's mother, Maina, as both women are extremely buxom babes with red eyes and blue hair, though Phantom Lady's are of slightly lighter shades; Moena's father, the Angel System's creator (seen in Episode 2's last quarter), is driven by a promise to "break the dark spell on [Maina]"; and finally, at the end of Episode 3, the kidnapped Kyoka's first sight upon waking up in Dark Mother Castle is Phantom Lady herself, and says "Maina-san" in a tone one would usually associate with recognizing someone/something.
  • Male Gaze: Angel Blade almost caused a traffic accident when driving by a car on a highway, leaving the driver to stare at her va-er butt.
  • Murderous Thighs: Another reference to Kekko Kamen. The move is always demonstrated from the un(?)fortunate victim's perspective, accompanied by Lens Flare and Audible Sharpness, to make it look extra dramatic.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Phantom Lady, of course.
    • Widow, even more so.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Yes. Yes, they are.
  • Narm: The scene where Moena meets her mother's spirit is touching and deep right? Well it would be if their boobs weren't on display.
  • Pettanko: Moena's best friend Hasumi wants bigger breasts badly, and considering the average cup size of most female characters in the Angel Blade universe, it's somewhat warranted. It's implied though at the end of the second series, that she may get her wish.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Karin. Phantom Lady's most effective henchman, Son Goku Expy and when not kidnapping, simply breast-feeds from the Big Bad, herself.
  • Put on a Bus: Where did Moena's father go? He comes back in the post-credits segment of Angel Blade Punish's last episode. And whatever happened to Seiryu?
    • And just where in the world did Nailkaiser go off to? She practically vanished after episode 4. Or did she?
    • Emily also counts towards this trope. The busty pink hair police women is put through the ringer in episode 2 and is literally left hanging by episode's end. She suddenly disappears next episode.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Implied by the length of Angel Blade's Girlish Pigtails, since their tips easily level with her hips.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Moena and Seiryu in the first installment. Moena and Elphie in the second.
  • Secret Identity: The three angel units. Angel Blade is Shinguuji Moena, Ordinary High School Student, Angel Ender is supermodel Hishizaki Shaia and Angel Bullet is the cowgirl Elphie Elphman.
    • It's also rumored that Elphie may also be the secret identity of Nailkaiser, thus explaining where she went off to after episode 4.
    • No rumor, see Angel Blade Returns.
  • Sentai: Heavily parodied, naturally.
  • Shout-Out: To Gravion, Viper GTS and several other series made by Obari.
    • Elphie Elphman may be named after Danny Elfman
  • Sleeping Dummy: Of Ayame when in the hospital when Elaine attempts to kill her.
  • Slippery Swimsuit: In the Angel Blade: Punish! OAV 2, Highly Visible Hottie Ninja Ayame jumps from a diving board on a 99-meter-tall tower. Naturally, she dives into the pool unharmed... except that she loses her bikini in the water, to the great delight of the men around. And yes, in this case, both pieces of the swimsuit come off — it is a Hentai series.
  • Stripperific: Everybody, during battle. Made stranger by the fact that apparently, Moena's outfit was said to be designed by her parents.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: The first episode of the sequel starts with Phantom Lady punishing her two minions for their failure. It takes her awhile to realize that it's not working. Que Death Glare.

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