Daisuke Niwa is a clumsy, block-headed, and wimpy middle school student who has few redeeming qualities. On his 14th birthday, he finally decides to confess his love to his longtime crush Risa Harada, but is rejected. In an unexpected turn of events, however, Daisuke finds himself transforming into Dark Mousy, the infamous phantom thief, whenever his mind is set on Risa. Though Daisuke is unaware of this strange heritage, his mother is certainly not: since before the boy was born, his mother had been planning for him to steal valuable works of art and let the name of the elusive art thief be known. With doubt and confusion constantly clouding his mind, Daisuke finds himself struggling in his relationships with classmates and family. And it is not long before Daisuke realizes that he is not the only one with a fated family legacy—his greatest adversary could be the one classmate he is most unwilling to fight. – My Anime List
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Although I wasn’t expecting to like D.N.Angel, I found myself enjoying it quite a bit. It doesn’t fall in the categories of anime that I personally seek out often, but I would watch more of this one. It still falls into a few too many shoujo pigeonholes, but if you like shoujo in general, this one will be a hit.
While I can’t say that D.N.Angel is a must-watch, I am at least glad that it managed to make use of its potential, and didn’t get itself caught in endless fillers. Even the random cases serve to flesh out and provide background for the different characters. If I recall correctly, then the creators completely rewrote the original manga for this anime, and I must say that they did a pretty decent job on it. Do note that the graphics can be a bit of a turn-off. Don’t get me wrong, they look great at times, but there are also quite a few lower-quality shots and the characters do take a bit of getting used to if you’re not a fan of bishies.
Overall, great show with: cute, lovable characters, very uptight music, and great dialog. Watch this show if your day is going south!
Every element in this series is well planned, and executed wonderfully. From the setting to the character designs, animation, the sound and music, and most importantly, the story; they all mix together to create a sweet anime about love and growing up.. and a winged thief. Such is anime. There isn’t much to put here that I haven’t said already. I recommend this to anyone who is up for a love-ly story.
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This anime has something that others lack, and its probably its ability to draw the viewer deep into the romance, and you can really see and develop feelings and attitudes during the episodes. Please, you don’t want to miss D.N. Angel for the world.
With that said as soon as you pop in the DVD or play one of the episodes on your computer, your in the world of DN-Angel one of the best anime’s around and you’ll never want to leave until the curtain is draw.
There is a plot and great characterization, as well as some excellent designs and items as well as a cool setting in this anime. The emotional pull is funny at times and eye rolling at others, though with one very well done sad moment that may tug at you, with other tensions just lost due to being a bit predictable with certain issues, added with an episode length that far outdoes itself in trying to keep the anime going despite everything able to wrap up quicker. There is a lot of groan moments and predictable rivalry conclusions as well as sub plots that aren’t as great to make it to the end, but you are left with a very creative story and some interesting characterization that flips the switch after thinking the characters are one dimension.
After all those years many more similar and better in overall came along and now DNAngel is nothing but a fond memory of the times me and many others were still new in the field. If you want me to mention if it excels in anything, I will have nothing to reply as, frankly, it doesn’t have anything you won’t find in many other series besides a few very good emotional moments scattered in episodes too far away from one another.
DNAngel had great potential, and I had wanted to watch it for a very long time. The idea of the story had sounded good, the graphics looked beautiful, and in general it seemed like something I’d really enjoy. Little did I know I’d leave feeling so disappointed. The attempt to wrap up the story with a rush of plot points that were confusing didn’t help. The fact that 2/3rd of the series was filler that got repetitive and boring didn’t help. The audio didn’t help. The weak characters didn’t help. Overall, I felt like watching this, except the last few and first few episodes, was a waste of time, and that sucks. Had the pacing stayed even, the characters been less annoying and the plot stayed consistent, this would have been a great series to recommend to people. As it is now, the only people I’d recommend watch this are those who really want to see the bishounen characters, or must see anything with angels in it. Bear in mind, though, that no matter what the screenshots look like, the amount of angels and such is very minimal compared to the overall slice of life feel of the series.
Fun at first, then gets really bad in later episodes.
DNAngel: Complete Collection was a romance anime spiced up with some magical action of a genetic nature tossed in for good effect. The themes explored might’ve been handled better but the target audience will have something worth thinking about if they evaluate the premise and the way in which the characters handled the relationship angles. As a value priced boxed set it was a decent buy for fans of the genre and the technical aspects were handled in a reasonably professional manner. In general, I’d have to say that DNAngel: Complete Collection was a quirky romantic comedy that explored some new territory for the genre. Give it a look and you’ll see what I mean.
A missed opportunity.