Gabriel DropOut

Gabriel DropOut

img_5526.jpgAn angel at the top of an angel school has descended to the human world! However, she has already acclimated to the life of the human world so much that she ends up leading a self-indulgent life, skipping school all the time and being absorbed in online games. Gabriel soon forgets about her original goal to make human beings happy and has turned into a lazy and hopeless angel, or a ‘sloppy angel’ in short. Amazingly, she swears to continue to fully enjoy the pleasure of various entertainments of the human world.

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Gabriel is a model angel at the top of her class in angel school. After her graduation, she descends to the human world in order to learn about humans firsthand and become a fully-fledged angel. Each day, she cleans the park of little and weeds, plays with children and does good deeds whilst attending high school. Then one day, she hears a cry for help coming from her laptop and had her first encounter with an MMORPG. What this human entertainment turned Gabriel into was a lethargic, lazy hikikomori who only wanted to spend her time inside playing games online. With the finest angel in her class adapting the worst human behaviours, what hope is there left for other angels?

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I found this anime amusing from the get-go. The idea that demons and angels come from their respective homes to live on Earth amongst the humans they are supposed to help/hurt in order to become fully-fledged in their abilities is an interesting one. The fact that they are, in one way or another, corrupted by the everyday goings-on in this planet is downright funny. Whilst Gab is busy doing nothing in her apartment, fellow angel Raphiel is busy stalking the future heir of the underworld, Satania. Satania is trying to learn how to be mean and antagonistic, but Gabriel doesn’t even acknowledge her efforts so it seems like both angels and demons are trying and failing to do the things they were sent to Earth to do. The characters play off of each other well and there’s always a zany energy keeping the story moving along, which is usually made up of small skits such as Satania trying to ‘beat’ Gabriel, Raphiel stalking Satania and Vignette just generally despairing of them all. Gabriel and her antics somewhat remind me of those that feature in Himouto! Umaru-chan: cute girl obsessed with video games and junk food and ignoring those around her that try to encourage her to develop better habits.

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The art type chosen for this anime fits the type of story – very clean and colourful and drawn in a way that can be easily adapted or changed given the current surroundings or atmosphere. Gab and co’s expressions will sometimes change from normal to chibi features to more accurately depict any silliness. Lines become more rudimentary and cartoonish. On the other side of the scale, things are sometimes drawn in more detail should a scene require it, like Gabriel transforming into a real angel, which gives her a more complex, etherial look. The relation towards the art in the manga and the anime is fairly close, movement is smooth and effects are used to their strengths whenever they are needed. The attention to detail is very prominent, seeing a good level of detail in background characters and structures, which is something that often goes overlooked in anime such as this one – usually these lines are softened and blurred.

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Gabriel DropOut is a fun and cute comedy that provides short stories and amusing situations based on the fact that angels are not necessarily that good and demons aren’t exactly that bad. It’s almost like a slice of life with a twist, being that the four main characters are supernatural and adjusting to life on Earth, for one reason or another. It’s a comedy that started off strong and continues to be so – one of the most promising anime of this season.