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Synonyms: DN Angel, D.N. Angel, DNAngel
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 3, 2003 to Sep 25, 2003
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.451 (scored by 54101 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagsaction comedy fantasy romance supernatural
Jul 16, 2009
Story - Quite different from your usual anime stories. But the individual episodes are very romance and/or drama driven. So depending on your taste, this might be a deciding factor for you. The action is either lame or non-existent in all of the episodes. It is terrible. Its worse than Inuyasha, where they do generic sword slashes, with nothing to individuate it from other animes. (I would consider good action to be Samurai Champloo, Samurai X, or Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann).
Art - I gave art a 6 because it is okay, but considering the year this anime was made (2003), the art is rather crappy. It looks like it was made in 1998. I mean Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star look just as good, or maybe even better than D.N.Angel. Oh and the picture they use for this anime on MyAnimeList, looks way better than the actual show itself. FALSE ADVERTISING! On the positive side, some of the episodes are written and directed quite well. A few episodes are quite poetic using visuals instead of vocals to tell the stories.
Sound - Sound, what sound?! Well to be honest, there probably is sound, it just isn't memorable enough for me to recall it. And the opening song sucks. It's slow and boring. I mean there are plenty of romance animes with great opening like Onegai teacher/twins, but this one is terrible.
Character - The main character is another one of those... I am nicer than it is humanly possible to be guys. This generic anime type character gets old after you have watched a lot of anime. I mean, if your as nice as some of these guys are, you would not be able to survive in today's world. It's a ruthless place out there, and I am sure Natural Selection has weeded all of these guys out by now.
Now for those of you who have read my other reviews, you know that I like to Bitch about things in animes that annoy me. D.N.Angel is no exception.
1. Before our hero is about to steal a priceless artifact, he or is mom, always informs the police that he is going to steal it. I mean WTF, why are they telling the cops that they are going to do this. I mean if you want to steal it, just steal it, there's no logical reason to draw attention to yourself by announcing it to the country. This makes it feel like more of a repetitive little kids anime.
2. Episode 11 partially takes place underwater. Our hero is swimming up and down at incredible depths, and yet his capillaries have neglected to burst. Oh I see, maybe it is because he is magically endowed, giving him extra strong capillaries, but that still doesn't explain why the police scuba divers who are pursuing him are fine.
3. This guy is supposed to be some master thief, but he is getting past some obstacles that a non-asthmatic pre-pubescent girl could get past. OMG there is a gate closing in front of me so I won't be able to get through!!!!! What do I do?!!! Oh yea, I run through it before the gate fully closes. Pathetic. Couldn't the writers have come up with some better, more creative security for these priceless artifacts?
4. I have not yet finished the anime, but when I do, you can expect this list to be much longer.
All in all, it felt like the anime could have been so much better had many of its flaws been smoothed out. read more
Nov 25, 2007
The anime passes with lots of fillers, and mini-storys (like Naruto, only shorter). Mostly Dark's purpose in life for his centuries with the son of the Niwa family is to steal peices of art that are tainted, and seal off the evil in it. Of course, he never gives the art back after sealing it. Plus some people like Krad, the opposite angel to Dark comes in, and they're both very pleasing to the eye so let's just watch them fight! Sadly, the ending made no sense to me at all and all my little dangles of string were just cut into little pieces in front of my eyes.
The story has a lot of suggested shounen-ai, so for all you boy+boy=^^ people, D.N.Angel is the shounen-ai without the yaoi, sort of...
Art: This is the reason people watch D.N.Angel. Dark is beatiful, and though in the anime his hair sometimes has the blocky look to it, overall it satifies the eye. No wonder my picture is of Dark and Daisuke eh? (Dark has the purple hair) I also realized that people's eye colour mataches their hair colour!
Sound: I'm pretty sure there wasn't any music, no there was, but not in penty that I can remember.
Character: I don't really see much character devolopment, there's more of a romantic developement. But Risa's still very obbesed with Dark until the end and Daisuke only matures in the sense that, "I can't get this girl so I'll go for the twin who's a bit more mature." And Dark is always just his lusty self.
Overall: Not a bad anime, it's a good starter one, for people who need to get used to the people having strange powers and supernature activities found in many animes. Also great for people who just fantasize about shounen-ai. Not a must watch, just a should watch. read more
Jun 18, 2010
Mar 6, 2013
Until I watched it.
D.N.Angel can't decide if it wants to be an epic story of light vs. darkness or a show about a middle school love triangle. It starts out good enough with the phantom thief angle, but that turns into a completely different story about ancient magical rivals. Which would be fine except that the pacing is way off. Instead of the thief bit being the introduction to the magical rival bit, we get lots of episodes stretching out the first part and the latter being rushed and confusing.
For the sake of a middle school love triangle.
The story has it's original aspects, but it quickly gets derivative. Our lead, Daisuke Niwa, is utterly bland. He makes up for this by having a cute furry mascot and turning into the dashing thief Dark Mousy--via a strange genetic condition--that is so good at stealing things, he sends out calling cards to the police and still gets away with the prize. And, in the history of great shoujo tropes, Daisuke turns into Dark by getting flustered by his crush or thinking about her too hard. Romantic hijinks ensue!
Daisuke is in love with one Risa Harada, who predictably has the hots for Dark. (Super Man, anyone?) Risa is, of course, the school idol and moe princess with a tsundere twin who would love Daisuke's affections if only she could stop berating him long enough. Which twin will he choose!?
Meanwhile, sickly child prodigy super detective (WHO IS IN THE SAME CLASS AS ALL THE OTHER MAIN CHARACTERS) Satoshi Hiwatari is out to catch Dark, but oh no! His body is home to the phantom Krad...who is the opposite of Dark. You know. Because their names are reverse. It turns out that even though Krad is lighter (blond, light eyes, wears white, where as Dark dresses in black, black hair, violet eyes), he's the more dangerous of the two and his family has made or collected potentially threatening objects over the years that Dark must steal to neutralize.
Things that work:
Daisuke's mom, Emiko is a fantastic character. She's hilarious, involved in the story (she has agency! Even though she's a mother!), and a competent thief herself. Because of the "family secret/trade", she's been training Daisuke since birth and possibly before and guides him along.
Dark, for being a typical "cool bishounen" is actually interesting and can be really funny when he looses that cool.
Krad and Dark obviously hate each other, what with being exact opposite beings and all, but Daisuke and Satoshi manage to form a strained but genuine friendship. Not an easy task with Dark screaming inside Daisuke's head about it.
Daisuke can only stop turning into Dark if the person he loves returns those feelings, but as I said before, love triangle. Risa is the one that triggers the transformation into Dark, so Risa is the one he needs to end up with, but what of his developing feelings for Riku the twin that actually knows he exists? There is the implication that he could be trapped into a relationship with Risa, which is an interesting take on the situation. Things get more complicated when he wonders if he wants to get rid of Dark at all, since they become close.
The theme of dark does not equal evil never gets old.
In 1997, having the boy be the protagonist of a shoujo story and turn into someone else was a cool new idea. We get a lot of Daisuke's inner monologue, which while never being shocking, it's nice to hear a boy muse about his feelings.
The art is decent. I don't care for the character designs, but the colors are bright and crisp.
The music is surprisingly good.
What didn't work:
Besides all the cliches an utter predictability, the world wasn't clearly defined. There was a lot of use of German, European type spell books, references to fairy tales, and Dark and Krad having English names, but a clear mythology wasn't revealed. The city also looked very German, but the kids attended a Japanese style school and behaved very...err Japanese. I was perpetually confused over the setting and culture.
The romance wasn't all that engaging (to moe or tsundere! that is the question!) and ate up way to much of the time.
I wasn't a fan of the character designs, especially Daisuke's weird, out of place hair.
Pacing. Pacing was a problem.
I guess watch this if you like the manga? Or pretty 1990's style bishounen? Or if you're REALLY into pre-teen romance?
Don't watch it for the magic or phantom thieves though. There are better anime out there for that. read more
Feb 20, 2009
And the year of is 14th birthday he turs into Phantom theif dark Mousy.
And he sends out warnig signals and for Dark to turn into Daisuke he has to
steal something. But as soon as you get farther into the series you will see why Daisuke doesn't won't Dark to do anything Daisuke wasn't confident enough to do like (ask Miss Harada out) hint hint.
Aug 18, 2007
Jan 28, 2013
i love the whole story. everything about it i love! i love how niwa has to get riku to return his feeling before dark will go away but he ends up falling for risa! I was so sad though when dark left, like for good!
I love the art! i dont even know what else to say about it other then that!
i love the characters! i think riku is a bit of a dits but she is super nice. i think risa is just great in general! niwa and dark are so close for who is my fav but dark is just a lil better in my opintion!
I just love this anime all together and maybe someday i will re-watch it!
just loved it!! read more
Jun 15, 2010
May 24, 2010
The story itself is unique, but it disappointed me that the anime lacked in the thrilling approach I thought it would have, based solely on the plot itself. Yes, it was a unique thought to use angels as thieves so they can sneak into the night, but there was something I thought had gone missing.During the first few episodes, it seemed as if the same things would happen again and again. Dark would steal artwork, and prevent different disasters from occurring.
But as it progressed, the story seemed to change, first with the arrival of Mio Hio, pretending to like Daisuke only because she wanted to take his soul, next with the appearances of Towa, the story of Freedert, and Kosuke's ring. There were also certain twists, like the grandmother of the twins being Dark's real first love, and even Daisuke's change in romantic interest.
So I rate it as average in the beginning, a little above that in the middle, and the end as a great turn of events. Though the ending with Riku and Daisuke's kiss didn't satisfy me, seeing as it left things unexplained, I still give it a good rating because it passes as something I would like to rewatch. read more
Mar 15, 2010
The concept of good vs. bad, while being someone cliche', gave me the feeling of having a lot of potential when being coupled with the theme of a teenage romance, specially when topped with the main character having a split-personality, but since all the previous elements where loosely tied to each other, it just made for an anime that teased my interest to a great extent.
Aug 7, 2009
Absolutely splendid!...10-TEN-10 all across the board! Very original and nice looking, well-proportioned characters, bright color palette for daytime and vivid hues of blue at nighttime, pretty special F/X and moderate use of CGI. There are some nice F/X with the feathers, it's not like you haven't seen it done before or with leaves, snow or sakura blossoms but it's always beautiful to watch and I was especially moved by episode 24 and the Hands of Time. The special F/X for that scene with the sword was truly evocative.
I watched this in the English dub and I would totally recommend viewing it dubbed. The English cast did a great job they were funny and kept the show light-hearted. I have to give props to the actor who did Daisuke's voice, Kevin Corn! Whoever this kid is [and I KNOW he has to be young!] Who ever this kid is, he's gonna go far. I'm so sure of it. He has a very distinct voice and it is so very cute, it's like he's a boy version of Chantal Strand....and you don't wanna get me started on Chantal, Miss Lacus Clyne! But getting back to Kevin and his voice...the whole reason I'm even re-watching this series is because I picked up on his voice subconsciously as Suzu in PeaceMaker Kurogane which I just completed and reviewed. That's how you know subliminal advertising works.
The music is OK with the OP being my least favorite of the three. I liked the acapella lead in but then when the music started I tuned it out and hit FF on that b*tch. I actually did like the first ED though, it's light and airy which lightens the mood...I'm just not sure if it goes well with this series, maybe a really girly series with lots of pastel coloring. The 2nd ED was mediocre. The best song was probably was the one for the end of episode 24. It was very heartfelt and tender and the singer sounds like Daisuke which makes it blend very well with the show.
Like I said this is an anime for a younger audience, I'm thinking probably more “Shoujo” than “Shonen” but it could be unisex since there is action and adventure. But above all DNAngel is also very much a romance series chronicling the angsty love-love relationships of prepubescents. Daisuke likes this one girl Risa and her twin sister, Riku likes him, this is what would appeal to the shoujo audience. Guys could probably get into the Phantom bandit part with Dark stealing stuff and fighting Krad....maybe, I'm not sure. This is a very light series and somewhat wholesome series so the violence and action is kinda toned down so I dunno....I would recommend it to younger boys or guys into non-violence and such.
The whole Krad thing, hmmm, HONESTLY? I found it to be kinda lame. Just the name alone turned me off, like could they not have come up with a better name? That's how you know this is a kids show, because they didn't want to beak the taboo of saying Dark is good and “Light” is bad although that's virtually what they did. That whole side to the story was lame. LAME! Also if he is Dark's other half and Dark is Niwa's other half then does that make Dark one-fourths of an individual?
Daisuke is so adorable it's ridiculous! From his awkward, gangly limbs and body to his not quite matured voice. The fact that he's so meek, polite and sympathetic adds to the overall cuteness...Daisuke is truly the star of this show, I can't stop raving about him! Part of the reason why I am so fixated on Daisuke has to be the fact that it's the one anime I've seen where a younger male protagonist that isn't amped up on something screaming about how he wants to be bigger, badder and more powerful yadda-yadda-yadda. However the fact that Daisuke is more “mouse” than “man” is proof-positive this anime is actually Shoujo and not Shonen. Dark is your typical bishounen tall, lean and lot's of hair. Definitely a looker but the cockiness and self-importance takes away from his appeal. My favorite female is Mio believe it or not. She's very funny especially when she first appeared on the scene and busts out with that Valley accent [English dub] then makes a beeline for poor Daisuke! She has some great one-liners and overall makes the show more humorous and all the more compelling.
~ Worth It?
DNAngel is a good show to have as part of your anime collection, it's a show you can watch with your entire family and not get caught off guard by nudity, violence or adult themes. There is a hint of gayness in this series but it's purely on the Jr. High school level and nothing to get your knickers in a twist over. I would totally still recommend this show to kids and really get the next generation to appreciate anime, as well. Two thumbs up! Totally re-watchable and enjoyable every time. read more
Jun 20, 2008
the problem of the animes they started way too soon when the manga was and is ongoing, I hate when this happens, they screw up the story, and don't fullfill it's purpose, is such a waste, when can be even better, could be almost awesome as the manga.
most of the episode are fillers. is very enjoyable the anime until you read the manga...
I love the art they did in the series is really well done, no complains there, the voice character well done,soundracts being good,make the characters move, that's the only good points and compensations in a anime when they screw up the story and character development based on a manga that is ongoing. read more
Feb 1, 2009
Jan 13, 2012
how did I found this anime?
Because I was surfing the net and I found the name "Dark Mousy" and I also found the anime title D.N. angel.
When I started watching this, I sometimes liked to live a comment. Most of all, I idolize Dark Mousy because he is a thief that tells his plan to the police first. Eventhough he told the police what he will do, he still gets success.
And Niwa, he is skinny and incredible. He is 14 years old. His Friends is Saehara, Riku and Risa.
In the end, it is a good story. According to my studies, It maybe a twist or a comedy.
I wish you will watch this and score 10 to this. It is a great story. read more
Dec 6, 2011
I think that the story of D.N.Angel is a very interteresting concept. A boy (Niwa) who on his 14th birthday has another being awaken inside him (Dark) who then preceeds to go on an art crime spree. But early on in the series the main plot is bogged down with some stupidity. For example Niwa is only suppose to change into Dark when he sees his unrequited love Risa but they drop that later on and Dark pretty much shows up whenever he wants. They also do way too many early art robberies that have nothing to do with the main plot and it really detracts from the overall feeling of progression of the series, its almost episodic in nature making it feel like the series won't amount to anything which actually is queit wrong. They dwell way to much on the sub plots that the main plot is kind of burried until around halfway through the series. BUT the series main plot does kick in expecially near the last 6-10 episodes it really does make up for the early on lameness and left smiling
Now seeing as this series is getting up there in years the animation is kind of a bit out dated not looking as crisp and clean as newer anime. But this series does impliment some pretty impressive CGI that really does add a new demension to the visuals. but the problem is that the CGI is not really used often enough or effectively enough usually just being used for the occational building.
FYI the english dub of this series is pretty much horrid. The person who does Niwa is absolutely terrible at conveying emotions. Watch it in Japanese its way better. The music of the series really pretty and does a very good job emphisising the emotions at the time leading to some pretty memorable moments, but again they don't do it often enough and i feel it really could be used more. The opening song is also really great. One thing I noticed early on is that the series sound fx were really quiet lacking, just didn't have any weight to them, and in some points it really detracts from the action going on on screen.
Now the characters are a bit of a mixed bag. Niwa is kind of a dope yet kind and likeable young man coming of age. The biggest problem i have with him is he is portayed early on to have been training for his days as Dark and is actually quite competant but later in the series he becomes pretty much helpless. His alter ego, Dark, is a very powerful entity that have been living in the DNA of Niwa family for a while now. He is really quite smooth and he's really quite entertaining and steals the spot light everytime he's on screen. but halfway through he kind of gets thrown to the back and is ignored which i didn't like. Risa is a pretty young lady that Niwa has a massive crush on early on. She is kind of shallow but still likeable. Riku is Risa's twin sister. She is very different from her sister Risa being a Barbie and Risa more of a tomboy but she is still a likeable character. These 4 kind of have a love quadrangle going on but it doesn't really get all that well established, being pushed to the back by more pointless things, before its blatantly obvious what's going to happen in the end. Then there is Hiwatari, Niwa's classmate. Hiwatari is a smart young but he has the same problem as Niwa that he also has an alter ego Krad who, unlike Dark, is much more molevolent and Hiwatari is constantly fighting with for control of his body. Now Hiwatari and Niwa are suppose to be portayed as great friends and Dark and Krad are bitter rivial fighting whenever they see each other. But Hiwatari and Niwa's relationship never really gets well defined, again falling victum to sub-plot crap, so their relationship seems a bit forced and Dark and Krad are both very powerfull entities that make for really awsome fight sequences but the series never really makes the best of it most potential fights never happening and every fight being cut short by Hiwatari. I would have liked them to actually use this for some long and interesting fight sequences but they kind of ignored it which is disappointing.
The front half of the series is really marred by all the early heists that really do nothing for the overal plot. Its very boring and kind of discourageing to the point that i would have gave the series a worse score than i did. But near the end all of the relationships are well defined and the action sequeces are awsome with good use of CGI and were so awsome that when it was all over i was really queit satisfied.
Although the series suffers early on from a major case of not really focusing on the main relationships and plot which makes it feel like almost nothing is moving forward at all which can lead some people to drop the series, it really does get truely good with moments that i felt were true memorable. These good parts come way to late in the series though which makes it very hard to give a recomendation. I'm being very nice with my ratings but if you can put up with the fairly slow and pointless first half to 3/4th of the series i think that you can truely enjoy the end which i found to be a real treat. read more
Dec 9, 2011
I absolutely loved the opening song and credits, especially being surprised when the theme began adding in the extra sounds, which- to me- just made the credits and song that much more epic :D
All in all, D.N. Angel is a great anime to begin your start into the world of anime- to me, anyway xD
Oct 10, 2009
so go watch it now YOU luckybastards!
Apr 13, 2013
Art - 9 (Great) Like The Story, The Drawing Is Also Original. It Was Not Bad Actually. They Made Some Characters Good Looking And Very Fun.
Sound - 8 (Very Good) Well It Depends On What Player You Are Watching On But Some Of The Scenes' Sound Was Very Loud Or Soft, But It Was Still Understandable
Character - 8 (Very Good) I Loved Daisuke And Riku, They're Really Fun Characters Though I Didn't Much Enjoy Risa (No Offense). All Characters Have Their Own Personalities So I Quite Loved Them.
Enjoyment - This Anime Is Satisfying To Watch But There Might Be Some Things You Might Not Like Since Not All Anime Ends The Way You Want. But, You Will Be Interested To Know What Happens Next.
I Hope You Find My Review Useful! read more
Apr 10, 2009
this anime follows the life of daisuke trying to put up with dark, steal items and school all at once without anyone finding out about him and dark being the same person.
Jul 29, 2008