Gabriel DropOut reaches its end (hopefully just for now) with these two specials that as a fan of the series left me very satisfied. I won't go over the characters since I already have the review of the TV version for that, so I will comment what you will find in these two specials.
The first one is the obligatory onsen/hot springs episode, with more fanservice than the one from the main series... at least as much as the divine protection allows it. Fun episode with the typical character interactions but in that setting.
The second one caught me completely by surprise since it went for a
way more dramatic route, with our girls interacting with a girl who has severe sight problems. I didn't expect it at all and I admit that it hit me right in the feels, while this anime is clearly comedy focused, it also knows how to do drama.
Overall these two specials kept the level of the main series and even did some parts better, if you liked Gabriel DropOut, these specials are a must watch.
The following review is completely spoiler-free, and is meant for users who are curious about whether to watch the show or not. While I write reviews with this focus, and the goal of presenting the show with little bias, it is impossible to write a completely unbiased review. Feel free to disagree with any of my opinions, and ultimately decide for yourself how you feel about the show after watching it yourself!
- More of the Same (Special #1)
The first special, while certainly different in a few ways from a regular episode, carries over much of the comedy and character interaction from the original series. Gabriel
Dropout was a show that excelled in its characters and the repetition of their interactions so if you enjoyed the series, you'll find a welcome return to form here.
- Interesting Variety (Special #2)
The second special was a completely different tone to the entire series and special #1, and as such is an incredibly unique Gabriel Dropout experience. While the episode's goal shifts entirely from comedy to drama, it does so surprisingly gracefully and powerfully. I found myself incredibly impressed that a show so resoundingly light and goofy could pull off a very serious episode so well.
- Fanservice (Special #1)
The first special is very much the fanservice episode. It does so comedically, so do not fret about it being tasteless or out of place, however it is certainly doesn't shy away from sexual comedy or innuendos. I personally enjoy sexual humour and do not mind the occasional strange line-walking that characterizes a fanservice episode in an otherwise non-fanservice show. However, I understand and cannot blame those who do not enjoy these things, and for those people, this special can be a bit uncomfortable among its ridiculousness.
- Tone Shift (Special #2)
As mentioned above, special #2 is very different to a regular Gabriel Dropout episode. And while I believe it to be well done, I can understand why some would look at this as being completely off-brand for a light comedic CGDCT anime, and end up not enjoying it.
Clearly if you're reading a review about Gabriel Dropout Specials, you've already watched or are interested in the original show. These two specials provide two very unique and special episodes (living up to the title of "special"), for separate reasons. They're definitely a lot more hit-and-miss than the original series, and explore more unstable grounds, but their bold decision to break the formula and try something new should be commended. Specials are a great place to stretch an otherwise consistent series to its limits and test new grounds, which is exactly what Doga Koba did with these two Gabriel Dropout short stories.
While it makes for nice averages and wonderful sorting, when it comes to reviews I personally do not like direct numbering systems. Instead, I am to answer the question: "Would you recommend I watch this show?".
If you are uncomfortable with the idea of fanservice/light sexualization of the characters of the show, even for strictly comedic purposes, I would recommend potentially skipping the first special.
If you are uncomfortable with the idea of the show's characters being put in a dramatic/serious situation, or simply wish to only watch episodes that will make you happy (I don't blame you), I would recommend potentially skipping the second special.
Otherwise, I would highly recommend watching these specials for their intriguing uniqueness.
Stories From Gabriel Dropout a special edition that continues the story of the gabriel dropout quite interesting
At the start of the Recreational Trip to the hot springs, and I guess a bit boring enough to make me
Withstand laughter as the mainstream anti-sensors covering vigne
And in episode 2
I was made quite surprised
Where the comedy genre in the anime is more dominating and it turns out there the main characters in the face by a character
In episode 2 this storyline is presented rather touch,
I can not say anything in this episode
One of the deficiencies in this special gabriel is satania, this satania already know that the
character does not see this
Making it a joke
Ya want how else his name is also the devil
With little to the exclusion of the existing shortcomings
I still consider this special edition worth to watch
This special is really something I was waiting for, and dearly I was satisfied. As others pointed it out, there was a shift between comedy and drama in the two episodes, though I enjoyed both just the same. In the Overall and Character sections I will go deeper in the strenght of this series. The Sound rating, usually unfairly given coming from me, is influenced by both the opening and the ending.
Story (8) :
Whereas the first episode is skippable in the storyline, the second one will stay for a while in my mind, indeed was shown some of the soft side of Gabriel, which you
would expect of course but it still was touching. If anything, characters with an handicap is something pretty rare in animation, although most people can come up with three or four characters. And it permitted quite the development, showing how nice they (the cast) are. Without going much deeper (talk about platonic) I can assure you it was worthwhile.
Art (8) :
Nice point being, it is the same artstyle as the series. Unknown to me if it is available in the highest quality, but it's satisfying nonetheless. Character design may be really cute, though something bugging me a bit is how huge are the chins and jaws, but it's still cute...
Backgrounds are well-made and forgettable at once, at least frames aren't really reused.
Sound (7) :
That part ! I loved the opening and it was the first time hearing the ending, both are pretty sweet. I especially have a liking for those series where the official voice dubbers are also the singers, like Nanbaka. Other than that, I'm not one to care about the sound effects.
Character (8) :
Dear I love characters in that anime, especially Raphiel seeing how awesome she is. But anyhow, characters aren't simply beholders of a personification of characters, in this series for the least. Well there is part of it but it's called the nature of a being.
And their interactions are always so cute... But the strenght of this series really lie in the comedy gag exploited every thirdy seconds with facial expression frames, and that I love.
Enjoyment (8) :
Did I mention I really like Gabriel DropOut? Well now you know. If anything I love almost every character, saying : Satanya, Gabriel and Raphiel. Basically in essence this was a satisfying special for the ones that really appreciated the original series, and it manages to stay following the canon characters of the manga. Pretty sure it follows even perfectly to the letter the manga though...
Overall (8) :
It's certainly not gonna change animation as a whole, but probably future series are about to be shaken by this series. And the special will be useful in strenghtening both the lenght and the weight of the series Gabriel DropOut. And if I get more cute girls doing cute things I won't say crap.
As you can see, subjectively I enjoyed a lot this special, and I hope I can convince you to try it out.