Episodes seen: 4 of 22 (each ep is 15min.)
A shy kid named Nakahito who's from a shrine is dared to go into the house of "Professor Evil" by his friends, only to find a girl lying in an abandoned room. He figures out that she's a robot, but is still amazed. In fact, he goes in for a closer look. Suddenly, military guys who are passing by fire a shot and the house shakes. The girl falls on top of Nakahito and kisses him. This action awakes the robot girl from her deep slumber and she now acknowledges the boy as her master and totally devotes herself to protecting him. The military wants to use the 'Steel Angels' as weapons, but their creator won't let them be used for violence. (Apparently he only makes robots for kinky sex-slave purposes...) She has super strength and speed, of course. And so the incredibly derivative story of a boy and an affectionate robot-savior starts.... Eventually, the 2nd and 3rd androids (or Angels) come into the story.
Herself the Elf sez: You know, when you can tell from the first 2 minutes of a show what's going to happen for the entire series, it either means you've seen too much anime, or the show sucks ass. (Ok, so both apply here...) Anyways, that's exactly what happened with Steel Angel Kurumi--within a couple minutes I was predicting exactly what would happen, and I was right (okay, the ditzy robot girl in the mysterious lab wasn't naked, but she *was* accidentally woken up by the guy and she did immediately call him 'Master'.) This show is so derivative that you don't even need to see it, because you've seen it all many, MANY times before. Geeky, shy guy accidentally activates cute girl robot (often naked) in mysterious lab, she imprints on him, follows him home, and is soon joined by 2 cute robot sisters who turn geeky guy's life into sitcom hell. I swear, the only reason to keep all those ditzy robot chicks around would be for sex, and since we never see any evidence of these guys getting any, I gotta wonder why they don't just flee in terror or bring a bazooka home one day. I sure wouldn't want to be living with 3 incredibly strong women who have the collective IQ of a potato...
The animation is pretty nice, but the theme song is so sugary-cute that it'll rot your teeth, and Kurumi's hyper-kawaii speech patterns start grating on one's nerves REALLY fast. And somebody please tell me why super-strong robot girls always have to wear dumb maid outfits? Bleh. Steel Angel Kurumi is just another of the genre of anime that teaches us that geeky guys with no social lives and no girlfriends can always depend on finding ditzy robot sex slaves (oops, I mean PROTECTORS) to obey their every whim. It's not really awful per se, it's just boring, stupid and we've seen it all before. If you're part of this anime's target audience (geeky guys with no social lives and no girlfriends), you might like this show. Everybody else will probably get nothing out of it. Not recommended.
Available from ADV Films.