I watched this one back in late 2004 because some friends recommended it to me due to the nudity and fanservice (which I admittedly focused too much on in my early years of anime fandom, but I thankfully matured since then). Even when I was easier to please back then, I found Steel Angel Kurumi to be a confused mess. Like all horrendous anime, it's tonally inconsistent and its characters are annoying and cliche, and its story is really unfocused. It doesn't even work as an exercise in parading fan service because such fan service is paired with the most sugary J-pop and chibi character deformations. This anime has gone out of print, and let's hope it stays that way.
I remember a friend of mine back in the fall of 2004 lent me his boxed set of Steel Angel Kurumi, promising that I'd love it for all the nudity and fanservice in it (I had some misplaced priorities back then). I was a little skeptical of it since the cover art for the boxed set of DVDs looked more sugary than I would have liked it to be, but I still gave it a whirl. I'm glad that I didn't sink any money into this series, though I'll never get the hours I lost back on this … more
Set in an alternate history of Japan during second World War, Steel Angel Kurumi begins with 14-year-old Nakahito accepting a dare to enter a house his classmates all say is owned by a "mad scientist." What Nakahito discovers there is what looks like a life-sized doll. Just as he steps closer to examine her, a series of bombings tip her into his arms and, quite accidentally, he kisses her, thus awaking what he finds is actually an android named Kurumi. A true blend of science and magic, Kurumi's lifelike but mechanical body houses the real heart of an angel. Kurumi immediately falls in love with Nakahito, devoting herself to him completely, but things aren't all happy and romantic; the government wants to get its hands on Kurumi, and faced with the danger of losing her to potentially malicious people, Nakahito begins to realize how dear she is to him. ~ Cammila Albertson, All Movie Guide