Angel Beats Epilogue
(the only spoilers in here are to them who havent finished the seris, i might touch on the ending of the origonal seris so please be aware)... i dont not give spoilers for the short episode here though
for them who dont know, this is basically a alternate ending to how the show ends, the DVD version of the show ends with angel leaving the world after there friends have all departed onto there next life, the scene of the roof is followed by a small scene which shows a girl who represents angel and a guy to represent otanashi, otanashi was attracted by the song Kanade (angel) was huming thus following the Asian philosohpy of reincarnation and "red string" which basically is supposed to represent true love meaning there fates are always tied to one another and destined to meet
so whats new? this story is what is known as the true ending, before Kanade departed Otanashi suggested staying behind together to help new comers to the world and help them move on, explaining about how they can find peace ect. In this origonal or "alternate" ending (though it is the true ending people see it as a alternate as it isnt the ending given in the box set), Kanade does infact leave the world but the ending is how its shown, Otanashi is infact left behind all alone now, the entire SSS has moved on and now he's alone.
This epilouge takes place a little later (time frame isnt given but i assume its not long) and otanashi is infact funny enough the student counsil president, and after some time a new student joins the world.
Otanshi must quickly strive to help this student understand the world, and with encouraging words help them move on, but is he up to the task? i think the end is well suited and carries the story on well, though many like to belive it might lead to a season 2, it does leave the possibility open but i doubt you will see one, as dispite thisbeing the real ending it wasnt choosen as the real one in the production of the show.
It uses the same animation and sound of the origonal seris so no problems here, i was let down to not here a Girls Dead Monster track play, but theres no band to play it so i guess only way woulda been a CD or something.
the show only has otanshi and the new comes but still they are well done, its nice to see how otanashi is, and how he faces the place alone with his friends moved on, its also nice to see how hes changed but how his heart is still set on its goal. so i have no complaints
its 3mins i cnt say loads, but its worth watching, even if you watched the dubbed Angel Beats, its only 3mins of Subbed, i strongly recomend forthem who thirst more from the great work of Jun Meada and Key, its a interesting ending to the show and it helps for them who want to know more. Though it does leave space for them to make a new season (keeping otanashi but a new crew) you are unlikely to see this, there isnt much left to the show, all ended well but i still recomend watching :)
This is the first time I actually bothered to watch a special that wasn't full episode length and certainly the first time reviewing one. If you haven't seen the series, there may be spoilers in here. There isn't much one can say about a 2 minute and 30 second video. The animation is slightly different, mainly being it's use of darker colors. I don't think Otonashi's voice is the same either.
I can't really say I liked it. The problem is it makes me question my interpretation of the ending of the series. I happened to like that interpretation. However, if this special takes place after the series.........my happy ending just got blown away. I interpreted the end of the series as Otonashi and Angel were alive again (reborn, never actually died, randomly reaapeared in life, whatever) and found each other, even though we never saw Otonashi dissappear. And if those two found each other, maybe everyone else found each other too. If this is after the series though, then they didn't meet back up because Otonashi never dissappeared. He is still in the place at that school.
On the other hand, I suppose it makes more sense. We never saw him leave and then there was all that stuff about him not having a heart and he wasn't supposed to end up there and wanting to stay to help others. At the end of the series, we found out he was different from the others which may mean he wan't meant to leave.
Anyway, this special is short, and I don't think it is the beginning of a second season. I'm kind of glad about that. The first season wrapped up nicely, a second season would probably mess things up. Anyway, it's been like 5 years, so I highly doubt we will ever get a second season which kind of makes this little clip almost pointless. I'm not going to give any individual ratings because it wasn't even 5 minutes long so that isn't fair. Overall, I give it a 8 for staying on track, adding something else to roll around in your brain, good animation, and not being boring.
Approximate Reading Time: 1.5 minutes
This review is significantly limited as it is solely for the OVA. To see my review on the TV Series, click here. :)
This OVA is an alternate ending, and I liked this ending far better than the one provided by the TV Series. As a show that already distracted from itself time and time again, repeatedly wrote itself into holes, and seemed to include things merely because its fans wanted them (which is a big no-no!), the original ending was way too cliché. The OVA is designed to undo the last thirty or so seconds of the final episode, replacing it with a more realistic, and slightly more depressing ending.
The only changes I'm making to this review as opposed to the original series are for Story, Characters, and Sound.
Story; Adaptation of Original Plot: 8/10
The story was interesting, in my opinion. There are no fruitless endeavors or outright stupid schemes, as there were in the TV Series, and it sets itself up for what will at least be an interesting watch if continued.
Sounds and Musics: 5/10
Music was, for the most part, nonexistent. This isn't really a problem as it was so short, so it shouldn't lose any points, but it shouldn't gain any either. For that reason, it sits flat as 5/10.
Characters; Character Development: 9/10
I think they did a very good job of portraying Otonashi after losing a loved one; he is much like how he appeared in flashback during the TV Series, though he has a new soft side that came through his experiences with the old cast. The only other significant character, a non-NPC classmate who exclaims his confusion about the realm during class, seemed to be interesting and a bit reminiscent of Otonashi himself.
The low-ish score isn't really just dropped by the music score, but since the OVA was so short, it's impossible not to factor in biases from the TV Series. I do think it had a slightly more logical and genuine vibe, though, and it is a definite must-watch for anyone who has watched Angel Beats!.
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Its title is already obvious.. "Another Epilogue".. so it means is that this 2 minutes and 30 seconds clip is another ending for the series..
I actually love the ending in the series where otonashi and tachibana crossed path in their another of life .. that ending is actually the happy one.. the one in the series..
While in this clip Otonashi is still in that world and the only one left as a student council.. for me this ending is the sad ending..
How do you rate two minutes and change of animation? Well, quite simply as a teaser or added value to what else it came with. Angel Beats! Another Epilogue is more like a teaser for the second season for the series rather than anything else, and also gives a little bit of character development to the main character of the original series.
It does wonderfully as both.
Still, there is no second season. The main character finished his arc well, and is waiting for someone who will likely never come. For such a short time, within two minutes, we get a new character introduced, and an old one developed. There isn't much in the way of sound and animation. It's just a small bite of how the series could have continued. If you'll allow me some spoilers, then (SPOILER WARNING) since we know time is not linear (Otonashi died before Tenshi, yet she was in the world before him), then he could be the one talked about as the one who got there by mistake and then went insane when waiting for her to come (END SPOILERS).
Still, that is neither here nor there. On its own, this is nothing more than a teaser for something that didn't happen. But as such, it fits the franchise like a glove.