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It is the early 1920s, and New York City has a problem of evil proportions – demons. With devil worshipping on the rise, foul spirits and monsters have begun to surface, causing fear and panic in their wake. Combating this threat is the Magdalene Order – a group of religious officials charged with exorcising the evil that is spreading throughout the city. Rosette Christopher is a young nun who takes on missions alongside her contracted partner – a young demon named Chrono. Now it is up to this unlikely pair to wield God’s power – and plenty of holy bullets – to destroy the menace in front of them and confront the demons of their past.
Both Angel Beats and Chrono Crusade have violent slapstick comedy, a large cast of fleshed-out characters struggling to deal with dark pasts, at times dark drama, and several tear-jerking moments that build up to a climax that'll have you bawling. They both also struggle with themes of fate, religion and starcrossed lovers. I'm a bit biased--I prefer the Chrono Crusade manga to the anime--but either version of CC matches well with Angel Beats!, and vice-versa. If you're a fan of one, check out the other, I think you'll find a lot to like in both.
In a dark and dreary dimension, the mysterious Black Rock Shooter roams the desolate landscape with her gigantic gun, pausing only to battle against other mysterious super-powered girls. Elsewhere, a teenage girl is excitedly preparing for her very first day of junior high, eager to begin her new life of attending a basketball club and befriending the elegant new girl. But what exactly is the connection between these two worlds?
Both anime are full of action scenes, however the storyline behind Angel Beats gets fleshed out far more as it's spread over 13 episodes. But Black Rock Shooter still manages to reveal enough to get you interested in it's characters. Both anime also deal with circumstances involving friendship as well.
A fan of one may want to cheek out the other.
Yuichi is a teenage boy who was diagnosed with hepatitis; and as staying at the hospital is boring, he often sneaks out at night to hang out with his friends. However, each time he is caught by the slightly sadistic nurse Akiko, he just prolongs his stay at the hospital. After his most recent escape, instead of striking a punch or kick at Yuichi, Akiko says that she'll overlook his sneak outs if he becomes friends with 17-year-old Rika, another hospital resident. Rika doesn't open up to him at first, but she has her reasons: she has a weak heart; and though she may come off as selfish and rude, Yuichi looks beyond the surface to help both of them enjoy what life has to offer.
Kodaka is a delinquent. At least, that’s what his fellow classmates seem to think. Thanks to his naturally-blonde hair and an unfortunate series of misunderstandings, the boy can’t seem to shake his false reputation and hasn’t made a single friend. That is, until one day he overhears the normally-aloof Yozora enthusiastically chatting with an imaginary friend, and discovers that she’s just as lonely as he is! In an attempt to finally meet people the duo decides to form the “Neighbors Club”, and are soon joined by a number of other fellow misfits such as Sena, the busty, popular daughter of the school president who can’t seem to connect with others. Together, the gang learns about the joys of friendship through many misadventures such as playing RPGs, visiting the swimming pool or even hunting down delicious takoyaki!
Angel Beats is fast paced, Boku wa is slower. Both have the same sort of feel, with an isolated group of friends spending a lot of time together, although Boku wa... doesn't have quiet the same back-story that Angel Beats has. Both are more club-activity based, and we see next to nothing of school life itself. While Angel Beats seems to be driven and focused, Boku wa... is calmer and more free flowing anime. Both focus on club activities and a sort of school life, but Angel Beats has more of a supernatural role to it (which is necessary and set up quiet well).
When the infected approached Rei and Takashi's school, it led to a gruesome blood bath that left the majority of students and staff dead or turned into the zombie-like monsters that have spread throughout the world. Together with a handful of other survivors, Rei and Takashi set forth to find their families in a world that is rapidly detoriating. Governments have collapsed, the killer disease is out of control, and people everywhere are trying their best to simply live through each day...
Angel Beats is very reminicent of Highschool of the Dead in terms of an extra-ordinary highschool, focused on a small group of students working to stay "alive" (through the use of planning and assult).
The warm feeling you get from the friendships formed in a world of chaos is very similar in both, as well as the beautiful art either studio has to offer.