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Angel Beats!

Mar 28, 2012

Let's start with the plot shall we?


Angel Beats! takes place at a high school acting as a limbo, where students learn to give up any lingering attachments they still have from life before continuing to an afterlife or reincarnation. Those in the afterlife school can still feel pain as they did when they were alive, as well as dying again, only to awaken later with no injuries. The story follows the main protagonist Otonashi, a boy who lost his memories of his life after dying. He meets Yuri, a girl who invites him to join the Afterlife Battlefront (死んだ世界戦線 Shinda Sekai Sensen (SSS)<sup>?</sup>), an organization she founded and leads which fights against God for the cruel fates the SSS members experienced in life. In the SSS, there is a four-girl band named Girls Dead Monster that acts as a diversion during missions, and an organization called the Guild that mass produces weapons out of dirt and supplies them to the SSS. Their only enemy is Angel, a girl with supernatural powers who fights against the SSS. Angel creates her powers with the aid of a computer program called Angel Player. The rest of the afterlife school is populated by a large number of "normal" students and teachers Yuri deems "non-player characters" (NPCs) as they are not human, but look and act the part.

As Otonashi begins to get used to things, the first of the characters to fulfill her dream and pass on is Iwasawa, the leader of Girls Dead Monster, who disappears in front of a crowd of people. Angel, whose real name is Kanade Tachibana, loses her position as student council president and the vice president Naoi succeeds her. Naoi uses powers of hypnosis to control NPCs to fight for his own interests against the SSS, but Otonashi stops him after acknowledging Naoi's existence and he subsequently joins the SSS. Otonashi regains his memories with the aid of Naoi's hypnosis and agrees to continue with the SSS. Otonashi befriends Kanade and invites her to join in on SSS activities. After Otonashi fully remembers the details of his life and death, he starts cooperating with Kanade to help the other SSS members move on, and Kanade is reinstated as student council president in accordance with their plan. Yui, the girl who replaced Iwasawa after she passed on, is the second of the characters who passes on.

When mysterious shadow monsters begin attacking the SSS, Takamatsu gets devoured by one, only to reappear as an NPC. Otonashi reasons with the other SSS members and many of them agree to pass on in lieu of becoming an NPC, including the rest of Girls Dead Monster, Chaa of the Guild, and several unnamed members. Yuri destroys computers responsible for the shadow program, which was programmed to activate when love was detected in the world. Those who are left—Otonashi, Yuri, Kanade, Hinata and Naoi—hold a graduation ceremony where they thank each other for their support. After Naoi, Yuri and Hinata pass on, Otonashi learns that Kanade's regret was not being able to thank him for the heart she received from Otonashi after his death. Otonashi is heartbroken after she thanks him and passes on, as he has fallen in love with her. In the epilogue, a reborn Otonashi and Kanade meet each other on the street in the real world. In an alternative epilogue, Otonashi is shown to have stayed behind in the afterlife to help people pass on.

Characters

 

Yuzuru Otonashi (音無 結弦 Otonashi Yuzuru)

Yuri Nakamura (仲村 ゆり Nakamura Yuri)

Angel (天使 Tenshi) / Kanade Tachibana (立華 かなで Tachibana Kanade)

Hideki Hinata (日向 秀樹 Hinata Hideki)

Ayato Naoi (直井 文人 Naoi Ayato)

 

My side of the story

Interesting, I have a thing for blood and gore but this! It's been added with a pinch of comedy, no a lot of comedy! It was hilarious I was laughing until the very end. Though yes it doesn't have drama but I cried so much in the end. Though I had some questions left 1) Kanade was in that dimension to thank Otonashi, correct? ( The donated organs of Otonashi was given to Kanade ) then why is she in that dimension? Is she dead already? 2) She was in that dimension longer than Otonashi even though Otonashi just donated his organs, HOW CAN THAT BE? 3) How will Otonashi obtain passage through heaven? If anyone knows or objects any of these please comment it, Onegaiiiiiiiii~!

 

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Ao no Excorcist

Mai-HiME

 

10/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
9/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

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roriconfan says...

No word about the ending being rushed or leaving most characters undeveloped?

Mar 29, 2012