Life can significantly end without you noticing or even remembering what had happened. This is what happens to an amnesiac teenage boy who remembers only one thing - his last name, Otonashi. Otonashi learns that he is in the "afterlife" and meets Yuri, a charismatic teenage girl, who has created a battlefront. The battlefront exists for two main objectives; to keep themselves from getting obliterated and to defy "God" who they blame for giving them such unfair lives. Tenshi, a stoic teenage girl, is viewed as an aspect of "God" and is the main enemy of the battlefront. Will Otonashi join up the cause or get obliterated from the "afterlife"?
Story - 8/10
Angel Beats story is somewhat spread out through many characters of the show as their main purpose for being in the afterlife is to fight "God". In the beginning portions of the show, they give a rundown as to what has happened to the characters and why they are there in the first place. Each story of the main characters have been described either well, half-done, or not at all. Although each story of the main characters was either well told and heartbreaking, it overshadowed the other characters. Their stories would come together to create a pretty effective life lesson for the characters and even the viewers to look upon. Overall, the story aspect just derives from each of the character's backstories to create a life lesson for the viewer.
Animation - 9/10
Angel Beats' animation production was done by the well-known P.A. Works who is known to adapt drama pieces and they would go on to work on Hanasaku Iroha in 2010 and Nagi no Asakura in 2013. With Angel Beats, they did not disappoint,
(Final Thoughts) Angel Beats is an life-changing anime with a splendid story, beautiful animation, emotionally crafted sound, and a few fully developed characters. Angel Beats is definetly one of those animes that standout among the rest and has been given much praise. The story could have been more lengthy in terms of the characters that were under-developed. However, thia anime is beautiful as well as pretty comical. Overall, I give Angel Beats! a 9.3 out of 10.