♫ Angel Beats Review Time!! ♪
Angel Beats” is an AMAZING anime that I just finished today! It’s got a combined genre of action, supernatural, humor, school life and romance that’s sure to please both guys and girls!!!
This anime is 13 episodes long and each one is perfectly scripted and leaves you wanting more at the end of each one, even the tear-jerking finale. It follows the story of the main character Yuzuru Otanashi and the rest of the Afterlife Battlefront (aka the SSS). Now, let me explain about the “Afterlife” part of that name cause those of you who haven’t watched this amazing anime are probably curious now…”Angel Beats!” takes place in the afterlife, only it’s not quite heaven; It’s a world created by God for those who still have regrets from their lives back when they were alive and those who feel God dealt them a terrible and unfair life. He created it so, before they move onto Heaven, they can be at peace.
The series starts off “Lost”-style with Otanashi waking up lying on the ground in a school uniform and not remembering anything, except his last name, Otanashi. His thoughts are interrupted when an unknown girl to his left says “You up yet?” This girl is bad a__ Yuri (also known as Yurippe by her friends) Nakamura. She tries to explain to Otanashi that he’s dead and in the afterlife, but of course he doesn’t believe her. That is, he doesn’t believe her until Angel (aka Kanade later on in the series) stabs him in the heart after he asks her to prove that he “can’t die since I already did!” Angel/Kanade is this world’s school’s student body president. She’s also the Afterlife Battlefront’s greatest enemy because Yuri believes that she’s one of God’s angels because of supernatural-like powers she has where she can withdraw a blade from her hand and more.
To explain things further (and better), in this underworld, the occupants have to go to high school only it’s a bit different from school when you’re alive. That difference is the staff and a majority of the students aren’t human. They’re called (as Yuri and everyone else like to call them) NPC’s, also known as “Non-Playable Characters”, like in video games. NPC’s are the exact same as human beings only they have no human soul so they have no personality.
Also, since they’re already dead, they are some-what immortal, except they can still feel pain, including the pain of death when getting shot, sliced to bits, squashed and many more gory deaths.
The Afterlife Battlefront’s main mission is to keep from getting obliterated (pass on to Heaven) and go up against God for giving them all such unfair and painful lives. In order to do this they create missions to try to get “Angel” to show them where God is. During some of these missions they create a diversion that’s created by their girl rock band called “Girls Dead Monster” that includes Iwasawa, Hisako, Sekine and Irie.
Throughout the series you learn about Yuri, Hinata, Yui, Iwasawa and Otanashi (once he regains his memories)’s sad and hard lives. This series will be sure to make you want to cry, if not actually cry, even if you’re a guy. It has just the right mix of action, romance and humor in it. Even the music both played in the background and played by “Dead Girls Monster” is breath-taking and mind-blowing music. Here’s a taste of what some of “Girls Dead Monster” sounds like:
…And the emotional, epic music that plays in the background:
This series is definitely in my top 5 all-time favorite animes and gets a 10/10 from me!!! ^.^
WARNING TO CHRISTIANS (like moi): There are some jokes in here and some of the main plot that may be offensive to you!! Just a heads up!!!
- There are two OVAs for “Angel Beats!”, one is called “Stairway to Heaven” and the other is called “Another Epilogue” (which I recommend watching, but just to warn you, I don’t think there’s an English dub)
- There’s an ongoing prequel manga called “Angel Beats! Heaven’s Door” that focuses on the rest of the gang’s lives when they were alive and how it all came to be before Otanashi came along.
- For those of you who like to leave as soon as the credits roll, when you watch the very last episode of Angel Beats you’ll want to watch till the VERY END OF THE VIDEO 😉
- And to end off this post here’s a clip from episode 5: “Favorite Flavour”! ^.^ (P.S. Sorry, but you have to click on the title below to watch it…for some reason the video itself isn’t showing up…-_-“)
If you’re interested in “Angel Beats!”, here’s the link to the anime:
And the link for the manga if you would like to read it!
Peace out!!! >o< ♥