Anime: Angel Beats


Anime: Angel Beats

I feel that I've been neglecting the anime section of my website lately. I've just been so busy with other projects as of late that I haven't been able to keep up. Well it's about time I start to catch up starting up with Angel Beats.

Angel Beats! takes place in the afterlife, and follows the main protagonist Otonashi, a boy who lost his memories of his life after dying. He is enrolled into the afterlife school, which exists as a Purgatory between Heaven and Earth where students learn to give up any lingering attachments they still have from life before finally going to heaven. While the injuries or cause of death is gone, those in the afterlife school still can feel pain or other things as they did when they were alive. Otonashi meets a girl named Yuri who invites him to join the Shinda Sekai Sensen (SSS) (Afterlife War Front), an organization she leads which fights against God. The student council, led by its president, Angel, is in charge of keeping the status quo and the fight against the SSS.

Now let me be clear, I usually don't watch these kind of anime's. The last one I saw was CLANNAD and I couldn't watch that whole series through, I stopped about half way. I always had trouble with the whole, "Are they alive, are they dead, is is all a dream?". I would quickly loose interest at about that point and stop watching. Angel Beats though seems to break the mold just enough to keep my attention.

From the very beginning of the story your right in the middle of the action. Otonashi wakes up right neck to Yuri holding a sniper rifle getting ready to shoot the head off of Angel and asks him to join her. As a viewer your both confused and excited right from the start. Which I suppose is the whole point. The downtime between the action sequences feel just right enough to keep the story flowing smoothly.

If I were to have my complains about Angel Beats it would be with the following. When the show starts off it is implied that the SSS is a small organization, only about a dozen members tops. But come the second and later the third episodes we learn that there are hundreds of people in the organization running various departments. To me it kind of ruins the whole David vs Goliath feeling that you get form the first episode. Not that I'm complaining though, trying to work with so few characters can be a daunting task, and that was one of the weak points in CLANNAD. Course CLANNAD also didn't have the action sequences that Angel Beats had. They could easily cut down on the size of the SSS, keep the action scenes and it would feel just right IMO.

One last strong point with this series is the music. This series has by far the best musical score since K-ON! Surpassing it even in some cases this season. Though I'm sure K-ON! will eventually reclaim it's title of best musical score, for now Ange Beats has it down pat.