Oh my god, everyone! The website is back and working! So, here’s another review from me, Bailey. This time we’re going to take a look at “Angel Beats.” It aired from April to June of this year.
OK, the plot: Basically we meet our main character, Otonashi, as he’s just died. Yup, died. And instead of going to heaven or hell, he ends up in this bizarre purgatory state. And in this purgatory, there is a school, clubs, and other children. But those that conform to the student way of life (ie: Going to class, doing homework) disappear. Are they reincarnated? No one knows. Along with all this, Otonashi is recruited by a group of rebels that fight against the student council president…who happens to be an angel and who is in charge of making people disappear. This group of rebels must use crazy amazing weapons in order to stand a chance against the Angel’s supernatural powers.
OK, the bad: The name “Angel Beats” is a TERRIBLE name. Try to ignore the stupidity of this name and it will get much better. Even the picture of the show above is a bit strange to me. The marketing for this show in general was crap. Better name, better promo ads and this may have been a much bigger hit. The first episode of this show was one of the most uninspiring I’ve ever seen. Stick around past that episode though and it takes you to some amazing places. This show at first feels a bit “Haruhi-ish” and for those who know me, you know I hate Haruhi. They main rebel leader, Yuri, even has the famous Hair-lo.
The good: This show gets awesome! It’s smart, it’s different, the characters are interesting, and the animation is beautiful. All of these students are dead and a good part of the show is finding out how they died. And that is what I lived for in this show. Characters you may not necessarily like end up having the most tragic back stories and then you can’t help but love them. The music in this show is also amazing. One of the episodes has a member of the resistance be part of an all-girl rock band. And they play a few songs throughout the show. And the music is awesome! The opening theme by Lia called “My Soul, Your Beats” is one of my favorites.
This show also says a lot about the Japanese school systems I feel. In this show if you comply, you disappear. If you stand out, if you are different and have fun with your friends, you are remembered and you won’t become some nameless CPU. I think that says a lot for letting our youth be different and unique.
All and all, I really enjoyed this show. It was fun and different. It’s only 13 episodes, so if you can check it out, you should. I was sad it ended so soon, but it honestly wouldn’t have held up if had continued another season. It’s the perfect length. For guys, you may not dig the show THAT much (though there is a lot of shooting of guns), and girls might enjoy the humor of it a bit more. OK, so who has seen “Angel Beats” and wants to tell me what they think?