Angel Beats! June 28, 2010Posted by coolmikeol in Anime.
Tags: Angel Beats!, Girls Dead Monster, Jun Maeda, Key
This anime I think is anime of the year for me. It’s got everything a good anime has, a great story, some fighting action, emotional scenes, some laughs, awesome music, and an overall message of embracing the life you have, no matter how bad it was. This 13 episode anime was created by Key and Jun Maeda, the same producers as Clannad, Air, and Kanon, so it’s not surprising to get such a great anime from them (from what I’ve heard. Unfortunately I have yet to watch the above mentioned animes so I apologize if I’m just assuming they are good without watching them.)
Here’s the plot:
“In a world after death, angels fight for their fate and their future. Yuri, the leader of the Shinda Sekai Sensen, rebels against the god who destined her to have an unreasonable life. On the other hand, Tenshi, the chairperson of the student council for the world after death, battles against the SSS members. SSS members utilize armed weaponry to battle it out against the angels harnessing supernatural powers.” – That’s the Wikipedia definition. Basically, in this afterlife world, the people here have regrets about their unfair death and are fighting against god for this reason. Once you accept your life and your regrets are no more, you pass on (disappear) to live a new life again. Gomen nasai, for me using Wikipedia. I suggest watching the anime to learn more about the story.
This anime was truly an amazing experience to watch. Even though it was short, I was anxiously waiting for each episode to come out. I prefer fewer episode animes to longer ones because there is less filler episodes. There are many characters with ranging personalities, giving a good overall cast of characters. (I think Yuri though looks a bit like Haruhi, don’t you think?) I especially liked the music from the anime, especially from the band Girls Dead Monster. I pretty much have all the songs from the anime and GirlDeMo and maybe will pick up some music from the anime soundtrack when it comes out. I liked the back stories of the characters whose story is told of how they died, it really gives more depth, though usually their stories sound more like the everyday deaths in real life. Not every character’s story is revealed. The most sad character story out of all of them (in my opinion) was Yui’s in episode 10, especially when Hinata came and fulfilled her desire to be married (though not exactly literally).
*SPOILER FOR LAST EPISODE*
I watched the last episode a few days after it came out subbed because I was out on vacation in Las Vegas for the weekend. I was quite excited to watch it, but at the same time wondered how this episode would answer all the unanswered questions and make a memorable ending to an anime. Actually, after watching the final episode, it kind of added more questions than answers. The episode felt rushed to finish the series and in doing so made it anti-climatic. Also the remaining characters behavior changes from finally accepting their deaths and moving on seemed a bit weird, Yuri was not herself anymore, not having that cool leader/big sister feel anymore but more like a girly girl, but I do realize that she has finally found happiness in her life and she knew she should live her final moments in the afterlife happy. I know that the reason for her being like the leader/big sister role was because she was fighting for protecting the members of the SSS, and now that the SSS was gone, she didn’t have to carry that burden of having to fight anymore. The sad part of the final episode was between Otonashi and Kanade, the final two to disappear from the afterlife world. It is revealed that Kanade’s regret in her life was not being able to thank the one person who saved her life while she was alive, the donor of the heart that she received when in the real world, which was Otonashi. In Otonashi’s life, he used to have no real purpose in his life, until his sick sister died, in which he realized his reason for living was for his sister and her “Thank You”s every time he did something for her. I think Kanade resembled Otonashi’s sister in this sense. Once she thanked him, Otonashi confessed to Kanade, telling her that he loves her and telling her not to disappear but does anyway. He is the last one in the afterlife world but it is implied that he does pass on. In a scene after the credits, it seems that Otonashi and Kanade meet again, this time in the real world.
The final scene in Angel Beats! definitely made it more worth it. Even though I said the final episode was not what I was expecting, re-watching the final scene between Otonashi and Kanade made me tear up a bit. It had that sad but warm feeling that everything is alright, and promotes the saying that “life goes on” which it definitely does. Even through the good and bad times in our lives, we should still embrace it as you should, because your memories is what makes you you. Once you pass on, the new life you take is not yours, but a new life that will build its own memories. I think that is the message of this beautiful, emotional, powerful, and fulfilling anime.