Anime Review

Angel Beats! 13: 卒業

Well, that takes care of Angel Beats! After getting rid of the smoke monsters, Yuri wakes up and everyone has already moved on. Way to thank your fearless leader, guys! The only ones left are Otonashi, Hinata, Fake Potter Guy, Yuri and Kanade. They have a fake graduation ceremony and then “move on,” one by one. I have a feeling the ceremony would have had a greater effect on me, had I graduated from a Japanese high school. They really sing school theme songs and that one universal Japanese graduation song?

The last two to go are Otonashi and Kanade, obviously. Otonashi decides to get cold feet and proposes that he and Kanade just chill in the purgatory world. He uses the excuse of wanting to help other poor souls, but we all know he just wants to take advantage of alone time with Kanade! Oh, and then Kanade tells him she already has his heart. Which is not a euphemism. His donor heart went to Kanade. She just went to the high school for the dead to say thanks. Hopefully the reason she died as a highschooler was not because Otonashi’s heart turned out to be a dud. “Thank a whole bunch for giving me a heart that just failed after a few years!”

It seems like fate is nice in this series, and everyone gets reincarnated and gets to live a happier life the next time around, as shown in the epilogue. All’s well that ends well, I guess (which is hard to determine with reincarnation).

Angel Beats kind of reminds me of a Japanese film called “After Life.” It also features a pretty mundane afterlife, though with a twist on “moving on.” You should check it out if you liked Angel Beats!

Overall, Angel Beats was pretty darn good. It’s the first anime that I’ve followed on a per week basis regularly and actually finished. I feel it could’ve worked well as a longer series though, since many of the characters had no backstory at all, and so their personalities just seemed forced with no reasoning behind them. And what was up with TK? I guess we’ll never know. Unless there’s a spinoff.


Angel Beats 12: The Matrix!?

So… Angel Beats is kind of running out of episodes and they kinda have to clear up this latest plotline with the LOST smoke monsters and hatches (to the Guild). In this episode Yurippe meets up with the program dude responsible for all of the nonsense:

Where have I seen this before? Oh, right, the last Matrix movie did this. Remember the horrible ending where Neo met the Architect guy and he explained everything but it really made no sense at all? And the exact same thing happened in this episode of Angel Beats! Apparently love blooming on the battlefield (like Metal Gear Solid!?) causes bugs in the Matrix…

The next episode is called “Graduation” so I’m guessing everyone gets fulfilled and the school ends up resembling Conway’s Game of Life with only NPCs hanging out and interacting with each other.


Angel Beats Episode 8

Angel Beats is still pretty good, but has anyone noticed the production values going downhill? Look at the side of fake pottery guy’s hands!

Also, I guess it is sort of annoying that things seem to be going nowhere and we’re still stuck wondering about Angel and her “Angel Manual.” If this is all a computer program I’m gonna be pissed!


Angel Beats 04

Angel Beats is actually a pretty entertaining and funny show. People seem to be enjoying it more for trying to figure out what it’s about, but I kinda like the characters and the random stuff that happens in any given episode.

This week, the Girl Dead Monster band is on hiatus while looking for a new lead vocalist. So the boss makes everyone play in the baseball tournament instead. Main dead guy and the gar for main dead guy start recruiting for a team. I can’t remember anyone’s name, btw, so I’ll just describe them. They end up getting annoying little girl, ninja girl and spear guy. Plus a few other generic cute girls who don’t mind balls being thrown at their faces.

I’m starting to think of Angel Beats as a sort of Anime version of Lost. We get to learn about the tragic pasts of all the characters. And I don’t doubt all of them have tragic pasts. They are all dead high schoolers, after all. Between the tragedy there’s lots of fun gag humor like the dude putting the annoying girl into a headlock repeatedly. Angel Beats seems pretty self-aware in that we all know the girl is annoying and enjoy seeing her get into a headlock. And main guy already suspects that people leave the island world when they fulfill what they couldn’t in real life. So the anime is now using that suspicion to its advantage by pulling the football from us, Charlie Brown style, right before gar guy catches the game winning fly ball.

This episode seemed like a bit of a filler, so hopefully there’s more plot moving forward. I was pretty happy with the humor in this episode, at least.

Anime First Impressions

Angel Beats – First Impressions

Angel Beats is another anime that’s getting a lot of attention in the nano-sphere (and beyond, I suppose). I’d rather not explain the entire first episode. But basically it’s about a dude who wakes up in the “afterlife” where he can’t actually get killed. And he joins an army that’s fighting against Angel, who is apparently the boss of the world and is seen as their aggressor (makes sense since she kills… err, mortally injures the main character shortly after meeting him).

I guess the anime is mostly memorable due to the animation quality (which seems very digital and bright). The bright colors actually seem a bit out of place since the afterlife is usually thought of as this misty, grey sort of world. There’s also a bunch of characters in the undead army that could be interesting, like the weird American (?) guy who no one understands, or the Judo guy who has a case of the Brocks, or the guy with the spear who’s overly-defensive of their fearless leader.

The main thing that’s messing with my head on this one is that I’m currently playing a DS game called “The World Ends With You.” The game’s plot seems a bit too familiar to this anime. Guy wakes up and can’t remember stuff, fighting against “reapers,” they could end up getting “erased,” apparently they’re in the afterlife (I haven’t gotten to the end of the game’s story yet). So I’m linking any mysteries with Angel Beats into my experience with that DS game. Not sure if they’re inspired by each other or anything, but I thought this anime was a little too similar to the game I’m playing right now.

Angel Beats is actually entertaining enough on the level that the main character can just keep on dying and respawning. It’s like the part in Groundhog Day where Bill Murray keeps trying to kill himself. The animation is also neat and I’m probably willing to give the show a few more episodes to see where it goes from here.