Undoubtedly the most disappointing, flawing, fandom’d and shiny show of Spring 2010. Even though it started quite nicely it was just a trap. Of course that’s my opinion, but I’m quite sure that other – insightful – Anime fans noticed how many holes were included.
The Plot – At first we could see some of it, but then it stood there for most of the episodes, on the part: ‘We don’t know why Tenshi is our enemy so we shoot her and basically try to finish her off for no apparent reason. We even run this Guild thing to get weapons and ammo so we can keep shooting or whatever. Oh and btw, we enjoy dying, especially in the mixed comedy-drama scenes.’ It kept going dumber and dumber. Everytime something surprising happened I was obliged to cover my face with a palm. Maybe two. The main problem is that it doesn’t make any sense most of the time. The whole thing was about rebelling against the god, while being unable to say if it actually exists and whether ‘disappearing’ is a good or a bad thing. But the kids jumped to conclusions and guns at once. Especially retarded was the fact that Tenshi is just a human like everyone else.. Then she must be a damn sociopath, hacker, and a socially retarded person, if we check her in the context of Anime. Another completely facepalmic plottwist was that NPCs turn into monsters because there was too much amount of ‘Love’ flying around in this world. Of course every episode had its silly miniplot, but I just don’t want to remember it..
Music & Graphics – Honestly, these two were the only reasons to watch it whole. Everything was cutely glowing, detailed and in comparison to most of the on-goings – Simply enjoyable. Especially music, which surprised us with quite a bunch of tracks even though the Anime isn’t really about soundtracks. Guess it’s just Key‘s budget show-off, can’t say I didn’t like it.
Characters – At first I was like ‘Oh, so many different characters that aren’t stereotypical!’ but then I’ve noticed that they’re all supposed to be ‘cool’ and focused on some random things/characteristics. Like for example Shiina, loved stuffed animals and saying ‘How shallow-minded’, which made her totally hopeless character that desperately tries to be funny. Well she wasn’t. Next comes the T.K. who seems to be liked by the fans, even though for me his ‘english lines’ sounded lame. And the dancing everywhere? Yeah, my usual drama animu alrite.Then Yui, the energetic and adventurous type who liked to spam the word ‘Baka’. Now seriously, where’s the fun in that? The concept is just bad and it looks like side-characters don’t matter at all. They are just there for lame jokes, while the plot involving main characters can proceed. Now about Otonashi, Yurippe and Tenshi – they were well made protagonists who comparing to the others aren’t either stupid or unfunny. And Kanade is damn cute.
And the Finale – ‘Let’s play school graduate ceremony! Then just get rid of most characters in a flash, get to main topic of the serie and then finish with the usual cliffhanger and dimensions-screwing stuff‘. The first half was just hopeless. Singing anthems and doing the whole ceremony just to make a dramatic farewell. And then – the whole drama kept in the serie was smashed right into us – Confession of love and the need to separate. I must say it was quite sad, but also dumb. ‘Sorry but the last time I stabbed you randomly I’ve noticed I have your heart so now I must go back and live with it, thx lol‘. But it was ok, the drama hit the critical point, now just tell us what happens to Otonashi.. Wait, why is he disappearing? Wait.. Why is he alive without the heart? Is he a Zombie? Is it another dimension? How did they meet? Why does it look like a lame end to satisfy the fans? .. Oh ..Right. Because it is. Overall, I didn’t like it. The end was typical and completely forced for easy watchers’ satisfaction.
I love how Ningyo summed it up:
Angel Beats has been a very colorfully dressed circus performer that catches all the attention, but drops all the balls it tries to juggle.
Comparing to other Key productions, this one looked like a complete money-sucking parasite. It could become a good serie, without a doubt, but obviously it didn’t get that much attention and just went on with simple factors that made people think it was a well-done Animu. Well, for me it looks completely cheap, and I’m just proud of myself that I finished it whole and learned something new about Key and its progression in the Anime industry.