Angel Beats! ~ Review
“This is a true masterpiece that will never be erased from my mind!!”
As this right here will become my 50th review here on TheAnimeMan (woop woop), I have decided to finally review one of my all-time favourite anime series. This series is truly “a masterpiece”; that’s really the only way that I can describe this anime to you without having to write a massive 700 word review for you (like I am right now, ironically enough). If you love your anime, you sure as hell know this series. If you don’t know it, then you sure as hell need to know this series.
Angel Beats! revolves around a high school that is set in limbo for those who have passed away and want to re-live their childhood again before they are reincarnated. Otonashi has stumbled into this world, not knowing how he died or when he died, and meets a girl called Yuri with a massive gun. She explains to him that she is the leader of an organisation called the Shinda Sekai Sensen (lit. The Afterlife Battlefront) or SSS, in which their main task is to defeat the angels that protect and monitor all of those who have stumbled into this world. However, while the SSS battle with the angels, some students start disappearing; moving on into the afterlife after they have accomplished their dreams and desires. Otonashi decides to help the members of the SSS to move on into the afterlife, ultimately understanding the importance of life and how short it can sometimes be.
The anime is highly acclaimed for its story, character development, original soundtrack and overall execution
The series contains 13 episodes (which many fans agree was not enough at all) and aired during mid-2010. There is also one OVA that has been released (and is actually very very funny). The series is animated by P.A. Works, who have brought us such iconic series as Hanasaku Iroha, Another and Tari Tari. The series is written by Jun Maeda, who is also one of the main song-writers of Key Studios, writing many iconic soundtrack pieces for Clannad, Little Busters! and Air (and also this series as well).
As there are an extreme number of characters that make an appearance in this series, it is hard to lit all the notable voice actors that make an appearance, but there are a select few that are quite noteworthy, including Kamiya Hiroshi who voices Otonashi (and is also known as the voices of Araragi Koyomi from Nisemonogatari and Itoshiki Nozomu from Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei), Hanazawa Kana who voices Tachibana Kanade (and is also known as the voices of Mato from Black Rock Shooter and Shiina Mayuri from Steins;Gate) and Kimura Ryohei who voices Hidaka (and is also known as the voices of Hasegawa Kodaka from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai and Takizawa Akira from Eden of the East).
I don’t think I can say anything bad about the series at all, to be honest. And there is no favouritism so it’s not like I can’t say anything bad about it; everything about this anime is just absolutely perfect. Like I said, I truly think this is one of the few “masterpiece anime’s” that I have seen and it is also one of the very few anime’s that has succeeded in making me shed man tears at the end (and I don’t do it often, trust me). I have seen this series more than once. That’s how good it is. I think there will be many anime fans out there that read this and will (hopefully) agree with me about how great this series is. If you don’t believe me, then please please please watch this series. Oh, and Jun Maeda is also my god. Just wanted to let you guys know that. Angel Beats! forever!!!
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 5/5 – Highly Recommended
Final Score: 10/10