Truly a masterpiece among the many moeblob anime in recent times. A must watch.
Storyline: Quite an interesting concept, I don’t think I’ve seen the idea in any series before. A group of “deceased” students are living in the afterlife, living out their lives as if they were alive. The rebellious faction, the Shinda Sekai Sensen aka SSS, try to thwart the plans of the student council president and prevent themselves from disappearing. I enjoyed it a lot, even with the anti-climatic ending for some. However, I felt like a lot could have been expanded on. Angel Beats should have been a 26 episode season rather than 13.
Characters: I cannot put into words describing my adoration of Tenshi. Anyway, the main characters are great, though I feel there are too many secondary characters. They are apparent enough to have each’s back story explored, but none of theirs are, which aggravates me a bit. Again, 26 episode season could fix that…
Nakamura Yuri – One of the main female protagonists. Leader of the SSS. Resembles Suzumiya Haruhi a lot in looks and personality. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME THOUGH and I am glad. If I had to compare her with Haruhi herself, I would actually choose Yurippe.
Tachibana Kanade – If you need a reason to watch this anime, here she is.
Otonashi Yuzuru – Main male protagonist. First one to start talking to Kanade and not treat her as an enemy. Generally levelheaded. In comparison to Kyon, I like Yuzuru much better.
Seiyuu: Not the most famous cast, but I think that each character was cast well. The voices would fit the roles from my perception.
Sakurai Harumi – Not exactly well known. Enjoyed her performance as Yurippe.
Hanazawa Kana – One of 2010’s most popular seiyuu, earning many well-known roles. BRS in BRS, Kuroneko of Oreimo, and Sengoku Nadeko from Bakemonogatari.
Kamiya Hiroshi – Itoshiki Nozomu from Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei and Erde Tieria of Gundam 00.
Music: Absolutely stunning. The opening, “My Soul, Your Beats,” is unarguably my favorite opening since “Paradise Lost” (remember, I am biased).
The ending, “Brave Song” is also great. I have actually listened to it for the majority of the episodes.
The insert songs by the Girls Dead Monster band are amazing as well.
Animation: Just a few bars below KyoAni’s amazing works. Like many others, I agree that the concert scenes were just superb. The only drawback is that the rest of the series does not look like the fluid concert scenes. If the whole 13 episodes looked like the concert scenes, Angel Beats would be one of the prettiest anime out there. Sorry for the overuse of “concert scenes.” I am lacking words…
Enjoyment: The series does not start out slow at all and progresses at a comfortably fast pace. There’s a well-balanced mix of comedy and seriousness so there is not an overload of drama/tension or making the series a slice of life. The combination does well to move the plot along. Angel Beats is one of the better series of the past few seasons and it is definitely worth watching.
45/50 = 90%, grade A-, excellent