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Angel Beats!

Angel Beats!

Alternative Titles

English: Angel Beats!
Japanese: Angel Beats! (エンジェルビーツ)

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 3, 2010 to Jun 26, 2010
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.501 (scored by 288322 users)
Ranked: #1072
Popularity: #7
Members: 421,745
Favorites: 20,951
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2 based on the top anime page.

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Synopsis

Otonashi awakens only to learn he is dead. A rifle-toting girl named Yuri explains that they are in the afterlife, and Otonashi realizes the only thing he can remember about himself is his name. Yuri tells him that she leads the Shinda Sekai Sensen (Afterlife Battlefront) and wages war against a girl named Tenshi. Unable to believe Yuri's claims that Tenshi is evil, Otonashi attempts to speak with her, but the encounter doesn't go as he intended.

Otonashi decides to join the SSS and battle Tenshi, but he finds himself oddly drawn to her. While trying to regain his memories and understand Tenshi, he gradually unravels the mysteries of the afterlife.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Related Anime

Adaptation: Angel Beats! Track Zero, Angel Beats! Heaven's Door, Angel Beats! The 4-koma: Bokura no Sensen Koushinkyoku♪
Side story: Angel Beats! Specials, Angel Beats!: Another Epilogue

Characters & Voice Actors

Hinata, Hideki
Hinata, Hideki
Main
Matranga, David
English
Matranga, David
Kimura, Ryouhei
Japanese
Kimura, Ryouhei
...
Nakamura, Yuri
Nakamura, Yuri
Main
Karbowski, Brittney
English
Karbowski, Brittney
Sakurai, Harumi
Japanese
Sakurai, Harumi
...
Otonashi, Yuzuru
Otonashi, Yuzuru
Main
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Japanese
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Shepard, Blake
English
Shepard, Blake
...
Tachibana, Kanade
Tachibana, Kanade
Main
Hanazawa, Kana
Japanese
Hanazawa, Kana
Neves, Emily
English
Neves, Emily
...

Staff

Horikawa, Kenji
Producer
Kishi, Seiji
Director
Iida, Satoki
Sound Director
Takahashi, Masanori
Episode Director



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Nov 9, 2014
Dream95
Angel Beats!, an anime hailed by many to be one of the best, if not the best anime ever, but also an anime many think its bad and seriously overrated. So where does it stand? Well, it isn't downright terrible, but it's not the best anime there is either, no, it's not even close to it.

I think the main story is summarized pretty nicely on MAL so I won't go in much depth on that. The first few episodes were presented nicely, and definitely looked promising. It introduced you to the characters in the SSS and Tenshi, and for me, I think they did read more
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Mar 27, 2015
ChristopherKClaw
It seems to me that there are currently three major anime that are upheld by the vast majority of the anime community as "the shows that bring tears". I have heard all three of them described as life-changing masterpieces, stories that transcend genre and qualify as immaculate art. I am of course referring to Clannad & its Afterstory, Ano Hana or The Flower We Saw That Day, and... Angel Beats. While I have my gripes with the other two (Clannad's first season is mostly unnecessary and Ano Hana relies on characters showing emotion counting as invoking the emotion of the audience) I can accept and read more
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Aug 4, 2014
tyler_gifford
This is my first review so I hope it helps!

If you haven't read the synopsis, Angel Beats (in a nutshell) takes place in a fictional world at a school where the protagonists are unable to advance to the afterlife/next life because of regret or lack of fulfillment in their previous life. There were lots of ups and downs to this series. I was really excited to start the series since it had been so heavily recommended to me by several friends, so I had high expectations prior to watching Angel Beats. Whether or not this affected my opinion is difficult to say, but I read more
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Mar 19, 2014
MrSideliner
Angel Beats! The anime that is praised by many and criticized by few. Sadly I was forced to go stand in the cold critic corner. In all honesty, I was excited to watch this anime after all the suggestions from people and raving reviews. The art looked amazing and I heard the music was incredible. What is a good anime in my book? An anime that effects my grades negatively, because just...one...more...episode! Angel Beats however never gripped me. It made me say: "Ok that's enough for today, I have a ton of homework anyway..." My experience can be best summed up in a quote from read more
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Recommendations

Drama has similar fell and has same over the top comedy relieves. Both has great animation and music has been done by same composer.
Both series have clubs ,Some band playing, Gods, Fighting, and the Main characters are alike.
Both have as main a silver haired girl that has a goal to fulfill. Both animes talk about death, life and reincarnation. Both are about a group of friends that go through many situations but in the end show us that true friendship is a wonderful thing. Both will make you teary.
Similar animation style, both involving a mystery surrounding a high school. Similar character archetypes. Really funny moments of randomness, but can be very poignant at times, too.
All characters in both series have some tragic past, accident or something tragic will during the series to them
While Haibane Renmei couldn't be more dissimilar, the concept of the characters being in a supposed afterlife or purgatory are both extremely integral to the setting. Although in Angel Beats!, it seems like they fear the next step and thus rebel in anyway to ensure they don't disappear. However, in Haibane Renmei, they do the exact opposite and are more resigned to their fate, and there is little conflict.

Opening Theme

#1: "My Soul, Your Beats!" by Lia (eps 1-3, 5-12)
#2: "My Soul, Your Beats!" by LiSA (ep 4)

Ending Theme

#1: "Brave Song" by Aoi Tada (eps 1-9, 11-12)
#2: "Ichiban no Takaramono ~Yui final ver.~ (一番の宝物 ~Yui final ver.~)" by Girls Dead Monster feat. LiSA (ep 10)
#3: "Ichiban no Takaramono (一番の宝物)" by karuta (ep 13)

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Recent Forum Discussion

any news if theres still a chance to make a 2nd season for this? its been 5 years T.T
lesna02
5 replies by NoblePhantaZm »»
03-26-15, 1:48 PM
Why was Otonashi there?
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1 replies by Takiya_Oomine »»
03-19-15, 9:58 PM

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