DVDs and BRDs are the lifeblood of the anime industry, and there's many a hook that's used to make us part with our hard earned cash. One of these methods is the offer the so-called "unaired episode", which is essentially nothing more than a single episode OVA which can act as an addendum to the main story, provide closure to certain plot threads, allow for a new perspective on certain characters, or simply give the viewer something fun to watch.
This little addition to Angel Beats went with the latter method, but is it really playing to the strengths of the series by doing this?
The episode revolves around a little "tension meter" in the bottom left corner of the screen, and a new plan envisioned by Nakamura Yuri, the leader of the Shinda Sekai Sensen, that targets "the angel".
Cue the shenanigans ...
Okay, maybe not. The main problem with the plot is that it seems to have been thought up by a highly sugared and caffeinated Maeda Jun, who's gone without sleep for a week. In the main series the plans of the SSS had some purpose that, while a tad ridiculous, had a point to them, but here the only thing left is ridiculous. This episode has no purpose to it whatsoever, and unless your idea of a story is a vague attempt at parodical humour, then there's nothing to see here, so you might as well move along.
The thing is, there's a certain arrogance to the manner in which this little tale of a day in purgatory is delivered. It often feels as though the episode was made as an afterthought, and pretty much everything about it is ... not what one would expect after watching the main series.
Take the design and animation for example, as there's a substantial drop in the quality of both. The attempt to make a parody has resulted in characters that are strangely devoid of any charm while making weird poses and facial expressions. The animation itself is often uneven, having lost the flow of the original, and watching the members of the SSS run around with their tension meters going crazy (seriously Maeda, you and your euphemisms), can make one wonder what the point of the episode is.
But what about all the wonderful (for a given value of wonder), music I hear you cry?
Well, that's gone too. Instead of Girls Dead Monster, the viewer can look forward to a substandard rock track that you never really get to hear properly as its always relegated to background music, and the reason for that is because the characters simply don't shut up.
As for the acting (well, overacting really since each character must be "tension filled", and the parodical nature of the episode dictates that a certain amount of ham (or some other pig product), should be applied to each of the roles), it's fine, but not great, and I have to wonder why the seiyuu even agreed to do this episode.
When it comes to the characters themselves, the less said about them, the better. While this may only be a single episode, if you're a fan of the main series, then this addition may knock your confidence in your beloved characters. On the other hand if you dislike the Angel Beats franchise, then this episode may become your main weapon in arguments and discussions.
It's uncommon for there to be an episode, especially one that is nothing more than an extra OVA, that attempts to derail the series that gave birth to it, so it's always surprising to find one. No matter what P.A. Works and Aniplex say, there's nothing to justify this being an "unaired episode", especially as all of the evidence points to it being made after the series ended, and this seems part of the problem. In all honesty this is nothing more than a vapid attempt to milk extra cash from the franchise, and while some may find it entertaining, personally I found it annoying as it showcases many of the things that are wrong with the anime industry these days.
This extra has clearly not played to the strengths of the franchise, and while it's watchable, it's a far cry from "special". read more
"I build these muscles solely to review animes!!!"
That had become my new catch phrase!
What? You say I got this muscles from fapping? Naawww.....
Angel Beats: Stairway to Heaven was supposedly be the SPECIAL episode for the series but there's nothing really special about it. Sure it's funny but it's like another ordinary day for the SSS day. Nothing new, just another plot by the evil Yurippe to find God. However this is in fact as interesting as finding Waldo and Carmen Santiago.
With all the main characters on high tension, I actually pity the voice actors having to scream their way through the whole episode (I hope they get doubled pay for that!) For those who can't stand loud noises and hyperactivity I suggest you halve the volume and set the speed to 0.75 for
I actually enjoyed the episode due to the buckets of tears I've cried throughout the entire season (Curse you Maeda Jun) and this episode really cheered me up. But I wouldn't go so far to call it worthy as a DVD special. It's just another day in another operation. Seriously I've watched this episode in between episode 5 and 6 and it didn't really bothered me. What? There's nothing wrong about not watching Angel Beats when it just came out. I have a life to you know! That doesn't revolve around animes and my left hand (Yes, I am left handed)
Overall, great comedy hyperactive cast, could be annoying to those who had to bear with 3 year olds, but not really SPECIAL enough. I want MOARR!
Im personally sending a letter to Maeda Jun to do a special about T.K and his background!!
WHO'S WITH ME?!
To begin with... It's just an Angel Beats! OVA, so its simply an alteration of parts of the original.
This really has no real meaning to the actual series or is any step closer to their goal.
It's much like a Lucky Star moment that's just for fun.
This is just brief as it is one episode.
The music is still the same as it was before, except the ending was played... backwards (just the video was)
I personally enjoyed it because it really made me laugh and it was something different from the original series, as I also love the character design from Angel Beats!.
I didn't like some parts because much of it was pointless, and it seems as if it's to keep Angel Beats! alive just a little longer than it normally would have.
It's also interesting how the characters act in this (keep an eye out for it... if you don't notice it... you must be dense..) because it's much more different from the series.
Overall, It is just a filler or alteration to an episode of the original series. Nothing too interesting happens. I'd suggest that only the hardcore Angel Beats! fans watch this. (I'm just trying to leave out as much spoilers as possible)
BY THE WAY.... MyAnimeList, you should keep the listings of anime updated better. I've already watched this a couple hours ago fully subtitles yet the Add Anime to List will not let me say I've watched this.read more
Some people claim that Angel Beats was perfection. Those people are completely wrong. THIS is perfection.
Okay first of all, it's an OVA, so it won't have any real story. So the main question is, Did it follow the rules of the universe. Answer- yes. Yurippe would go to the ends of the earth to try to unbalance the Afterlife, and these plans are no less extravagant than the ones seen in the original series. OVA 2 did have a twist that surprised me immensely though, will say that.
So it's Angel Beats. It's got good animation, with great character models, great scenery, great action sequences (for the ones with them), great everything.
Once again, it's Angel Beats. Let's move on.
If this were the original series, I definitely wouldn't have given this a perfect score. But this is an OVA, so the question is, Did anyone go OOC. And the answer is no, everyone remained within perfectly believable behavior. So that's a 10/10 too.
The real decider- did I enjoy this masterpiece. Yes. So, for OVA's, my general policy is to turn of my brain, especially if it's from a funny show like Angel Beats. So did it make me laugh, did I want to see more, did I feel nostalgic about the ending. YES. So 10/10 as well.
If you're looking for character development and deep, intriguing plot, you won't find it here. It's an OVA, so the real matter is whether it served its job, and it did. Perfect score (probably the only one I will ever give).read more
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