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
First a short spoiler free summary:
Angel Beats was a great anime in my opinion and was both funny and emotional at times. What we do understand is that the "front line" has been doing these missions against Angel for a long time. Although since the series is so short we don't see many of these missions that they would pursue. These specials show us more missions that the front line attempts to do to get Angel to call for God.
I'm glad that these specials were exactly what they are. They are good for some laughs, and I am glad they did not try to make these episodes emotional. If they tried that I'm sure that it may have ruined the series. These fun episodes give us insight on how they have been living their life for so long in this afterlife world.
The art is beautiful, just like it was in the original. The art style of Angel Beats is what I'd consider the HD Anime style, the characters looked great, the scenes looked great the intensity gauge in the first episode looked great, theres nothing bad about it! Perfect.
To start off the characters all fit their roles perfectly. The sounds effects sound perfect. Additionally the first episode of this special deserves bonus points for the intensity that the voice actors must have projected their voice.
Next we have the intro and outro music. Its the same as it was in the original. Personally, I thought this music described the series perfectly and, the intro specifically is one of my favorite songs to date.
As I said in sound the characters voice actor's play their parts perfectly, making these specials funny and fun to watch. If I was in their position, I could see me becoming one of them and having fun/ doing anything to try and 'beat' Angel.
I had a lot of fun watching these episodes. I would include these specials in a rewatch with friends for sure. It may not be what you want to watch directly after finishing the season if you are still crying from the last episodes, but if you liked Angel Beats and you thought it was a funny series like I did, you will enjoy these specials for sure. read more
For those who haven't seen my original review of Angel Beats!, I highly recommend reading that before reading this.
...Ok, you've read it? Let's get started then.
This OVA released with the final DVD volume of the show is a stand alone comedy episode that is meant to be entertaining and nothing more. But does it succeed on that front?
The story of the OVA is standard Angel Beats! fare: the SSS society comes up with a new plan to thwart Angel, and shenanigans ensue. That's the basic gist of it.
I'm not gonna lie, these types of episodes were all over the first half of the show, and the novelty has kinda worn off by this point.
This however, did not stop the episode from being immensely entertaining.
I'm gonna keep this one short and sweet. The art and animation is standard Angel Beats! fare once again: really really good.
If you liked the style of the show, you'll fit right in here.
The soundtrack of Angel Beats was the strongest part of the show for me, and it's nice to hear it again in full force. Once again, special mention to the OP, which I honestly can't get enough of.
A pleasant surprise in this was the improved dub. While the show didn't have a terrible dub, it wasn't as good as it could have been. I here to say the OVA's dub is far superior. With the actor's experience with these characters, the dub has improved along with them.
The weakest part of the show for me is still the weakest thing in the OVA. The main characters are still bland and boring, and the rest of the characters are either non-existent or undeveloped.
Granted, it is a comedic relief episode but it still gives time to character moments for Otonashi and Angel, so maybe some character moments for the others? Nope. *sigh* If only that would happen...
Your enjoyment of the episode is determined by what parts of Angel Beats! you liked. If you were a fan of the more dramatic elements, then this isn't for you.
However, if you enjoyed the zany, comedic bits like myself, then you will have fun with this episode. It's a quick, 25 minute diversion from anything you may be doing.
While it may not be the "height of entertainment", Angel Beats!: Stairway to Heaven is a surprisingly enjoyable, if pointless, OVA that shows Angel Beats!'s true strength in comedy, even if it still doesn't fix many of the problems that plagued the show. This is a must watch for Angel Beats fan, but everyone else can give it a pass.read more
The Angel Beats's OVA... I've to say I was expecting something more serious...
It's basically a Spin-Off Episode, with nothing to add to the Main Plot.
In the Angel Beats's timeline, I guess in the middle of Episode 5 or 6, since some events not happened yet.
Anyway, to the Episode: it's a new operation from the S.S.S. Brigade to make the Tenshi tell where's God.
Some characters have important plot in the OVA, like Hinata, and specially Shinna in the confrontation with the Tenshi (LOL).
In the end was a good episode, and I've to say it's make me laugh in some parts. But yet, was totally different that was in the rumors, changing the "13-C Ending", which as a alternative ending (speciality of Key) between Otonashi and Tenshi.
So, as a result of this and the "most normal episode of Angel Beats", I'll give a Overall Rating as 7...read more
Special episode of Angel Beats! Although this isn't part of the main story, it's still worth the watch.
Story: Interesting enough story and plot, As usual, the twists are really funny and it makes you want to watch this again and again.
Art: As usual, the art was done very well and there isn't much to complain about.
Sound: Sounds are put in appropriate moments that suit the situation, making the show even better. Nothing much to say about the opening and ending as its the same as the main story.
Character: Same characters with really interesting funny sides to them. Nothing much to comment about.
Enjoyment: This episode in itself can be used as a form of murder by making a person laugh to his death. Complete with epic and fail moments, this episode is 1 thats worth watching again and again without ever getting bored of the interesting gimmicks and twists.
Overall: Definitely worth watching although it would be nice if there was more to it, but i guess we shouldn't ask for too much. Give it a chance and you won't regret it.read more
As an OVA that I was sure would not add to the series whatsoever, I came into this expecting nothing more than a slapstick comedy with the occasional hilarious joke that would make me fall out of my seat laughing. And that is exactly what I got.
With all of the characters at “High Tension,” all of the main characters are screaming, yelling, and doing other assorted fast-paced things in an attempt to get Angel to bring them to God. SPOILERS: They do not find God. But really, why would you have the show basically end on an OVA?
This was immensely entertaining and, as I said before, funny. If nothing more, you should watch this just to see your favorite Angel Beats characters go on another random adventure. read more
So this is a special episode that was omitted from the original run of the series and they released it as an independent entity, fair enough, I always welcome new material to a good series (good series meaning the original series was rated 7/10 on my list). But the question remains, what have we got here? A stand alone story obviously, but was it worth putting it out there? The answer in my case is no; while it had its charms I can’t really see it as being lucrative and it’s a good thing they included it as a bonus in the DVDs/BDs because, this, as a stand alone OVA! really! Would have been a real bomb financially if you ask me.
Opening sequence: 6
Ending sequence: 5
My Age Rating: AA: Really nothing objectionable in there, if you want to be picky about it I guess there’s mild violence but the word mild is an understatement here.
The story is basically an operation by Yuri to attempt to meet God by forcing Angel to report to him, to accomplish that they act like a bunch of morons so she’ll wonder why they aren’t being obliterated if they’re happy. So that’s the goal of this show, having everyone act crazy for comical purposes. In the end you’ll probably get a few laughs and leave feeling disappointed.
This one feels pretty much the same as the series in most aspects: good voice acting, some humor and some crazy moments with the characters. The minus here is the lack of the story which is dealt with in the main series and a lack of the action that was there too. While having its moments I think this short suffered because when you read a wild plot synopsis like the one for this episode you expect some very humorous moments and an overall great comical atmosphere and they usually fail in delivering, it’s the case here as well.
The biggest problem this special encountered was being a work of its own rather than part of the main series. As it stands it really wasn’t impressive, but it would have been more than adequate as a filler in the series itself. My advice is to watch it during the run of the series so as to integrate it more fluidly than finishing the show and watching this wondering why they made it.read more
I watched this OVA a couple of hours after I had finish Angel Beats!, so I was like desperate to see a bit more of the characters, because I really liked how unique and diverse they were!!
I would obviously prefer a story that happened after the 13 episodes, and that could in the end give a better closure... if you plan to see this OVA for that, you can forget about it.
This episode passes in between episodes 4-5 or 5-6, so with that in mind, you will not get the closure you want. Instead, if you really liked the characters and the comedy of Angel Beats!, you will get some good laughts!! There isnt much story/plot development behind this, but for the whole episode I couldnt stop laughting!!
So for a person that wanted to see at least a bit more of the characters they so much enjoyed through the series, I recomend this episode.
About the sound you can expect the same great OP and END of the original, and the animation of this OVA is still AWESOME!!
I was on a bit of on a bad mood because I wanted more of Angel Beats! and I couldnt get it, seeing this, it healed me a bit, it done the tricky! (Though I still want some more of this show...)
I haven't seen lots of OVA's, but for what this is(good comedy with the characters you enjoyed of Angel Beats!), and for the enjoyment you can receive from it, don't skip it!read more