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12 of 12 episodes seen
Story - 10 - The story was absolutely wonderful. It was solid, it was moving; it held you on the edge of your seat for the majority of the show. By the end, it managed to tie up every major plot hole. Truly a masterpiece of screenplay.
Art - 10 - The art was beautiful! It shifted from the happy, almost moe art style that's shown in the beginning and through the OP, but, when the series took a darker turn, it was able to drop that completely and switch to something more appropriate. Especially amazing was the art direction regarding the Witches and their Labyrinths, and the way it contrasted so much with the rest of the world.
Sound - 10 - The sound kept to a high standard throughout the show - the OP is probably one of my favorite songs from an anime right now. The music played is appropriate for the scene it's shown in, and it always sounds absolutely amazing.
Character - 10 - The characters all had believable backstories, realistic reasons for becoming a Puella Magi, and solid personalities at the time of the show. The character development was executed well, especially in the case of Sayaka and Homura. On the surface, they didn't seem like very relatable characters - how do you relate to a character in this sort of scenario? - but, as we uncover more of the characters' lives and backgrounds, they become more and more easily relatable to the viewer.
Overall - 10 - What can I say? This anime was beautiful in every aspect. Can't wait for the movie! read more
13 of 13 episodes seen
Story: The story wasn't awful by any means, but it could have been better. I feel as though it was simply too short, as we never got a chance to fully experience everything this show could have shown.
Art: The art was mostly amazing. My only real issue is that it started with a somewhat happy artistic style, and it never experienced much of a change, even during fight scenes / emotional scenes. These are just minor drawbacks from a very nice work, of course.
Sound: The sounds were fantastic. I have nothing else to say on the matter, really; all the music was great, the opening theme was especially wonderful, and the characters' voices suited their personalities well.
Character: This was the only glaring problem in the show. Despite being introduced to around 15 unique and somewhat interesting characters in the beginning, it decides only to focus on 4 or 5 of these characters. Unfortunately, the ones they decided to focus on were not the ones that a lot of viewers wanted to know more about! Fortunately, it seems as though the manga is attempting to rectify this mistake, but it can't be denied that Angel Beats was far less of a show for this.
Enjoyment: I really enjoyed this anime; it isn't the best or most enjoyable anime out there, but it sits fairly highly with me.
Overall score: 9/10. To anyone who's thinking about watching it, go ahead and try it; at least try and push through the first three or four episodes, until you're absolutely positive that you dislike it, as the show really only starts to move after episode five or six (and then, it only gets emotional after around episode nine).
Despite needing some more work (and probably a few more episodes!), this anime remains one of my favorites, and probably will for a long time. read more