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Angel Beats! Specials

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Synonyms: Angel Beats!: Stairway to Heaven, Angel Beats!: Hell's Kitchen
Japanese: エンジェルビーツ


Type: Special
Episodes: 2
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 22, 2010 to Jun 24, 2015
Producers: Aniplex, Visual Art's
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: P.A. Works
Source: Original
Duration: 27 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.761 (scored by 97,519 users)
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Dec 22, 2010
Archaeon (All reviews)
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 read more
Jan 22, 2011
DangoSage (All reviews)
"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 read more
Dec 22, 2010
kutora (All reviews)
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 read more
Oct 7, 2015
FailSniper57 (All reviews)
Some people claim that Angel Beats was perfection. Those people are completely wrong. THIS is perfection.

STORY- 10/10
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.

ART- 9/10
So it's Angel Beats. It's got good animation, with great character models, great scenery, great read more
Nov 11, 2015
ColFrogfoot (All reviews)
Exactly what I wanted.

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.

Story: 10/10
I'm glad that these specials were exactly what they are. They are good for some laughs, and I am glad they did read more
Dec 22, 2010
ChaosPaladin (All reviews)
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 read more
Apr 21, 2012
MiyatouSeishirou (All reviews)
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 read more
Aug 3, 2016
Drevorn (All reviews)
These two OVA's are part of the story and includes Yuri's attempts to have Kanade summon God. It goes back to the beginning of the series where they are still fighting Kanade. Yuri devises two plans for the SSS to act in such ridiculous manners that Kanade won't be able to handle it and therefore would need to summon God for assistance. They are both entertaining in their own right. They are both on the more comical side of the series rather than the dramatic side. The comedy itself is pretty entertaining but I personally found it a bit too chaotic and too much to read more
Jul 18, 2013
Playcool (All reviews)
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 read more
Dec 6, 2014
LegionWrex (All reviews)
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?

Story: 6/10

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, read more
Jan 22, 2011
SayaViking (All reviews)
Oh Holy Shit!
I haven't laght this much since I watched the original anime. This special or OVA what you want to call it is not really related the story but to find God, but watch for yourself.

The only thing that was not as good as the anime was the story since it was pretty wierd but even so it was awfully funny.

The art haven't changed so it is still awesome.

I think the voice actors had a lot of fun doing this episode since it is hyperactive as hell, but the music was nothing new, even so the music and voice acting is great.

The read more
Oct 18, 2017
Springball64 (All reviews)
I think that this was an extraordinarily well done OVA series. I even enjoyed it more than the actual show. Here's why:

Story: These OVAs perfectly fit into the story of Angel Beats, not doing anything story-breaking, out of character or overly fanservice based in the series to take away from it's natural charm. 10/10.

Art: The art stayed at the great quality held by Angel Beats. 9/10.

Sound: The soundtrack was also great, and it fit all of the fun shenanigans that we got to watch happen with all of our favourite characters. 9/10.

Character: The characters even managed to have some development in these OVAs, it was read more
Jul 8, 2017
TakamiKaribuchi (All reviews)
I'll just jump right into the main stuff.

Well, these are specials, and what do specials usually show case?. Well, it's comedy. The Angel Beats special are no exception to this, but that doesn't mean they aren't really good. Angel Beats has always had some mildly bizarre comedy, but having 2 26 minute+ episodes gives the show a chance to show it off in full swing rather than mixing it in the more the serious tone of the original anime. The two operations are just so funny to watch. The two missions are to act overly enthusiastic about everything the characters read more