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).
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.
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
handle. The beginning of the series was the hardest to get through for me so watching two extra episodes from the beginning wasn't that enjoyable to me. The series does well at making it a comedy-drama but I prefer the drama over the comedy of this series. If you enjoy watching these characters act ridiculous then by all means, these OVA's should be entertaining to you.
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?
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".
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