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.
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
do for 12 hours and to trick and kill each other in the mountains until the last one remaining becomes a demon. Both of these are just off the wall ways to try and get a chance to see god, but they work very well for comedy episodes. 8/10.
The art is still great. Iwasara is shown more in the specials and that helped make her design easier to recognize, but at the time, the specials don't cover a wide variety of different scene types so Angel Beats' art doesn't get a chance to shrine as well. The main problem I had with the art in the series is fixed here, but another minor one arises, so 9/10 again.
The sound is really good, but it has the same problem as the art, but to a greater extent. Angel Beats has amazing music whether it be more emotional tracks or a few more upbeat ones, but 2 full comedy episodes don't really allow room for emotional tracks so the music suffers a bit overall, and just isn't as well done here. 7/10.
The characters don't change much, but they are still quite funny, to a lesser extent. 7/10.
I really enjoyed these specials though despite the flaws they have. 8/10 for enjoyment. I suggest giving the specials a shot, but know that they are not at the same quality as the original anime.
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