Angel Beats! takes place in a world where you can’t die. Sweet right?........... Not so much since everyone in this world is already dead. What Otonashi (the lead male) discovers is that this world is a place for young souls who can’t move on from their former lives due to regrets, and yeah also his dead.
Ok story, the viewer sees things mostly from Otonashi point of view. Since he has amnesia this makes it very convenient, as Otonashi learns about the world around him so does the viewer and this sets a good pace. Most of the show is very humorous and had
me laughing out loud. The concerts were amazing as well. But those elements are just sides to the main story which deals with the idea of what happens when we die?
The sound was excellent. There’s a great range of songs in this anime brought to you by Dead Girl Monsters. But by far the best was the op by Lia which sets the tone for each episode and the visuals behind it are as good as the song. Also I loved the way the added songs to comedic moments, nice touch.
Animation, I can’t fault it anywhere. The colours are amazing and scenes were very detailed. Animation has come a long way since I first started watching anime and this show is just the standard I expect.
The Characters all have unique back stories, while we only get to explore a few of them they’re all tragic. While they almost bring a tear to your eye, they also create so much depth to each character and it was a real shame that we didn’t delve into everyone’s past. I also enjoyed the hints of romance between a few of the characters.
I did enjoy this show but I felt they could have done a bit more with it. A lot of characters were wasted but I’m reviewing what they did do so I’ll move on. The story had a few holes in it, if you took a minute to think about it. And l the last episode was dull until Otonashi and Kanades final conversation.
All in all it was a very enjoyable show, since I don’t think too much I went with the ride. The way they mixed humour, music and afterlife makes a very well balanced and I would gladly recommend this show for someone to watch.
Thanks for reading and criticism is welcomed