Saturday, 26 June 2010

Angel Beats!

So I just finished a series called Angel Beats!
Here's the Plot summary (Sourced from Wikipedia):

Angel Beats! takes place at a high school acting as a Purgatory, where students learn to give up any lingering attachments they still have from life before continuing to an afterlife or reincarnation. While the injury or cause of death are gone, those in the afterlife school can still feel pain or other things as they did when they were alive, as well as dying again, only to awaken with no injures several minutes later. The story follows the main protagonist Otonashi, a boy who lost his memories of his life after dying. Upon awakening in the afterlife, he meets a girl named Yuri who invites him to join the Shinda Sekai Sensen (SSS) (死んだ世界戦線, lit. Afterlife War Front), an organization she founded and leads which fights against God for the cruel fates the SSS members experienced in life. Their only enemy in the world is the school's student council president Angel, a being with supernatural powers who fights against the SSS. Yuri believes that anyone who follows Angel's orders and behaves like a normal student at the school will eventually disappear and pass on to Heaven. However, those who fulfill their dreams in the afterlife will pass on as well.

My Views on the Series:

I found this series had a big impact, story wise. I'm usually attracted to animes that are easy to watch and are more comedy than story. But as I got further into Angel Beats, I found myself attached to this series, its characters and story.
I also found that this series had many areas that were fairly depressing when you found out about the characters story before they were at the school. This was one of the key areas that I thought made the series differ from others.
The production qualities of this series were amazing. The animation is smooth and clear with beautiful artwork. As well as this, Key (the production company) also made some great music in the series that complemented the artwork perfectly during the Concert scenes.
The only down side was the length of the series. Many characters that were introduced, but were never expanded and we weren't shown their stories. But i can argue that i don't believe that the series would have had such an impact on myself if it had been 24-26 episodes long. I believe that some stories are better left unanswered.
Overall, Key created a tearjerker series that had great artwork, great music and a fantastic story.

My final words:

I recommend this series to anyone who wants a strong story based series with parts of comedy and great music.

Thanks For Reading!


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