Angel Beats! episode 2

An episode so pointless yet filled with important points.  Contradictory, but I could find no better way to describe this episode.   After the first episode, I found myself eagerly waiting for the results of the second episode – sure, there was no rock concert and there was no heist of meal tickets, but we did get the OP and the ED, which sound pretty decent as they are.

The winning screen-cap.

The pointless…

Sadly, the plot was pointless.  ‘Guild’ turns out to be a factory-type place where the guys have people build their ammunitions and weapons.  It’s underground, it’s hard to get to, but why would they suddenly want to go then?  The whole episode revolves around the crew getting to the end without getting killed to save Guild from Angel.  As you can expect, somebody ‘dies’ from each trap… resident-evil lasers, water traps, giant balls, and the lot.  Most of it was expected, but the best part had to be when Otonashi had to climb up Yuri… “using… what?”.  You can obviously tell he wanted to grab her chest and resisted in the end.

But the thing that was the most pointless was the journey of going to Guild.  Yes, Guild is being attacked by Angel, but why couldn’t we just have used the telephone and just say “Blow up the place if Angel’s there” instead of going down there personally ourselves?  Yes, the whole journey was pointless.  Blowing up Guild was pointless.  Trying to fight Angel is pointless in that context.  But if burying Angel under layers of rock in magma doesn’t kill her, than what does?  Seriously, what are these people trying to do…

…and the not-so pointless

First of all, you learn that Shiina isn’t some cold-hearted _______ after she dumbly sacrifices herself to save a mechanical puppy.  Her only lines in the previous episode was “How shallow-minded” so you had the impression that she was a static character.  But we thought wrong.  You learn that the kid-guy is a dumbass because he forgets what every trap was.  You find out that some people can’t swim.  You find out that some people do stupid things.  You find out that Yuri actually has a cute side to her in the whole “what-shall-I-use-on-your-body-to-climb-up” part.

But the most important thing you find out is Yuri’s past.  Well, not how she died, but she confirms that she didn’t commit suicide, nor did any of the other people here.  She’s the eldest of four siblings, and thus has a sense of natural leadership.  The reason’s she’s atheist is because she lost her three siblings to buglers (1 every ten minutes).  It struck me as so sad when she said “The police came thirty minutes later… I was the only one there”.  Yes, she has had a hard life, so we can certainly see that she does well to cover up her pain.  Additionally, the flashback shows that she was… maybe 8~10 years old.  Now she’s… what?  16?  17?  So apparently this has nothing to do with her death, but rather, has everything to do with why she wants to be a successful leader.


Perhaps I was disappointed with the direction of the episode, but the Otonashi-Yuri conversation-scene made up for it with its deep impact.  I didn’t like the ending of the episode, nor did I really enjoy the fact that they gave us information about creating everything out of dirt if you knew what is was made of… I don’t know, it was confusing enough already.  I’m starting to get hopeless on the aspect of killing Angel, and I began to wonder what would happen if they did kill Angel… what next?  What then?  No more Angel Beats?

On a side note – this is my 100th post for Bokutachi no Blog!  Thanks for all of you who have read and/or commented on my posts!


12 Responses to “Angel Beats! episode 2”

  1. 1 Poro
    11 April 2010 at 3:17 am

    congratulations xD and uh… I thought Shiina’s death was the most random. Of course, how else was she supposed to die? She is like a NEENJA!! No seriously she is. On the other point about having a phone to call them… I don’t know about you but, I would think that a phone to go THAT deep would be very very hard. Given that they already made a huge ass tunnel with machinery and what not. they could have just wasted a bit more time to line copper wire for a telegraph. Then again this whole world is just absolutely obscure and nonsensical.
    “Just smile and wave boys
    Just smile and wave”

    • 2 SPIRAL
      11 April 2010 at 10:02 am

      I was surprised by her character as a NEEEEEEEEEEEEENJA too but it was certainly odd to see her ‘die’ from trying to save a puppy.

  2. 3 Ewq
    11 April 2010 at 5:47 am

    She killer brother and sister

  3. 5 blacknightz
    11 April 2010 at 7:53 am

    I question why she was fine with Otonashi climbing her, while when the blue haired guy tried to climb the Yuri-ladder he got booted down to suffer impalement.

    • 6 SPIRAL
      11 April 2010 at 10:00 am

      Otonashi grabbed ’round her midrift and then straight onto her shoulders… whereas it’s implied that the other guy grabbed onto her boobs.

  4. 11 April 2010 at 11:40 am

    We also learned that TK has mad strength for such an incredibly lanky dude. He’s pretty clearly cemented himself as the group’s “tank” character. Now if only he could string together coherent English OR Japanese…

    • 8 SPIRAL
      11 April 2010 at 11:42 am

      I doubt that – probably any of the male characters could do that but which one of them was willing to sacrifice himself for that sake was the question at the time…

  5. 12 April 2010 at 5:12 am

    During the trap parts I enjoyed seeing everyone weakness in a little bit of comedic character enhancement. Otonashi’s role as the shocked and skeptical audience stand-in was also hilarious, while he still can’t get over leaving people to die the SSS treats it as a everyday occurrence, no where is it better highlighted the difference in reactions to TK’s sacrifice haha.

    The Guild story wasn’t too pointless now Spiral, apparently this was another group of characters that needed to be introduced and Yuri stated that they needed to make a supply run. This was supposed to be another routine mission till Tenshi gummed up the works.

    I doubt killing Tenshi is what is going solve these kids problems, someone like our friend Oto is going to have to talk to Tenshi or do some investigating and figure why it is that they are stuck in this crazy world.

  6. 12 April 2010 at 5:15 am

    And a big congrats on 100!

  7. 11 charizardpal
    14 April 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I thought the backstory was rushed and cliche. I didn’t care for it at all. It’s like a gimmic they’re trying to make you feel sorry for her when you barely know her; at least wait a few episodes first Jun…

  8. 12 Zaku Fan
    14 April 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Since the series impacts on some aspects that you need to understand after living in asia for a bit, here’s my take on it.

    The Angel cannot be killed. Yuri and gang are fighting to continue “living”. As explained in episode 1, Yuri’s group believe in reincarnation.

    The short form is this.
    When you die, the desire for life and the natural force of justice (aka karma) places you into a lifeform that you will inhabit for your next life. It can be a bug for all you know.

    What Yuri and gang wants to do is to exist as they are now, hence their fight to not “let go”.

    I get the impression that the story is strangely about cherishing life and what it is to be alive though they are supposed to be dead.

    As for episode 2, they are going to the guild to replenish their ammo and weapon supplies as they have new recruits and used a lot of ammo like the bullets and rockets used in episode 1. I also get the impression it was an orientation training for otonashi (as well as further exposition for the viewers)

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