Who’s the bad guy?
After the SSS members get released, Yuri decides that it is best to experiment with the new student council president. As we found out though they could do anything when Kanade was President, they would get punished when Naoi was in charge. The funniest distraction had to be Yui, who played the girl who had to go to the bathroom every minute, which was pathetically sad yet funny to watch. What wasn’t pathetically funny to watch was that Naoi was not an NPC but another person in the world who would beat up NPCs to relieve his stress. We get a familiar glimpse of the previous episode when Otonashi treats Kanade to some mapo tofu, only to be interrupted by Naoi. Watching Kanade stuff the food down shows that she can be pretty funny too, and once again, we’re off to the cells… to “reflect”.
While Otonashi is trapped, Naoi starts a war with the SSS – and since the SSS can’t kill NPCs, it basically becomes one-sided. Otonashi and Kanade escape from the cell only in time to see Naoi hypnotize Yuri to almost-disappearing, to which Otonashi saves the day by punching Naoi. We get a glimpse of Naoi’s past and how his brother died, leaving him to fill his shoes. His brother was an apprentice under his father to become a potter, and although Naoi tries hard, we can see that he’ll never become as good as his brother was. The father passing away doesn’t help either, but Otonashi accepts Naoi’s past and gives him a bro-love hug. To be continued.
What I found really funny was the fact that while everyone was getting killed, we know that they’ll come back to life. What I found even funnier, even in the moment, was that Naoi knew how to hypnotize people so easily. And I thought he was the son of a potter, not a hypnotist. On the more serious note, what a cliff-hanger. I never found myself really into an Angel Beats episode but this has been the best one so far, with an actual decent plot rather than some operation where they steal more stuff while GirlDeMo is playing. The massacre scene was done really well with the rain and blood in terms of design and artwork compared to the rest of the other episodes. Otonashi seems to have turn Naoi around though, so I really can’t say who the antagonist is. I don’t want Naoi being the bad guy, yet I don’t want Kanade being the bad guy. So in short, what this series needs is atheism – no God = no Angels = no fighting = harmony.
Just kidding. But seriously though, I really want to see how each character died in their past life. Nothing changed in the ending so maybe we can assume that Naoi doesn’t join the SSS? Maybe he’ll disappear in the next episode, making Kanade the President again… who likes mapo tofu.