Angel Beats! episode six

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.

9 Responses to “Angel Beats! episode six”

  1. 8 May 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I have to mirror the question of who is the real bad guy is. I think Naoi disappeared at the end of the episode. After all he was ‘accepted’ for who he was by someone which was what he wanted. But if he is gone then who do the SSS go after now? Tenshi isn’t really an enemy right now since her position as president has been taken away. Actually I think Yuri bet on Otonashi getting closer to Tenshi which was why she gave him that communicator.

    We sit at episode 6, but I’m not sure what will happen now. Sure you can expect more pasts of various characters, but there has to be more than just that.

  2. 9 May 2010 at 3:39 am

    I found it odd that Yuri was so upset that the SSS members were being killed. Back in episode 2 it was almost a joke that everyone was dying but now it is serious business? Interesting.

    I do think that it will be odd now that there is no established enemy. Otonashi is too attached to Tenshi to go along with any more SSS missions. That and the SSS members realize now that Tenshi kept the balance and that she is necessary. But I really don’t want everything to be cupcakes and randoms. Maybe a new “angel” will show up who will mess everything.

    • 3 SPIRAL
      9 May 2010 at 10:33 am

      I think it would’ve ruined the mood had everyone been like “Whatever everyone’s going to come back alive anyways” – it was funnier the way that everyone was over-dramatizing it

      maybe… I like the new Angel theory, but we’re already halfway throughout the series, so I’m up for a more lets-get-along-with-angel-but-not-disappear theme

  3. 9 May 2010 at 7:56 am

    Naoi has Sharingan. BELIEVE IT!

    Ahem. Srs note, Naoi being a human like the rest of’em wasn’t too much of a surprise, given his personality. NPC’s all have bland personalities. Angel was thought to be like them, but clearly she has a personality, which makes her moe.

    Ahem. Otonashi screaming at Naoi then hugging him made for the biggest ho-yay moment ever. my god, the ho-yay doesn’t stop. I’m actually looking for some sort of romance in this series actually. Hoping something develops between Otonashi and Tachibana. >_>

    It’ll be fun to watch Yuri get pissed off. And i guarantee she’ll be pissed. >_>

    • 5 blacknightz
      9 May 2010 at 10:41 am

      LOL xD I didn’t even make that connection until now.

      I really don’t think Angel Beats will give us too much romance. Tachibana is too air-headed to be even considered for the position; and Yuri is too busy drowning herself in doubts.

      On a side not, has anyone noticed the inconsistency of Otonashi’s character design? He seems to be getting younger and slimmer in this episode. (Course maybe God likes his guests young and sxy Ha that was my pathetic excuse for a joke; no religious offense intended.)

      • 6 SPIRAL
        9 May 2010 at 10:57 am

        well yeah the couple of this series is either
        Otonashi x Kanade OR
        Otonashi x Yuri

        I mean, we could see a Yui x Hinata since they’re always arguing with each other all the time but it’s unlikely. Hmm, I haven’t noticed Otonashi getting thinner. Well, if I had to steal tickets for every meal, I would probably be pretty thin too XD

  4. 7 Salamandra
    9 May 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I suspect Naoi gained his hypnotism powers in the same way Kanade gained her powers.

  5. 10 May 2010 at 2:58 am

    Great episode! lots of great things to build ideas from, Angel doesn’t seem so bad once they get to know her, Naoi’s story was good too turned out to be interesting at the end and his cool “geass” powers. Cant wait to see more, and yes I found it strange she was upset seeing the team get killed in this episode vs the 2nd, but like SPIRAL said think that was more for laughs vs this episode.

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