Angel Beats! episode thirteen (final)

Clannad’s end made me cry.  Angel Beats’ end didn’t, but it was still a very good finish.

The graduation ceremony was really sweat.  Although the preview from last time showed that it was going to happen, I didn’t realize that it would only be the five of them.  I also didn’t realized Yuri had a cute tsudere-side to her and Kanade was actually pretty lighthearted about graduating.  It was funny now that I think about it that Kanade could be the bad guy, but I guess everything had to change.  The episode got sadder and sadder but it left me with a smile on my face.  It couldn’t outdo Clannad, but maybe it’s because it only had thirteen episodes.

Ahhh tsundere Yuri.  If there was a reason she couldn’t top the other Newtype females in recent rankings, it was because she didn’t have a girly side.  Yuri throughout the entire episode was tsundere so much that it seemed that the producers remade every character.  It didn’t help that Kanade was actually talkative and laughing a lot between Yuri’s actions (I know, right?  Kanade was laughing!).  This series needed more tsundere Yuri, not yuri Tsundere (… my bad).

My reaction to the song mirrored Hinata’s expression as well, but you have to give credit to Kanade for attempting to write a song for the occasion.  It surprised me when she actually hid behind Otonashi when she got scared, since normally she would just whip out Hand Sonic V10000000 and kick the crap out of Hinata.  But then again, nobody can die.  If that was the case, how were they planning to kill Angel in the first place?

This character I really did not understand why he became a part of the big four.  Why couldn’t it be Yui or Iwasawa or TK?  Speaking of which, TK is still alive.  He is now the God of this world as he is the only non-NPC and he is currently owning.  Just kidding, but Nao was such a useless character and I don’t know why the producers focused on his parting so much with the tears.  I hate you, Jun.

Jun, I hate you even more for killing off Yuri.  And not bringing her back in the epilogue.

Bro-five!  But Hinata still was a pretty sad main character, since he had nothing really redeeming about him.

This turnout came out as a surprise, but not really.  I joked about Otonashi getting together with Kanade, but I wasn’t really expecting it.  It turns out that Kanade received Otonashi’s heart as a result from him being a donor, and she remained in this world to find out who the person was how gave his life so she can prolong hers.  Otonashi found about his past while resting on Kanade’s heart (aka chest noice) and he finally confesses that he loves her.  Kanade disappears after she thanks Otonashi for his love – wow, that was something I didn’t expect.  Kanade actually acted… like…. a girl here.  Kanade FTW

This week’s alternating ending… they also changed the song so look out for that as well.

I’m glad to see that Otonashi and Kanade meet up after they’re reborn through the humming of Iwasawa’s [My Song].  I hope the other SSS members met up again as well.

Final Impressions: 8.5 / 10.0

A good series, but it wasn’t great.  At the same time, it was always fun to look forward to and it always gave us good plot twists and good action scenes.  The characters will probably last for a while in fanart and we don’t have a second season to look forward to.  Not one of Clamp’s best, but certainly something everyone should watch this past season if you haven’t been watching this.

On the side note, I’m moving back to the States tomorrow so don’t expect any posts for the next two/three days.  Sorry.


22 Responses to “Angel Beats! episode thirteen (final)”

  1. 26 June 2010 at 8:28 pm

    CLAMP? Don’t you mean Key and Jun Maeda? 😀

    Angel Beats has been a really entertaining, but ultimately flawed production. Fortunately, I’m easy entertained.

    • 2 kelly fox
      17 August 2012 at 1:22 am

      at the ending i smiled and cried because it was so emotional [never have cried in animes] and when the ending song comes out everyone disappears then finally he disappears showing he was obliterated too [maybe there is a grown up afterlife too]

  2. 3 WyldRage
    26 June 2010 at 9:24 pm

    It was too short, pure and simple. A great cast, but they never had the time to get into them. It was a good serie, but it will remain a monument to wasted potential.

  3. 4 Blehh *
    26 June 2010 at 10:10 pm

    First of all ” WyldRange ” the anime was really enteraning and caught my attention alot. I do agree it was short series but for a short series it was pretty entertaining. But what i don’t agree with you is that you siad it was simple,” pure ” yes, “simple “no

  4. 7 Windaerie
    26 June 2010 at 10:50 pm

    This should have been a longer series. 13 eps was not enough to tell what should have been told. We still don’t know how Yuri died and given the attention she got for her past, I’m kind of disappointed they didn’t mention her death. Also, another flaw in the show (imho) was the sheer amount of background characters that didn’t really have any screen time (unlike Durarara where most of the characters got great character details). There just wasn’t enough development. To this day I still don’t know the name of all the girls in the band (maybe I wasn’t paying enough attention).

    Angel Beats was an okay series in my opinion. Worth the one time run-through, but not something I’d repeat.

  5. 27 June 2010 at 2:43 am

    Way too short. And Yuri didn’t really ever strike me as a main character even though we all knew she was suppose to be.

    I still don’t understand why accepting that your three siblings got shot in the head would make you a giddy person. It was almost insulting? Like oh I have moved on my from past trouble tee hee hee.

    I think it would have been more powerful had all the SSS members graduated or if we saw a tiny clip of them doing something in the real world. I feel ripped off XO

  6. 9 Passerby
    27 June 2010 at 3:44 am

    shat my pants when i saw Clamp.

  7. 27 June 2010 at 6:20 am

    It was definitely too short. The whole thing felt rushed to me. It was an alright series, but some definite weaknesses to it.

    Weirdly I was happy when Otonashi’s romance attempt blew up on him. He destroys the SSS so the last thing he should get is some happy ending in purgatory.

  8. 11 Poro
    27 June 2010 at 7:39 am

    I facepalmed too many times in this episode. “Moe” Yuri was not moe at all but rather really annoying. Every time there was a joke in the episode, I heard people slapping their faces in unison.

  9. 12 Mythikh
    27 June 2010 at 7:56 am

    You’ll see this comment a lot on AB review comment boards; I’m cutting and pasting them. If you think about it carefully, the show does NOT skimp on character or plot development.

    The show was about the main protagonist from beginning to end; he was the first and last character seen on screen. He was simultaneously the best developed, but also the most generic. Everyone else had a gimmick: Axe guy, dancing Engrisher, fiery leader, “Angel”, Tsundere, Fanservice, Comedic relief, generic protagonist. They didn’t NEED any development at all. If the characters were more developed or the plot less twisted, chaotic, plot-hole ridden it would subtract from the main plot/hero. If the show were longer it would feel contrived for its purpose. The show had to be intentionally impenetrable to act as a dark contrast to the shining diamond at the centre.

    The point of the show was not to introduce the audience to a cast to and have them connect unlike in Air/Kanon/Clannad. The point was to have the entire audience connect to the main protagonist. He (Otanashi) could have been any sex/age/nativity and it would have been the exact same show with the exact same message.

    The whole thing is an allegory for life, death, hapiness, fullfilment, actualization; you know the things all of us squishy humans have niggling at the back of our heads. Most importantly it was a political message to anime fans trying to get you to donate your organs. Seriously people, its not like you’re gonna use them after you’re dead. The show stole a lot of peoples’ hearts, hoping that those people will donate their hearts. It took our breath away, to make it easier to donate our lungs. If you’re life is so sad that the most anticipated thing in it is the next episode of Angel Beats, or the next series by Key, then at least you’ll die young and your heart can keep someone else alive.

    • 27 June 2010 at 1:14 pm

      that actually makes good sense.

    • 14 Joker-san
      28 June 2010 at 1:26 am

      How was Otonashi the “best developed but also the most generic” character? His background was no more developed than Iwasawa, Naoi, Hinata, or Yuri, except for the fact that maybe they spent a whole episode on it, and as for generic, all of the characters are pretty generic, fulfilling the roles of “misunderstood, unfulfilled” individuals despite their character “gimmick,” as you put it. Without the character gimmicks, they might as well have all been NPCs.

      As for organ donation, yes. Go for it.

  10. 15 Salamandra
    27 June 2010 at 10:58 pm

    The main characters should have been a harem, with Hinata and Nao replaced with Yui and Iwasawa.

    I certainly do think this should have been 26 episodes, did feel quite rushed. A bit ridiculous that so many characters were “killed” off-screen just before this episode.

    Also the most emotional I’ve ever been with an anime is when Makoto disappeared in Kanon.

  11. 28 June 2010 at 1:52 pm

    This may be the first positive review I came across lately. Most of other bloggers said the script failed.

  12. 17 edru
    28 June 2010 at 5:01 pm

    this show is good if you just want light hearted comedy and drama with almost no plot(could be slightly classified as a slice-of-life due to the plot switching almost instantly next episode ,in my opinion)

    I enjoyed it though I have to admit it wasnt great but definitely one of the better animes i’ve seen for now

  13. 18 waaaaa!!!!!!!
    23 August 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I hope! this angel beats will have next episodes/season

  14. 22 November 2010 at 12:40 am

    Yes, the show could have been better, but I liked it a lot anyway. Last episode prompted me to rewatch the series. Too bad they didn’t have more time to put a little more care (& episodes) into it.

    In spite of its’ faults, I think it may have a small & devoted “cult” following for awhile.

    My “take” on the series here: jaysteevee.blogspot.com/2010/10/not-haruhi-clone.html

  15. 28 August 2012 at 10:28 pm

    There were RUMORS that there was gonna be a season 2 but they post poned it -.-

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