Otonashi awakens only to learn he is dead. A rifle-toting girl named Yuri explains that they are in the afterlife, and Otonashi realizes the only thing he can remember about himself is his name. Yuri tells him that she leads the Shinda Sekai Sensen (Afterlife Battlefront) and wages war against a girl named Tenshi. Unable to believe Yuri’s claims that Tenshi is evil, Otonashi attempts to speak with her, but the encounter doesn’t go as he intended.
Otonashi decides to join the SSS and battle Tenshi, but he finds himself oddly drawn to her. While trying to regain his memories and understand Tenshi, he gradually unravels the mysteries of the afterlife.
Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Supernatural
Written by: Jun Maeda
WARNING: Major spoilers ahead.
Angel Beats is really one of my favorite anime because I love everything about it! The plot, animation, characters, setting and even the OSTs! They are just so amazing When I first read the synopsis, I really got curious so I decided to watch it. The whole plot was so interesting. Also, the Battlefront’s missions were very hilarious and I laughed so hard at almost every episode. The last few episodes really got me. Though I had already seen drama in the earlier episodes because of the pasts of other’s characters, the ending was just really sad. The pasts of the characters were also very heart-breaking, especially Yuri, Otonashi and Iwasawa. During the progress of the anime, you can really see how each one of the characters were struggling to live after death, since they didn’t had the chance to live a good life during their youth; how they refused to be “obliterated.” Their refusal of accepting their death led to battles between the SSS and Kanade also known as “Tenshi.” But in the end, everyone accepted their life and rested in peace. However, this was the saddest part of the anime for me. Because when Yuzuru and Kanade can finally be together, they have to be separated! Kanade’s only regret was that she never got the chance to say “thank you” to the person who helped her live a longer life, which is Yuzuru. When Yuzuru was dying, he wanted to help and save other people so he decided to donate his organs. His heart was donated to Kanade. And at the end of the last episode (now this is the heart-breaking scene), Kanade was now able to thank Yuzuru, which led her to have no more regrets, meaning she can finally be able to rest in peace. Though the anime was really funny, it was also heart-breaking which made it even better. The OSTs were also beautiful, very fitting to the youthful life of the characters. The anime also teaches the viewers to accept things, even if it is painful. Because that is the way to live a life with no regrets.
Overall rating: 5/5