Anime Synopsis: Angel Beats

Tuesday, 4 May 2010, 12:00 | Author : Ludovico
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Otonashi is having a hard time accepting that he’s dead.  After all, he’s at a seemingly normal high school, filled with seemingly normal students, other than the girl aiming a rifle at a quiet silver haired “angel.”  One quick demise later, he learns that he’s stuck in a strange limbo with other deceased students fighting against a being that seeks to erase their existence.  They recruit him into their makeshift militia and he finds himself engaged in an intense mission against the strange angelic threat.

Angel Beats is a thrill of a show.  It takes a number of familiar themes and wraps them together in a fairly unconventional way.  The scenario strains belief significantly – apparently these students can obtain heavy assault weapons and ammunition easier than food – but the presentation is flashy and compelling.  Otonashi has an interesting outlook on his situation – since he tends to empathize more with the angel than with his fellow classmates.  The leader of their group, Yuri, is notably influenced by Haruhi Suzumiya, but the real star is the mysterious angel, who provides an understated and potentially misunderstood threat.  She is passive by nature, and is more commonly seen as the target of violence than the source of it, yet her power is so absolute that she provides a very legitimate antagonist to the characters.  So long as the unfolding storyline handles her in an interesting manner, it should result in a compelling show.

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