In a world after death, angels fight for their fate and their future. Yuri, the leader of the Shinda Sekai Sensen, rebels against the god who destined her to have an unreasonable life. On the other hand, Tenshi, the chairperson of the student council for the world after death, battles against the SSS members. SSS members utilize armed weaponry to battle it out against the angels harnessing supernatural powers.
Angel Beats! received generally positive reviews from critics. The integration of various individual elements together, such as musical performances, humor, and action, was commended in one review but panned in another, saying that the story was overloaded with too many elements. P.A.Works was praised for the animation of the action sequences and attention to detail with the weapons used. A major flaw noted by critics, however, is that the anime is too short, which leaves many of the characters with untold back-stories.
– Enjeru Bītsu!
– 엔젤 비츠!
– แองเจิลบีทส์ แผนพิชิตนางฟ้า
– Angelo širdies dūžiai
– Eņģeļa Pulss
– Ангельские ритмы!
– Пульс ангела!
Angel Beats! animation style may fool you into thinking this is a slice of life and light-hearted series, it is not. I put off watching this series for the longest time due to the animation style. I finally bit the bullet and watched this show, and I ended up binge-watching the entire series.
Angel Beats! is one of the rare anime series that wasn’t adapted from a manga and is completely original. The anime mixed several different tones. It may be a slapstick comedy in one scene and turn into a serious drama in the next.
The animation style may seem generic by today standard, but perhaps it is due to so many anime now copying Angel Beats design? The characters’ design may seem simple, but the art is clean and crisp.
The music for Angel Beats is very good. The songs range from poppy to somber with many variations, even for the same song. The ending song “Brave Song” is slow and melodic in one iteration, and is a rock song in the Gidemo (Girls Dead Monster) version. I do enjoy most of the songs in this series.
The shows start a little slow, as the characters are being introduced. The first episode does not do this show justice. As the series progress, you’ll see the story of each character and this anime demonstrate it is much deeper than what the first episode may lead you to believe.
I highly recommend Angel Beats to everyone. The dialogs are fast pace, so not an ideal anime to watch if you are trying to wind down at the end of the day. The anime contains crude humor, a moderate amount of graphic violence, and some suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.
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A collection of notable music and song from this series.
- “My Soul, Your Beats!” by Lia (eps 2-3, 5-9, 11)
- “My Soul, Your Beats! (Gldemo ver.)” by Girls Dead Monster (ep 4)
- “Brave Song” by Aoi Tada (eps 1-9, 11-12)
- “Ichiban no Takaramono ~Yui final ver.~ (一番の宝物～Yui final ver.～)” by LiSA (ep 10)
- “Ichiban no Takaramono -Original Version-” (一番の宝物) by Karuta (ep 13)
- “My Soul, Your Beats!” by Lia (Special 5)
- “Crow Song” by Girls Dead Monster (marina) (ep 1)
- “Brave Song” by Tada Aoi (eps 2,5)
- “Alchemy” by Girls Dead Monster (marina) (ep 3)
- “My Song” by Girls Dead Monster (marina) (ep 3)
- “Ichiban no Takaramono (Yui Ver.)” by Lisa (ep 10)
- “Shine Days” by Girls Dead Monster (LiSA) (ep 10)
- “Thousand Enemies” by Girls Dead Monster (LiSA) (ep 5)
A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.
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