Posted by psgels on 12 June 2010 with categories: Angel Beats

Ah, so the shadows: the final end boss. The series needed an extra boost to quicken up the plot (after all, if it wasn’t for that, there would be nowhere near enough time for Otonashi’s adventures to make all of his friends disappear). It’s interesting to see that Key intended the finale of this series to be a thriller.

There were a few things that were a bit wrong about this episode, but that’s just nitpicking. It mostly had to do with the sudden stupidity of some of the characters: why did Otonashi not notice that Kanade was just a regular player? Also, why was Yurippe the only one who understood that Ooyama became an NPC?

But yeah, it’s an interesting thought: what if all of the NPCs were once these wandering spirits themselves, who failed to pass on? That really was the thing necessary to give the entire cast a good reason to think about where they wanted to go.

But someone actually created them. What’s up with that? My guess is that it’s Matsushita. I mean, he’s just gone. Ever since he left for the mountains, he’s just nowhere to be found.

Now, it really takes skill to make him the final villain without any hints prior to that. He could indeed be hiding things like most others, but as a teenager’s spirit who is so confused… does that really make him that good of an actor? Also, he’d better have some damn good motivations to do that. The last time someone tried to kill the cast it resulted into some guy with a god-complex who just slaughtered everyone and just got cured by a big hug.
Rating: * (Good)

10 Responses

  1. betawatcher says:

    Ooyama? You mean Takamatsu, right? It is a bit sad that they’re ending this show this way though. I really wanted to know the past of the other characters.

    About Otonashi not noticing Kanade being a human, I think it’s plausible. I mean, he was surrounded by people who keep calling her ‘Angel’… and I completely forgot that Kanade had mentioned that she was a human in the first episode. I watched the first episode 2 weeks ago.

    I just remembered that Matsushita is missing. You could be right…

  2. Johnson says:

    “The last time someone tried to kill the cast it resulted into some guy with a god-complex who just slaughtered everyone and just got cured by a big hug.”

    Thank you thank you thank you. That pissed me off so much. Plus, whocares if the entire cast gets killed. Won’t they just come back to life?

  3. AznCoffee says:

    Psh, Naoi is the best character on the show. Y’all know it.

    Him and TK.
    “Dancing in the shadow~”
    “I kiss you”

    ahh >__

  4. kinosan says:

    Christ did it…obviously

  5. VK says:

    I think that they just totally forgot to add Matsushita into this episode. In the preview for the next episode at the end of this one you can hear Akira Ishida saying “You’ve done well to come this far,” or something like that. I’m guessing that’s the bad guy, but who knows.

  6. charizardpal says:

    They should have added this whole thing about “fate worse than death” earlier. It would have added more tension.

  7. Schmitt says:

    If this show had a setting that would allow it then it could have maybe been a 26 episode show where it focused on each of the characters and their troubled pasts. It feels like they wanted to go for that, later on, after the angel debacle but were limited by time and by the setting.

  8. betawatcher says:

    @ VK how can you tell from one line jumbled up with other voices that it was Akira Ishida? :-o

    Yeah, I wish they made Angel Beats a 24-episode anime instead. I just read some parts of the novel where Hinata meets Yuri (and Ooyama X3) and it would have been swell if that was animated. After reading it, some scenes actually make more sense… (like the nickname Yurippe)

    From the title of the next episode, I really hope that they will show this flashback. (they’re going to severely cut the Ooyama scenes anyway. *sob*)

  9. VK says:

    Late reply, but it sure at least sounded a lot like him.
    Others have told me that it’s him as well, though I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

  10. starlog-akemi says:

    Toilet paper. TOILET PAPER. God, that was hilarious.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:59 AM)
    I say this because people often like to hype up the genre or those elements. I bring this up/think about it now because I played a game called undertale lately on my brothers recommendation and he was all like it emotionally destroyed him but I never ended up crying, I mean don’t get me wrong its a good game, there were laughs to be had and there was sentiment but it wasn’t THAT sad/funny.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:44 AM)
    Given how many people cry at some drama, clannad included.
    That reminds me…
    I can’t actually remember the last time in my life where I cried, I draw a blank.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 07:58 AM)
    @Aidan: Something always feels off to me when you criticize clannad, I mean I’m critical enough of key these days too but it seems odd that you rank it as an 8 on MAL when you’ve always made it sound its more of a high 6 or a 7.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:45 AM)
    But I’m no fan of gung-ho soldier games/most fps games so I am glad clannad, a visual novel outsold call of duty.
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    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:44 AM)
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  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:19 AM)
    Holy hell Clannad is selling like hotcakes on Steam. Even beat Call of Duty in sales at one point.
    Kinda happy to see a VN get recognised and it would help open up the market for more titles to come over. But..well..Clannad really isn’t all that great.
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    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 02:29 AM)
    I can remember when I first got into anime when I was a whole lot younger I always said I would watch lodoss war, El Hazard and slayers, yet I never ended up doing so…
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    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:34 AM)
    Ha, the child in me would love to see a film like that I’d imagine, when I was young I was pretty crazy about Egyptian supernatural stuff.
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    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:22 AM)
    @Kaiser: yeah, even tho it was his highest grossing movie it managed to brought his career to a stand-still. His next film Gods of Egypt looks like it could be fun, albeit it’s just as much as a CGIfest as I, Robot. Egyptian stuff is admittedly rather intriguing, I remember a 2004 French film Immortel ad vitam that blended that with modern themes that became popular for a while.

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