Angel Beats! was an anime I had high expectations of, being written by Maeda Jun, the great scriptwriter of Key’s games Clannad, Air, Kanon, Tomoyo After, and Little Busters!. When I learned the story is set in a school in a world after death, I got even more excited and believed that Maeda would serve us a great, deeply emotional, yet funny anime. My expectations were met.
I’m not going to talk about the plot at all since I don’t want to spoil those who haven’t watched it yet. The only thing I’ll say is that despite many people claiming the story is shallow, I found it rather touching and well developed within 12 episodes. It’s those that criticize it who are shallow-minded (浅はかなりｗｗｗ). The last episode brought me to tears and that’s something very rare. If memory serves me right, two anime this year made me cry, Angel Beats and K-ON, and one brought me near tears, Nodame Finale.
The character design by Na-Ga is wonderful, as well as their personalities and voices. Particularly Kanade, Hinata and Otonashi, voiced by Hanazawa Kana, Kimura Ryouhei and Kamiya Hiroshi respectively, have very fitting voices. Of course I can’t forget TK whose very presence was absolutely epic.
The opening song by Lia was marvelous, as expected of someone who sung such lovely songs like Tori no Uta and Toki wo Kizamu Uta. The music in Angel Beats was 10/10 as not only the BGM was great but also the insert songs by Girls Dead Monster were excellent. My favorite GiDeMo song would probably be Highest Life, due to its very moody lyrics and melody.