Angel Beats! (2010– )

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Rebellious teens fight in armed combat against one dispassionate girl's supernatural powers in an afterlife high school.

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Series cast summary:
Hiroshi Kamiya ...
 Yuzuru Otonashi (14 episodes, 2010)
Harumi Sakurai ...
 Yuri Nakamura / ... (14 episodes, 2010)
Kana Hanazawa ...
 Kanade 'Angel' Tachibana (14 episodes, 2010)
Ryohei Kimura ...
 Hinata (14 episodes, 2010)
Blake Shepard ...
 Yuzuru Otonashi (14 episodes, 2010)
Brittney Karbowski ...
 Yuri Nakamura (14 episodes, 2010)
Emily Neves ...
 Kanade 'Angel' Tachibana / ... (14 episodes, 2010)
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 Hinata (14 episodes, 2010)
Shun Takagi ...
 Noda (13 episodes, 2010)
Yuuki Masuda ...
 Fujimaki (13 episodes, 2010)
Yumiko Kobayashi ...
 Ooyama (13 episodes, 2010)
Leraldo Anzaldua ...
 Noda (13 episodes, 2010)
Andrew Love ...
 Fujimaki / ... (13 episodes, 2010)
Corey Hartzog ...
 Ooyama (13 episodes, 2010)
Michael Rivas ...
 TK (12 episodes, 2010)
Adam Van Wagoner ...
 TK (12 episodes, 2010)
Megumi Ogata ...
 Ayato Naoi (11 episodes, 2010)
Fuko Saito ...
 Shiina / ... (11 episodes, 2010)
Takahiro Mizushima ...
 Takamatsu (11 episodes, 2010)
Greg Ayres ...
 Ayato Naoi (11 episodes, 2010)
Hilary Haag ...
 Yui / ... (11 episodes, 2010)
Eiichiro Tokumoto ...
 Matsushita (10 episodes, 2010)
Eri Kitamura ...
 Yui (10 episodes, 2010)
Rob Mungle ...
 Matsushita (10 episodes, 2010)
Melissa Davis ...
 Shiina (10 episodes, 2010)
Lisa ...
 Yui - Singing Voice (10 episodes, 2010)
Chie Matsuura ...
 Hisako / ... (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Hisako / ... (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Yuusa / ... (8 episodes, 2010)
Nobunaga Shimazaki ...
 Battlefront Member A / ... (7 episodes, 2010)
Yui Makino ...
 Yuusa (7 episodes, 2010)
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Upon his death, Yuzuru Otonashi awakens into an afterlife high school where a group of student rebels, lead by Yuri Nakamura, take arms against a dispassionate adversary with supernatural powers whom they call Angel. Calling themselves Shinda Sekai Sensen (a.k.a. Afterlife Battlefront), they're in open rebellion against God for their crappy, unfulfilled and cruelly unfair lives (and against a projected reincarnated future as meager sea life, presumably barnacles or water fleas). Though no one can die since everyone's already dead, killings are nonetheless very painful experiences, with complete recovery to follow. The greatest fear in their struggle to maintain their humanity is obliteration (Angel's goal for them), from which there is no return. Written by statmanjeff

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Hironori Towa a representative of Aniplex is a fan of Key/Visual Arts Company and approached Jun Maeda to adapt his visual novel into an anime series. See more »

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I Love Angel Beats
18 August 2013 | by (English Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

Before I begin I must clarify something: I am not very familiar with anime. I've watched the entirety of Death Note, Angel Beats, and am in the middle of Sword Art Online. So I'm reviewing this show in terms of its quality, not how it compares or conforms to other anime.

Word of advice, ignore all the complaints about this show, because when there's so much about a show to hate and so much that shouldn't work, and people everywhere still love it anyways, there's definitely something special about it.

Here's a quick sypnosis. A guy wakes up on a school campus, which he soon discovers is something like a purgatory. He eventually joins a resistance formed by a dozen or so other fellow "students" with the goal of resisting the mysterious Angel. Things get even crazier from there.

Couple this mind-blowing concept with some unforgettable characters, crazy amounts of action, lots of Japanese rock music, crazy gore, buckets of blood, cute comedy, seriously depressing backstories, and the most detailed cartoon guns I've ever seen and you get something that's unforgettable. The ending is breathtaking, too.

Now here's what everyone complains about: the pacing is bad and it's too short. No thirteen episode show should be able to bounce back and forth continuously between these different styles and genres continuously like this one does. Yet it does. And it works. Because when you have so much awesomeness going around, you barely notice until you're done crying over the last episode... for the third time.

As for other complaints made about the series, most of those don't hold much water in my opinion. There's really nothing else working against the series besides its length.

So if you haven't watched much anime this is worth watching. If you're very familiar with anime and have a higher standard, I still recommend you give this a go. It's only thirteen episodes and I'm sure you'll find something you'll like.

Why won't I give the series a perfect ten. Simply because no matter how much the flaws never hindered my enjoyment, they still mean the show isn't perfect. That and the baseball episode which I really just didn't like cause it nearly turned me away from the series. It's probably not so bad now, but at the time there's was just something about it that I didn't like.

Last word of advice: the episodes incrementally get better, so don't worry if you're having second thoughts before the midpoint. Or on the baseball episode :)


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