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)
Chie Matsuura ...
 Hisako / ... (9 episodes, 2010)
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 Hisako / ... (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Yuusa / ... (8 episodes, 2010)
Yui Makino ...
 Yuusa (7 episodes, 2010)
Nobunaga Shimazaki ...
 Battlefront Member A / ... (7 episodes, 2010)
Kalob Martinez ...
 Takamatsu (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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The vending machines are stocked with a coffee brand called Key which may be a tribute to production company Key/Visual Arts and a real life coffee brand by the same name. See more »

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My Soul, Your Beats!
Written by Jun Maeda
Performed by Lia
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An immensely beautiful story
12 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Angel Beats is my favorite anime of all time. It has everything that makes a great story. I'd definitely recommend watching a subtitled version as opposed to the dubbed version, as the dub has all sorts of mistakes and the voices do get on your nerves.

Otonashi Yuzuru wakes up in the afterlife with no recollection of how he died. He can barely remember his own name. He meets Nakamura Yuri, the leader of the Afterlife Battlefront, a group of young people in the afterlife who are rebelling against God for giving them cruelly unfair lives. Their main target is "Angel," a girl who they believe is, as the name suggests, an angel created by God to watch over and enforce the rules of the afterlife (which takes the form of a huge boarding school). Abiding by the rules results in disappearing, supposedly due to being erased by Angel and/or God. Otonashi joins the Battlefront, and so the story begins.

Several flashbacks are placed throughout the series to give some of the characters' backstories. Each flashback is very emotional, very real, and, most importantly, human. You can relate to each character incredibly well, because they are presented as human beings, and this sucks you completely into the story.

The musical performances by the fictional band in the anime, Girls Dead Monster, are really exceptional. The animation is spot-on (they even go so far as to match the actual chords that are being played) and the songs are very catchy, even if you don't speak Japanese. They provide a very nice soundtrack to some scenes.

My only problem with this series is that it should've been twice as long. It was originally intended to be 26 episodes, but for some reason was cut down to only 13. They could have done so much more with another 13 episodes. However, the episodes that were made are still more than enough.

Angel Beats makes us ask ourselves, "What do you want to do with your life?" Everyone wants to die without any regrets. Angel Beats explores this theme with a story that is hilarious, emotional, action-packed, tearjerking, human, and, ultimately, beautiful. I've watched it several times, and it never gets old, because the themes are timeless and universal. I highly recommend this anime to anyone.


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