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Angel Beats! 

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

Series cast summary:
Hiroshi Kamiya ...  Yuzuru Otonashi 14 episodes, 2010
Harumi Sakurai Harumi Sakurai ...  Yuri Nakamura 14 episodes, 2010
Kana Hanazawa Kana Hanazawa ...  Kanade 'Angel' Tachibana 14 episodes, 2010
Ryohei Kimura 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
David Matranga ...  Hinata 14 episodes, 2010
Shun Takagi Shun Takagi ...  Noda 13 episodes, 2010
Yuuki Masuda Yuuki Masuda ...  Fujimaki 13 episodes, 2010
Yumiko Kobayashi Yumiko Kobayashi ...  Ooyama 13 episodes, 2010
Leraldo Anzaldua ...  Noda 13 episodes, 2010
Andrew Love Andrew Love ...  Fujimaki / ... 13 episodes, 2010
Corey Hartzog Corey Hartzog ...  Ooyama 13 episodes, 2010
Michael Rivas Michael Rivas ...  TK 12 episodes, 2010
Adam Van Wagoner Adam Van Wagoner ...  TK 12 episodes, 2010
Megumi Ogata ...  Ayato Naoi 11 episodes, 2010
Fuko Saito Fuko Saito ...  Shiina / ... 11 episodes, 2010
Takahiro Mizushima Takahiro Mizushima ...  Takamatsu 11 episodes, 2010
Greg Ayres ...  Ayato Naoi 11 episodes, 2010
Hilary Haag ...  Yui / ... 11 episodes, 2010
Eiichiro Tokumoto Eiichiro Tokumoto ...  Matsushita 10 episodes, 2010
Eri Kitamura Eri Kitamura ...  Yui 10 episodes, 2010
Rob Mungle ...  Matsushita 10 episodes, 2010
Melissa Davis ...  Shiina 10 episodes, 2010
Chie Matsuura Chie Matsuura ...  Hisako / ... 9 episodes, 2010
Jessica Boone ...  Hisako / ... 8 episodes, 2010
Serena Varghese ...  Yuusa / ... 8 episodes, 2010
Yui Makino Yui Makino ...  Yuusa 7 episodes, 2010
Nobunaga Shimazaki ...  Battlefront Member A / ... 7 episodes, 2010
Kalob Martinez Kalob Martinez ...  Takamatsu 7 episodes, 2010
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Storyline

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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1-2-3-4-5-6-7 All Good Children Go To Heaven (They Wish)


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

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Japanese | English

Release Date:

2 April 2010 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ritam anđela See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Sound director Satoki Iida with approval by director Seiji Kishi decided to take a minimalist approach to the music score. 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 tomdude0See 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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