If you were like me, you were entranced by last season’s gorgeous, genre-crossing work by Key, Angel Beats! The show started with so much promise based on an interesting storyline, fun characters, beautiful animation and credibility based on Key’s recent series. From there, fans were divided about whether or not the show met it’s early promise. I fall on the side of “yes it did.” I agree with the terrific post on Major Arcana, which argues that the series is more than skin-deep. Furthermore, the series is deep in spiritual themes – after all, it’s setting is in an afterlife where those who are conscious to it’s reality are suffering from thoughts of their life (and death) on the earthly plane. Obviously, this is something we’ll discuss in the future on this blog.
One wonderful part of the series was the ending (don’t worry, no spoilers here). It caught me by surprise, in a good way, even though I should have known that Key’s endings always get me. Still, as the series ended (and in fact, long before the end), a general view was that it was too short; the anime would have been strengthened by 26 episodes rather than 13. Well, at the very least, fans are getting a bit of what they clamored for. According to Anime News Network, the final episode, which is set to be released on DVD in Japan on December 22, will be bundled with an epilogue episode.
I thought Angel Beats! ended beautifully, but I can’t resist the opportunity to revisit (I hope) our favorite characters one last time. Yui and Kanade are fan favorites, but I’m also hoping to see more about Otonashi, Yuri and my favorite, Hinata. Here’s looking forward to the epilogue…and perhaps, in the future, a movie?