For many of us that are up to date with this seasons anime, there is a huge selection of title. Among the few sequals I.E. K-On!!, Ikkitousen: Xtreme Xecutor and Da Capo there are big name companies rolling out new series as well. Angel Beats! is produced by P.A Works, with the orginal story created by Studio Key (AIR, Clannad, Little Busters). For those that aren’t familar with Angel Beats!;
Angel Beats! Takes place in a world after death, angels fight for their fate and their future. Yuri, the leader of the Shinda Sekai Sensen, rebels against the god who destined her to have an unreasonable life. On the other hand, Tenshi, the chairperson of the student council for the world after death, battles against the SSS members. SSS members utilize armed weaponry to battle it out against the angels harnessing supernatural powers.
The first thing that you may notice is that the main character looks a lot like Haruhi Suzumiya from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and let me be the first to say the similarities don’t end there. The story is first introduced to you in a way that you say ‘What?’, and then you go on to learn that Yurippe is the leader of a organization in which their HQ is located in a school clubroom. Both characters also have the persuasive tsudere attitude we’ve come to know as well.
Besides having a similar story to other series, the animation is riddled with perspective flaws and ‘what’ moments.
While some of it can be marked off as art style (maybe) some of them are just plain lack of attention during the animation phase. Only the first episode has been released thus far, so some may say it is a little early to tell — which is true, but they’re off to a quality van start. Its a little too early for me to give this series a score but I can say that I will at least be watching this show; even if it is to see how derailed it can get.