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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Saddest Anime Ever!
I bought this from Amazon.com; at the time (a few months back) it wasn't available in the UK (It is the US region version that I have - the one to be sold by Amazon UK will be a UK edition).

The first thing you notice about this series is the stunning picture and sound quality (even for blu-ray!). The animation is utterly superb; the opening sequence (of Kanade...
Published on 3 Mar 2012 by bozeman1941

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3.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, but somewhat manipulative and incomplete
This is the kind of series that, upon finishing the final episode, will make many if not most people want to write a glowing review. Me included. And with good reason: the storyline is powerful and gripping, as is the soundtrack. The animation quality is very good, as is the voice acting (in Japanese, at least). And even though I'm a veteran of many extreme war and horror...
Published 18 months ago by M. R. Munter


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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Saddest Anime Ever!, 3 Mar 2012
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I bought this from Amazon.com; at the time (a few months back) it wasn't available in the UK (It is the US region version that I have - the one to be sold by Amazon UK will be a UK edition).

The first thing you notice about this series is the stunning picture and sound quality (even for blu-ray!). The animation is utterly superb; the opening sequence (of Kanade playing the piano) completely takes your breath away, and the end theme is also very poignant and beautifully done. The story is based on the unusual premise of a sort of 'afterlife' if you will (although not really in the Judeo-Christian sense; this one appears to be in a Japanese high school!) where the characters go after death, if they died feeling unfulfilled or badly-done-to. A side effect of being in this 'pergatory' is that the inhabitants cannot die; they can be 'killed' say by a gunshot or knife, but reawaken shortly after, fully restored. However; dying still hurts just as much as in the 'real' world, so they try not to be 'killed' too often! The characters can decide to 'pass over' to eternity, once they are convinced there is no further reason for them to stay. When that happens, the character simply disappears; usually the camera view will switch away from the character who is 'passing', and when it comes back, they are gone. No sound or visual clue accompanies their passing. The story follows the efforts of a group of the 'students', who have formed a band of rebel freedom fighters, to avoid 'passing on', as they feel aggrieved, and that it is God's fault that they died prematurely! I won't give any more detail, as it would spoil the story, but have your Kleenex ready; you will cry at various points in the story, especially at the end. But anime fans (and anybody else really), should see this series; it is beautiful, and VERY emotional; I cannot find a bad thing to say about it. Even the music score is awesome; I got the soundtrack album after watching the series - the full versions of the opening and closing themes (the latter being nearly 9 minutes long!) will also make you cry, especially if you read the translation of the lyrics; it is hauntingly beautiful. The English dub is excellent, with many of the well-known US voice actors appearing (Blake Shepherd as Otanashi, the male lead, Britney Karbowski as Yuri, Emily Neves as Kanade (also known as 'Angel'), Greg Ayres as Ayato Naio, and David Matranga (from 'Clannad') as Hideki), so many will be familiar with their voices.

I am only gutted that there doesn't appear to be a sequel in the offing; the ending of the series was kind of final, so it would be difficult to explain a sequel. A great pity.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best series in years!, 29 Mar 2012
This review is from: Angel Beats Complete Series Collection [DVD] (DVD)
Angel Beats was produced by the same studio that did Clannad, Lucky Star, Haruhi and many of anime shows many people regard as being excellent and in general are well loved by the fans.

The anime starts off with Otonashi appearing on the school grounds confused, without any memory of where and how he got there, upon encountering a girl called Yuri who has a gun aimed at 'Angel' he immediately jumps into action not realising he is infact dead, and in limbo per say.

Quickly trying to grasp the situation he has found himself in, he joins the 'Afterlife Battlefront' a group of students who are fighting against God and 'Angel'.

In some ways this anime is more slice of life, but it is also very tragic. Each and every character in this series has a story to tell about how they died, and why they are there. Each character has issues to resolve and this is how this anime really comes into play.

The school inwhich this anime is based at is populated by what they describe as NPCs, students created to populate the school but don't possess a soul or anything.

One thing you will notice about this series is the animation, it is quite frankly amazing.

Although this anime has a lot of action and comedy moments, there is also a 'rock' band called Girls Dead Monster, who perform a wide range of catchy tunes that are really good.

The English and Japanese languge tracks are quite good.

I clearly regard this as one of the best anime shows ever made. It's so good, yet so sad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming, Original, Jun Maeda, 23 Jun 2014
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J. Clarke "Alright Sally" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Angel Beats Complete Series Collection [DVD] (DVD)
Intro
Jun Maeda, well known for previous teen drama efforts - Kanon and Clannad, has come up with another, shorter retelling, only this time with a much more interesting twist.. Kanon was all about character development and slowly divulging in each ones story, Clannad was more of the same, only more brutal in its story telling and delivery. Angel Beats! however, must capture its audience with half the number of episodes of 'Kanon' and 4 times less than that of 'Clannad'. So how does it fair?

Story
Yuzuru Otonashi, some teenage boy awakens to find himself at an unknown school. Completely oblivious to his surroundings, he stumbles across a girl wielding a rifle - squarely aimed at another girl. Right off the bat, it is revealed that the place they reside is effectively a purgatory, where students souls remain in limbo for having not lived a satisfactory life or having died with many regrets or unfinished business - either way, they're all teenagers so, lives cut short. It turns out that this girly dispute is due to a conflict of opinions, not much else. Before the girl with the sniper can exact some sort of punishment, Otonashi approaches the girl seen in the scope, only for her to brutally stab him through the chest. A pretty grim welcome, but it matters not as he finds himself in a bed in the infirmary... completely fine. It would appear that people in this world cannot die - their body feels pain, much to the annoyance (and amusement) of certain characters who die on a regular basis, but makes a full recovery sooner or later.

It turns out that a group of kids are all united against this stabby girl (Tenshi) and have their own club which endures multiple embarrassing name changes. Every other student and teacher in the school is simply referred to as an NPC - A non playable character. The details are all a bit murky and the explanations vague but any in depth description would be a waste of time and far too serious for a 13 episode teen, drama, comedy.

Main Characters
Yuzuru Otonashi - is a pretty dull, standard lead. Most of the time he's the willing to help out anyone, slightly confused mug who is in the same position as the audience, standard. He does offer up some comedic value here and there though, often taking the piss when reacting to others crazy behaviours in the club. His backstory is one thats pretty quick, but holds a meaningful message that all should heed.

Yuri Nakamura - AKA 'Yurippe'... awful name, admitted later on... is the leader of club as she was supposedly the first sent to this place. Her past is real grim, but she remains in control as the bossy leader who tends to just sit back and watch everything fall to pieces.

Tenshi - the girl who seeks order amongst all students including those with souls, she has several forms of attacks and abilities which she announces (Mark 1, 2 ,3 etc). A tiny student council president, she seems emotionless and calm for the majority of the show, where her name and such get revealed. Oh and she really likes spicy food..

Hideki Hinata - the class clown
Ayato Naoi - the gay hypnotist in love with Otonashi
TK - spouts random english words, usually irrelevant
Matsushita - the fat judo guy
Takeyama - the hacker nerd who insists on being called 'Christ'
Takamatsu - glasses and a six pack
Noda - crazy halberd wielding lunatic
Eri Shiina - constantly says 'How unwise'
Yui - foul mouthed, pink haired... say no more

Music
Both 'Kanon' and 'Clannad' also had Maeda working on the soundtracks, including the super catchy intro and outro themes. 'Angel Beats!' is no different with a classy piano track to begin with and an incredibly lovely/depressing end theme (this is the most heart-wrenching part to be honest - it's much sadder than the actual ending!). A few tracks pop up here and there that are worth a listen such as 'Today is OK' and 'School Days' - most laden with either electronic beats or modified piano tracks. The breaks where there would be adverts are quite cleanly done, with a single note on a piano played as the angel beats logo flashes past (a heart rate monitor line) clever. There is also a band called 'Girls Dead Monster' that crops up on occasion, a J-pop/punk chick trio - they're quite awful, as its very mushy upbeat trash really.

End
As with most anime, I preferred the Japanese voice actor over the heavily exaggerated American dub which makes every guy sound like a jock on the football team and each girl a bubblegum blowing air head, so subtitles it is. The ways several characters reveal the reasons to them being where they are, tend to be quite well thought out and deep, though they do play on your emotions and deliberately have some cold hearted situations. This anime is really highly rated in the anime community, so I would go ahead and say it is overrated as there is little time to grow attached to characters in so little time and yet still, the majority of episodes are spent dicking about with little to no story progression. Even so, it has its charms and the general story is well thought out and interesting. Worth a go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best, 6 Jun 2014
This review is from: Angel Beats Complete Series Collection [DVD] (DVD)
I loved the concept of a kind of limbo between our world and passing on- although I do think some of the side characters (such as shina) should have had a bigger part
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5.0 out of 5 stars super series , but a little bit short, 27 May 2014
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loved it , super series , good aktion , good Story , nice animations verry good , just a Little bit short with 12 epsiodes .
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing!!, 24 April 2014
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I love this series it is amazing! Perfect anime, a very good storyline..wish they developed the characters a little more but one of my favourites
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5.0 out of 5 stars I want more, 22 Mar 2014
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I bought this on a whim after reading good reviews everywhere. Even tho it was not to my normal anime taste(berserk,ergo proxy,black lagoon etc) i thought it was brilliant. Sad, funny & gorgous to look at i cant recommend it highly enough. Give it a go you wont be sorry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great story and a must watch series, 15 Mar 2014
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Following the japanese idea of teen school life is the greatest time of your life, This series follows a group of teens that have died and before they get reborn have a chance live out their greatest heart felt wish in a ghost type highschool,
but not knowing this they fight against the system (particularly one girl who they think is a angel trying to kill them) thinking to cease existing here is to die. so this story basically follows a new guy, and the love forming between him and the main heroin as they realise their dreams and move on to a new life while trying to fight against disappearing (moving on to be reborn)
Great story a must watch
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5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good anime when you get into it., 27 Feb 2014
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This anime broaches the subject of life after death in a very unique way. The first couple of episodes may not make much sense but the characters soon grow on you, so much so that you'll probably be crying like a little girl at the end. I know I almost did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the labels on the box and dvd are wrong xD, 4 Feb 2014
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I love this series but the only thing is... the dvd box and discs say that episode 1-9 are on disc one and then 10-13 and the ova on the next disc... I was so confused thinking that there were episodes missing on the first disc ... but it must of been a manufacturer mistake because the episodes 8 and 9 are on the second disc
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