Angel Beats! – 04
With Yui as the supposed new lead vocalist for Girls Dead Monster and a revamped opening sequence to showcase her abilities, it was pretty amusing to see her strangle herself to death following the performance. I still prefer Lia’s original version of “My Soul, Your Beats”, but this version by “LiSA” isn’t half bad either. As cool as it was seeing Yui rock it up and come off quite differently than her actual idiotic self, I was still sad to see Iwasawa noticeably gone in the new sequence, which more or less confirms her brief subplot is a done deal. I’m going to miss Sawashiro Miyuki in this series having never heard Iwasawa speak up about the SSS’s stupidity, but I must say I love Kitamura Eri‘s addition as one of the pinnacles of that said stupidity. Sure Eri can do the whole evil bit as Juri Han in Super Street Fighter IV, but when she does the moronic one à la Eve Neuschwanstein, it’s a whole new world of awesomeness.
In reality, everyone in SSS is a complete idiot (…minus Otonashi perhaps). It’s nice to know that this extends to the girls though, starting with the fearless leader Yuri and trickling down to the likes of Shiina and Yui. In Shiina’s case, I thought falling for a cheap trap involving a toy dog was pretty bad, but balancing a broom in her hand for concentration purposes is an all-new level of stupidity. Needless to say, all of the above in conjunction with a baseball tournament out of the blue made this week another gag-filled affair. What was surprising though was how they tried to slip in Hinata’s subplot about his past life as a high school baseball player aiming for Koushien.
Over the course of the episode, there were some nice moments when a sense of nostalgia reminded him of his past, but the implication that he died from some questionable drugs that his bitter teammate gave him for causing their loss was a bit too sudden to have any sort of impact. Plus, we’re dealing with the goofy Hinata of all people, so I doubt I’d be even close to shedding a tear even if he did end up disappearing. Had he actually fulfilled his regret and moved on, what I probably would’ve missed is how he abuses Yui for no good reason. Granted, he did put her in enough submission holds to last us for the rest of the season, but it’s not often you’ll see a guy who would lay the beat down on a girl who gives off a cute cat pose regardless of how stupid she actually may be.
While I’m really enjoying these lighthearted episodes week after week, I’m still a bit puzzled about the direction of this series. I’m not questioning it though so much as wondering when the more dramatic stuff will start coming to fruition. Quite honestly, I’m fine with seeing more of Tenshi and her vice president Naoi (Ogata Megumi) strutting the baseball look, Yuri giving off the villainous evil laugh, and Otonashi going at it with Noda to no end, so the tearjerker Key drama can show up whenever it feels like it. Whether it’s sooner or later, it’s all good in my books either way.
Note: There was another slight change in the ending sequence this week with the inclusion of Yui mobbing Hinata, so I decided to upload a copy this time around.
P.S. I was out all night and didn’t get home until now (~7am), so my apologies if this post isn’t very coherent. I think it’s all right, but any completed post looks good when I’m lacking sleep.