Angel Beats! – 05
God damn, the SSS is nothing more than a bunch of school bullies with the way Yuri runs her so-called operations. This is no longer a battle against Tenshi (real name Tachibana Kanade) anymore, as it’s downright mean how they pick on her for no good reason. Of all things, they decide to take the upcoming “fierce battle” to the examination rooms by making Tenshi fail all her exams and lose respect as the student council president. Granted, it was still pretty damn hilarious though, starting with them drawing ballots to try and get the seat in front of Tenshi to perform a test paper swap when they pass their exams to the front. With Takeyama, a.k.a. Christ, drawing the lucky number and Hinata getting the nod for executing the diversion at the end of the first physics exam, Yuri and the rest of the gang’s stupidity became even more prevalent when they didn’t even no what name to put on the sabotaged exam paper. With the “Tenshi” and “Student Council President” obviously not going to fly, Otonashi was kind enough to save some of my brain cells by asking her for her name when presented with the opportunity. Naturally, a face palm is in order when he returns only to find out that Yuri knew that at one point but didn’t care to remember.
As for Hinata and soon to follow Takematsu and Ooyama on diversion duties, the slow motion replays of the propulsion engines that Yuri strapped under their seats was pretty much laugh-until-you-cry funny because of the way they played snippets of the Brave Song ending theme during them. The absolute fear of trying to come up with a good diversion or reaping the skull-splitting pain from Yuri’s ceiling-crashing backup plan was just as good too, because it became blatantly obvious that she only got this many people for this operation so that she could cycle through them. Her “boy who cried wolf” reasoning didn’t sit too well with Takematsu though, so I thought he gave it a good attempt when he stripped down and declared that he’s actually a person that looks surprisingly slender in clothing. Likewise with Ooyama having to confess to Tenshi in front of everyone and her accepting (!), which was hilariously followed up by a second round of some one-on-one ceiling time for Hinata because of the supposed emotional damage Ooyama already endured. So with that, I guess Yuri is considerate of other people’s feelings… about one in every thousand times.
Those were undoubtedly the comedic highlights, but there were some subtler jokes such as Yuri’s suggestions for incorrect answers for Takeyama to put on the sabotaged exam, which ranged from aliens invaded the Earth for world history to answering everything in katakana for English. Due to that and everything mentioned above, I have to say that the humor doesn’t cease to both surprise and entertain me to no end in this series. I also like how they’re pumping out concert scenes like no tomorrow with another Operation Tornado (i.e. steal meal tickets), which had Yui as the new lead vocalist/guitarist performing a song that Iwasawa left behind, “Thousand Enemies”. Given how Yui wrote the lyrics to that song and how we’re back to the normal opening sequence now with Yui replacing Iwasawa, I think it’s pretty safe to say that she’s the new face of Girls Dead Monster.
The most eye-opening part of this episode though was the eventual dismissal of Tenshi as the student council president thanks to Yuri’s stupid prankster-like operation. Having lost the respect of the NPC students and the teachers for “failing” all her exams, Tenshi actually looked visually depressed when she went to buy a meal ticket for her favorite dish, mapo tofu, which was heartlessly snatched away from her as well. Seeing as she was being completely non-resistant to SSS’ operation at that point, I’m glad Otonashi took notice of that and they didn’t attack her. Still, her meal ticket ended up in Otonashi’s hands at the end, leaving him wondering if they should invite her to be one of their allies after he pictured how lonely she probably is when she eats alone. Watching that scene made me realize that if anyone’s going to be able to reach out to Tenshi, it’d be Otonashi, so I was a bit disappointed when he backed down from the idea.
Anyway, with Naoi as the newly appointed student council president and giving them no slack to do whatever they want, it’s pretty clear that life under Tenshi is going to look like sunshine and rainbows compared to his regime. Because of that and the way Tenshi was depicted here, I really hope she ends up being one of the good guys before this is all said and done, even if the “good guys” here means being with a bunch of idiots. :)