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「Knockin’ on heaven’s door」

Not the new slimmed-down Matsushita, not Guild leader Char, but a mysterious teenager played by Ishida Akira proved to be at the bottom of it all. Even so, he’s nothing more than a creation of the Angel Player software developed by someone who converted himself to a mindless NPC. Quite frankly, I’m really not sure how to take the “final boss” being a nameless individual we’ll never meet and no longer has any sort of emotions or aspirations in this world; however, his story on how he was willing to wait an eternity for his loved one’s return despite the astronomically slim chance of her doing so wasn’t really all that unbelievable given how this series has been. At the same time, it was a lot of story divulged in the latter part of this episode through pure discussion between this nameless drone and Yuri, making it feel like things could have gone any which way.

In accordance to the way it did go, the idea that this programmer was a “bug” in this system because he had devoted his life to another person, arrived without his memories, became unable to bear waiting for the return of his loved one after she moved on, and developed the shadow program to erase his own consciousness all looks good on paper, but I really would’ve liked to see some of that hinted at in earlier episodes. The one thing that this revelation did reiterate from past episodes though is that this world is a place intended for love to be nourished and inevitably allow people to move on. It also tempted Yuri with the prospect of taking over the Angel Player program and using it to remodel the world as she fits, taking on the role of its would-be “God” if one were to exist. Upon seeing her power-hungry laugh, I was seriously thinking that Yuri would become the new “final boss” from that moment on, but she surprised me by declaring that she’s only come this far due to her desire to save everyone before taking down the entire system that’s now trying to rid the world of people who have discovered love yet not moved on.

As mentioned above, I feel the specific details on the explanation behind what’s been happening could have been different, but the end result with Yuri feeling like she’s finally become the big sister that was able to protect everyone was clearly the story’s ultimate goal. After accomplishing her lifelong regret and being told by her younger siblings that she’s done enough, it was nice to see Yuri finally show some emotion even if it meant she was going to move on because of it. Incidentally she didn’t, even after Girls Dead Monster and most of the other SSS members voluntarily did so at the beginning of this episode, saving her for the “graduation” ceremony in the series finale next time. Based on the preview, it’s befitting that Otonashi takes on the valedictorian role for that after leading everyone to the arguably “correct path” in this world, but it’s still going to be very very bitter sweet to see everyone part ways. In fact, just thinking about it now gets me a bit choked up.

With the end in sight, I still wish more of the girls — Shiina, Hisako, Irie, Sekine, Yusa — and some of the other guys got some more focus with their respective subplots, but that’s clearly too much to ask for in a short thirteen episode series. However, despite the series’ inability to cover every character in detail, it did make good on the three main ones to a substantial degree. In Kanade’s case, the focus was more on her time in the afterworld and being perceived as the enemy for the vast majority of the series, but that in itself developed her character just as much as a tragic past would have. I mean, how can you say no to a face like this popping up from behind people now? Anyway, with the shadows gone and practically everyone else as well, I imagine the last episode will be primarily an epilogue type one that’s probably going to get me a bit teary-eyed if not more.

* It’s been four episodes since we’ve seen the ending sequence, which has been updated yet again. Surprisingly, Iwasawa, Yui, and the rest of Girls Dead Monster are in it.
* The preview only shows Otonashi, Yuri, Kanade, Hinata, and Naoi at the graduation ceremony, leaving me wondering what happened to everyone that was battling up top. Given everyone’s laughter, it doesn’t seem like they were consumed by the shadows and turned into NPCs though.

 

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June 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm
119 comments »
  • June 18, 2010 at 7:35 pmXxAznLoverxX

    wooowwwww First!! this anime is amazing lol.. First time seeing Yurippe, Now to see how they are going to finish the series. My assumption is that they’re going to continue with the 2nd season since we didn’t really hear any stories from rest of the characters? (I’d like to hear about TK mostly lol).

    • June 20, 2010 at 9:52 amShaRMinCXM!

      Hahahs! Me too! I wanted to see wad happened to him in his previous life lol…He seems so hyper and kept dancing everywhere he goes ^^

  • June 18, 2010 at 7:37 pm._.

    oooh

  • June 18, 2010 at 7:38 pmAn

    No more GirlDemo T_T

  • June 18, 2010 at 7:39 pmBloodbane30

    They could have easily adapted the series into a 26/52 episode one in order to flesh out the characters even more. But Angel Beats! has done an amazing job at telling its own story with the short amount of time it was given. Can’t wait for the last episode and the preview, albeit a few lines long, did make me teary eyed thinking how Otonashi and the gang (especially Kanade!) will have to part ways.

    This got me thinking… Kanade’s past wasn’t really covered for such an important character in the series. What could possibly be holding Kanade down into the purgatory world such that she couldn’t pass on?

  • June 18, 2010 at 7:45 pmZaku Fan

    Maybe they will explore the stories for everyone in another medium like a visual novel, but it does feel like the series is rushing when most of the SSS (the commoners aka people with little problems? according to Naoi) can simply disappear by accepting. Even cha who i think has his background mentioned slightly in track 0 simply accepted and disappeared.

    It would have been better to be someone who we knew though as bringing out a culprit we do not know breaks the mystery solving enjoyment of Angel beats. With references to the programmer, i thought Takeyama would put in an appearence but it seemed that the person Yuri was talking to was the programmer who erased himself into an NPC (i think).

    The crazy eyed Yuri was somewhat disturbing but we are missing 1 final person’s story unless she does not move on, so we may hear it next episode.

    • June 18, 2010 at 7:48 pmZaku Fan

      Also interestingly Yusa and Takeyama were not seen unless they were lumped into the crowd behind Hisako

      • June 18, 2010 at 8:38 pmZaku Fan

        And before the end, will someone bother to save Takamatsu?? Leaving him as an NPC isn’t very nice and Takeyama or Kanade might be able to use Angel player to sort that out.

    • June 18, 2010 at 7:48 pmBurgerz

      If you need extra media forms to explain your story, you don’t have a good story. Angel beats has been a story that never really flowed, and never did have a tie between the multiple arcs.

      • June 18, 2010 at 7:52 pmZaku Fan

        Nope, it tied up well enough unless you had a specific idea on how it HAD to be done. As long as things have a logic to it, it connects well enough. As for needing extra media to flesh out a story, i’m assuming that all the star wars novels means star wars was a pretty poor story.

        Simple fact, as long as the main story gets told, side stories can be done in a different media eg track 0

      • June 18, 2010 at 7:53 pmTehJawknee

        I think the story itself was very well done, it was just TOO much story for 13 episodes. According to wiki: “The Aniplex producer of Angel Beats!, Hironori Towa, was interviewed in the November 2009 issue of Dengeki G’s Magazine, where he commented that a 13-episode anime with about 21 minutes per episode was not enough to tell the whole story of Angel Beats! Maeda had envisioned. Therefore, the various additional media, such as the illustrated short stories and manga, contain some of the story that was unable to make it into the anime because of time constraints.”

        So do I expect/hope for a revision in the future like they did Kanon? Absolutely.

      • June 18, 2010 at 8:06 pmamado

        they did tie them well enough, they just gave a new plot near the ending…
        plus I have barely seen a 13 ep anime that is very good and OVA’s and a sequel mean that it was a great anime.

  • June 18, 2010 at 7:45 pmBurgerz

    My problem with Angel Beats is it never seemed to know where it was going. It carried itself with a fractured plot and very many lame jokes. In addition, it tries to pull so many different emotions out of viewers that it completely ruins the mood or is unbelievable or robotic. The times in which it did succeed emotionally, it ended up ruining it right after with a joke. This show has been a major disappointment.

    • June 18, 2010 at 8:10 pmamado

      I think angel beats is closely classified as a slice-of-life with a catch that said their lives were limited and they had to fight for survival, how can that not be a plot…

    • June 18, 2010 at 8:35 pmNice Holystone

      I’m going to have to disagree. Humor is always relevant to your own sense of humor so just because you didn’t find the jokes funny, it doesn’t mean you should call it lame because others found them hilarious (such as myself).
      Calling it a major disappointment also seems to be over-criticizing. I’ll just have to support what amado said up there^.

    • June 19, 2010 at 8:20 ammegalith

      Sorry but I kinda agree with Burgerz. This series is really so random and I dunno at first it had a good interesting feel due to how High Quality it looks. Right now it’s just riding the wave and seeing where this ends.

      Not so sure if it’s PA Works directing or this is just not the genre I wanted from Jun Maeda. But something feels amiss.

      Don’t get me wrong I still love it. It’s an eye candy that’s for sure. Also it passes as a good entertainment.

    • June 19, 2010 at 3:13 pmYyi

      Sorry, but I have to agree to this one.

      The messy plot was kind of frustrating, especially with all those misleading cliffhanger. To me it seemed like the episodes were structured around guild and tenshi (and mildly around Otonashi). It’s quite ridiculous how many times they had to go down into the guild to face their ‘greatest foe’ (I actually thought it was a one off thing, but its way too recycled).

      The final pseudo-matrix thing was incredibly confusing. It’s like watching Code Geass 2 all at once and expecting viewers to digest (or maybe just to accept whatever is thrown to them).

      Perhaps the redeeming factor were the backstories as they gave a reason why the SSS members existed in the realm. I admit being moved by their stories, Iwasawa’s one especially. Hence, I agree to what Divine wrote about how they could work around those more. (Kanade’s backstory anyone? =P)

    • June 19, 2010 at 3:45 pmamado

      like I said SLICE-OF-LIFE anime.
      just in the afterlife and have limited time…

    • June 19, 2010 at 3:48 pmamado

      like I said, it should be classified as a SLICE-OF-LIFE anime.

  • June 18, 2010 at 7:47 pmKaisos

    Hey, remember when this show had promise?

    • June 18, 2010 at 9:13 pmClick

      Hey, remember when you didn’t say anything?

    • June 19, 2010 at 5:42 amzerothelegend

      No.

    • June 19, 2010 at 8:28 ammegalith

      As flaming as your comment sounds…

      I’ll honestly answer.. Yes…

    • June 19, 2010 at 9:55 amVK

      I have to agree.
      I like this show, and it’s been a fun ride, but that doesn’t mean I consider it a quality series.
      I guess it’s just…gah. Pacing and direction are the biggest problems for me, but there are other things.
      I don’t really know what it was that made Jun Maeda shine, but it’s absent here.

    • June 19, 2010 at 10:21 amBROOKLYN otaku

      I’ve only commented on this series ONCE before and it was on an ANIMATION issue.
      but i NOTICED that this series pulls DOWN on average about 90-100 comments.
      CAN SOMEONE PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTION? WHAT DO YOU GUYS SEE/GET OUT OF THIS SHOW???????
      please believe my sincerity in me asking this, i really want to understand.
      i though at first it was the whole GIRL BAND GIMMICK and chalked it up to that , but that only happened a few times……SO????? and yes I’ve watched at least 3 episodes entirely and found it to be nothing special , so
      PLEASE i beg of you, some one please give me an HONEST ANSWER.

      • June 19, 2010 at 12:18 pmZaku Fan

        Then you must not understand people have tastes DIFFERENT from yours. Surprising and crazy idea, i know. Its like everyone should like only what you like.

      • June 19, 2010 at 1:33 pmTehJawknee

        It is something that goes beyond “3 episodes” so I suggest you watch more if you really want to know.

    • June 20, 2010 at 11:20 amBROOKLYN otaku

      @Zaku Fan…No buddy you must have got it twisted, i REPEAT I’m being honest and asking SINCERELY “please don’t read too much into the CAPS and way i phrased it” i honestly want to know what the majority of viewers think about this or get out of it *example* did you watch it for the humor?? the action?? what was the main thing that kept bringing you back?? YOUR OPINION, not mine… i just wanted to know because I’m interested in the majority’s opinions, PLEASE don’t get offended. like I’ve said i checked it out and got what i got from it…so now i wanted to know what yall got. get it?

  • June 18, 2010 at 7:49 pmX

    AGH! no more Kanade! I cant wait years for the next sequel! Come on, they should make it soon right away! I heard Angel Beats is very popular in Japan with high ratings, even beating K-ON!! in some stations. So I’m hoping that they could make the next sequel as fast as they can just like K-ON!! due to popularity and ratings.

    • June 18, 2010 at 8:00 pmKaisos

      That’s because the Japanese have terrible taste in anime. Ironically.

      • June 18, 2010 at 8:38 pmNice Holystone

        What makes you say that? -_-
        Even ironically speaking, they can’t have horrible taste in anime if they are the creators. You would just be saying anime is a tasteless form of cinema, which is completely outrageous since you are on this site at all.

        Japan seems to have a better view on anime than other countries. (It seems that all the people in U.S. like are Naruto and Bleach, which do not represent what anime is at all.)

  • June 18, 2010 at 7:49 pmTehJawknee

    And this is why people think Haruhi when they see her

    • June 18, 2010 at 7:52 pmamado

      she’s a lot like haruhi in the manga…except more melancholic and somewhat brutal..

    • June 18, 2010 at 9:03 pmClick

      lolwut

  • June 18, 2010 at 7:50 pmamado

    I thought we were gonna have one last song from the girls dead monster band :(
    well not really much development or it ended to quickly to be one, I wonder what next ep will show

    • June 18, 2010 at 7:55 pmTehJawknee

      I really was hoping for at least one more performance, too. If not Little Braver, I’d have chosen Highway Life to see Yui off.

  • June 18, 2010 at 7:56 pmroy

    Burgerx, I disagree. i kind of liked how it went. although it wasn’t really into the plot(like those random comedy episodes), I like the emotions- it felt real. it would be better if this anime had a second season. it kinda feels like it was being rushed. but still, i liked this anime. (btw divine thanks for your review!)

  • June 18, 2010 at 7:58 pmPw3age

    I was expecting the climax to be in the last episode, more like Clannad. The whole idea of some love crazed program had no foreshadowing before this episode, making it seem like a last minute idea that was rushed into the story. Although funny, Angel Beats contained too many “filler” like episodes that added very little to the overall plot, for a 13 episode series.

    I hope the last episode will make up for this, but it seems too much like an epilogue.

  • June 18, 2010 at 8:01 pmFrost

    Is it just me, or did the brown haired NPC girl with Yuri sound a lot like aya hirano..?

  • June 18, 2010 at 8:02 pmakani

    Goodbye GirlDeMo. We shall all miss you and your awesome music so.

    I was seriously scared for Yuri three times in this episode: when she almost became an NPC, when she looked like she was about to go insane with power, and when it seemed like she was going to disappear. I’m glad she made it to the end.

    On a side note, TK’s fighting skills are awesome.

    • June 18, 2010 at 9:06 pmAfallenrock

      Hell yea! TK is my fav char and Matsuhita Dan was skinny?! Awesomely funny interactions with both in this ep and if you look at the new end youll see Dan and TK in the same pose now. The only thing that confused me in this ep is the programmer at the end, id like more story about him if anyone has any info.

  • June 18, 2010 at 8:08 pmSonicFreak

    A New Challenger Appears.so our prediction of Matsushita or Chaa is nothing but a prediction still adding a new character is odd for my side i still wish one of them was the culprit that will add more spice to the story.i wonder how will this end, damn why did i have to end this early this is the only anime that i wish one week could just pass by just to watch it. i really hope they make a 2nd season or something so…..

    Bring on the 2nd Season!

  • June 18, 2010 at 8:26 pmShinjiro

    I really REALLY enjoyed this series from the get-go even with the different character style. Btw, Divine, I hear you when you said you were pretty choked up. I felt the same when I saw Yurippe show some emotions in front of her siblings. I also really enjoyed seeing the connection between Yurippe and Kanade-chan. I got to say I wished they had made this into a much longer run, they would have enough material to do so. All in all, I don’t know how I feel knowing the last episode would come next week. It’s bitter sweet but maybe I had said that for all the series I’ve enjoyed.

  • June 18, 2010 at 8:26 pmFlamingYu

    Finally we can see some Matsushita and TK combo break-dance.
    The other nameless SSS members disappear so “easily”, I don’t get it at all.

  • June 18, 2010 at 8:33 pmbanzemanga

    I still wanted to see what happened to Kanade and her sad life and Yuripe’s life after her sisters died and before she died.

  • June 18, 2010 at 8:38 pmRika

    So Yuri completes a mission and it was enough to overcome her regrets? I guess it made sense and loosen all the knots in her story. I still feel that if Otonashi helped her to move on then it will have a better impact on me. BTW it’s nice to see everyone together especially Yui with Hinata.
    http://randomc.net/image/Angel%20Beats!/Angel%20Beats!%20-%2012%20-%20Large%2017.jpg

    • June 18, 2010 at 8:42 pmZaku Fan

      I liked the end credits scene with everyone in there with updated looks on Otonashi, Hinata, Yui and Matsushita and Naoi and Iwasawa in the pic too

  • June 18, 2010 at 8:41 pmNice Holystone

    This episode felt really rushes. Even though that was to be expected, it seemed so fast-paced that I thought they were ending the series with this episode!
    I wasn’t fully satisfied with that ending to the so built-up climax, but I think the Graduation episode will truly be a tear-jerker. ;_;

  • June 18, 2010 at 8:43 pmIsland Esper

    I liked the camera changes between Yuripe and Kanade that was nice. The end boss is a transient program waiting for activation to kill a bug that was what how when… Neo is that you ?????

    • June 18, 2010 at 9:11 pmAfallenrock

      Lol I think this series has a few hidden references to Matrix in the fact that the world can be edited with computers and yuri reaching the end and being faced with the same choice as neo; Being able to change the whole world and remake it anyway he wanted to.

  • June 18, 2010 at 8:48 pmphilip

    This series is great and all, but it always leaves me wanting more. I watched this 24 minute episode, but it felt like only 10 minutes :[.

  • June 18, 2010 at 9:10 pmClick

    That was actually a pretty funny fight scene with all of the SSS, with Matsushita returning and each character making dynamic entrances. I felt that Key really did a good job with this series and really used up their 13 episodes up well.

  • June 18, 2010 at 9:24 pmzmil

    awesome!!!!

  • June 18, 2010 at 10:03 pmDude

    Kyoani would have taken 2 seasons to straighten this out and deliver something a hell load better.

    • June 19, 2010 at 1:48 amTehJawknee

      This may or may not be true. Although they MAY have stretched it to a 24 episode season, they would’ve tried to cut corners somehow. Also, I don’t know if they would’ve taken the time to carefully do the Girls Dead Monster scenes as well as P.A. Works. Sure, it would have probably looked nicer in some scenes, but it would have probably lost something along the way.

      Believe me, I too thought KyoAni would’ve done a better job when I read P.A. Works was going to be doing it, but they have proven themselves to me in a huge way. My hats off to them for putting out an amazing show this season. Now, if KyoAni wants to pick it up and re-do it a la Kanon in a few years, I’m sure they would strive to surpass P.A. Works and we’ll be in for one hell of a season if/when this happens.

  • June 18, 2010 at 10:04 pmLiberta

    Maeda and Co. Did a pretty bad ass job with the limited amount of episodes they had.

    While it’s practically everyone in the audience wishes to have this extended to a 25/50 episode length series and/or revision, who would complain to have some extra footage of some certain characters XD, the message of the story is the primary focus and I believe that message has been sent out very well.

    I do hope that there will be subbers translating the prequal manga/novels so we all can get a better grasp of the story and also the massive amount of characters XD.

    With Angel Beats! getting close to an End, I do hope but wonder what is next on thier list XD

    To my knowledge, Key is closed to or already have released the Kudo’s Little Busters ‘extended’ storyline and The Rewrite project. I still pray for a Little Busters! Animation XD

    P.S. I will miss Girls Dead Monster *sniff* but your ‘last’ CD is coming out in 1.5 weeks! YAY!

    • June 19, 2010 at 12:13 amchingoo

      I’m gonna miss GirlDeMo too :(
      I also second your movement to see subbed manga/novels

    • June 19, 2010 at 1:16 amIce Block

      • June 19, 2010 at 3:43 amamado

        thanks for the link

      • June 19, 2010 at 3:58 amamado

        thanks for the link, it made me like the pairing of yuriXhinata more,Show Spoiler ▼

      • June 19, 2010 at 11:13 amLiberta

        My “Thank You” can be seen on the further down this blog XD I thought I clicked reply but oh well lol

        I thought Yusa might have been included in the extra chapter, XD but im still greatful for subbers translating these novels =D Thank you very much for those who can translate Japanese <3

  • June 18, 2010 at 10:34 pm109

    Is Takamatsu unsaveable? Still waiting to see Kanade in the ending sequence!

  • June 18, 2010 at 10:47 pmAzureDivinity

    Ah… I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. Angel Beats truly is a masterpiece. I look forward to a happy and tear filled ending. Works by Key~ truly have the power to move ones soul.

  • June 18, 2010 at 10:48 pmSecsuey

    noooooooooooooo
    I still want more angel beast
    and I want to know teshi’s backstory

  • June 18, 2010 at 11:03 pmSilverwolf1492

    Angel beats is amazing! I don’t know how i will survive without this, fma and durarara -.-

  • June 18, 2010 at 11:26 pmdrcnch

    I always enjoy what most people would call “anticlimactic final bosses” because that is how things usually happen: so much build up just to be slapped in the face with how insignificant everything was. The fact that the shadows were being caused by a lingering program of a person who was essentially fighting the world like the SSS was (albeit for different reasons) felt right to me as the members of the SSS are also nothing more that lingering spirits.

  • June 18, 2010 at 11:39 pmSou da

  • June 18, 2010 at 11:49 pmT.K.

    Aw, no pressing buttons for every 108 minutes. However best show this season indeed, and the parallels to LOST is really amusing.

  • June 18, 2010 at 11:51 pmHitsugaya_10

    A great 12 episodes, never regretted picking it up. Now all awaits the final episode.

  • June 19, 2010 at 12:08 amAXO5000

    It might just be me, but I get the feeling that Otonashi could possibly be the programs creator. I mean the description they gave about the creator seem to fit Otonashi perfectly.

    • June 19, 2010 at 2:35 amdivine

      Otonashi’s circumstances mimicked the original programmer’s, except he was trying to help people move on. The fact that some didn’t even when they found love/happiness is what caused the shadows to appear, as the current program is only concerned about getting rid of those who try to linger in this world.

    • June 19, 2010 at 2:39 amZaku Fan

      I think otonashi was another “bug” similar to the program’s creator but not him, since the fellow is still around as an NPC.

      Initially i thought it was Kanade since
      i) she knows how to use it very well
      ii) she displays NPC like qualities and always wears the NPC uniform
      iii) She seems to have been around for a very long time (longer than SSS anyway)

      But then it doesn’t make sense for her to go eat her comfort food of Mapo Dofu and she would have been a “he” prior to becoming an NPC (bleh)

  • June 19, 2010 at 12:10 amUppfinnarn

    Christ did this…?

    • June 19, 2010 at 1:06 amLiberta

      Speaking of Takeyama, where did he go? XDDD

  • June 19, 2010 at 12:12 amchingoo

    Angel beats! :(
    Can’t believe its coming to an end already. But, you know it was a great run <3.
    Luckily for me, my girlfriend got back from Japan and I got three Angel Beats cds (:
    (Iwasawa's, Yui's First, and the OP/ED w/ Kanade on it)

    I see no need for a sequel except to just have more Angel Beats (:

  • June 19, 2010 at 12:27 amRhine

    Peh, it all seems so forced and anti-climatic to me. It seemed like there was just a lot more to this show a few episodes back before Otonashi got self-righteous.

  • June 19, 2010 at 12:36 amCroosboy

    i wonder who created the world that they are in

  • June 19, 2010 at 12:58 amewok40k

    Hmmm have you noticed how Otonashi ended up here – with amnesia? could he be another “bug in the system”?
    I am glad Yurippe has found her peace of mind.
    And the entire “Nakama vs the shadows” battle was epic. I am not even sure who made better impression on me, TK as whirling dervish, Shiina calmly making statement about 100 men she can replace, or any of the other members of the Front.
    But Kanades stands head and shoulders above them all with nuke attack. Starcraft theory fans are going wild, probably.

  • June 19, 2010 at 1:29 amBenigmatica

    http://randomc.net/image/Angel%20Beats!/Angel%20Beats!%20-%20ED1.12%20-%20Large%2001.jpg

    Hmm, I’ve noticed that Matsushita wants to be like TK in that pic…

  • June 19, 2010 at 2:40 amconyo985

    When Yuri reached the room I was totally thinking the architect.

  • June 19, 2010 at 2:57 amKinny Riddle

    Like his role in Evangelion, Ishida Akira just can’t get away from playing a sardonic drone in service of a mindless god-like entity. lol

    It looks increasingly unlikely we’ll see Kanade’s backstory for the last episode, so here’s hoping they release a spin-off/prequel anime or even just a novel on how she came to this world and why she decided to stay behind to help others move on.

    With the limited number of episodes, I thought Maeda and PA Works did a good job in conveying most of what he wants to say for this story, at the expense of many of the interesting side characters’ backstories, which had to sadly and unavoidably take a back seat.

    One can only wish they or another studio like Kyo-Ani work on a remake of this story.

    PS Rather than the Cowboy Bebop movie, the title of this episode refers to the Bob Dylan song, as TK himself puts it clearly.

  • June 19, 2010 at 5:50 amCobalt_wargear

    OMFG this show is freaking amazing! Its ashame that its so short it would have been epic if this a was a 52 ep series. It has consistantly hooked my attention and make me hungry for more. Also to those who say this show is going no all over the place i agree but at the same time look how GitS: SAC was it was the same but was able to flush itself out more. I really hope that this series get a remake in the near future it will be a series worth keeping an eye out for. I am personally calling this series best of the yr!

  • June 19, 2010 at 6:34 amCroosboy

    finaly yuri’s surename is revealed

  • June 19, 2010 at 7:33 amrasone0104

    A 24 ep remake of this series must be made
    It just isn’t right to finish the story without revealing much about the other
    characters. Specifically Shiina and TK.
    Oh yeah Lolz for the new Matsuhida!!!

  • June 19, 2010 at 8:18 amdraksig

    I love this series and only wish they had not rushed it. I wonder if they will try to uncover the identity of the programmer converted into a NPC, and will they try to ‘save’ the other NPC’s that are converted kids? I don’t see them doing otherwise. I would think it is cool if Yuri was the guys lost love.

    I really want to know Angel’s back story, and will she move on when all is said and done or will she stick around to help the next group?

  • June 19, 2010 at 8:51 amChucky

    Could it be that this guy is the one who programmed the Angel Player?
    http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/1379/snapshot20100619174948.jpg

    • June 19, 2010 at 9:40 amKinny Riddle

      Nope. Remember the only humans here are high school kids. Even Cha – whose facial hair did have Otonashi wondering about it.

      This guy here’s an adult, plus the fact he completely doesn’t flinch at the sight of Yuri’s machine gun pointed at him like a human normally would, so he’s obviously just an NPC.

      • June 20, 2010 at 1:39 amLiberta

        The real reason he did not flinch is that his true identity is Wrath and we all know that guns are useless against him HEHEHEHE XD

  • June 19, 2010 at 8:55 amSuppa Tenko

    I think the graduation will be early next episode, and the other half might be spent on Kanade… still they should have spent some more time on TK, he is to awesome and mysterious to just be a background character, he even quoted Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, and the Terminator… its their fault that they had to make TK so awesome, they should take responsibility.

    • June 19, 2010 at 2:26 pmCobalt_wargear

      There is only one thing to say. TASTY………… CANDY! :P

      • June 20, 2010 at 10:03 amShaRMinCXM!

        I agree! Hahas ^^

  • June 19, 2010 at 10:07 amMrRei

    wheeew… i’ve been downloading this.. and waited for the 2nd to the last episode to watch everything… and WOW! i just finished! that was a nice weekend marathon ^^

    now is it wrong of me to want a stuffed-toy kanade? she’s just too cute (I replayed the poping from behind scene immediately after seeng it) >_<

  • June 19, 2010 at 10:30 amLiberta

    OMG THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!

  • June 19, 2010 at 10:31 aminfinite

    I hope they tell us how she died next episode.

  • June 19, 2010 at 11:09 amLaN

    A quickly moving plot aside, man i loved the character interactions in this series. Big reason why I too am feeling choked up after listening to the Otonashi’s preview….

    • June 19, 2010 at 11:10 amLaN

      I* to Otonashi’s preview*

      Sorry,

  • June 19, 2010 at 12:01 pmRockmanshii

    Hahaha when I was watching it I totally forgot it wasn’t the last episode, I thought all the time while watching “hmmm not bad it wasn’t a trainwreck after all” and at the “to be continued” at the end I thought “wtf 2nd season???!!!!”.I’m so stupid.

    Anyway I loved this episode the only thing that felt wrong for me was when Yurippe started going like “I can be god” and started laughing and all, it was so obvious for me that she was about to say “No I can’t do it” that this part of the scene felt useless for me.

    And yeah I was right Matsushita came back from the mountains with super powers to help them I kept telling myself this since last week’s episode.

  • June 19, 2010 at 2:32 pmCobalt_wargear

    can someone plz make the gif for the part where TK goes “tasty candy”????

  • June 19, 2010 at 5:22 pmThomas

    While overall I feel the series is reaching a satisfactory conclusion I am somewhat bummed at how effortless and instant all the disappearances are now. Yes, it sort of had to be this way because of time constraints, but it’s sort of bizarre how it during most of the series people would occasionally move on by reaching a really emotional moment of true satisfaction and now in this episode hundreds of people pretty much just said “Oh, you mean the whole point of this world is to leave? Ok, cya later!” *poof*.

    • June 20, 2010 at 3:58 pmAnjiro

      Disagreed, the Guild has been serving Yurippe and her cause for a while and perhaps being put to use for that period of time and no longer having to fight is what helped them move on.

      The remaining band mates has been able to play several times and if that’s their regret not being able to play as well, then I believe they have accomplished what they wanted as well.

      You don’t have to have a pivotal emotional moment to realize it’s time to move on. You can still have that realization without having it being an epitome of emotional feelings. I think most realizations has been dramatic thus far and this one was more subtle and not so melodramatic which is probably what you’re looking for.

  • June 19, 2010 at 10:44 pmMyssa Rei

    I have to disagree with classifying it as Slice-of-Life. Working!! is SoL, but Angel Beats with its overarching themes and metaplot doesn’t fit it. It’s far easier calling it a Post-life Fantasy with Slice of Life elements.

  • June 19, 2010 at 11:21 pmdmo

    • June 20, 2010 at 3:15 amkarnos

      She is Exia!!!!

      lol

  • June 20, 2010 at 7:14 amSuppa Tenko

    No, she is Strike Freedom :3

    • June 20, 2010 at 9:26 amkarnos

      How about 00 gundam? u can see 2 “GN particle” trails

  • June 20, 2010 at 9:28 amkarnos

    man i cant get enough of yurippe’s fight sequences

  • June 20, 2010 at 11:17 amSilvfer

    Good episode!
    i love this series

  • June 20, 2010 at 5:49 pmEroThraX

    Didn’t the NPC at the computer say the system was to prevent people staying there for eternity with their loved one as if in paradise, not to prevent people from moving on entirely.

  • June 21, 2010 at 2:25 amMinitune

    Earlier in the Series (in episode 1 or 2), there were some scenes with a boy and girl sitting together looking at the sunset. They appeared two or three times and made me wonder if they were real people that decided to enjoy the afterlife and not join in the fight with Yuri’s group. However, since there was no story development into them, I assumed that they were just NPC’s. Could they have been the creator of the Angel Player and the girl he was waiting for mentioned in this episode?

    • June 21, 2010 at 8:26 amMinitune

      Can’t seem to find it in Episode 1 or 2, but your can see them in Episode 3 around 8:17.

      • June 21, 2010 at 9:58 amZaku Fan

        It might have been the creator of Angel Player but the girl wasn’t the girl he was looking for (or i assume some hidden program would have kicked off to reunite them). It might have beem an NPC he reconfigured to
        i) look like her
        ii) love him lots

        And if its true, the Angel Player programmer is one creepy fellow

  • June 21, 2010 at 10:00 amZaku Fan

    Something intresting from Maeda. If its not a backtracking by him, it means that he already spotted some complaints that the viewers might throw. I would add “confusing people who don’t replay episode 12 twice or thrice” to the points he mentioned also.

    http://zepy.momotato.com/2010/06/07/maeda-jun-interview-on-angel-beats/

  • June 22, 2010 at 10:43 amrrw

    the preview of ep 13 is out divine!

  • July 18, 2010 at 12:04 pmjo

    aawwww one of the best eps imo. My affection for Yurippe has grown much in this episode. the scene where she Takes down the whole system was EPICC! and I broke out into tears when she started to cry too! X)

  • July 18, 2010 at 12:07 pmjo

    i just dont understand where that [url=http://randomc.net/image/Angel%20Beats!/Angel%20Beats!%20-%2012%20-%20Large%2035.jpg]guy[/url] came from. seems a liiiittle bit random

  • February 15, 2011 at 9:43 pmBuy Dress

    Awesome,I love Michael Jackson! He was the most talented to ever do it! We will never ever have someone like him! RIP to the GREATEST!