Sometimes life isn’t fair and it shows in this anime, Angel Beats. Otonashi, a boy who lost his memories of his life after dying meets Yuri, a girl who invites him to join the Afterlife Battlefront. Afterlife Battlefront is group of students who refuse to pass on because of the cruel life they led before their death and blame God. The organization just lives day by day fighting a battle against Kanade, student council president who they deem as “Angel” because of the reputation of any who approach her get obliterated. Angel is a girl who has supernatural powers and fights against the SSS. Angel creates her powers with the aid of a computer program called Angel Player. They also perform elaborate schemes to aid them in their fight.
Angel Beats! takes place at a high school acting as a limbo for those who have died, where students learn to give up any lingering attachments they still have from life before passing on. The rest of the afterlife school is populated by a large number of “normal” students and teachers Yuri deems “non-player characters” (NPCs) as they are not human, but look and act the part.
The story is one of the most original I have seen yet and the plot development is fantastic. The character are all quite unique with easy ways of identifying them along with their personalities. The story can really tug on your heartstrings but also has some good comic relief to keep a good pace going. I truly recommend this anime for any viewer who would like to watch a nice short series that is emotional and unforgettable. This anime only falls short of an instant classic because of lack to cover everything but is done so to avoid plot holes.
This anime pulls enough (heart)strings to get 4 and a half Dashes of Battle out of 5