June 4th, 2010
I guess when you’re dead, it doesn’t occur to you to practice neck breaking moves on something soft.
Most of this episode was spent on a new character, Otonashi Yuzuru, who is a blithering imbecile at least a step or two below Yui. He looks a lot like some other character you might be thinking of, but that’d be wrong. Either that, or the writing staff decided to completely rewrite his character for this week. Oh right, this is Angel Beats. The writers are high off of whatever’s coming out from Demon King’s room plus their own dubious mixture of peyote, markers, and what I suspect is ground up corn flakes. How does nobody else pick up that there’s anything suspicious about Otonashi’s personality completely changing and him insisting that they keep Yuri out of the loop? Oh well, apparently they’re not sticking with this plotline after this episode anyway.
Your enjoyment of this week’s episode wholly depends on how much you like Yui. She’s okay in small doses, but 20 minutes of her shrill shrieking has left me with the curious feeling that there’s a humming bird trapped inside my ear that will take a power drill to remove. TK stole the show in every moment he was in anyway, and he got a lot of screen time this week. Yui was paralyzed in life, so wanted to do everything she saw on TV… only not really, she just wanted somebody to marry her, and luckily, Hinata was lurking around the corner to promise that he’d marry her and Bob’s your uncle. Poof. The song during that scene was nice at least, even if the drama was as manufactured on the spot as ever. I would have preferred to see Kanade attempt to fulfill that dream for Yui anyway. Now she’d be a bridegroom to remember. At least it wasn’t the OP or an unplugged version of the one other song Yui’s been singing since episode 3.
It is also amusing that they’re apparently already abandoning Otonashi saving people to their ‘deaths’ (still betting on the LB scenario here!) to spawn some random monster running around the school next week.