Angel Beats! #05 — The Devil You Know

April 30th, 2010


Yuri, this was the worst bloody plan ever.


I’m glad that the direction is settling down a lot here. The first two thirds were still about 90% increasingly bizarre slapstick about distracting Tenshi so they can sabotage her tests, and featured entirely too much beefcake. That man has no nipples. It’s… terrifying. The last third had a concert shoehorned in for no reason again, but at least it feels like they’ve learned their lesson the last couple weeks when it comes to balancing the comedy and melodrama. This episode had the lightest touch of any so far when it came to the drama and didn’t rely on taking a time-out to flashback and spew it out. Hooray for subtlety. Sure, it’s the subtlety of a rhino in the middle of a hospital, but maybe it’s a rhino hospital. Okay, I think that analogy got away from me… and then robbed a liquor store.

I’m glad that Otonashi is finally trying to talk to Tenshi Tachibana Kanade and thinking about reaching out to her too. Stop drinking Yuri’s kool-ade already. She’s a mean, spiteful witch. Tachibana’s nice, mysteriously a foot shorter than she used to be, and not a mean, spiteful witch. Of course, since Yuri’s grand plan resulted in Tenshi being ousted and the gestapo taking over, there’s also a very good chance that they’ll beat us over the head with that before engaging in some even wackier plan to get the new school president kicked out once everybody learns to appreciate Tenshi… before going back to trying to kill her. But not threaten her student council position anymore, no siree.

The criminal part of this episode though, is that TK didn’t have a single line. What the hell, PAWorks, what the hell?

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27 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Anonymous says:

    They’re totally just bullying Angel.
    Goddamn Yurippe.

  • Anon999 says:

    And no wonder Angel has no friends. Those idiots from the SSS are harassing her.

  • Lero says:

    “The criminal part of this episode though, is that TK didn’t have a single line. What the hell, PAWorks, what the hell?”

    Yuri is really annoying. Get a life!

  • Joule says:

    I can’t wait for the TK episode. It’ll just be him dancing and spouting English for the entire thing.

  • Aex says:

    Yuri just completely screwed herself… that really was a completely stupid plan. There was absolutely nothing to gain outside of Yuri’s personal goals. No possible benefit to SSS at all. Never knew jet propulsion could be that funny though!

    Oh, and Kanade is adorable. Too adorable. “I-want-to-take-it-home-with-me” mode adorable. I was kinda hoping Otonashi was gonna get up and go give her his lunch, and here’s hoping for more interaction between him and Kanade.

  • Anise Punter says:

    “Tachibana’s nice, mysteriously a foot shorter than she used to be…”

    Yeah, that was definitely a WTF moment there. I rewatched episode 2 just to make sure. Why is she so tiny now?

    • Albedo says:

      Why? Because as Working!! beat into our skulls for the past 4 episodes: small things are cute.

      • Anise Punter says:

        *punts Poplar*

        See, I was hoping I wouldn’t have to do that.

        Maybe it’s a swerve by the writers to get us all on Tenshi’s side before she goes totally evil; or something, who knows with this group.

    • Aroduc says:

      I blame the radioactive Japanese schoolgirls.

  • Nanaya says:

    That was… really quite pitiful. She gets everything screwed over by Yuri for no apparent cause or reason, so she goes to get her favorite comfort food and eat it in an empty cafeteria.

    I can see where the second part of what Alex said comes from, Otonashi really needs to switch sides or something, and I think this episode alone created a good fanbase for Tenshi Kanade.

  • Yue says:

  • Roze says:

    WHY !!! Just why !!! yuri what the meaning u doing this to the pitiful lonely Angel T_T u are so cruel !!!! i hate you T_T

  • Kaisos says:

    I bet next episode will make you all really hate Angel again.

    Just wait.

    • Aex says:

      That’ll be tough since I’ve never hated Kanade. She hasn’t really done anything bad since… ever! Things keep blowing up cause everyone flies off the handle whenever she shows up, even though she doesn’t really do anything except kill a few people after they attack her, and since they can’t die anyways, that’s not that big of a deal. She just has a different view point then Yuri, and right now, Kanade is a lot easier to like then her.

      • Aroduc says:

        We’re supposed to hate her because the exposition said so. That’s how Angel Beats works. Duh.

    • Anise Punter says:

      I definitely haven’t ruled out that possibility; though I doubt most people here never hated her. I do think that a lot of the Yurippe-love has been irreparably shattered though.

      If Tenshi’s still like 5’1 I’ll support her but if she’s back to being 5’10 all bets are off. Yeah. I know. My mind operates in strange ways.

      I’m definitely expecting the next episode to be something to set everyone against Angel though, yeah, I see where you’re coming from.

      *punts Poplar again*

  • Fate says:

    The ending of the show made me go “oh lord, more of the same next week”.

  • Albedo says:

    I hope Tenshi comes back and murders the crap out of everyone in this show. That or she and the main character join teams. Screw Haruhi’s purple twin, gray/silver hair + loli figure = win.

  • Nanaya says:

    Place your bets! Will you put your money on…

    1) “Christ” being an enemy agent?

    2) TK being more than he appears to be (as in, someone from one side or other)?

    3) Everybody being Jesus in purgatory?

    4) Tenshi going over to Otonashi and being not-Nagato?

    5) Yuri getting medication for her manic depressive syndrome hit full-force by the consequences of her actions, given that the show just put them into question?

    • Aex says:

      I can definitely see 5 happening sometime soon, and I’m hoping for 4, but that’ll depend on how Otonashi deals with this gestapo bit the new president is throwing.

      As for 1… I can see as much evidence for it as against it.

    • AfroSquirrel says:

      I’ll have to go with #2. Someone else pointed out to me what TK is short for: Tachibana Kanade

  • Yue says:

    i bet my 10 cookies on choice (1)

    because it’s too funny plus he makes an eyebrow-raising claim that he’s the messiah. ^_^

  • Anonymous says:

    Tachibana Kanade.


    Tenshi no Kodou (Angel Beats)


    Mind blown.

  • queenie says:

    I dunno…all I’m gonna say is that when you look at Yuri’s face during the operation when she sees Tachibana, you see her really thinking about it. Well…again, given to what happened to her in the past, she’s probably not the happiest person in the world.

    And just something else: when Otonashi suggests asking Tachibana to switch to the SSS, Yuri didn’t scream at him or totally reject the idea. Maybe she’s thinking about whats gonna happen with the Gestapo reign coming and that having Kanade on their side might not be a bad idea….

  • Kohaya says:

    Tachibana Kanade is actually my favorite character in Angel Beats and I don’t think I can ever hate her. She’s not the type of character that I would hate. Definitely not. I don’t care if audience are supposed to hate her. Every people has their own opinions anyway. That’s also why I didn’t like Yurippe’s plan on this episode. Poor Kanade. I hope there will be some more interactions between Otonashi and Kanade. Oh yeah TK is mysterious and so he’s second to my favorite. Third will be otonashi XD TK is cool lol