Angel Beats! #12 — Reloaded

June 18th, 2010


It didn’t work when the Matrix did it either, Maeda.


Ugh. As the fight scene went on with the shadows, I seriously began to wonder if they were going to do an introduction for every single character popping up to save someone. And then they basically did. Plus a little schtick just to remind you which show you’re watching. Meanwhile, Yuri’s underground and using a scope to shoot an automatic weapon… or philosophizing to herself. And that’s the part that made sense. Yes. TK headspinning down a railing while shooting formless blobs was one of the least inane parts of the episode. It goes without saying that he’s always the best part, but it’s a rare day when he’s one of the more sensical parts.

Eight minutes into the episode, Yuri get dumped into about five minutes of what is definitely not a flashback to her having a mental breakdown in the real world. No siree. Well, aside from the shadows in the schoolyard. After that, Yuri meets the Architect and has to choose whether to save Trinity or save Zion the Programmer and gets a lecture about how the whole world is run by love, love, love and how it drives you crazy enough to reset the world to stop the ‘glitches’ from getting too big. Where have I heard that before? The budget literally ran out at this point and we were treated to the same long drifting stills as they spewed random exposition from someone with delusions of godhood about things unrelated to the protagonists for almost 8 straight minutes. This is not effective storytelling. Any time that a whiteboard would be a more effective tool to display what you’re trying to convey, you’re doing something horribly horribly wrong with your narrative. Not to mention that holy goats am I sick of seeing this shot. Oh wait, now they framed it with Yuri’s legs. We can stretch another goddamned minute out of it.


The point is, this was a pretty bad episode on every front. Poor production, poor writing, the works. The bad schtick during the fight against evil amorphous blobs was the best part of that and the lecture from the completely random ‘god’ figure was the epitome of tedium in every possible way. All that’s left after that is TK headspinning around like a mad top. "Tasty Candy" indeed, TK.

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50 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • john says:

    once again another bad episode this show had huge hopes but just died out fast. everyone would have to agree this show is a massive fail in most if not all aspects wish the huge budget for this show went to Demon lord instead atleast that show with a tiny budget was alot better. all i have to say is every season seems the shows get worse and worse which is sad. hopefully the summer season is alot better then the pretty fail spring lineup

    • XIX says:

      100% AGREED.
      Damn, I guess the change of style for makers the of Clannad and Kanon is MASSIVE FAIL! I mean, wtf is this? The Matrix? The Matrix have plot holes the size of the @*!$%)#$!

    • Arabesque says:

      Even if I don’t think that this show is the best thing ever made, I wouldn’t go as far as say that it failed in its goal. The main downfalls for Angel Beats imo were the awkward pacing and lack of proper build-up (eg. episode 10). Aside from that, it’s just a show with an average-to-high production values aimed to get people to buy its merchandise (light novels, drama cd, etc.) to complement the potential it didn’t realise during its run.

      Also, anime has been getting worse and worse since the beginning of time apparently now

      • Nanaya says:

        I dunno, there are enough that go against that to keep me optimistic each season (Bakatest, for example). I think its more a case of most of the people currently in the production industry not having any damn taste or writing/directing/producing ability (ie cheap labor). Seems to be more based around being a business than anime creation now.

  • Arabesque says:

    ”same long drifting stills as they spewed random exposition from someone with delusions of godhood for almost 8 straight minutes”

    So, Akiyuki Shinbo was responsible for the production of this episode?

    And the motive behind the attacks was love? Um, how does that work?

    • Aroduc says:

      Zing. I was thinking the same thing myself re:Shinbo, but figured that I should give him a break since I’ve been riding him pretty hard for the past few seasons.

    • deaky says:

      Shinbo? Damn, I hope there weren’t too many awkward zooms into people’s irises, I got enough of that in Arakawa this season..

  • redlupine says:

    looking at the screencaps… just how long is Yuri in that Matrix room?

    from pic 59-85 is nothing but that room

    *sigh* just one more episode after this, I can do it. I must persevere.

  • amyable says:

    The story is just a complete mess. And I’m not even that picky when it comes to plot–all I want is to at least make it look that stuff has a rhyme or reason. I mean, why introduce a totally new character as the villain with only one episode to go? When does that ever work?

  • Principality says:

    Brilliant episode, everything is coming together nicely. Maeda is a genius. Key + PA Works joint has proved its worth.

  • Kresnik says:

    It reminds me of Zegapain.
    “What, we’re running out of memory? Let’s push the restart button.”

  • john says:

    HAHAHA how the heck can you say this is good you are insane. this show is just plain BAD no other way to say it terrible plot annoying and confusing character’s. every episode it seems the main character bipolar kicks in. tis show is just a complete mess. i Bet Maeda hired kids to help him produce this dribble. only 1 thing good about this show and thats TK otherwise this might be the worst show ive seen in years. i feel as if every episode i watch is episode 1 and there just doing a do over lol.

    • rozen123 says:

      Yes, and I bet you think that: Haruhi, K-0n, and Lucky star were actually “good” anime. /sarcasm.

  • Dude says:

    KyoAni will fix this pile of crap with 2 seasons of carefully done plot and animation.

    • Haesslich says:

      No they won’t – they’ll just focus on {Y)Ui and a guitar.

    • Aroduc says:

      KyoAni isn’t particularly known for their ability to improvise and they really haven’t impressed me at all since a ton of their top people left.

    • Principality says:

      The same KyoAni that butchered AIR, Kanon and Clannad to hell and back? No thanks.

      • Kaisos says:

        Eh? I wouldn’t exactly call their adaptations “butchered”.

        Then again, you’re a troll.

      • Principality says:

        Cant handle different opinions? You are really mature, Mr. Troll.

      • Kaisos says:

        Yeah, see, thing is, before KyoAni, no one seemed to believe that adaptations could ever be faithful to the source material. Some people STILL believe that.

        If you want to watch something “butchered”, I’d like to direct you to Toei’s horrible Key adaptations.

      • Myssa Rei says:

        Having actually watched Kanon 2002, Kanon 2006 was a MAJOR improvement, and CLANNAD ~ AS’ portrayal of Tomoya and Nagisa’s story, regardless of what you think of the ending, was one of the more powerful in recent memory.

        And no, I don’t think the complainers are a minority in the case of Angel Beats, as one would have to be BLIND not to see how schizophrenic its pacing is.

    • rozen123 says:

      And give us more K-on crap character design. Oh please no! As for KyoAni, there is NO guaranteed that it could have been made better. I am sure they can’t even make AB’s epic op scenes.

      Well if you are going to argue about anime studios, then please look at the mess Xebec made with Pandora Hearts and whatever company made Omamori Himari. Those were good series butchered by the studios.

      • Kaisos says:

        I thought Pandora Hearts was pretty good…

        Furthermore, you’ve clearly never seen a pre-2008 KyoAni show.

  • Kaisos says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This show would be fantastic if it was two cours and thus took the time to set up all its random plot twists.

    As it is, there’s no real emotion behind anything that happens since the characters are so brutally underdeveloped. Also, they need a new scriptwriter; some of the lines this episode were just plain awful.

    I want to stress that this probably isn’t Maeda’s fault, but more the fault of the director and scriptwriter. Angel Beats fails in its execution, not its story.

    • Myssa Rei says:

      The limited episode count REALLY hurt the show, that’s for sure. Again, I’m seriously reminded of Kanon 2002.

    • Bill says:


      Maeda -is- the sole scriptwriter on Angel Beats! He wrote every single episode himself.

      • Kaisos says:

        Yeah, I just learned that now.

        Still, just because he’s credited with scriptwriting doesn’t mean all the decisions are his.

        Some of the lines this episode just don’t make any goddamn sense. It’s like a huge chunk of story and character development were just CUT.

    • Arabesque says:

      I really can’t see anything to be fixed in the show to be honest. Since the beginning, Angel Beats was announced to be a multi-media franchises, with the anime simply being part of the bigger canon.

      In order to get the full story, one would need to watch all the additional material. The anime is simply the skeleton (a very weak one mind you) that needs the rest of the meat to complete it.

      As for whose fault it is … honestly does it matter? You can blame anyone, from Maeda lack of restraint to the hype surrounding the pre-release to even the large cast. At the end of the day, this is still the end product. We can guess what they could’ve done to make it ”work”, but we’ll probably never know.

      • F says:

        Maeda is the biggest to blame for sure. He wrote this script thinking he wrote a masterpiece, saying that “he doesn’t want to work with anyone that doesn’t think it’s great.”
        But also to blame is the producer, biggest Maeda fanboy ever, who basically forced the staff to push Maeda’s original script through, presenting 100% pure Maeda “goodness.”

      • Kaisos says:

        And yet Maeda used to be a very, very good writer.

        So what happened?

      • Aroduc says:

        Even good writers get complacent or just flat out produce stuff that doesn’t work as well as they’d hoped. Not that I’m a fan of his, but nobody has a magical golden touch where everything they produce is amazing.

      • Kaisos says:

        I’m aware of that, but even when good writers are having an off day they’re generally aware that what they’ve produced is crap.

        Judging by Maeda’s comments about the show, he actually seems proud of it…

      • Principality says:

        He is proud because the show turned out to be awesome, and pretty much everyone loves it. A few people that complain about idiotic things like pacing or direction (as if they were experts in those aspects) dont matter in the grand scheme of things. Angel Beats is a quality product.

      • Aroduc says:

        Writing? Pfft.

        Who needs it?

      • Myssa Rei says:

        Principality: Quality in production, yes, but pacing? Hardly.

  • Albedo says:

    Take two:

    NOW! Aroduc, watch the final episode for me so I can see how badly this goes!

  • Pozzy says:

    thank god TK made an epic performance (as usual).

    im surprised they managed to create TK in the first place. hes too good for this show.

  • Anise Punter says:

    I actually thought this was one of the more sensical episodes.

    I think had this just been a random show that we all found this season, it would be an enjoyable trip, but you get all these NAMES and it’s like “…that’s what you came up with? Aren’t you guys supposed to be geniuses?”

    I dunno, I’m just glad it’s been two wonderful Yui-nyan less weeks.

  • redlupine says:

    so, destroying the computers got rid of the shadows… that makes sense, computer programs totally work that way. It’s like if your computer got a virus, so to get rid of it, you go break the creator’s computer.

    I’m sure that also managed to turn Takamatsu back into a human character. Or maybe even reverting the shadows back into NPCs. They said nothing about either, so I’m not sure exactly what was gained from destroying the god computer network.

  • Outer Space says:

    If only this show got 13-39 episodes more, then this must have been an excellent anime.

    Thumbs down for the development and pacing, but I’ll give a good rating for the concept.

  • rrw says:

    to think at this point angel beats suppose to be a “slice of life of group of people at afterlife by exploring many aspect of life”. the reason why it been in chaos is because 1) it a shorts series (only 13 ep)
    2) it cover so many aspect in life like as life it self is complex. form yuri tragic story, to yui Marriage dream. also the comedic value reminiscence the typical happy life such as fishing episode.
    3) SSS confusion of their objective hat the suppose doing in the afterlive. at first they try rebel against god by attacking angel (kanade). then they realize that this is wrong.
    4)this id the first time that Maeda write a story STRAIGHT to anime. I realize that some episode feel like one of the heroine route on visual novel for example yui episode.

  • TJ says:

    That was pretty bad no matter how people try to spin it. The action had its moments, but it was too broken up by the dream sequence and that random explanation.

  • Yue says:

    This show is sooooooooo “BAD“, I’m buying the Dvds. ^_^

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