Angel Beats, episode 3 – Light music

So in the first three episodes, there’s been more musical performances than there were in the first full season of K-ON. What do I think of that? Hmm… KyoAni, you lazy bastards! AIC PA Works is kicking your asses!

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So it’s par the course in a Key show for everyone to have a tragic past. In this episode, Iwasawa, GirlDeMo’s lead singer and guitarist, continues the trend when we learn that in a cruel twist of fate, just when she thought she had become free from her wretched home life, she suffers a stroke and loses the ability to sing. Although again, we don’t learn exactly how she died. The difference between the tragic backgrounds of AB’s characters and the tragic backgrounds in any other Key drama is that I think the justification is a lot better in AB (whereas there is no justification in Clannad, Kanon or Air, except to open the harem routes). Why would you rebel against God? Probably because you were pissed off at him. So it makes sense that the members of Yuri’s gang have suffered through some real crap while they were alive.

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We also got our first glimpse of Angel’s personality. It was just a split second. But between this and the revelation that she creates her own powers like the Guild mechanics create weapons, it leads Yuri to believe that there is no God, and Angel might be not that different from the rest of them. Angel’s comment about "being the bad guy" seems to hint at that as well. I wouldn’t mind learning more about the NPCs. They have a surprising amount of feistiness to them. It seems like they’re living fulfilling, if ultimately hollow lives.

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Losing Iwasawa was a bit of a shocker to me. I knew these guys can’t die, but I totally took for granted that they could still disappear. But not only do you disappear if you obey what Angel says and live a normal student life (wouldn’t you still exist as a NPC then?), but if you disappear if you accept your fate. That seems to suggest that all of these guys will eventually disappear (except maybe Otonashi), if they eventually find and/or defeat "God." Since that’s their reason for living.

Anyway, another excellent episode, and I was really impressed by the concert scene. It didn’t have the same cool effects as the first concert, but the performance might’ve run even longer this time around. AIC PA Works must be really putting their all into this.

2 Replies to “Angel Beats, episode 3 – Light music”

  1. ❗ I’m not convinced the characterization of other students as NPCs is accurate. Remember that that idea comes from Yuri, and she was the one who named “Tenshi” (who denied being an angel in the first episode). Basically Otonashi is assuming Yuri knows what she is talking about, but this episode gives us a second reason (the discoveries in Tenshi’s dorm room) to think her explanations are unjustified.
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    1. Ah you know what… that’s a really good observation. Everything we know about the world and its people are just what Yuri’s told us isn’t it? Perhaps all of its a little suspect.

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