“We have no choice but to accept the one and only life we’re given, no matter how cruel and heartless it might be.”
Otonashi awakens only to learn he is dead. A rifle-toting girl named Yuri explains that they are in the afterlife, and Otonashi realizes the only thing he can remember about himself is his name. Yuri tells him that she leads the Shinda Sekai Sensen (Afterlife Battlefront) and wages war against a girl named Tenshi. Unable to believe Yuri’s claims that Tenshi is evil, Otonashi attempts to speak with her, but the encounter doesn’t go as he intended.
Otonashi decides to join the SSS and battle Tenshi, but he finds himself oddly drawn to her. While trying to regain his memories and understand Tenshi, he gradually unravels the mysteries of the afterlife.
(Source: [Written by MyAnimeList Rewrite])
Angel Beats starts with the story of Otonashi that awakens and not knowing that he is in the afterlife. At first he didn’t believe that he was already dead but once he approached Kanade in an attempt to ask her where the hospital is, he got stabbed by Kanade. Otonashi woke up in a room where there are group of people inside. This group is led by Yuri, the Shinda Sekai Sensen (Afterlife Battlefront) which is their task is to have a war against a girl named Tenshi (Kanade).
All of the characters in this anime are all dead, how did this became an emotional anime? Well, because they all died but they didn’t accomplish their goal when they were still alive or they died without knowing what to do. They are put in the afterlife to accomplish that certain goal that they want to achieve when they were still alive.
I’m just going to do a quick review on the characters because there are so many characters in the story.
Otonashi had an amnesia which made him forgot how he died, you will soon find out how he died and it was really depressing.
Yuri is the leader of the Shinda Sekai Sensen (Afterlife Battlefront) and she died in a certain situation where it was a painful and a horrifying experience.
Kanade was also known as Tenshi or Angel, but she is actually a human who also died and haven’t completed her task or goal when she was still alive. She died because…………….. wait if I tell her how she died it will now be a spoiler, so no, I’m not gonna write here how she died.
The storyline here is pretty simple and understandable. The afterlife is a place where they will accomplish their goal in life when they were still alive. The anime is only 13 episodes short but it also have a huge impact on the emotional content (also known as “feels” factor). Combine the soundtracks and the scenes where , where……. this is another spoiler but I guess I’ll just have to not say it. Let’s just say that if you combine the soundtracks or the background musics to the emotional scenes, you will have a one ticket on the feelicopter through Feelsville.
So in overall, if you want an emotional anime that will leave your heart empty inside. You should try watching Angel Beats, prepare some tissues though.