Angel Beats! 03

Angel Beats


Angel Beats

And…. we have our first farewell of the show, Iwasawa-san. So apparently, you don’t just disappear when you follow Tenshi’s orders, but you also disappear when your regrets to your life are resolved as well. Which is what happened to Iwasawa here.

Of course her backstory is also revealed, where she wanted to be a singer but she died from a brain contusion as a result of domestic violence at her home, before she managed to fulfill it. Well, not exactly very tragic, but it is really sad in a way. I think I like her backstory more than Yurippe.

Also, Yuri and gang infiltrate the Angel Area (read: Tenshi’s dorm room) to er, hack in to her PC to discover links from God. So er, yeah, Tenshi is possibly computer-controlled or -aided in some form. Unfortunately, they discover a more disturbing secret; Tenshi hasn’t been getting any help from the Big Old Guy Above, and even her “magic” skills are of her own making. Apparently.

I’ll admit, this episode is more “happening” than the rest and it seems Maeda’s quickening the pace already. We had 2 songs getting live performances, people disappearing and shocking secrets revealed, all in the span of 20 minutes. Maeda’s really ramping the pace up, but then it’s already 3/13, so he does need every minute of his runtime.

So…. let the Wild Mass Guessing begin!


  1. Phuong Said,

    April 18, 2010 @ 1:50 am

    Wow, 3rd episode and we already get a Crowning Moment of Awesome/Heartwarming from Iwasawa.

  2. Anise Punter Said,

    April 18, 2010 @ 1:51 am

    Get chance and well, you know the rest.

  3. Caraniel Said,

    April 18, 2010 @ 2:57 am

    I preferred Iwasawa’s sob story to Yurippe’s too – mainly because it was a touch more believable.

    Tenshi finally showing a touch of personality was the biggest surprise of the episode though!

  4. Gunther Said,

    April 18, 2010 @ 3:25 am

    I believe that this “afterlife” is an artificial world for young trauma patients (or something similar) helping them to recover, hence the school setting of the world. Perhaps they failed to commit suicide or lost their will to live, it doesn’t matter, in both cases, they’ve been placed there by the doctors. I am sure that Otonashi’s amnesia is due to his own trauma which therefore might be intense. If this is in fact true, then Tenshi might be an operator/admin/whatever. To me, what happened in Tenshi’s room is currently the biggest hint to the world itself: If she is able to create those fighting abilities using a computer then this means she can modify herself using a computer then this means she is digital herself. And if she is everyone is.
    Oh yeah: although Iwasawa said her life ended, she could have meant that metaphorically since singing was everything to her. Anime is well known for resurrecting people when you don’t see them dying on screen and up to now, we saw no one do so from the main cast in their past. So until confirmed on screen I state they are still alive.

  5. Yyi Said,

    April 18, 2010 @ 3:29 am

    It’ll be pretty funny if Tenshi is actually a normal human who died because she couldn’t fulfill her role as an effective student council president…and now she’s here in the afterlife and this bunch of rebel students just keep creating trouble for her so she can’t fulfill what she didn’t when she was alive.

    So she ends up developing superhuman capabilities for herself to counter their arsenal of firepower…

    …the afterlife is a scary place…

  6. Maserbeam Said,

    April 18, 2010 @ 3:44 am

    I nearly splooged over my monitor when Tenshi spoke. Not only that, but I have to remember she’s also voicing Sakuya in Kaichou wa Maid-sama. Her voice is so smexy sometimes..

    Yuri seems the one least able to resolve her past because she skipped telling Otonashi how she died. I’m almost expecting the ED sequence to end up being her walking alone, with no additional characters being added, by the last episode. Or a completely different cast, since Iwasawa was replaced by Christ.

  7. arigatou Said,

    April 18, 2010 @ 4:35 am

    Maybe, Otonashi is the god which led him to wipeout his memories so he can mingle and get to know others.

  8. Beruchi Said,

    April 18, 2010 @ 4:47 am

    I think there is more between Yuri’s past (death of siblings) and her own death.

    Tenchi may know (a little) more about the world, so the SSS and the Seitokaichou might join forces to achieve …

    This world could be a stepping stone to “a better world”, so Iwasawa reached the “goal”.

  9. Ice Block Said,

    April 18, 2010 @ 4:52 am

    Perhaps you’ve heard of this already, but when you reverse the ED, it shows them disappearing one by one. The song lyrics also fit very well. See for yourself:

  10. Maserbeam Said,

    April 18, 2010 @ 8:08 am

    @Ice Block:
    I’ve figured as much – makes you wonder if Yuri is the first to arrive and the last to leave. But it’s already “wrong” thanks to Ep 3, because Iwasaki disappeared first and a new character was added; the blonde haired character is untouched. I’m now wondering if the order is significant.

    Haven’t seen that link tho. Cheers for that.

  11. AozuAkazu Said,

    April 18, 2010 @ 9:00 am

    Iwasawa was my favourite character too…

    I did like her story more than Yuri’s too.

    I also like how Maeda is increasing the pace of the show. I’m not going to do any guessing yet. Just going to see what happens in the next few episodes before making a prediction.

  12. Tenryu Said,

    April 18, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

    i was expecting ‘My Soul for You’ coming from Iwasawa for some reason

  13. Steven Den Beste Said,

    April 18, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

    My big guess is that when Otonashi gets his memory back, it’ll turn out that he’s Yuri’s younger brother.

  14. Beruchi Said,

    April 18, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

    I don’t think so, her little brother was like 8 years old, when he died and Otonashi seems to be like 16 years old? (Well there are still no ironclad rule that you are the age you die at, but you don’t age in the afterlife.)

  15. Nestor Said,

    April 18, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

    @Steven Den Beste:

    That’s a nice idea, maybe her brother have actually go to heaven or something, he just go to this place to bail her out. It’s like one of those zen story I’ve read where a monk believe he would go to hell so he could save all the people inside it

  16. ithekro Said,

    April 19, 2010 @ 12:31 am

    So this is where Ayu and Fuko hung out when not interacting with the rest of their respective casts?

  17. Wrathkal Said,

    April 19, 2010 @ 12:31 am

    Anyone think that this ep seems like it might be prophetic in a weird kind of way?

    ‘Going into Alchemy this early?!’

  18. Velore Said,

    April 20, 2010 @ 6:26 am

    Lol, that was one cute sentence, wasn’t it?

  19. ewok Said,

    April 20, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

    well, is it me or the title screen resembles medical monitor lines?
    is this the world maybe where people decide whether to live again or let themselves die?
    and do the title beats mean heartbeats?

  20. Velore Said,

    April 20, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

    Ewok, if that’s so then thanks for killing the surprise :<

    Sounds awfully possible though..

  21. Algester Said,

    April 21, 2010 @ 11:24 pm

    well pretty much I wont be surprised if the story setting is something like little busters, you know the lines somewhere in a virtual realm like how almost all Key themes haved used this setting to begin with and that almost everyone involved in the story is “dead”

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