Let’s get down to it. This episode was unabashedly focused on Yui. While not exactly everyone’s cup of tea, Yui has slowly and surely made her presence known to all of us as one of the most hyperactive and ‘genki‘ types of the SSS members, and to me, a reliable source of comic relief that never fails to make me laugh wholeheartedly at her antics.
One of the main reasons that I’ve grown fond of her is mainly because she constantly and genuinely looks like she’s enjoying herself at all times, no matter what she is doing, whether she’s singing, annoying the heck out of Hinata, or sacrificing herself for the team. And we get to see why this episode.
Confirmed Mother of the Year
So basically, she was paralysed from a very early age onwards and had a live a very boring life bedridden at home, not being able to do anything. Thankfully, her mother must be some sort of saint in her previous life and dedicated her life to taking care of Yui, so surprisingly Yui didn’t really have any negative emotions. In fact, I think what is most admirable about her is how she didn’t curse her situation or anything and actually felt bad because of it, her mother had to dedicate her life for hers in a rather more demanding manner than normal. Oh Yui ;_;.
Oh damn you Maeda.
Her hyperactive, random facade is really a reflection of her time spent watching the idiot box, since there really isn’t much she can do. I guess that explains why she tends to talk impolitely, must’ve watched quite a few yakuza movies in between the soccer, music, pro-wrestling and baseball. Imagine what would’ve happened if she asked Otonashi to be a wakagashira or something XD.
But really, her entry in the afterlife and subsequently gaining usage of a working body and what she does with it is the most admirable aspect of her that I find.
She pretty much feels extremely grateful for being able to do all the things denied to her all this while and actually works as hard as she can towards achieving those goals, even if it might be a be overbearing at times. But hey, this is someone who has been denied so many things for so long a time, and she even recognizes there are some things that will still be impossible for her to achieve immediately… like this.
Hinata really stole the episode this week with his heartfelt confession to Yui, a wish that even she herself thought would not be granted given her condition. And Hinata’s confession (which I called on since episode 4!), while a bit cheesy, really had conviction behind it that all but made up for it and really hit home with me. I really thought better of him now. He’s a real Man™ and a real Bro™ as well.
This damn dream sequence left me a quivering wreck
Oh Yui, you will be sorely missed.
Cute, but amazingly stupid too.
Of course, while this episode was amazingly good, it also had its terrible parts too. For one, Otonashi’s really turning in to some sort of self-sworn Messiah at the cost of his intelligence or something. What the heck was he smoking earlier in the episode when he told Tenshi to make some wings?
Or when he got the other 4 idiots to believe that Tenshi wrote some random-ass challenge letter? Even Noda, the stupidest of the bunch says it’s stupid. Which makes it quite official, really.
And while he helped do a lot for Yui this week, in the end he still didn’t really do much since Hinata stole the final ‘push’ from him. Oh well, I guess he did sacrifice his body quite a bit…
Tenshi…. on the other hand, while extremely cute at parts and all (the “Waah..” was really cute), just came off as a little puppy dog following her master’s (Otonashi) crazy ass schemes without any doubts or questions. Very contradicting with the smart and cool impression they’ve been building her up all this while…. but I guess it’s been gone since the Monster Hunter episode and the subsequent clone shit. God, stop being so wishy-washy with the characterization Maeda!
Finally, the ending cliffhanger is really driving the limits of my suspension of disbelief as well. Suddenly there’s a random new enemy consisting of some weird-ass shadow that is attacking the SSS people. This tendency to keep introducing new antagonists and plot directions without actually keeping properly to them is getting amazingly fucking annoying. I just hope 11 won’t be terrible like episode six. Oh well.
Other random things in this episode:
T.K. is really a force of nature. And this episode also had plenty of him! Man, it’s sad we probably won’t be getting any episode solely focusing on him. If he turns out to be God though….
And Tenshi is now a Protoss-Zerg hybrid. Seriously.
P.S. I realized that both the episodes of Angel Beats! that I double blogged was due to Yui. Hurr.