Angel Beats! 10

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Yuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!! わ~。°(°´д`°)°。~ん

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.

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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 ;_;.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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But…………

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わ~。°(°´д`°)°。~ん

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わ~。°(°´д`°)°。~ん

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わ~。°(°´д`°)°。~ん

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わ~。°(°´д`°)°。~ん

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わ~。°(°´д`°)°。~ん

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.

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This damn dream sequence left me a quivering wreck

Oh Yui, you will be sorely missed.

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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?

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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.

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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!

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Waaah. (monotone)

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:

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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….

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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.

27 Comments

  1. NovaJinx Said,

    June 5, 2010 @ 11:23 pm

    This episode: GOOD RIDDANCE.

    Also fuck yeah TK.

  2. doki doki Said,

    June 5, 2010 @ 11:36 pm

    Yui is really your fav character.
    They reduced Otonashi’s and Tenshi’s intelligence in this episode..

    However, the ending [shadow monster attacking] is annoying.

  3. Shin Said,

    June 6, 2010 @ 12:40 am

    http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/678372/

  4. DocAstaroth Said,

    June 6, 2010 @ 1:04 am

    @ Shin

    Fact: 90% of all Fanart is Crap.

    Exception: THIS!

  5. Ryan A Said,

    June 6, 2010 @ 2:32 am

    Just won’t be the same without the good girl. :3

  6. Rockmanshii Said,

    June 6, 2010 @ 4:29 am

    Wow just with this episode we lost a lot of things no more GalDeMo concerts and no more Yui being dumb and awesome.

  7. AozuAkazu Said,

    June 6, 2010 @ 5:31 am

    わ~。°(°´д`°)°。~ん

    Yui seriously went from a character I didn’t really care about to one I really loved the most. Second behind Iwasawa in my case ;_;

    Key need to stop doing this to me ;_;

  8. Skribulous Said,

    June 6, 2010 @ 7:25 am

    @Shin

    And it’s ALL YOUR FAULT, YOU HEARTLESS MONSTER. ;_;

  9. anon Said,

    June 6, 2010 @ 9:19 am

    “the cruel angel…”

    zankoku na tenshi no you ni…
    shoujo yo shinwa ni nare!!

    shoujo = kanade tachibana (angel)

    anyone had this song playing in their head when she said that?

    or is the latest evangelion movie corrupting my brain…

  10. hafizan89 Said,

    June 6, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

    the last anime that made me feel the same as this episode was clannad after story…

  11. Hyosuke Said,

    June 6, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

    “This damn dream sequence left me a quivering wreck”

    Oh god you weren’t the only one. It was obvious that they were going to send her off but I wasn’t really feeling the emotional pull I would have liked while Otonashi went about his haphazard ways to fulfill her dreams. Of course while I had a feeling Hinata would get involved once he saw them practicing baseball. I never imagined he would make a confession like that. I was already close to tears as he poured his heart out but then they showed that dream sequence…UGH!!… and they played that song as well….UGHH!! I was just a mess after that. I still can’t watch the ending without crying. It just really hit me. Yui was already my favorite character and this episode confirmed it. Angel Beats isn’t going to be the same now. Goodbye days indeed.

  12. Chumara Said,

    June 6, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

    Yui is DA BOMB, how’s the rest of the show going to be without her cheeriness? Where’s more GirlsDeMo gonna come from? There’d better be more at least..

  13. doki doki Said,

    June 6, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

    In the dream sequence, Yui was holding the baseball although she can’t move when Hinata came to retrieve the ball.
    When will they release the single for song [My Precious Treasure]…
    Similarity between both of them:
    Both was hit by a vehicle: Truck and car

    Difference: Hinata [Died n the spot]
    Yui [Paralyzed]

  14. Maximilian Said,

    June 6, 2010 @ 6:18 pm

    What, no mention of the song that was played during that emotional scene? Dunno about you but that song doubled my tears while listening; and I’m still listening to it in the background.

  15. zomglazerpewpewpew Said,

    June 6, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

    @doki doki

    Hinata got killed by a truck? Is it from the novels?

  16. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    June 6, 2010 @ 11:01 pm

    @Shin: Hurr that fancomic made me tear up a bit. Seconded, DocAstaroth, seconded.

    @Rockmanshii: Frankly GDM was kinda neglected after episode 4-5 anyways.

    @anon: No, not really

    @Hyousuke: It was really that song that provided the final punch. It was like AIR’s Natsukage during the final episode. Derp.

    @Maximilian: Find me someone who doesn’t think the song at the end was awesome and I’ll show you what a heartless person looks like.

  17. akani Said,

    June 7, 2010 @ 9:39 am

    Goodbye, Yui. We shall all miss you so. ;_;

    That part was the only time I cried in Angel Beats so far, the song really added the impact it needed. Much like the scene in CLANNAD AS in the field of sunflowers, it was really when the orchestra part kicked in when you started bawling with Tomoya and Ushio…

  18. Beruchi Said,

    June 7, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

    @zomglazerpewpewpew

    Yes, Hinata getting killed by a truck was from the novel and from the Manga as well.

  19. K_S_ Said,

    June 7, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

    The Shadow’s identity is… really just a shadow o.O:
    http://img541.imageshack.us/img541/3738/angelbeatspvep11shadow.jpg

    As it could be expected, it can possess people:
    http://img251.imageshack.us/img251/42/angelbeatspvep11possess.jpg

    Also next ep we’ll have Tenshi growing wings:
    http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/4980/angelbeatspvep11tenshiw.jpg

  20. charizardpal Said,

    June 7, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    I thought this was one of the better episodes. Earlier I hated Yui, but I actually liked her in this episode.

  21. babohtea Said,

    June 8, 2010 @ 2:45 am

    you conveyed my thoughts perfectly: inconsistent plot.

  22. Bill Said,

    June 8, 2010 @ 10:12 am

    http://kurogane.animeblogger.net/image/spring2010/angel_10_27.jpg

    Cruel Angel’s thesis…

  23. Algester Said,

    June 8, 2010 @ 11:56 pm

    so with Yui’s mom it looks like its official that Key likes MILFs for some reasons unknown….

  24. ayano Said,

    June 19, 2010 @ 11:24 am

    ‘hi. just want to ask ‘coz i’m really confused.. Does hinata really love Yui? or is it Yuri that he likes? I was confused by the picture of Yuri holding by hinata during the end of this episode. thank you.

  25. SuYam Said,

    July 9, 2010 @ 9:21 am

    Air reference :D.

    The stuffed dinosaur and the little dog (Potato^^) come from Air.
    Look at the picture where you said “Oh damn you Maeda.”

  26. sirrequiem Said,

    July 19, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

    I just gotta say… this episode KIND of disturbs me.
    It was all nice and then when the mood changed dramatically i knew “it” was going to happen.
    Of course, I thought Otonashi would fail being the nincompoop that he is, but he got some real help and Yui disappeared.
    Now what kind of disturbed me is how wholeheartedly they WILLINGLY make someone disappear…. I mean the assumption that we’ve believed that the anime has built around is
    DISAPPEAR = BAD
    I mean… its kinda like ANOTHER death, subsequent to the first one. It feels kind of… wrong, like Otonashi and Hinata intentionally wanting her to disappear, when before the SSS did everything in their power to stop the disappearance.
    I know, i get what they’re saying, that by disappearing you’ll have no regrets…
    But I REALLY WANNA SEE YUI AGAIN.
    ;_;

  27. Joie Said,

    December 17, 2010 @ 8:10 am

    I loved this episode……because they got rid of Yui.

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