"I felt as left out before the credits as I did when I watched the ending of season 1 to Umineko... and Angel Beats is supposed to end here. Gah." That's just summarizes it... In Umineko, that also knocked it down from 7 to 6 after an encouraging penultimate episode and last ep preview. So these two shows to me just ended up in the same place, shows that I have a soft spot for because of my love of their previous works. Of course both shows also display flashes of that brilliance but just not enough.
But yea, 13 episodes was just too little. I think the main problem was priorities-- they were just missing steps that could have made it a bit better.
But then again, this seems to be an issue with short anime like this. Most of the time people trip up bad even with 24-26 episodes. But even in those cases, they can try to make saving throws, like in Fate/Stay Night, and maybe Evangelion.
Then again, I might just be expecting too much, but I guess it's only natural since my favorite anime Higurashi had 2.5 seasons and had a lot of build up for its deserved ending , and Clannad had to do that as well.
Then again, I guess I won't be too harsh in my own review. I think Jun Maeda is good at stirring emotions but not that great at making sense. I don't think I can avoid cross referencing the other Key works such as Air and Kanon when I write something, so it may be nice for you to watch those at some time.
Oh yea, Rewrite the VN is something to look at; I really wish for an anime adaptation of this in the far future. It is Key and Ryukishi07 (Higurashi)! It could possibly be the most awesome thing ever.
I've found that endings, in general, aren't something that anime really does that well. For whatever reason. I was relieved that there was not a huge plot twist in the final episode of Angel Beats! that totally changed things up again... but Otonashi's sudden panic and double-thinking of his plan did strike me as a bit odd, and forced. Not that the expression of his love for Tenshi wasn't sweet of course; it was very sweet.
Ultimately, I think that Maeda just tried to do way too much for a 13 episode series. Angel Beats! was like Code Geass in that it tried to have a little bit of everything (great fights, romance, slapstick comedy, an unusual setting, lots of quirky characters, numerous shout outs, a mix of many different genres, etc...). But while that worked pretty well for Code Geass (Season 1 anyway), it didn't work as well for Angel Beats! because Angel Beats! never had enough episodes to make it all fit. 13 episodes just wasn't enough for what Maeda was aiming for in total, and that's why it feels like a bit of a mess to a lot of people.
I might write up one final blog on Angel Beats! later today or tomorrow. Would you be interested in reading that?
I.... am so pissed at the last episode of Angel Beats lol. Here is a more descriptive version of why. There were some parts I really liked but to me it felt as disappointing as the last episode of Umineko (another one that should have been really great but wasn't. I dunno, for next week's overall thread, I feel like downrating this to a 6 again-- but I do want more input in this matter since I can't really look at this clearly atm.
Yeah, I was mainly intending to just throw the idea out there, since I felt it was worth discussing.
I don't expect the neg rep aspect of the rep system to go away, but I don't see any harm in simply discussing if it's worth it or not.
An idea that's recently gained some traction on that thread is the idea of getting rid of anonymous reps. Now that I really like, and I'm very cautiously optimistic that this idea might go somewhere, lol.
Nice work in the feedback thread. I'm almost certain it won't change even though this kind of crap does seem to make people really mad, but it's nice to throw stuff out onto the floor.
I think the real reason people are annoyed is because these forums are generally a pretty inoffensive place, or at least if you try to post something dumb, you have to live with the consequences. In general, this site is very very clean when it comes to the internet as a whole.
I've noticed there's significantly more negging in discussions about subs. Personally, I'm not the type to need to have honorifics and such (I would actually just prefer that generic yellow txt most of the older works had.) But someone just seems overly indignant about it.
I also realize that mentioning rep also causes people to neg more. But that's fine. Being a master troll myself, they would just know they can't win in an extended debate j/k, slightly
It's great that we both enjoy long, detailed anime reviews that's willing to be honest, even about the flaws. Now, if only I could finally get around to writing more of those anime reviews on my blog...