|Medium:||visual novel, anime, light novel, manga, OVA|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
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Angel Beats! is a franchise consisting of a thirteen-episode anime (plus two OVAs and a short epilogue), which was followed by four manga, a light novel (adapted into one of the manga), and a visual novel—all developed by Key/Visual Arts.
The story follows Otonashi, an amnesiac teenager who finds himself enrolled in the "afterlife school", a limbo-like threshold in which the deceased must let go of their worldly attachments before passing on to the afterlife. His rifle-wielding classmate Nakamura "Yurippe" Yuri then recruits Otonashi into the Shinda Sekai Sensen (Afterlife Battlefront), a paramilitary organization with a purpose to defeat Angel, the student council president, for supposedly working for God, whom the SSS blames for their suffering in life.
Reception and Reaction
People praise the series for its characters, creative plot, and emotional scenes. The anime also received a similar response, but was criticized for being too short at only 13 episodes. The anime adaptation currently holds an 8.1 user rating on IMDb, an 8.5 user rating on MyAnimeList, and holds an excellent user vote on Anime News Network.
Fan Communities and Archives
- FanFiction.Net (FFN): Angel Beats! stories and crossovers
- Archive of Our Own (AO3): Angel Beats! works
- DeviantArt: Angel-Beats
- Pixiv: #AngelBeats!, #エンジェルビーツ
- Reddit: r/AngelBeats
- Know Your Meme. Angel Beats! (Accessed Apr 2021.)
- IMDb – Angel Beats!
- MyAnimeList – Angel Beats!
- Anime News Network – Angel Beats!