Just a quick post talking about the unique situation I have with Angel Beats and how I use it as a stress reliever.
Angel Beats is a flawed and rushed show. Many characters were barely give characterization, it relied heavily on a lot of cliches or melodrama, the designs are uninspired, and it tried to be a lot deeper than it was. I should really not like it.
It’s also insanely good at making me cry.
What it lacks in polish, it makes up for with genuine heart. You’ll be hard pressed to find a person who didn’t feel even a tug of pity for Iwasawa during her rendition of “My Song”.
The singer did a fantastic job of vocalizing the pain and sorrow Iwasawa experienced, as well as her slight relief at closure by the end. As a recent adult who just turned 20 last month, one of my greatest fears is not being able to accomplish what I want because of an untimely death. Death itself doesn’t scare me.
Lastly,that graduation scene is just pure sobfuel. I’m graduating in 2 months. Rewatching that scene now is hitting way too many points for my fragile emotional state. Ever since I graduated high school, I’ve lost touch with so many friends that I once believed I’d be forever with, and it hurts. I miss them everyday, but Angel Beats captures the sad acceptance that that we may never meet again in the most comforting way possible.
Man, Angel Beats was such a waste of potential.