Dear Otonashi’s Diary,
This is Yuri speaking here. I felt the need to write about what happened to me recently, so I’ll be using Otonashi’s diary for now.
While Otonashi and everyone else were fighting the shadows above ground, I was in the guild fighting off the shadows there. Seriously, they are everywhere. Just as I start to run low on bullets, Chaa hands me another gun before disappearing. Awesome. As I thought about how I want to be able to save everyone like how I wished I could have saved my siblings, I get eaten by a shadow. Really? Why’d I suddenly stop and leave my guard down? Did I suddenly think it was safe after seeing all those shadows around?
Dream time! I’m suddenly an NPC, living a normal high school life. Something just feels off though, like I’m supposed to be a leader of a battlefront against God and defeating shadows. Once I deem life as an NPC unacceptable, I’m saved by Otonashi and Kanade.
Otonashi and everyone held back the shadows while I find an unnamed dude who has a voice similar to Akira Ishida. He’s behind turning the NPCs into shadows. Apparently, he found love in the world, and he had to get rid of it or this place would turn into a eternal paradise. The dude who created him turned into an NPC as well. Er, this was kind of out of the blue. Were there any hints on this at all? Akira Ishida then told me I could become God, causing me to do a light version of a Higurashi laugh. In the end, I shoot all the computers and save everyone. Plus, my siblings told me I’ve done enough. I guess it’s time for me to move on and disappear.
…I’m still here? Seems like I have to graduate.
Well, I really liked this episode. Things coming down to love? Cheesy, but it’s done right. It’s talking about the sisterly love Yuri feels toward the SSS as well. It makes sense too. Though, when he said love appeared, I immediately thought of Yuzuru/Kanade and Hinata/Yui.
I’m also a fan of episodes that show an alternate reality. It’s just interesting to watch, especially when the character knows something is up. It would have been cool to extend that, like showing her going to her dorm or eating lunch.
This episode also really makes me like Yuri even more. Her laugh was kind of scary though, but she still made the right choice. After all the Kanade they gave us, it’s really nice to focus on Yuri. After all, it was ‘Hey Yuri! Here’s her sad past…Okay, bye Yuri! Time to focus on Kanade!’ since the beginning. I really like how Maeda had her siblings tell her she’s done enough. Although I felt nothing for her past, I felt touched at that scene. It makes sense they want her to pass on in the final episode, but after that scene, I couldn’t help but feel it would have been better if she moved on in this episode.
Unnamed dude as the last Big Bad? Dude, give him a name at least. The whole story about the guy waiting for his loved one felt…meh? Turning himself into an NPC? Hey, it’s the new suicide. There were no real hints on this either. Jeez, you know, I don’t really care anymore. Angel Beats seems to be going for a happy-ish end, and that’s all that matters. Maybe we get to see their reincarnated selves meet again?
Like I said in my last post, I don’t really want Kanade’s past to be revealed in the last episode. It’ll feel out of place. Her story should have been revealed during her own arc. Ah, well, we might not even get to see her past, which would also be disappointing.