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Angel Beats! Complete Collection
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It sucks being dead. Sucks even more to be trapped in a surreal afterlife where you're caught between the living and the dead-where a mysterious, violent Angel is trying to pull you over to…somewhere. What do you do? Well, if you're this group of rough-and-tumble teens, you grab every weapon you can get your hands on and give Heaven hell! High-caliber action and locked-and-loaded comedy meet on a rock and roll battleground in Angel Beats!
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i don't really want to spoil anything about it because knowing too much about the story would make it less impactful, and i am sure there are many reviews about the story that are much better than anything i could write, so instead i will talk about this release.
the video quality is what i would expect from a blue ray release. there is no artifacting, the image is nice with sharp lines and good color. the audio quality is good in both english and japanese.
i do start to take issue with this release starting at audio tho. This disk was the first i heard the english voice actors... i usually don't like english over japanese, so you can disregard this if you love english more, but i felt that the english actors lacked the "hot bloodedness" to accurately portray their roles for the most part. i understand that some of that has to do with the fact that english really has very little vocal variance compared to japanese, so it makes it less expressive, but for instance the in OVA much of the feeling is just not there. i also don't like some of the changes to the dialogue to make it fit english grammar better. like if a character says "Cuuuuu~te!" in japanese it was translated as "It's so Cuuute!" while it is more grammatically correct, it isn't uncommon for us to speak incorrectly for emphasis... unless it really is and i just picked it up from anime :p
now that isn't to say i actually love the japanese in this case... the subtitles are really boring, they are the standard yellow bs subtitles. i find that they really take a lot away from the art style when they are so terribly done. so for this release i actually would watch in english probably. perhaps i am spoiled by the fansub community because i first saw this series from the Coalgirls 1080p release. They have very attractive fonts a different one for the op and the rest of the show, And each character has a different colored font shadow that is the same color as their hair. this makes it extremely easy to tell what dialog is whose.
i really wish that these companies would put a little bit of effort into their releases. i am glad that i can get this amazing show for so little as opposed to importing, but i think for 40-50$ (and especially 70 which is the MSRP) they could afford to put in more effort than slap all the episodes on a disk.
the menu interface is a still image, with no background music. the audio select screen is unintuitive at best and non-functional at worse, and the most special feature there is is a promo video, which is just an advertisement...
i mean the japanese releases have behind the scenes information, director interviews, and other songs by GDM.
All that being said i do think this show is worth it because it is so good. Even if i had seen the show 5 or 6 times before buying it, i would still say this is a good purchase because it helps ensure other great series get picked up.
i just hope funimation gets the next super awesome series.
Like everyone shows, to me, this show deserves NO LESS than 4 stars...IF THAT LOW. I don't want to describe the show to you but I will describe the overall plot. Everyone is dead & stuck in Purgatory (Limbo). They either have the option of fighting to stay in a high school that's used as Purgatory or being Obliterated (pass on or be reincarnated) by the resident Angel. Nobody can die...or at least stay dead...when shot or dealed a lethal blow but they still feel all the pain of the death blow.
The show is extremely funny because people die over & over for stupid reason but eventually come back in a few hours. So, you don't feel sad for the death of your favorite character. It will give you the background of characters to explain how they ended up there. So, there will be sad points here & there but not to the point where you'll flow with tears. It's perfectly balanced with sadness & hilarity. Overall, this show is a must have for any anime collection & its good for all ages. Most likely PG rated to me. No fan service & little to no foul language. I'll treasure this particular DVD for the rest of my life
In terms of quality; I really do have to give props to Sentai Filmworks. I remember buying an anime DVD set (a premium edition no less) a few months ago, and when comparing it to the encodes I had gotten offline, I noticed the DVD's were inferior in quality. So upon first getting Sentai's blu-ray set, I immediately began comparing its quality to both the best encodes you could get offline, and the original Japanese source (I have the original blu-ray discs). I noticed they were all about equal in quality, meaning Sentai's blu-ray set was neither inferior in quality to the encodes, nor the original Japanese source. The audio was crisp and the video quality was top-notch!
I would consider purchasing this series if you're interested in a story driven by emotion. Angel Beats! is an emotionally powerful anime, but its plot lacks... a lot, in terms of consistency. In only 13 episodes it tries to introduce too many characters, and thus crowds the series. The ending does seem a bit contrived, even if it is beautiful in its own way, and although the main characters are extremely likable, their stories are far too short, as the series, with its short duration, doesn't allow any indulging from the viewers in this respect. I do, however, recommend this series and don't want my criticisms to be a deterrent, just something to look out for.
My rating: 4.5/5
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