Angel Beats, Episode 4.5: Oh Geez!
Have just seen the Angel Beats OVA (episode 4.5), & wish I hadn’t. I guess I’ll start with the premise.
Scheming to get face to face with GOD (Insert lightning flashes & peals of thunder.), Yuri cooks up a plan (Operation High Tension Syndrome) wherin everyone pretends to be fired up/enthused over school activities for a period of 12 hours. Of course, since they’re faking it, & thus not finding “fulfillment”, none of the gang will vanish “in the twinkling of an eye” (Take THAT, Hal Lindsey!). This is to confuse Angel/Kanade into thinking something isn’t quite right in the “matrix” & she’ll run to the Supreme Being and report. Yuri & co. are to follow her and finally confront the “Uncaused First Cause”. If the operation is unsuccessful, everyone (Except Yuri) is to go on a seven day waterless fast!
This is kind of like the dog who chases cars. What’s he gonna do with it if he ever catches one? I’m no theologian but I think God’s a little bigger than a Buick & I’m including the 1960s/70s “Deuce & a Quarter” in that estimation. Details ….. details …..
Did I say the gang was to be fired up? More like exploding! To anyone who wanted to see other members of the SSS be more like Yui (An irritatingly hyperactive, though lovable, moron.) here’s your chance. Hyper they are (And LOUD!) but minus Yuis’ endearing charm. Never before, have I seen so many characters be so obnoxious & annoying at one time. They make the Three Stooges look like paragons of reserve & civility. Classes & halls are disrupted with gang members personality traits amplified beyond max tolerance levels. It’s the invasion of the uber-Yuis with Kanade & Otanashi vainly being characters for the viewer to identify with. The only thing more irritating is the omni present, beeping “high tension meter” in the lower left corner of the picture. Oh yes, Yui is “worse” than her usual self. Something I originally thought impossible.
I really like this series & any attempts to “pad” it out like this, could only hurt. I would not introduce newcomers to anime (Or this show.) with this ep.
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