Angel Beats. The beats of an angel. Beats. Wild. Guns. Hurt. Girls. Dead. Monsters. All the key ingredients of a brilliant anime series, eh? Haha, like my last mega-cast, that pretty much sums up another super-quick speed review. Inspiring. Mind-boggling. Heart-breaking. Four of five stars. My maximum for a short 13-episode season. But nonetheless impressive. Yup, about two-and-a-half months ago, on 23 July 2010, I finished my 18th anime title or season of the year. Now, two-and-a-half months later, Angel Beats! still resonates. Huh, haven’t seen it yet? Well, let’s fast-forward through this intro! One-two, one-two-three-four, let’s start the show…
Part 1 of 3 > Vertical Beats
Let me repeat: Angel Beats! Never heard of it before? If not, I’d say the May 2010 cover image (shown above) from the Japanese anime magazine Newtype is a nice visual sample of the anime series. Feel free to enlarge it! In fact, here’s a brief summary from Wikipedia.
Angel Beats! (エンジェルビーツ! Enjeru Bītsu!) is a 13-episode Japanese anime television series produced by P.A. Works and Aniplex and directed by Seiji Kishi. The story was originally conceived by Jun Maeda, who also wrote the screenplay and composed the music with the group Anant-Garde Eyes, with original character design by Na-Ga; both Maeda and Na-Ga are from the visual novel brand Key, who produced such titles as Kanon, Air, and Clannad. The anime aired in Japan between April 3 and June 26, 2010.
Yup, indeed! From the minds of Key, the same creators of Kanon (Blogs 122, 134, 188, 200), Air (Blogs 103, 108, 122) and Clannad (Blogs 168, 182, 195, 211, 212, 219)! As you can tell from all of my blog references, these are three of my favorite anime titles of all-time! So when I stumbled across this Key-noted background tidbit, I said, “Ahh.” Indeed, despite the unique afterlife-oriented action-violence, the style and flow of Angel Beats! carries the same familiar depth of character development and breadth of emotional interaction as these earlier titles. Nice.
Vertical beats. What do I mean by “vertical beats”? Essentially, by gathering over 150 wallpapers and images (wow), I needed to find a logical way to break them down into some categorized structure. For my own convenience. Ultimately, I split them into three sections: (1) vertical poster-type images and their wallpaper derivatives, (2) horizontal magazine-sourced images and their wallpaper derivatives, and (3) larger groups of about 5 or more elements or characters and their wallpaper derivatives. Makes sense? It does? Oh well, if not, simply enjoy the ride!
To celebrate the action-packed Angel Beats! series, here are over 40 high-resolution “vertical beats” ranging from 1000px to 8900px! Huge! Enjoy and feel free to enlarge!
Damn! Amazing set, huh? How’d you like that last massive vertical beat? But here’s another question: Don’t Yuri-chan and Kanade-chan remind you of Haruhi-chan and Yuki-chan from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya series? Then again, doesn’t every anime character remind us of another anime character? Haha, I mean, that’s the nature of Japanese animation, isn’t it?
Part 2 of 3 > Horizontal Beats
Horizontal beats. This time, the “horizontal beats” represent the horizontal magazine-sourced images and their wallpaper derivatives, including a few more fantastic fan-art pieces from a few random artists. Quite impressive. To further celebrate the brain-bending Angel Beats! series, here are over 70 high-resolution “horizontal beats” ranging from 1400px to 6400px! Do you think you can find the “Pizza Hut” ad? Enjoy and feel free to enlarge!
Wow, another awesome set, eh? So did you find the intriguing “Pizza Hut” ad? Hard to miss it! Ever since the “Pizza Hut” shots first appeared in the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion series, these ads have been a source of debate and amusement across subsequent anime series. Of course, I’m assuming that Code Geass was the first victim. Does anyone know if “Pizza Hut” or another real-life advertiser ever invaded an even-earlier anime?
Part 3 of 3 > Multiple Beats
Multiple beats. Now, for this third and final section, the “multiple beats” represent larger groups of about 5 or more elements or characters and their wallpaper derivatives, including even more fantastic fan-art pieces from even more random artists. There might be one or two exceptions, but you get the idea of multitudes. Rather amazing. To further celebrate the heart-pounding Angel Beats! series, here are over 30 high-resolution “multiple beats” ranging from 1100px to 6000px! Got cats? Got grass? Enjoy and feel free to enlarge!
Got cats? Got grass? Yup, gotta love the huge group scenes! So how was the 150+ wallpaper-poster-and-magazine-art ride? Definitely a memorable anime series which deserves another 150+ wallpapers. But not from me. I think I did more than my share, hehe. Multiple thanks to all the women, from Yuri-chan to Kanade-chan to Yui-chan, Shiina-chan, Yusa-chan, Masami-chan and Girls Dead Monster! But most of all, let’s not forget my Tasty Toyboxers. Thanks for reaching this part of the ride!
Does anyone know if “Pizza Hut” or another real-life advertiser ever invaded an even-earlier anime?
Till next broadcast. Peace. Out.
Not really a flashback, but here’s a fictional computer product from the Angel Beats! series: “Macrosoft Winding XO”. Gotta love that logo! I guess “Winding” software is another way to get “screwed”, haha.