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YMMV: Angel Beats!
  • Ass Pull / Last Minute Hookup: Many fans felt that the Otonashi and Kanade hookup at the finale came a bit too unexpected, as until that point he never gives the impression that his feelings for her are romantic or more intense that a friendship view.
  • Awesome Music: The opening, "My Soul, Your Beats!"
  • Broken Base: Is Yuri cruel or kind? Is Otonashi All-Loving Hero or a fool rushing into things? Is disappearing the best thing that can happen to people in the afterlife?
  • Die for Our Ship: There's some degree of Angel/Kanade hatred from people who want Otonashi with others, specially Hinata. Her and Otonashi's last scenes made them go all "Strangled by the Red String! EWWWW!"
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Yes, pulling all of those stunts to make Angel fail her tests was hilarious. However, it suddenly stops being so amusing when you learn realize that: a) Angel is a real human girl named Kanade Tachibana and had to suffer the consequences for getting zeroes on all her tests and b) Naoi, her Ax-Crazy vice-president, replaced her. Oh, and just to rub the salt into the wound a bit more they then go and steal her comfort food. Seriously, she's so sad, it makes you want to give her a hug.
    • It's a bit lessened though when you realize Angel acts so stoic and aloof that everyone just assumed she was some kind of being sent by God. So to them, she's just a hostile NPC. At least at first.
  • Ear Worm: Any of the Girls Dead Monster songs.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: TK is remarkably popular among viewers. In a recent popularity poll Angel and TK dominated...of course, that they had such a huge amount and proportion of the votes reeks of internet vote rigging, however...
    • On this very wiki, Naoi's section is huge compared to other character's.
  • Epileptic Trees: There've been a few here and there, but it wasn't until the appearance of the red-eyed Angel that they started spreading like wildfire.
    Anonymous: I see what's going on. You are really TK, who is God, but Yurippe beats you and takes you memories, and then she becomes God, but she knew Otonashi in her past life, who was her childhood friend, but she fell in love with him, and when as God she realized he was going to die, so she made his sister who is really Angel who is waiting for Otonashi into the enemy and with her God powers made this world so that when Otonashi got there he would think Angel was the enemy and now she made a new Angel after Otonashi befriended the old one who is really his sister and she wants to tear them apart.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Yui prevents Hinata from winning his team's baseball game in episode 4. Six episodes later, Hinata helps her move on by promising to marry her in her next life even if she's paralyzed in that life too, meaning if it weren't for him she'd be stuck in Purgatory for a long time!
  • Glurge: The Aesop seemed to be: "Any desires you may have or actions you may take are completely useless and you shouldn't have them. Strive instead for nonexistence. All you should want is to be erased, you and your meaningless journey though life."
    • Although that is essentially the Aesop of Buddhist philosophy.
    • Alternatively, the Aesop could be interpreted as "Even if you're treated cruelly by life, you can still find happiness and bring joy to others, and those feelings won't have been meaningless, even after you're all dead and gone." Still somewhat glurge-y, but, well, it's Key.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Overlaps with Dude, Not Funny! in regards to Hinata and Yui. Originally their abuse of each other is fairly equal albeit Hinata is prone to attacking Yui more than the other way around and for no apparent reason either. Yui only attacks him out of revenge and even then it doesn't last since he's quick to deal out Disproportionate Retribution on her. It's gets to the Harsher in Hindsight point when we find out that the reason why Yui acts hyper and sort of annoying all the time is because she was paralyzed in an accident at a young age from a car slamming into her back and was bedridden and cared for by her single mother until she died. This revelation made Yui just an Unacceptable Target.
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page.
  • Hype Backlash: There were a good deal of /a/ browsers extremely displeased at the abundance of Angel Beats threads that made discussing any other anime rather difficult.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Otonashi saying that God cannot just give people fake happy endings as their lives were real is more funny when you realize that this was made by the same guys who pull happy endings out of their asses whenever a main character's world comes crashing down.
  • Memetic Badass: TK. Stops a frigging ceiling falling down, makes the most awesome Heroic Sacrifice speech, goes guns ablazing against shadows with a friggin' "Verb This!" line: I kiss you. * bang*
  • Memetic Mutation: Anything that comes out of TK's mouth.
    • Angel is the cutest Protoss Zealot you'll ever lay eyes on. And turned Up to Eleven in in the finale where she smiles, sings a song about mapo doufu, and does this.
      • And with the revelation of her Harmonics skill, there's a possibility that she can become Agent Smith. Zealot Smith, even.
    • Clothespins are quickly becoming objects that are praised to be fragments of God.
    • Itsumo hitori-- is well on its way to be one.
    • That face Yuri makes when the NPC controlling the Shadows offers her godhood.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Averted in the manga. In order to force God out of hiding, Yuri seriously considers killing every single student in the entire school... starting with the first graders. Thankfully, Hinata talks her out of it.
    • Also averted in Stairway to Heaven due to a Foregone Conclusion from watching the entire anime. Yuri makes everyone starve over a simple miscalculation she had made; however, the anime had already established her as redeemable by the time Stairway to Heaven rolled along.
    • Neither would be a MEH anyway, since nobody gets killed permanently in the main setting of the series; at worst, she's just punting puppies.
  • Narm: The first episode has a scene where Yurippe jokingly tells Otonashi to, as the official subtitles put it, "give a girl an enema," which is funny for entirely the wrong reasons. "Enema" refers to the Japanese schoolyard prank of poking your thumb up someone's (clothed) butt, not the extremely squicky medical procedure. The dub replaces this with "slap a girl on her ass," averting the narminess.
  • Ship Tease: Hinata, due to being Mistaken for Gay with Otonashi. Otonashi's embrace to Naoi could be considered as this, too.
    • This could apply to when Otonashi was climbing Yuri. He hugged her, and then was right in front of her face. He even comments on how she smells good.
    • Naoi's... passionate way of reassuring Otonashi before he regains his memories in Episode 7.
    • Otonashi wanting to call Kanade by her first name in Episode 7.
      • There are also close-ups whenever Otonashi takes Kanade's hand.
      • She smooths his face with her hand in episode 9.
      • He in return pats her head in 11.
      • They are confirmed to be the Official Couple by the series' end.
    • In the manga, there's quite noticeable teasing with Hinata and Yuri. Considering that the events of the manga came before the anime though, things didn't seem to go anyway.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Since the anime is only 13 episodes long, there isn't a lot of time to focus on any of the interesting side characters, so they come and go without us knowing anything about their pasts, nor do they get a decent sendoff onscreen.
  • Tough Act to Follow: It's hard not to see some of the criticism the series got as this, since it followed the hugely successful adaption of Jun Maeda's CLANNAD.
  • What an Idiot: Even after all the time they've been fighting Angel, nobody in SSS has ever bothered trying to figure out Angel's real name.
    • Well, Yuri had apparently heard it before. She just didn't bother trying to remember it.
    • Also, in episode 8, Yuri attempts to reprogram Angel's Harmonics technique, but has trouble because she doesn't quite understand the programming language. Remember that SSS has Christ Takeyama, who is a master hacker and computer expert, and he doesn't even show up in the episode at all! Although Takeyama became A Twinkle in the Sky in the last episode, he was seen again during the fish barbeque, so his absence from episode 8 is even more jarring.
  • The Woobie: Kanade Tachibana/"Angel".
    • Most of the cast also qualify but varies from character to character. Yuri, Masami, Naoi, Yui and even Hinata have significantly worse pasts consisting of murder of loved ones, guilt and death, parental abuse and death, death of loved one, long term paralysis and depression-fueled fatal drug addiction. Other characters don't even have that much development.
    • Yui's reaction to Hinata's "death" in episode 8.
    • Poor, poor Otonashi. It's pretty difficult to find fans who didn't feel horribly sorry for him in the last scene before the credits in the last episode.

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