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Angel Beats!

This anime series is only a mere 13 episodes but man they are good ones! You just don’t want this series to end. It came out in 2010 and was directed by Seiji Kishi.

The story takes place at a high school that is an “in between” for the dead who still have some kind of attachments from their lives. The world is place to several people who are in limbo and some that are basically NPCs. The main character is a boy Otanashi who doesn’t remember his past life. He is recruited into a group calling themselves the SSS who fights against God for the cruel fates the members had in their lives. Yuri who is the leader of the group has them go against Angel a girl who has special powers. In this world the characters can still feel pain and also die again, they wake up shortly after in the same world with no injuries. Throughout the series it seems like the characters are all playing a game for awhile before it becomes evident that they need to try and fulfill their dreams to move on.

This anime is a beautiful story that is heartbreaking but also fun and exciting at times. Definitely check this one out!

Tell me what you think of it in the comments!


Clannad (will make you sob often)

Originally a visual novel released by Key in 2004 and made into manga series along with an anime series around 2007 consisting of 24 episodes.  I’ve always liked the art work in “Clannad” and the series from the same company “Kanon”, the eyes and faces are sweet and the settings are calm and very realistic. The characters each have their own problems and the story pulls you in, its not long before you find the feels seeping into your very soul and out your tear ducts.

You follow Tomoya Okazaki a bit of a delinquent student who wants to change, he meets Nagisa Furukawa on the way to school as she is talking to herself. Tomoya meets several other girls in class who are all different but have some kind of draw to Tomoya. He finds himself drawn to Nagisa who is timid and quiet, he learns she is repeating the year since she had missed too much school due to an illness. He learns she wants to join the drama club that is no longer active. Tomoya helps her with her goal of restarting the club.

Tomoya meets the genius Kotome Ichinose and the childlike Futo Ibuki who each have certain problems that Tomoya helps solve. He grows close to all these new friends and he does what he had wished and starts to change. He grows closer to Nagisa and learns more about her. There are so many things that happen it can be a heavy series to watch that will weigh on your heart. It’s mainly a group of high school kids who have very real problems except for a pinch of a super natural plot as well.

I watched this series a few times and bawled every time, its a beautiful story.

What did you think about the series? Do you have a favorite character? Tell me about it in the comments! 🙂