Otonashi awakens in a strange world and battles Angel.
I have to say the first episode for this was really good. It got you right into this unusual world and you are left wondering with Otonashi about what is going on. It’s a bit of a strange situation being in a kind of afterlife. I’m sure many have said over the years that hell would be like school, but this is a bit ridiculous, lol. Losing memories on top of it has to be hard on Otonashi since he has so little to base his opinions on.
We are pretty early in the series, but still there is no real good and bad side as of yet. Angel is hardly acting in a very aggressive manner only responding when attacked. While you could say that stabbing Otonashi was extreme it was fairly effective in making clear that he really was dead. Mostly she was just defending herself when the group went and attacked. She didn’t say anything so her intentions during Operation Tornado are unclear.
It seems the SSS are the aggressors at the moment. Their intentions at least to Angel are hostile since they want to take her down and take over. Of course you can say they are fighting for their beliefs and to continue to exist as they are. But their actions are based on an assumption as to what happens to those who vanish. Do they really get reincarnated? Or is this world some kind of purgatory? Are they just spending time there before getting moved on to heaven? Their actions are pretty extreme for not being sure as to what is really going on. I mean they are basing their whole guess on Buddhist philosophy. Unless they know just what is going on they can look to any number of religions to explain where they are and what is going on. Who knows what religion if any is connected to this world?
I can understand Otonashi’s uncertainty about this. Trying to blast away some girl based on a belief none of them are certain about is uncomfortable. Vanishing or not vanishing is one thing, but there are so many uncertainties about this situation. Right now Otonashi is hiding behind his amnesia so he doesn’t have to make a decision.
I think how the main characters died might add something to what is going on. Yuri’s death will probably be the most interesting. Something must have shaped her into the kind of person that would fight against the established order of this afterlife. Otonashi’s death also makes me wonder. Seems it was some kind of accident, but all we can be certain about is that there was brain trauma involved.
A good start to the series. You really are left wondering about a lot of things. Still we’ve gotten introduced to some characters and understand some of what is going on. This series could get pretty messy since characters don’t just die like in a normal situation. So you can put them through ugly times and they will bounce back eventually.
I liked the song. Think that it’s good for an ED to be pretty peaceful. For a series like this things could get serious so it’s a good way to wrap up an episode. Nothing flashy in terms of images so you can just focus on the music portion. A soft song that Iâ€™ll enjoy listening to after the episodes.