My Soul, You’re Beat! Goodbye to Angel Beats and Chrono Crusade
More than a review or analysis of Angel Beats! and Chrono Crusade, this post is an update to those who may have been following my posts about the series. To my relief, and possibly to your own, I’ve decide to discontinue my projects on these two shows.
For Angel Beats!, I’d planned on posting an analysis of each episode. In fact, I’d enjoyed doing this, commenting on a variety of topics through episode 7:
- Re-Viewed: Angel Beats! Episode 01 and My So-Called Examined Life
- Re-Viewed: Angel Beats! Episode 02 and the Problem of Pain
- Re-Viewed: Angel Beats! Episode 03 and Choosing Your Way
- Re-Viewed: Angel Beats! Episode 04 and Friends in Need
- Re-Viewed: Angel Beats Episode 05 and Yurippe, the Big, Fat Bully
- Re-Viewed: Angel Beats Episode 06 and Why We Love/Hate Dad
- Re-Viewed: Angel Beats Episode 07 and the Purpose of Life
Unfortunately, as I did when originally viewing the series, I started to run out of steam this second time around. A vociferous defender of the show at first, I became much more aware of its flaws during this re-viewing. And in the end, I couldn’t justify spending time watching the remaining episodes, skipping even the ending, which I quite liked. On the other hand, I did enjoy watching the series on DVD – the rich colors and wonderful music is made to be seen and heard in this medium, and Sentai Filmworks’ release was excellent, if not full of extras.
As for Chrono Crusade, the series was a chore for me from the start. There were certain things I liked about the early episodes, but I never really enjoyed the show. I couldn’t find myself caring about any of the characters, which is pivotal to any series, but particularly this one, where “monster of the week episodes” only barely keep our attention as we focus on the prize – what happens to Rosette and others in her quest. But I never connected with any of the characters, with possibly the exception of Azmaria, who was central to one of the great anime Christmas episodes.
And that, too, was a frustrating point for the series – there were a few high points between mountains of dull episodes. I’ve heard that the series gets better as it progresses, and I believe it, since the focus will be on the more interesting aspects of the series. But I just couldn’t make it there…
What are your thoughts on the series? Particularly for Angel Beats!, has your opinion changed over time?
Review copies provided by Sentai Filmworks and FUNimation, respectively.
On another note, I read this in Wikipedia:
Rosette’s character design remains much the same in both the anime and manga although she is significantly bustier in the anime.
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