Angel Beats, episode 4 – So Eri Kitamura’s head is in between your legs…

Well, not really, but let’s say a character she was voicing was. Would you consider that a world with no God? I would think not.

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Oh God, Azu-nyan, you have been replaced. So we get to episode 4 and a new OP? Well again, not really, but some new screens to show former roadie-turned-lead-singer, pink haired genki girl, Yui trying out to take Iwasawa’s place as lead singer of GirlDeMo. Still pretty cool. I’m gonna guess there’s a lot of Yui haters (or people who think she’s annoying) out there, but she seems like the type of character that was created to pander to people like me who have a thing for cute, genki pink haired girls. So yeah, I love her more than Yuri now. I look forward to seeing her sob story as well.

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I’m not sure what the general buzz around this episode was, but I enjoyed it. Definitely a bit filler-ish, but there were a lot of funny parts. But more importantly, even though the ep doesn’t really move the story along, I thought it was pretty important because it raised some questions for me about the world their living in.

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We learn a little bit about Hinata’s real life – although it’s so scattered and devoid of real detail – that we don’t know much except that he was probably pretty good at baseball, and maybe had a drug issue. But more importantly, after everyone’s pretty emotionless reaction to Iwasawa’s disappearance in the last episode, I liked seeing Otonashi trying to prevent it from happening again-

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Until Yui got in the way and gender role reversed the head between legs thing the two of them have got going on.

But it made me think, also in large part due to joojoobees’ comment, what do we really know about the world their in, and the importance of disappearing? We know what Yuri told us – that they disappear and become reincarnated as water fleas or whatever – but how does she know that? What if she’s wrong? The first thought that popped into my mind was the disappearance sequence in Haibane Renmei, the Haibane are led to believe that it’s a wonderful thing, but that’s what they’re told, they never really know for sure. Same thing here, except we’re told that disappearing is not a good thing. But by the look of relief and acceptance on Iwasawa’s face and that same look on Hinata’s face, I started thinking that maybe that’s not the case. Maybe disappearing is a good thing. Perhaps they’re actually in some sort of purgatory state, trying to correct a wrong or remove a regret before they can move on.

Read Josh’s post for further thoughts on the comparison between Haibane Renmei and Angel Beats.

5 Replies to “Angel Beats, episode 4 – So Eri Kitamura’s head is in between your legs…”

  1. Pink-hair genki girls are a wonderful thing! No questions there, but still a lot of questions surrounding AB! 🙂

  2. 😀 There definitely were a lot of Yui-haters when this episode came out. I found her annoying, but I also think that was the intended effect. 😀

    As to stuff that Yuri said that shouldn’t be accepted as fact, calling her Angel is just the sort of name calling you would expect from a clique. Saying that souls go into barnacles and what not is clearly something they just made up. The fact that they all accept it without any evidence just means that the SSS exhibits a herd mentality. As such we can think of Yurippe as the “Queen Bee” (quoting from wikipedia):

    The queen bee has substantial influence and power over the clique, and is usually envied and/or looked upon as a role model by clique members and at times by outsiders to the clique. Her actions are closely followed and imitated, even though they may not be of a positive nature.

    The social role of the outcast is defined as anyone that the queen bee usually dislikes. Clique members may victimize the outcast in order to continue their membership in the clique, or to receive praise from the queen bee.

    The outcast, of course, is Tenshi, who is constantly bullied by the SSS so that SSS-members can prove themselves to Yuri.

  3. Sorry about the off-topic comment, but Janette asked me to let you know that she’ll be without internet for a while, and isn’t sure when she’ll be back. She apologizes greatly for this inconvenience.

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