As a whole, Angel Beats! was an entertaining work, but not something that makes me want to revisit it any time soon. Though while I don’t feel like rewatching the show as a whole anytime soon, I wouldn’t mind watching TK bust a move nonstop, and I hope that the new OVA focuses on him to feed that need.
That being said, the first episode, set in what seems like a high school purgatory, drew me fully into the show by means of a plan executed by the at-that-moment-unknown entity of the SSS (translated to the Afterlife War Front from Japanese), railing against a presumed angel working for the God that sent them to undesirable deaths. The fact that said plan was an elaborately conceived effort to… draw the angel out by throwing an impromptu concert in the cafeteria to distract students enough to remove their meal tickets with little complaint. The fact that all of that felt like a childish attempt to stick it to The Man Up There just because was an interesting point to me, and as it was followed up by more childish efforts trying to knock Kanade (the said “angel”) down a peg, it was hard for me not to take the SSS seriously, even as they were being serious. But it was also hard not to admire all the work put in to do so.
(Sorry for the German subs, but they really shouldn’t matter here.)
Regardless, the entire result was fun to behold, with a nicely animated performance by the distraction branch/band of SSS known as Girls Dead Monster, as well as the members of the SSS pulling out all the stops (and ammunition) hoping to put a dent into an apparently terminator who’s nigh indestructible. The final scene of the meal tickets being blown out of the impromptu audience’s hands to fall down like snow around Kanade as she stares at the retreating SSS members was a powerful one. Though it lost it’s significance as the show went on, it’s still a special moment in itself.