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Just finished watching Angel Beats, here's my review of the series. I personally rated it at 5/5 stars

STORY - Angel beats begins with our main character waking with amnesia and discovering that he is dead. After "testing" this and discovering it to be true, he begins to work with an organization devoted to defying God as long as possible.

PLOT - The plot of Angel Beats was beautifully played out, with the story progressing at the perfect pace leaving the viewer engaged without feeling rushed. The characters are basically stuck in Purgatory for the length of the series, this version being more like a video game where characters can die and then "respawn" after a while. The ending of the series (no spoilers here) manages to tug at the heart strings, and if you watch the final episode all the way to the end you get a bonus scene following the credits that lets you know everyone gets a happy ending.

ANIMATIONS - Animation for the series was superbly done, especially for the time it was produced. You won't find yourself complaining about the quality of production.

CHARACTERS - Angel Beats features a wide variety of characters, and does a great job quickly developing them. For a good portion of the story, many of the supporting characters are actually better developed than the main character. This results in a number of lovable and memorable characters that you find yourself rooting for.

SOUNDTRACK - The soundtrack for Angel Beats is perfect for the story. From the outstanding opening to the songs used during the show, I never found myself thinking that music didn't belong whenever it was featured.

CONCLUSION - I can confidently say that this Anime left me completely satisfied. A well paced story keeps the viewer perfectly entertained and never waiting for the show to "get on with it". Finally, the ending. I honestly have never found myself so pleased with how any show, anime or not, has ended. If you're looking for a heartwarming story with an absolutely beautiful ending, this is for you. I would give this 6 stars if I could.
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Just finished watching Heavens Lost Property, I rate it at 3.5/5 stars

STORY - Heavens Lost Property follows Tomoki Sakurai, a perverted young man who lives by the motto "Peace and quiet are the best". His life is turned upside down with the Arrival of an Angeloid named Ikaros who begins to call him Master.

PLOT - The overall plot of Heavens Lost Property isn't terrible, Ikaros and Tomoki end up overcoming the hurdles they come across. The progression of the story is drawn out with plenty of fan service, many instances you're left thinking to yourself, "Seriously? I mean come on...". I can appreciate an anime that provides fan service, but in many cases it just becomes painful to watch and takes away from the overall plot of the story.

ANIMATIONS - Animation was fine for the series, backgrounds were beautiful and every character was well drawn. No complaints here.

CHARACTERS - Heavens lost Property features a typical cast of oddball characters. As the show progresses, the only characters that receive heavy development seem to be the Angeloids. You learn bits about the other characters, our main character Tomoki included, but you never really come away with a sense that you "know" any of them. The main character Tomoki is undeniably a pervert. His childhood friend Sohara Mitsuki obviously has feelings for him, but has a short temper when it comes to his shenanigans and doesn't hesitate to set him straight. Ikaros, Nymph, and Astraea are all Angelo's that end up working with Tomoki. Eishiro Sugata Is the leader of the "New World Discovery Club" and is the brains among the humans in the show. Mikako Satsukitane Is an upperclassman who honestly seems to be along for the ride in the series and add in a good amount of mayhem to the story.

SOUNDTRACK - Music in the series receives a "meh...". The opening was average for an anime, watch it once and skip it for the rest of the series. Closing soundtrack was good, which helps since the credits of each episode tell a mini story related to the episode that you just watched. Music inside of the anime was nothing to write home about, excluding the episode where the gang forms a band and creates a pleasing song.

CONCLUSION - This anime leaves me with a mix of feelings. I like where they went with the overall story, but there are so many times the decisions of Tomoki hurt your brain it makes you wonder if it's worth finishing. If you are big into the ecchi type of fan service every episode, then you'll really enjoy watching this.

Watched it on Netflix by the way, you won't find it here on Crunchyroll
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Another anime, another review. The subject this time is *drumroll please* Arpeggio of Blue Steel.

STORY - Arpeggio of Blue Steel follows Gunzō Chihaya, a young naval recruit who seems fast tracked for a career in the ranks. Things take a turn in his life when Iona, a mental model of the fleet of fog submarine I-401, makes contact with him and gives him a way to fight back against the forces of the fog.

PLOT - Arpeggio of Blue Steel follows our protagonist as he skillfully commands his submarine through a number of battles against the fleet of fog. For the most part, the series follows Gunzō while he's tasked with delivering mankinds last hope to the USA.

ANIMATIONS - Animation for the series well done. I feel that It started off so-so but, to me, noticeably improved by the fourth episode.

CHARACTERS - Arpeggio of Blue Steel doesn't focus much time on the development of Gunzō, but instead focuses on the evolution of the various mental models of ships originally belonging to the fleet of fog. I found it amazingly interesting to watch as individuals who originally considered themselves simply weapons following orders discover they're a little more human that they thought.


CONCLUSION - This series was definitely solid, with gobs of action and enough character development to satisfy just about anyone. While it doesn't rank as the best I've ever seen, I never found myself bored with the pace of the story. If you're looking for a short series, Arpeggio of Blue Steel is sure to satisfy.
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