Old news is old, but I haven’t moved on from Angel Beats quite yet. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking as well about the ending, especially with the criticism I’ve read of it. The strongest that sticks in my mind is Mecha Guignol’s, and since reading that, I’ve been trying to find a defense for an ending, an explanation for this randomly slapped on scene that didn’t quite fit.
Here it is. To prove there wasn’t going to be a sequel series. To keep from their being people asking for Angel Beats 2 where Otonashi is pining for and working to move on and be with Kanade. In a strange way, it fits, a loud announcement that “This is it.” Instead of leaving the possibility of there being a sequel, he flashforwards to when the two are reunited. If he’d flashforwarded, and the two didn’t reunite, once again the possibility for a sequel would be opened up. By doing this, he slams the door shut again.
Looking back at the series and its presentation as a complete work is interesting. There’s a lot of love and passion that goes into, but at the same time, there’s anger. The series and plot is overstuffed, and seems to act as a teaser of what could have been more then an actual story. The moves done here in the story execution are so poorly done that only amateurs would make these mistakes. I think Jun Madea did it on purpose, to give us a taste of what he could have done if he’d been given the length that he wanted to tell the story rather then stuck with half of that. He wants to demonstrate that he should be given longer series to create then 13 episodes, and to be stuck with only 13 episodes to tell his story made him angry. The target of his anger was the storytelling. Jun was going to leave us with a “What could have been” and hopefully get the length he wanted for “Little Busters”, not settle with 13 episodes. Of course, this is all a guess.
We’ll see what exactly does happen with “Little Busters”. Also, I’ll keep hoping “Angel Beats” will get told in a better format, be it manga, visual novel, or however it should happen.