Air Dates: April 3, 2010 – June 26, 2010
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Girls With Guns
My Ratings: ***** (5:5 stars)
I just happened to stumble across this anime a couple weeks back while surfing Netflix online. I do have to say this was a AWESOME find! You have a mix of the undead, girls kicking ass, crazy weapons and all in a high school setting that is supposed to be like a purgatory for teens . The whole things starts off with the main male character Otonashi who wakes up in the middle of a battle on some strange schools grounds with no memories. He is greeted by the main female character, Yuri, who tells him he is in the afterlife and immediately invites him to join the Afterlife Battlefront (Shinda Sekai Sensen or SSS).
Otonashi gets off to a rough start by realizing one, he is dead, two he is in some sort of afterlife for teens and three he is right in the middle was a damn fight! He sees that Yuri along with a group of other people from the SSS are fighting what he thinks is just some girl. Yuri tells him that is Angel, the student council president, and all she is there to do is to basically kill any students that rebel. Otonashi doesn’t believe this and goes over to talk to her and see why everyone thinks she wants to kill them. After talking with her, she tells him that he cannot die as he thinks since he is already dead therefore she can not kill him. Being the clueless dumbass that he is, asks her to prove that he cannot die. Well this is where Angel proves that not only is she not human but a total badass. She creates a blade out of her arm and stabs him through the heart. The next scene is of him waking up in the school infirmary without a scratch on him proving that he can’t die! He realizes that he needs to get out of there and ends up going to the principal’s office and instead ends up in the SSS’s office. Yuri, who is the leader explains the mission statement of the SSS and introduces him to the rest of the main members. These kids are you basic anime characters that take their personalities to a whole new level but, with each being a key part in the battlefront and its strategies. You have the kid obsessed with music, one with judo, one with computers, one with a halberd, a female ninja, one with a shirasaya… It’s a little bit of odd crew to say the least!
After meeting everyone and having Yuri explain the main gist of the afterlife, Otonashi agrees to join for the time being . He is still not too sure about what is really going on and looks at this as a opportunity to do that and maybe find a way out. Yuri then announces that they will have their first mission with Otonashi that night. They are going to steal the meal tickets from all the student NPC’s (non-player characters as they are called by the SSS as they are not human, but look and act the part) during dinner. This is where one of a my fav parts of the anime comes in. The SSS includes an all girls band call Girls Dead Monster that is really popular on campus. They are a school club but also keys players in most of Yuri’s missions to distract the NPC’s. While they are playing a rouge concert that night half of the SSS ends up setting off huge fans to blow the meal tickets the NPC’s (students) had in their hand during dinner when the Girls Dead Monster started their impromptu concert. The second half of the SSS is out front the cafeteria battling Angel.
This is what most of the anime consist of. Huge fights between the SSS and Angel, numerous death scene’s that makes you wonder how they ever pulled themselves back together!
Unfortunately this is another one of the short 12 episode animes that just pisses me off! They spend about 10 episodes setting this awesome story line that gets all jacked up by them going in a different direction after Otonashi has a heart to heart with Angel. He realizes that the afterlife is not really a place for punishment but a place to teens that had a horrible life/death to have a chance to live out the their teen years in happiness. Once they have resolved their issues with their life/death they then pass on. Otonashi makes a 180 and starts helping the other one by one realize the same thing until its down to only 4 of them. The last episode is so freakin sappy that it was hard to watch. The last 10 min was even worse and made you wonder what the hell was going on cause just 2 episodes before it was all guns and fights and stuff blowing up! The end has a major twist to it though that leaves you hanging wondering if this was a lead into a second season. Aside from the lame ass ending though, this was a really good anime!