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Angel Beats! Episode 10 – Goodbye Days

This post contains huge spoilers about a certain character. I normally try to hide spoilers but in this case i'd have to hide the entire post. If you don't want the plot of this episode spoilt for you please do not read on - go watch it now!

Hand Sonic: Version 5, more pain!

Otonashi and Tenshi start to put their disappearance plan into action, starting with Yui as she seems to be pretty fulfilled already and only needs a little push in order to disappear.

Otonashi tells Tenshi to intervene in a Girls Dead Monster practice session, tell Yui that her lack of guitar playing skills is destroying the band and then take the guitar and run. Otonashi will then pretend to bump into Tenshi, grabbing the guitar to give back to Yui and establish a friendship with her.

Just before Tenshi invades the band practice, the other members of Girls Dead Monster are complaining that Yui is unable to effectively both sing and play simultaneously. Tenshi suddenly walks in, declares Yui is terrible and steals the guitar, but as Yui is in shock she doesn't give chase to Tenshi as intended. They resume practice and it turns out that Yui is actually a lot better without the vocals. Yui disagrees however and gives chase Tenshi. Now the plan proceeds as intended and Otonashi is able to establish a friendship with Yui.

As Otonashi talks with Yui, he discovers her past. She was hit by a car when young and was paralysed. Due to this, she was confined to her bed for the rest of her life, unable to do the things she wanted. As a result, she has a lot of things she wants to do, including;

  • Hit a home run in baseball
  • Play soccer football
  • Pro Wrestling

This is the result of a TV influenced childhood - there wasn't anything else for her to do from her bed. Otonashi decides to help her out, starting with Pro Wrestling. Unfortunately, she's pretty specific about what she wants to do - the German Suplex move. However, she's not very good at it which results in quite a bit of pain for Otonashi. However, she finally masters it.

Next up, football. Again she's pretty specific wanting to take out 5 guys with her dribbling skills and then score. Where might Otonashi find 4 other people who are willing, or can be persuaded to participate? Other members of the SSS of course! Otonashi fakes a note from Tenshi challenging the men of the SSS to a sportsmanship match. The fake note convinces them and they go down to the field to challenge Tenshi.  Of course, Tenshi isn't there but Yui is! With a little help from Tenshi on the sidelines, Yui is able to bypass everyone and score a goal. The only person who vaguely managed to put up a fight was TK!

Finally, Otonashi helps Yui achieve her final dream - hitting a home run in baseball. However, this one turns out to be the most difficult of them all - she just can't hit one. However, Yui decides that it doesn't matter, she's was never able to move her body this much before and has really enjoyed trying to hit a home run.

However, it turns out there is one final thing she wants to do - marriage! As she felt like such a burden when disabled in her previous life, she thought no one would marry her. She suddenly asks Otonashi to marry her, but before he can reply Hinata steps in and offers his hand in marriage to her. He tells her that all of her flaws are irrelevant, he would marry her regardless. Yui protests that they'll never meet, Hinata makes up a story of how they'll meet and how their relationship will develop. We are then shown this hypothetical series of events, and then Yui [spoiler]disappears, having achieved all she wants[/spoiler]. Hinata admits that he's on to Otonashi's plan and offers to help.

This episode was almost certainly the best one yet. The process of realising Yui's dreams was amusing in itself but the final scene between between Yui and Hinata was extremely moving. The song that played over the scene, 一番の宝物 (ichiban no houmotsu, My Most Precious Treasure), fitted it perfectly, even more so than Iwasawa's My Song back in Episode 3 when she disappeared. It's great to finally her LiSA (the singer behind Yui) sing a beautiful song like this rather than a JRock or JPop song. This song will be available on the upcoming Keep The Beats! CD, scheduled for release on the 30th of June 2010. I've included a video of the scene at the end of this post as it's so beautiful.

After the credits, Ooyama is attacked by what is described as 'a shadow'. He is only saved from serious injury by the quick intervention of Noda. Now that Lost has come to and end, I guess the smoke monster had to find employment in another TV show...
With only 3 episodes remaining it will be interesting to see how Otonashi, Tenshi and Hinata manage to make all of the other Class SSS members disappear - or will the smoke monster do something to make them disappear?

Tenshi would look a lot more badass with wings

Don't get on the wrong side of Yui

The facial expression confirms everything

Where did those sunglasses suddenly appear from?!

The objective is to kick the ball into the goal, not to steal the goal posts!

Yui is visibly moved by Hinata's words

Yui and Hinata together

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