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27Jun/100

Angel Beats! Episode 12 – Knockin’ on heaven’s door

Kanade's swooping attack

We start with a scene of Kanade swooping out of the sun towards a horde of shadow monsters, ready to fight. However, we don't actually get to see her fight them, instead we switch to the SSS headquarters where Otonashi, Hinata and Naoi decide to get their disappearance plan started. As they step out into the hallway though, GirlDeMo and all of the other lesser-known SSS members are outside waiting. Hisako speaks on their behalf, saying that they've had a lot of fun in this world and are ready to move on. After saying their goodbyes, they all disappear. It's amusing to think that it took Otonashi an entire episode to make [spoiler]Yui[/spoiler] disappear, but only a few minutes to make all of GirlDeMo and the lesser known SSS members disappear.

Having achieved this, Otonashi, Hinata and Naoi go outside only to discover that the shadows have spread everywhere. They fight them and are gradually joined by the other SSS members, each one demonstrating their signature attack. TK's is perhaps the most epic - he does a headspin grind down a railing (kicking the shadows) and then shoots another. Matsushita also returns from his training up in the mountains, but looks completely different. As there was hardly anything to eat in the mountains, he's now significantly thinner but also even stronger.

While this is going on, Yuri continues to explore the Guild. She reaches the Old Guild and decides to take a break, but the shadows suddenly sneak up on her and consume her - turning her into an NPC. We then see Yuri's life as an NPC - in class. However, she rebels and manages to break free with the help of Otonashi and the others who arrive at the Old Guild to save her. They continue onwards and Yuri eventually finds a room entitled "Computer Room 2".

Inside are many computers running the Angel Player software and a new character. However, this new character turns out to be little more than an NPC with special programming. The NPC explains that the shadows are the result of bugs in the world, when love develops. The original programmer of the Angel Player software fell in love with a girl in the afterlife but she disappeared. He waited a long time for her to return, but she never did and he lost his sanity. Therefore, he created a program to turn himself into an NPC. I think the NPC is the programmer, but i'm not sure - this is the only bit of the plotline I didn't really understand and it seems that i'm not alone in this sense.

The NPC offers Yuri the chance to use the computers to become the God of this world, which is what she has always dreamed of. However, she declines this opportunity - it would be cruel on the others. She then proceeds to shut down the computers, through the use of bullets. Effective, but i'm sure there's a better way to shut down computers...

Having shut down every single computer, Yuri sits alone. She sees a vision of her murdered younger siblings, they tell her that she's done "more than enough" and that she "doesn't need to be the only one suffering any more". Having heard this, she breaks down in tears and the end credits play.

The ending, like the Episode 11 ending, shows all of the Class SSS characters including the ones who have previously disappeared.

After the ending, Yuri wakes up in the school's Medical Office with Otonashi, Kanade, Naoi and Hinata by her bedside. It seems they've not disappeared yet.

Judging by the preview, the next and finale episode will be the 'graduation' of the remaining Class SSS members. However, the previews are easy to misjudge so we'll have to wait and see.

GirlDeMo say goodbye, the other SSS members are just about visible in the background

TK's epic headspin handrail grind attack

More random English from TK!

This is where we need TK's "Alright, lets go" line

BRB, attacking horde of enemies?

Yuri shuts down the computers running the Angel Player software

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