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11Jan/110

Angel Beats Special Episode – Stairway to Heaven

This is what Class SSS actually believe

After 6 months of waiting, the Angel Beats special episode is finally here. This episode was not shown on TV and was included with the last BluRay/DVD volume.

It appears to be set slightly before the midway point of the main series as [spoiler]they still refer to Kanade as Tenshi and she's still not on their side[/spoiler]. In this episode, Yuri enacts "Operation High-Tension Syndrome". Unlike the other operations, Otonashi doesn't imagine something crazy, rather he's completely taken aback, as are the others. The purpose of this operation is for the SSS members to act crazy all day - running everywhere, shouting and generally doing abnormal things. By doing this, Tenshi will wonder why they're not disappearing as they will appear to be enjoying themselves.

A lot of the members take this operation to heart and begin doing all sorts of crazy things. Some of them are extremely silly whereas others are highly amusing. I personally couldn't stop laughing at the floor cleaning competition, complete with racing car sounds as they ran around the building cleaning with floor cloths.

We eventually get a final showdown between [spoiler]Shiina and Tenshi[/spoiler] after [spoiler]Shiina massacres everyone for taking her puppy plushie[/spoiler]. After backing down from the fight, [spoiler]Tenshi[/spoiler] mentions that she needs to make a 'report'. Yuri instantly springs into action to follow her. After opening a heavy door, she walks into blinding light. Thinking that she has reached God, Class SSS chase wildly in after her, only to find out that it's a hydroponic garden where [spoiler]Tenshi[/spoiler] grows 'cute' turnips. Understandably, Yuri becomes really annoyed and takes out her anger on the other Class SSS members - no food for a week!

Overall, I did enjoy this special episode. It was good to see all of the characters again and there where moments that made me laugh quite a bit. It was however, not what I was expecting. I was expecting and dearly wanted to see an episode set after Episode 13 where perhaps [spoiler]they all meet up again[/spoiler]. That said, I think it would be difficult to make a full episode out of just that. There is another short special included entitled 'Another Epilogue' which is meant as an alternative to the Episode 13 epilogue, which does go some way to offset my want for a full post-Episode 13 episode.

Yui is a natural at being high tension

We know what he said and it still makes no sense

Out the way Noda! High-speed floor cleaning in progress.

High tension cheering battle! Or just an excuse for the animators to draw the characters in cheerleader costumes...

Shiina gets the high score

The Turnip or Tenshi?

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