ANGEL BEATS !
studio : P.A. Works
director : Seiji Kishi
serial run : April 3, 2010 - ongoing
total episode : 13
hime's priority rank : 05
HARUHI, NOW SOMEWHERE UP IN THE HEAVENS, AND WITH GUNS IN HANDS :D
anyway, there has been no mention of the intentional haruhi parody by the production team from the materials scattered over the internet so far [ or perhaps it was just me ] but still the parody / similarity-ness taste is certainly there - even if it weren't intentional at all; first there's the SSS [ aka the afterlife battlefront ], which i had came to view as a direct parody to SOS-dan, save for the fact that SSS boasts a bigger, more competent
initially i first thought that the series should have been worked by kyoani [ since they were very well known for producing outstanding adaptation for key's products as apparent from the aforementioned epic drama trilogy ] but somehow the impressive presentation given to us by p.a. works had left me more than glad enough to give them my seal of approval. the background imagery stood really well, but still something as nice as this would never fail to host a flaw or two; in angel beats ! case, the character design for the anime seems to be rather inconsistent at time... but worry not, i won't nag much on that as long as it didn't went straight down fail like those of akikan ! :3 i haven't paid much attention on the music as the story had caught my entire focus really well, with its mysteries and such and that pretty much signals the writer's successive effort in capturing / grabbing the mind and attention of his / her audiences :3
i read a lot of peeps were criticizing the seemingly unnatural band appearance in the first episode, but i myself had somehow came to understand the necessity of such event from the character's perspective, of course :3. well as mentioned in both the episode and some character-related details found on the net, the band were there as to provide [ tactical ] distractions for them npcs before the SSS can go and lift their meal tickets off them. you see, when there's a pop concert going on, and a very happening one at it the concert goers are prone to lift their hands high above their shoulders / heads in amusement to the beat - as for this episode context, their hands were in grab of their meal tickets which is the primary target / goal of the SSS. now once you understand the ultimate plan, you'll be okay for sure as why would there suddenly be a need to shove in a band into a seemingly unrelated series.