After the confirmation of Key’s next project: Angel Beats we now get huge updates and information about this long awaited novel. On December 27th Dengeki G released an article with the newest updates for the upcoming title as well as some sneak peaks into the in-game art. The official website for Angel Beats was also finally published and a lot of teasers and information was revealed for everyone’s enjoyment.
The novel will come out as a partial release titled Angel Beats – 1st Beat and it covers episodes 1 to 9 of the Anime, in terms of storyline, and will feature Iwasawa Masami’s, Matsushita’s and Yui’s routes, with Otonashi Yuzuru as the protagonist. The remaining routes which were not disclosed so far will be released in the next volumes and will cover the rest of the story. There will be 19 routes in total, including main heroines and side characters and the whole story will be told across a total of 7 volumes. No dates for the future volumes was released. There is also no information so far about a full release covering every route so we can only hold on to hope for that.
The setting is the same as the Anime version which you might or might not be familiar with. An afterlife universe where people who could not pass away peacefully end up in so they can experience what was lacking in their life and be able to be put to rest without any regrets. Otonashi Yuzuru ends up in said universe and he will join the Afterlife Battlefront, a group of highschool students who rebel against God and what they call Angel. He will then meet with all the characters in the game. You will have several choices everyday and depending on the choices you make, each day will change, leading to a variety of scenarios within the common route itself and determining which character route you end up in. The story progresses like the Anime did meaning the first volume covers the first arcs of the Anime and the next volumes will cover the remaining arcs in a chronological order so there’s several branching points along what you can consider the common route, it’s not all crammed up into one single branching point at the end. The number of routes there will be per volume was not revealed. Will there be one true ending? That is all speculation for now.
The novel will feature scenarios where Otonashi gets romantically involved with one of the main heroines as well as feature other extra routes with different characters and their stories, not focusing solely on the romance aspect. You can deepen your bonds with each character and know every single bit about the afterlife highschool universe that was not fully told in the Anime adaptation.
One of the biggest shocks for a lot of people in these updates was perhaps a CG that was shown in the official website featuring one of the Girls Dead Monster band members Iwasawa in what seems to be a prelude to an erotic scene. However the rating on the website for the product still remains All Ages. Is there a possibility we will have a 18+ version of the game as well? The official annoucement was that it’s still undecided . Perhaps we will have two versions of the game for different demographics or maybe they will decide to stick with All Ages for a full vanilla love story. Only time will tell. This certainly shocked a lot of fans who didn’t think any type or erotic content would exist in the title. However for others this is seen as a massive bonus.
These CGs that were revealed show that the illustration will be up to Key standards and that is only fitting for a game of this caliber. It certainily will look more refreshing and appealing than the Anime version did and I’m sure the emotions and feelings will be more present than ever.
You can expect a much deeper storyline in this version of Angel Beats for each character which was not as present in the Anime as well as a more detailed plot as this title will take a whole 7 volumes to be completed. A lot of high expectations from Key fans and Angel Beats fans is being put torwards the title and I can’t see any reason why it shouldn’t. This Certainily is a massive after Christmas annoucement that Key decided to make. Perhaps a gift to all their fans. We can only patiently sit and check for more news as we anxiously await the release of this long awaited Visual Novel.