Key Announces Angel Beats!, Fans Ponder Heroine…


Key, creators of famous visual novels such as Clannad and Kanon, has announced a new visual novel project, entitled Angel Beats!

The game will have characters designed by artist Na-Ga, and a surprise return storyline by senior writer Maeda Jun (Little Busters!, etc.).

Fans have immediately noticed something strangely familiar about the design of the main female character:


Fans can’t but notice resemblances to a certain egomaniacal schoolgirl who was once the subject of a minor cult. Nobody would accuse Na-Ga of plagiarism (probably), but the resemblance is certainly uncanny…

Regarding the game itself, Maeda, who had written many of Key’s game scenarios, and also acted as a musical composer, had earlier said he was retiring from story writing after the release of hit title Little Busters! to concentrate on music. This unexpected turn of events naturally is well received by fans.

Thus far, not much information about this game has been released. G’s Magazine will run a special 8 page article on the game in it’s upcoming June issue. A promotional video is also visible at Angel Beats! website.

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    Comment by t//B
    09:32 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Inb4 world ending.

    Comment by kenjiharima
    11:05 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish they learn not to do to much palate swaps on characters. They're either getting lazy like Mio says or they're out of ideas.

    Comment by Lero
    09:22 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF! is a Haruhi cameo!!.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:16 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Huh, when I first saw the pic I thought it was Haruhi photoshopped to look like some other character, I guess the similarities are striking.

    Comment by Cerenado
    12:05 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "...certain egomaniacal schoolgirl who was once the subject of a minor cult."?! Ehhh?! I thought she still was! :D
    The resemblance is indeed too obvious though.
    But I guess it's one of those insane coincidences.... still, if the main character turns tsundere, then I'll retract that statement.
    Another Key game? ~~AWESOME!! They still haven't released Rewrite and they're already announcing another one!
    Jun's returning? heh I wonder why, but that's cool anyway ^^

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    Comment by Kitsune9Tails
    12:21 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now to wait for the inevitable KyoAni anime adaption... :)

    Comment by Cerenado
    14:27 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    She's a tale-telling sign I suppose.
    Although there still has yet to be a LB! one.

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    Comment by Riot Gear
    14:01 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've seen much of Rei clones sightings and now Haruhi clones emerges.

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    Comment by stewie
    13:27 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Heh, before reading the title, i immediately thought it was haruhi. plagiarism!

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    Comment by Atma
    08:59 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ouch. Can't wait to hear the explanation for this one.

    Comment by project_arms
    08:52 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol perfect green tsuntsun eye isn't it?
    Even she resemble haruhi but still she still have some charm on her :)
    But, key sure have their hands working on many project, aren't they :))

    Comment by Blue Wizard
    05:36 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    First things first, Maeda isn't a writer but a scenario writer. He never did a story alone, only character routes(which tends to be the best of the games he worked). In fact, he's primarily a composer, so he's probably working on this with the music.

    And this possibly isn't a Key work, but one of the other companies affiliated to VisualArts. When you say "Key announces..." is nothing but speculation, there isn't a single Key logo in this website just a flash animation with two names.

    She does resemble Haruhi a bit though, specially the pose, but everything else is baseless conjecture.

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    Comment by linkinstreet
    07:31 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0) <-- got a fukken large Key logo thar at the bottom right corner

    Comment by Paparazzi of the East
    02:46 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They deliberately do this so that KyoAni would choose to animate it over Haruhi 2(after Litter Busters! obviously)

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    Comment by Omochikaeri
    19:07 29/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And after Tomoyo After... please don't skip it, KyoAni!

    Comment by blue_blue
    15:32 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who needs Haruhi 2 anyways?

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    Comment by Loli Star
    02:28 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That does NOT resemble Haruhi Suzumiya at all.
    The eyes are different and doesn't Haruhi have 2
    knots on her hairband?

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    17:34 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)



    Comment by Anonymous
    07:56 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nissan GT-R coming to America

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    Comment by Loli Star
    08:39 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only noobs call the R35 a GTR.

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    Comment by Aaron
    08:11 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just saw one on the road today -- white. AWESOME!

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    Comment by motaku96
    07:35 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Certainly just a coincidence. Anyone can look like haruhi if they have the proper accessories.

    Comment by Foxx
    22:42 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Interview from Dengeki G:

    Summary of Interview:
    * Around the time when work on Little Busters! was finished, Jun Maeda was approached by Aniplex's Toba(?) who said that he wanted to work together. The official presentation was in October of 2007.
    * "The story takes place in the afterlife." "The main characters are all dead persons." "Battles are a highlight [of this series]."
    * The main characters have all led unreasonable lives previously, and belong to the SSS (Shinda Sekai Sensen, Dead World Battlefront), which battles angels(Angel?) in order to rebel against God, who had bestowed them such a fate. Their leader is Yurippe.
    * The SSS members use guns and the angels use supernatural forces in battles that unfurl.
    * The main characters have led unreasonable lives and then died, and thus are rebelling against God. The story of their rebellion against God is intended to hopefully convey a feeling of "life is wonderful, and even though it is unreasonable at times, it is still precious."
    * Na-Ga was chosen by Maeda at the beginning of 2008.
    * Yurippe's design is supposed to be that of a girl with "a demanding(?) personality, an air of leadership and long hair."
    * Maeda: "Since my current favorite heroine is Persona 4's Yukiko Amagi, heroines obviously should have hairbands!"
    * About 30 or so characters (including minor characters) have been designed.
    * In the SSS, in addition to Yurippe, there's a Decoy Squad and a Tsurikichi.
    * The Decoy Squad "Girls Dead Monster" (GalDeMo for short) would put on a sudden live event to grab everyone's attention and Yurippe and the main squad would carry on their battle plans. A(?) tsurikichi is a professional at baiting.
    * Na-Ga: "I've completed the designs, so right now I'm just waiting to see if there's more work to be done."
    * Maeda: "I've finished the general structure of the story and the plot for all the episodes."
    * Opening and Ending Themes are currently in production. If possible, Maeda(?) would like to have a hand in the composition of all the vocal songs. GalDeMo song(s) are also slated.

    Planning: Jun Maeda
    Director: Yutaka Yamamoto (Ordet)
    Series Composition: Jun Maeda
    Character Design: Na-Ga
    Lead Animation Director: Satoshi Kadowaki
    Prop Design: Keiko Nakaji
    Color Setup: Kazuko Nakajima (?)
    Art Director: Atsushi Morikawa
    Art Setup: Emi Kesamaru (?)
    Cinematographer: Takeshi Hirooka
    Editing: Kentarou Tsubane (?)
    Music: Jun Maeda, Shinji Orito
    Sound Director: Hiromi Kikuta
    Production Assistance: Ordet
    Animation Production: A-1 Pictures
    Production: Aniplex

    So this is an original project between Jun Maeda/Aniplex/A-1 Pictures, KyoAni isn't involve here so whatever Key game KyoAni plans on adapting it won't be affected/delayed by this.

    Anyways looking forward to this. Considering this is being writen by Jun Maeda who's the writer for Key games and it's being directed by Yutaka Yamamoto who directed Kannagi, this may turn out to be pretty good. Music should be great as well since it's being done by Shinji Orito who did music for Air/Clannad.

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    Comment by GHS
    14:22 01/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anime, eh. Heh, too bad, I was hoping it'd be another game along with Rewrite. Well I guess this is good too. And hey, maybe Key will make it into a game down the road. Plus since Kyo-ani isn't involved then I don't have to worry about them getting bogged down again by shows I don't feel like watching.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:42 29/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sweet, Maeda's back. And I was afraid Key's stories would go downhill after he left, but I guess at least one more game will grace his name.

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    Comment by GHS
    14:46 29/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oops, forgot to put my name down. The anom comment above is made by me, hahaha.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:39 29/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Willing to bet KyoAni commissioned this so they can milk even the Haruhi likenesses for all they're worth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:16 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think visualart's key should take a break from producing new visual novels

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    Comment by GHS
    14:45 29/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What would they do instead then?

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    Comment by Omochikaeri
    19:09 29/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe they could take their characters and make some official fighting games out of them...

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    Comment by GHS
    14:38 30/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think some other guys did that with some characters from Air and Kanon. Something Hearts '98 or something, I forget.

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    Comment by GHS
    17:03 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh ya, that was it, Glove on Fight. Hahaha, cute game. Wonder if I still have it...ahh probably not, oh well.

    Comment by Carrie
    15:31 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd imagine you're talking about the "The Queen of Heart" games, right? They're actually based on Leaf characters, rather than Key.

    "Glove On Fight", another fighting game by the same circle, does have a couple Kanon characters in it, though - and the circle has done other stuff with them as well (a shooter, for instance.)

    But yeah, the same premise applies.

    Comment by Newprimus
    17:11 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    First I apologize that I can't find the exact link or title of the game, but there's already been an eroge that has an entire cast seemingly ripped from Haruhi. They look similar, and their personalities seemed similar too.

    Comment by OutstandingMediocrity
    21:04 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    The resemblance is uncanny. I sense billions of "Separated At Birth?" fanarts on the near horizon.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    08:38 29/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Does Key still do ero?

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    Comment by GHS
    14:45 29/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hahaha, uh, Key has always done ero. The only non-ero game they made that didn't get an ero version that I know of was Clannad, and they made an ero sequel of sorts of it in the form of Tomoyo After, based (obviously) after Tomoyo's storyline in the original Clannad.

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    Comment by GHS
    14:24 01/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh ya, there was also Planetarian, that wasn't ero either. But it was pretty short compared to their other games, so I don't really think it counts.

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    03:16 29/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)



    Comment by Anonymous
    02:17 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'm relatively sure they did this on purpose considering kyoto animation turns all their stuff into anime.

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    Comment by Kinny Riddle
    01:43 28/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So Rewrite doesn't involve Maeda, but this one will?

    It's hard for me to accept that this isn't a belated April Fool's, the resemblance with Haruhi is too uncanny to be a coincidence. But if it's true, we'll just see what it's all about.

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    Comment by vin-nii
    18:57 27/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi...

    I get it now XD

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    20:09 27/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Obsidian
    18:58 27/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love those eyes. I'll be rooting for this.

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    Comment by TsubasaNoTenshi
    18:52 27/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It will be interesting to learn more details about the game, mainly the genre. Although its not very hard to speculate.

    On topic, I do indeed recall the cult, it was no small one, but feasibly a little visual analysis will be in order, to aid those who fail to behold the resemblance.

    Comment by doeman
    18:43 27/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    fake. has to be.

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    Comment by maru
    19:15 27/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Uhh. nekomimi cosplay..? Well at least the PV looked convincing.

    And yeah what about Rewrite?! >_>

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    Comment by Tate
    19:54 27/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    hmmm... coincidental? probably not. but the resemblance is hard not to notice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:06 27/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Original character. Do not steal.

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