Angel Beats!: Key Anime with Haruhi Parody?


It seems that Angel Beats!, the latest project from Maeda Jun and Key that was reported earlier is not a in fact a game at all, but is actually an anime series.

Reports are surfacing that the similarity between the main character’s looks and those of Haruhi is intentional, and it seems set to contain Haruhi parody elements.


In the latest edition of Dengeki G’s, it has been revealed that the series will be set in the afterlife, and all the characters are already dead. The characters will be involved in a battle (whether it is tournament style is not clear) and angels will feature, all terribly original fare.

Yurippe, the Haruhi-esque lead character, heads a group suspiciously called the “SSS Group”, in order to win this battle.



Key’s other well known member, Na-Ga, is said to have completed the main storyline and also the individual stories for around 30 of the series characters, which rather suggests a lengthy title. A longer or mixed media anime seems quite possible.

As with Maeda’s other stories it will revolve around a single theme, in this case: 人生 (life).

Aniplex is set to be producing the anime, although there are no mentions of which studio will be animating it.

Observers are quick to point out that this story sounds similar to Yu Yu Hakusho or even Bleach, and the SSS Group sounds similar to the “SoS Dan”. Just how far this title will take these “references”, “inspirations” or (hopefully) parodies is not clear.

One thing that fans can be certain of is that Little Busters! will not be animated anytime soon…

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    Avatar of Necromas
    Comment by Necromas
    23:53 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyone consider that pic could just be a publicity stunt they put up when they happened to notice their main character has some resemblance to Haruhi?

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by mi
    17:51 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's ok
    it's ok
    coz it's key

    Comment by Riiku
    17:56 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If there will be a Tsuruya-like character craving for smoked cheese all the time, this is a must see for me.

    Comment by Valthonia
    18:11 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've never ever seen Key creations to be some imitate stuff, so I'll just pass on this news; probably Dengeki's try to get the heat of Haruhi on to them.

    Since Key has been more of a trendsetter studio, a sign that 'story' does sell in anime industry and pretty much an architect for the moé as we know of today, I have no fear of their productions~ -If they wanted to put some fighting in their stuff, well, why not?

    Hell, there's just 'no way' for something out of Key to be bad...

    btw, their blog is here but it seems they're just talking about music and Persona 3-4.. -.-

    Comment by anon gmt+8
    18:03 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Key: milking a cashcow that's not even theirs.

    Comment by Aldwin30
    07:38 30/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wee sounds like a good fighting anime to mee..I want one with lesss emotional factors please T_T

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    Comment by SyaoranLi
    06:27 30/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    looool, no way!!! Haruhi parody....well I cant wait for see XD

    Comment by Ivory
    05:58 30/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't care if it's a Parody of Haruhi, Evangelion, Pokemon, Mickey etc... Since it's from Key i'll watch.

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    Comment by GarethXL
    00:30 01/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    actually a slight correction about little buster!

    i have insider info from an animator that says that little buster is actually in works and it's about 50% done and if we're lucky we'll get a really late 2009 release or more reasonable a 2010 spring release.

    ohh that and they might do a re release of air or planaterium for the next project (both title still in discussion and might not be green light at all.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Cerenado
    13:32 30/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bleach + Haruhi + Clannad/Kanon? Oh wow. Impressive.
    So does this means Key is expanding into the anime industry directly?

    "One thing that fans can be certain of is that Little Busters! will not be animated anytime soon…"
    Oh great...

    Comment by dark-Zecchan
    13:07 30/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whatever, but I love both Haruhi and K-On.
    The End

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:26 30/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why the hell aren't they adapting Eternal Fighter Zero instead?

    Comment by NotAnonymous
    05:03 30/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It will probably be an anime at first then an eroge/visual novel later.

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    Comment by liveevil
    02:27 30/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see a slut in there.

    Goddammit it's like Lucky Star all over again.

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    Comment by maxchain
    04:53 30/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This might be awesome, depending on who else gets parodied on the roster. I'll keep an eye on this one!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:59 30/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There was even a Haruhi character in a SwanEye game called Hara☆Hara!! Nakadashi Gakuen Seikatsu (孕ら☆ハラっ!!~中出し学園せ~かつ, Similar appearance, similar behavior, and even similar name (涼宮 ハルヒ = Suzumiya Haruhi (_Spring_ Day?) vs. 珠洲宮 夏姫 = Suzumiya Natsuki (_Summer_ Princess)).

    Comment by Void
    03:46 30/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I had my hopes up the first time I saw the protagonist.
    The I read the story and got Shikabane Hime feeling (not good)

    I don't want to judge the show before I've seen it but it doesn't sound intrigin or exciting at all

    Comment by tragic comedy
    14:13 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    well...if its decent i guess its not too bad.

    Comment by hALOTOO
    14:08 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hajime no ip-pun

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    Comment by basilio
    13:52 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That. Is. So. Haruhi.

    Comment by Waterfall Towers
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    Comment by Obsidian
    14:17 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But do admit that you like the eyes, right Basilio? :3

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    Comment by basilio
    09:47 30/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hahaha I guess. I've always loved Key's char design (well, the newer ones... the older ones like Kanon and Air are... kinda sketchy).

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:37 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those knee socks beat Haruhi hands down(character design-wise).

    Comment by TQ
    19:23 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mmm... Zettai ryouiki.

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    Comment by basilio
    09:52 30/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rank A, no less!

    Comment by Enrai
    14:19 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's like the creators used a "random-shonen-story-generator" to create this...

    ...the lead is cute :D

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    Comment by Kaisos
    14:43 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree the story looks like shit, but, but, Jun Maeda and Key.

    This can't be bad. It probably won't be good either, but it can't be bad.

    Comment by Game8910
    14:18 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do we get a male lead called Kyun?

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    Comment by linkinstreet
    16:46 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kimi ni Mune Kyun?

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    Comment by M I N N
    14:17 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    any more originality in the world?

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    Comment by Kaisos
    14:42 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Originality has been dead since before Shakespeare.

    The quality of a work just depends on how the tired cliches are played.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:00 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So there was Gundam before Shakespeare?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:18 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who could forget the legendary 00 Trojan Horse? Remember the book in which a teenage Odysseus stole it from an Achaean research facility and fired his particles all over the city?

    Comment by Kaisos Rocks
    01:36 30/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh my god...someone actually understands the current state of originality...THANK YOU!

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    Comment by Syllen
    13:42 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd rather see little busters

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    Comment by Chrouya
    20:51 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Omochikaeri
    22:44 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd rather see Tomoyo After.

    Comment by uguuayu
    Comment by uguuayu
    22:50 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    by agreed, I mean Little Busters! Tomoyo can suck my dick.

    Comment by Ichigo69
    05:48 30/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Protip: Key/Visual Art's == sad

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    Comment by chad001
    02:38 30/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You have no dick.... but Tomoyo after would be a bad anime.. .cause it's too damn sad for an alternate world...

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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:26 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No KyoAni animation work confirmed?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:34 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Since its from key it must be a lot better than suzumya

    Comment by SnooSnoo
    15:10 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    In fact, anything beats that shit.

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    Comment by Kaisos
    15:16 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I find it funny how the same people who like K-ON can hate on Haruhi. It's ironic.

    I mean, which is more shallow? That which actually has a plot and, I don't know, decent male characters or one that's just LOL CUTE GIRLS?

    Not that I'm implying that you like K-ON. Just an observation.

    Also Haruhi is popular for a reason. Just sayin'.

    Comment by roriRABU
    20:19 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think it is just about what you expect from a show. Haruhi promised supernatural and mystery, and it didn't meet some peoples expectations. But when you go and watch K-ON you know that the best you can expect is moemoe schoolgirls fooling around and occassionally playing some music.
    So if you watch anime genres you actually like, a complex anime that you can expect more from can become shit more easily than a simple one with no particular happening.

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    Comment by Berserkhobo
    20:17 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    To all: STFU!

    Haruhi is superior, the end.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:51 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The hell is Linda?

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    Comment by Pandemonium
    00:09 30/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only reason the haruhi show doesn't supply is that itr's so fucking SHORT. Season 1 barely passes the intros. The novels are still ongoing too.

    What I'M waiting for is a completely new adaption of it, after all the novels are published.

    THAT will be spectacular.

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    Comment by chad001
    02:35 30/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the reason that K-ON! sucked was because it was a cheap rip off/cross between Haruhi and Lucky Star... so it ended up with nothing but moeblobs... becasue it didn't have Lucky Star's level of mindless (yet funny) antics, and it didn't have Haruhi's level of intelligent (yet insane) antics... so it fused two awesome shows... changed the plot, and got rid of the good points... leaving somewhat passable music, and moeblobs... that's it...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:33 30/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A few observations as to why Haruhi is a short anime:

    1. KyoAni doesn't want to screw up the Anime - plot and storywise.

    2. The author is still working on the light novels with the utmost care in writing so that the first observation mentioned is as valid as it can be.

    Just speaking my mind....

    Comment by Vince from Slap Chop
    03:16 30/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You sir, are the gayest person alive. Go watch some more Boku no Pico.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:24 30/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Your problem comes in listening to lunatic fanboys talk about K-ON! in that it sounds like you have a problem with the audience more than you have a problem with the show itself. K-ON! itself is a pretty decent show, so is Haruhi, but as Anonymous already stated, they're two different types of shows, regardless of whether or not they're made by the same animation company. They really shouldn't be compared to each other.

    tl;dr: plz2hate on the fanboys, not the show itself.

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    Comment by linkinstreet
    16:46 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gay On! is a faggotry trying to copy the awesome Linda! Linda! Linda! movie. At least Linda! Linda! Linda! was funnier, and has males.

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    Comment by Kaisos
    16:13 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're both by KyoAni. And both are set in a high school. And both have cute girls.

    That's enough for most people.

    But I was more referring to the fact that I've seen some people who despise Haruhi praise K-ON and I can't understand why.

    Haruhi is a far superior work, storywise.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:26 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sir you are a hero of our time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:53 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    How can you compare the two?
    K-ON! = slice of life (school life.)
    Haruhi = supernatural/scifi mix and Haruhi herself is insane.

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    Comment by Kaisos
    15:45 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Go fuck yourself, moetard.

    Anime needs more epic male characters to balance out the pure, contrived, utter, banal shit that is the moe genre.

    Fuck K-ON and all it stands for.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:24 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "... male characters ..."


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