1. One problem was story. The script Maeda prepared was not 1-cour, or 2-cour in amount it was....
|It's Hopeless. There is no dream. There is no hope.|
"We don't know what the story is actually trying to tell us"
"Comedy is timed very badly"
"There are too many characters"
"Plot of the start and the end does not match at all"
"Each episode is disconnected"
Thus, we can find out that the real problem actually, is not Maeda. After all, Maeda had;
No experience in animation production AT-ALL.
We can conclude that if there was ANY PERSON who is actually experienced with animation script and help Maeda to write proper animation scenario from the start, this NEVER happened. In the staff screen, Maeda is a person who is responsible for almost ENTIRE script writing of the series. We now question.
2. This is all fault of...
ANIPLEX, more specifically, PRODUCER TOBA
|Toba P is my enemy. Let's kill Toba P.|
This is where my 'everyone got fucked' chain started up. Toba is known for being almost-extreme-level Maeda Jun fan. There is NO-WAY he would've control Maeda for the good of animation production, Toba just left him to make all the script by himself because he wanted 'Pure, Uninterrupted, Masterpiece' by Maeda. This did-not-happen.
He is also responsible for degrading quality of animation screen itself. There were many many horrible 'directions' and Deen and Shaft level Sakuga Hokai, and this is NOT supposed to happen for 'PA Works' who has their own animation/sakuga team without any sub-contractions, like Kyoto Animation does. Why this happened? It is again, due to Toba PD. It was already hard enough to portray 6-cour amount of story into the screen, but their direction seemed to look even worse than what it could've been. Overall CG usage was very unsatisfying, with character design with no details at all.
The thing is... if 'Sekiguchi Kanami' was with PA Works at that time, this fail with animation did NOT happen. Toba P decided to ignore it.
Everything happened in Angel Beats was 'PREVENTABLE', and that's why I have to flame Toba P to death.
3. I saw many sales related arguments. However, I say that Angel Beats is the only animation that I actually think that sales were not deserved. I say sales of IS is deserved, Oreimo is deserved but not Angel Beats. It's solely because...;
IT DESTROYED FANS HEART, SO BRUTALLY.They were advertising the series, they were hyping the series TO THE DEATH for a bit more than ONE ENTIRE YEAR. What they gave was not worth that hype-at-all.
... that's simply enough.