Angels of Death Episode 2: When It Feels Like You Are Watching A Play Through Rather Than An Anime


While the first episode of Angels of Death was intriguing in its atmosphere, episode 2 kind of just walks us through a level with mediocre results.


Continuing on directly from the end of episode 1, episode 2 ends with Zack refusing to kill Rachel because of the bored look on her face but promises to kill her if she can show him a better look. Then changes his mind and promises to do so if she helps him leave the building (though apparently he entered it voluntarily because he was told he could kill people). It is all a bit convoluted and unexplained and the mysterious announcements have kind of disappeared and in exchange we have Rachel finding notes from an unnamed giggler who won’t show up until the end of the episode.


What this means is we spend most of this episode listening to Rachel make some sort of observation about the world, Zack react, usually over the top angrily with a snarl in his voice, Rachel calmly explain something, and then they go to look at the next thing. It’s all very much like watching someone play a really dull point and click adventure and all of the tension and atmosphere that was kind of promised in episode one has evaporated entirely. Which of course isn’t helped along by Zack who rotates between dumb, loud and violent, or suspicious depending on which roll of the dive the writers decided to go with for his next reaction.


We even get a ‘cut scene’ style sequence when he goes on a rampage destroying the grave stones. I’m sure someone thought that music and laughter gave it some kind of edgy tone but mostly it was just a cringe worthy sequence in amongst what was a pretty boring episode.

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23 thoughts on “Angels of Death Episode 2: When It Feels Like You Are Watching A Play Through Rather Than An Anime

  1. Zach makes the whole watching experience ten times worse since he is such an annoying character. And I agree, this epsiode was just too boring. I’d rather see something happening than get a walk through like this.

    1. Definitely a case where they haven’t really thought about what makes something a good anime and are just kind of hoping the source material props this one up.

  2. That was pretty much how I felt about episode 1: “Am I watching a Twitch stream?”

    1. I didn’t get it so much from episode 1, though it definitely had traces of it, but episode 2 just made me feel like I was watching someone very slowly playing through a level on a game.

  3. Can’t dissent from this point of view. Very plodding and directionless episode which, this early in the run, is dangerous when you’re trying to hook the audience.

    And I concur that Zack is too detestable a character to invest in as either a villain or reluctant makeshift protagonist. Hope this show picks up again soon or it will end up in the dropped pile.

    1. It is a shame that I had so little fun in episode 2 when this sort of story seems like it is exactly the kind of thing I should like. Yet the execution, particularly in this episode, left a lot to be desired.

  4. Zack is beginning to remind me of a certain character who we both loved very much and who is called Asta ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
    Seriously though what a let down. While the first episode had itโ€™s flaws it at least made up for this with a pretty good atmosphere and vibe. This one though…seriously what were they thinking. And that gravestone rampage scene was completely cringeworthy…ugh….Really hope that episode 3 takes the show back to being creepy else I might end up stopping to watch this.

    1. The gravestone rampage really was jarring. It was just like they inserted a game cut scene into an anime rather than thinking about how best to convey the idea in anime form.

      1. Totally agree. Itโ€™s one of those scenes where you think: โ€œ hmm…if I show this to people they must think Iโ€™m completely mad that I am watching this lolโ€. Fingers crossed hopefully it will become at least a little bit better next week ๐Ÿ˜Š

    2. His voice might actually be worse than Asta’s. Its actually really infuriating, because other than that, I am kind of enjoying it so far.

      1. I don’t think anything is worse than Asta’s voice. I mean ,time and distance have kind of faded the memory but just the thought of checking out one of those YouTube compilations where they put it all together makes me wince and Zack hasn’t managed to make me want to mute the show yet. (I say yet as there is still plenty of time for him to do so.)

        1. I know what you mean. I probably should have specified that I was talking about his laugh. That thing really puts me on tilt every time I hear it.

      2. Haha: I have to agree with Karandi in this: but when it comes to his laugh I completely agree with you too: seriously annoying and that ‘s putting it mildly ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

        1. Maybe we need a scale of characters with annoying voices. Zack’s laugh would definitely put him right up there but Asta’s in a league of his own.

    1. He definitely annoys me with his over the top laugh and the fact that we really haven’t learned anything of note about him yet. But nothing really happened here.

      1. Rachel learned some stuff but it was all hidden from the audience. I can inner a bit from that and the OP but yeah. Too much Zach being dumb one this one.

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