Update: The countdown is over, a New Project has been announced!
A mysterious 24 hour countdown timer has been launched on the official website of Angel Beats! ticking down to 8:00pm JST on December 9th. Nothing is currently known about what the end of the countdown will reveal. Though beware about the timer when visiting the site since it changes depending on your computer’s time zone.
The only information known about the news is that it is named Operation Countdown. Other than that whatever the big reveal will be at the end of the countdown is up for speculation. It could be a new anime series, a new manga series, a video game, news about the visual novel from Key (Clannad, Little Busters!), or an anime film.
Here is the announcement of the countdown made on the official Twitter:
— Angel Beats! (@AngelBeats_SSS) December 8, 2014
Angel Beats! is a series created by Jun Maeda, which started off as a light novel series in 2009 that ran for half a year in ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki G’s Magazine. A 4-koma manga series was also created by Maeda that ran in the same magazine in the same year. In 2010, an anime adaptation was created by P.A. Works (Hanasaku Iroha, Another), which was also written by Maeda himself and directed by. The series received high praise and gained popularity, but was criticised for the lack of character development for many stories. A manga was adapted in 2010 titled Angel Beats! Heaven’s Door, which is an adaptation of the prequel light novel Angel Beats! Track Zero. Jun Maeda and Key, who are known for producing acclaimed and popular visual novels, announced that they were producing a visual novel on Angel Beats!, expanding many of the character’s backstory. Angel Beats! -1st Beat- and its subsequent releases, will be written by Jun Maeda. A mobile game based on the series was also produced.
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
Otonashi awakens only to learn he is dead. A rifle-toting girl named Yuri explains that they are in the afterlife, and Otonashi realizes the only thing he can remember about himself is his name. Yuri tells him that she leads the Shinda Sekai Sensen (Afterlife Battlefront) and wages war against a girl named Tenshi. Unable to believe Yuri’s claims that Tenshi is evil, Otonashi attempts to speak with her, but the encounter doesn’t go as he intended.
Otonashi decides to join the SSS and battle Tenshi, but he finds himself oddly drawn to her. While trying to regain his memories and understand Tenshi, he gradually unravels the mysteries of the afterlife.
Nothing is known about the reveal of the Angel Beats! website countdown. Whether it’s a new series, spin-off, board game, dakimakura or pachinko machine, we just hope it is a massive announcement.
“Angel Beats!”, images and all associated brands and titles © 2014 Jun Maeda, Key, Visual Arts, P.A. Works and the Angel Beats! Project