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    Kanade Tachibana
    Please let me believe what you believe in too. Let me believe that life is wonderful.
    Gender: Female
    Type: Antagonist Hero
    Age: 15
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese)
    Emily Neves (English)
    Status: Deceased
    Media of origin: Angel Beats

    Kanade Tachibana initially known as Angel, is the titular main character of Angel Beats. She is the Student Council President and the enemy of the SSS. The kids in the Battlefront presume she is an angel assigned to oversee their purgatory because she appears to be making people disappear.

    She is voiced by Kana Hanazawa in Japanese and Emily Neves in English.

    Good Qualities

    1. Kanade is one of the most well-written and iconic kuuderes in anime.
    2. She could be a perfect example of an emotionless girl in the first few episodes, but after Otonashi learns her name he begins noticing that she does subtly display humanity and feeling.
    3. Befitting her name, Kanade is even-tempered, polite to others and good-natured.
    4. She fights with artificial supernatural abilities. Her abilities are voice-activated and can take effect almost immediately.
    5. She can call forth a single blade or a pair of blades, one on each hand. The blades are capable of slicing through steel or even easily dispatching Shadows.
    6. Combined with her advanced skill in hand-to-hand combat, this makes her a formidable opponent for the members of the SSS.
    7. She has the ability to sprout wings from her back that, while they don't enable her to fly, can be used to slow her descent. They also allow her survive long drops, such as jumping from the roof of a building.
    8. She's one of the shortest characters in the series, being only 150 cm (4'11") tall. Yet, she's hella lot stronger than a young girl of her size should be.
    9. Her interactions with Otonashi is fun to watch, as she allows him to call her by her first name and seems to exclusively talk to and hang around him.
    10. The first episodes set her up as the SSS's main enemy, but she soon stops antagonizing them after they make her lose the position of Student Council President. She stays as a member of the main cast, even becoming the main heroine and Otonashi's love interest halfway through the anime.
    11. It is later revealed that she's actually just trying to keep the peace in the school so that the students can move on and reincarnate. The SSS is just causing useless trouble with their so-called rebellion, which forces Kanade to get in their way.
    12. One of the saddest moments in the amine is when Otonashi confesses his love to Kanade. She sadly had to tell Otonashi to confess his feelings again so that she'd disappear. He eventually does it, and she disappears. He breaks down into tears.

    The Only Bad Quality

    1. While not a bad thing, her Last-Minute Hookup with Otonashi at the finale came a bit too unexpectedly, as up to that point, it is never made evident that his feelings for her are romantic in nature or more intense that a tepid friendship.


    • Kanade's surname Tachibana means "standing" (立) (tachi) and "flower" (華) (hana/bana).
    • In the opening credits, Kanade is shown playing the piano, but it is unknown if she actually plays the instrument.
    • In the 3rd drama CD, Kanade had a later version of Hand Sonic called Hand Sonic Version 28. She commented that it is made out of fear, sadness, etc.
      • She also said that she has already made Hand Sonic Version 6-27.


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