Why is Angel Beats so highly rated? It's the same basic premise as Haibane Renmei but poorly done. Why are they attacking Kanade? Why doesn't Kanade say anything? "Hey, I'm just a regular person in this purgatory like you guys so could you please stop shooting me? I wouldn't die anyway." The band is an obvious attempt to sell soundtracks and feels out of place in an anime about the afterlife and coming to terms with one's previous life. The whole story feels incoherent, as if they switched writers every few episodes, with each writer having a different idea of where to take the show. The characters don't have any real depth. TK's only purpose is to spout random English.
It makes me sad that Angel Beats aired in 2010 and has 101,185 viewers on MAL, compared to Haibane Renmei's 28,694 viewers 10 years after airing.