A story with room for own interpretation can be a good thing. On the other hand it can leave the viewer behind with too many questions at the end. Is a series that leaves room for the imagination the best way to bring a franchise to a close or do we want all the answered filled out?
The case of Angel Beats is an interesting one. The setting is designed that many questions from the main cast are left unanswered. We don’t know the back stories or their motivations for joining Yurippe in her quest to punish God. But not only do we know little about the characters, the place and time our cast is in, is also little described.
In the first place this is not a problem. The series manages to work its way to the end, without giving answers to all the questions the viewer may have. On the flipside, would the setting be too difficult to comprehend for the viewer? Or did the creator have difficulty in creating his own world?
It is hard to imagine that the creator would have had difficulty in shaping his own imagination. His inspiration comes from many different beliefs, which are molded into the setting of Angel Beats. But revealing too much could lead to a misunderstanding, such as the arguments against its factual accuracy on the subjects it tries to discuss.
Letting this assumption go leads to another possibility why this series didn’t took its sweet time to tell us all about the world and characters that were displayed. A reason could be that the series’ budget wasn’t as high as it should have. It is difficult to decide whether a series will be a success or a complete failure that is best to be forgotten. The producer had to decide or it would be wise to dedicate a large budget and perhaps putting the future of the company at risk.
The cry for a sequel is easily made and I couldn’t agree more. But carefully considering the reasons for not choosing to create a sequel, one could be happy with the show that has already been delivered. And leaving something to the imagination can make the series last, even after it stopped.