Hello all, and once again welcome to the review. Today we will be covering Amagi Brilliant Park, a fun comedy anime. Just to warn some of our new readers, there could be minor SPOILERS!
Now, without further ado, let us begin the review!
Summary: Seiya was forced to accept an invitation to an amusement park by the mysterious and beautiful girl Isuzu. What he didn’t know was that she would bring him to the decrepit Amagi Brilliant Park, Japan’s most disappointing amusement park. Seiya is introduced to the leader of the Park, the “real princess” Latifah, who suddenly entrusts him with saving the park, which is in danger of shutting down. Amagi Brilliant Park, it turns out, is not just any amusement park, but rather one populated by fairies. -Anime News Network
Amagi Brilliant Park provides the viewer with an unconventional setting and pretty original plot, and does so masterfully. The setting is probably my favorite aspect of the show, and provides the perfect playground for all character interactions. The plot is also notable for not falling into the stereotypical ecchi story it may first appear to be, as there is an actual plot. It is even absent of “boing physics.” While the plot is fun and paced very well, there are a few holes. Notably, the random occurrences within the park can feel like filler, and the very last episode does not add anything to the story, as the story actually ends in the second to last episode. Another criticism is the presence of a deus ex machina element that steers away the intense mood of the ending, and makes it feel rather convenient. That being said, the ending is very solid and satisfying nonetheless. The opening scene is also perhaps one of the best and most entertaining openings to a series I have seen in a long time.
The plot is heavily character driven, and as such, the characters are a fantastic group to deal with. The show does not suffer from an overloaded cast. While it does have a lot of characters, the extras are not focused upon or contribute significantly to the plot. This helps the cast not feel crowded. The main characters that are focused upon are well developed and surprisingly in depth at times, displaying humanity when the character otherwise appears inhuman. None of the characters feel too similar, making it easy for the audience to pick out and connect with at least one character. However, one of the main character is also one of the weakest characters, and that is Princess Latifah. She is a fairly generic princess character with nothing that makes her stand out from the otherwise amazing cast. As she is a vital part of the story, her bland characterization causes the plot to lose some momentum.
The animation is very good with this show, and definitely fits the theme of an amusement park by keeping it bright and colorful. The art also is consistently crisp and well drawn.
The soundtrack is excellent for this show, and is what you would expect of a show about an amusement park, being cheerful and upbeat. It is not repetitive, however, and changes to fit the mood quite well, especially during more serious moments.
Amagi Brilliant Park is without a doubt a comedy, and as such, it not too serious about displaying specific themes. It does, however, promote perseverance and hard work, both of which one must possess if they mean to accomplish their tasks. The show does an excellent job of showing this in their characters, especially Kanie, who does whatever it takes to accomplish the goals necessary. However, being reckless in one’s decisions carries the risk of negative consequences, which the show also warns about. However, the themes expressed are shown on a much more shallow level than the show could have pulled off, and some of the accomplishments the characters pull off seem more like a indirect result rather than planned. This is most likely a result of the story being, again, a comedy and not having to focus on story elements more than making humorous moments. I want to take the time to address also the melodrama present in the show. I know this a huge criticism point to much of the American audience, but Japan is much more a fan of the melodrama. In my personal opinion, the melodrama adds an extra layer to the characters, and makes them all the more human. The show still remains primarily a comedy, and a very good one at that.
Final Score: 8.8/10
Final Grade: B
Amagi Brilliant Park is my all-time favorite anime. It is just absolutely stunning. It has a concept that I had not seen before which was nice. It also made for an interesting setting. Most of the anime takes place in a theme park which I thought was a cool idea. The absolute best part of the anime though was the characters. They all felt so real, from the perverted mascots to the cocky Kanie. Even though most of the characters were not human they acted like very human like. Even side characters like the ruby dragon and the elementario were amazing. Sadly some characters fell a bit short compared to the others. One of these was Latifa, she just felt like another princess that needed saving. There just was not anything special about her. I also felt that the last episode was out of place, after things got serious this episode came out tying to lighten the mood and it just seemed out of place and repetitive. But over all this is an awesome anime. I wish I could give this anime a 10 out of 10 but I cannot with its flaws, I would how ever give it a 9.5 out of 10. It is a great anime and I recommend it if you are looking for an anime that is a good comedy. – B-Ro
More people need to know about this show!!! I must thank RishRaff and B-Ro for getting me to watch this series. I absolutely loved it! It reminded me exactly why I love anime so much. The concept is very original and extremely attention grabbing. It makes you want to visit this park. There’s also a lot of fairy tail (not the anime I’ve never seen, I mean the concept with princess and dragons and such) inspiration. I realize this isn’t everyone’s thing, but I love it. The plot motivation is also very well described, and makes you root for the characters to meet their goal. Speaking of characters, I freaking loved every single one of them. The mascots were hilarious (especially Tiramie. I lost it every time Tiramie talked). Kanie and Sento are also really great and interesting protagonists. All of the characters are extremely memorable, especially considering that there are so many of them. I do wish the show was longer so more could’ve been done with them, but that problem would be solved with a season 2 (please be a season 2!!!). The soundtrack is also incredible. The upbeat music (the composer really loves saxophones) is fun and fitting, and the more atmospheric music is really memorable and beautiful. The opening and closing bring a huge smile to my face, which this show as a whole always managed to do. Though there were tense moments with me being on the edge of my seat. There were almost tears at one point, but this show to me was much more happy. I felt for these characters and became immersed in the conflict. There is so much heart and charm here, and I cannot recommend this series more. Notice this gem!!!
Final Comments: Amagi Brilliant Park is much more than it intially appears, with amazing characters being its greatest boasting point. This comedy is more than worth watch once its minor flaws are overlooked.
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