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“Innocent” Fun & Games: Amagi Brilliant Park Review

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Amazing! Fun! Magical! Amagi Brilliant Park is the story of a high school student who attempts to bring a miracle to a run-down amusement park.

Kyoto Animation’s Amagi Brilliant Park (2014) is based on a light novel series written by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Yuka Nakajima. A former child actor, Seiya Kanie is now a handsome, intelligent, and narcissistic high school student. One day, a strange girl named Isuzu Sento pulls out a muzzleloader and aims it at Kanie’s head. To spare his life,  Kanie forcefully goes on a “date” with Sento at the dilapidated amusement park known as Amagi Brilliant Park. He later finds out that Sento had other intentions regarding their so-called “date.”

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Amagi Brilliant Park is staffed by mystical creatures and individuals from the magical realm, Maple Land. In order to maintain their existence in the human world, the Maple Land employees gather magical energy from the guests, who are having fun at the amusement park. Yet lately, a real estate agency is pressuring for the closure of the park due to the lack of visitors and the shabby facilities.

Thus, Sento and the owner of Amagi Brilliant Park, Latifah Fleuranza, recruited Kanie to become the general manager of the amusement park; in hopes that he could be the savior of their financial troubles, and get the park back up and running for business. Kanie reluctantly agrees to help. He has three months to attract 250,000 visitors to Amagi Brilliant Park, or else it will be closed down. Can he do it? You should watch this anime to find out.

Story:

The overall plot is simple and clear: Kanie must gather 250,000 visitors to Amagi Brilliant Park in the next three months, or else, the park will be closed down forever. In each episode, Kanie and his employees must overcome some sort of predicament. These issues are like minor road bumps that they must solve as they reach their goal.

Now, I enjoyed watching the subplot in each episode. It has the right mixture of entertainment and humor. One of my favorite episodes is Episode 7: “Not Enough Pool Safety! (プールが危ない!).” In that episode, a group of Maple Land pirates cause chaos in Amagi Brilliant Park’s “Splash Ocean.” Sento, Latifah, Moffle, Macaron, and the Elementario Fairies are captured. Thus, Seiya and the other workers must rescue them and stop the pirates.

Characters:

All the characters of Amagi Brilliant Park are one-of-a-kind. They each have their own unique qualities and traits that can be used for comedic purposes. For example, Seiya Kanie cares a lot about his vanity to the extent that he constantly stares at a mirror and compliments how good-looking he is. In fact, when we are first introduced to his character, Kanie was staring at his own reflection from a store’s window and complimenting how his good-looks got him a date with Sento. I found his monologue about his handsomeness to be humorous; as a result, I looked forward to each episode for a possible vanity scene.

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Aside from Kanie, other characters have running gags that further show their personalities and traits. My favorite characters are the three main mascots of Amagi Brilliant Park: Moffle, Macaron, and Tiramie. These three are like “The Three Stooges” or what I like to call “The Three Musketeers of Stupidity.” To a certain degree, they are dedicated to their work in bringing happiness to children. However, they indulge in sinful activities such as Macaron having a gambling addiction. In addition, these three regularly go to a izakaya called Savage, and spend all their money on alcohol.

Art & Music:

So I loved the opening song, “Extra Magic Hour” (エクストラ・マジック・アワー), performed by Akino from bless4. It’s an upbeat, exciting song. A perfect song to be singing when entering an amusement park. 

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As for the art, bright and colorful, which definitely fits with the whole fantasy carnival, amusement park theme.

Unique Factors:

  • It is actually the first time I’ve watched an anime rumored to have based their characters’ names off of real-life entertainers. “Seiya Kanie” is supposedly based on the rapper, Kanye West. “Isuzu Sento” is rumored to have been based on another rapper, 50 Cent. And lastly, “Latifah Fleuranza” is possibly originated from the actress and comedienne, Queen Latifah.
  • Amagi Brilliant Park does a great job of creating a world of innocence and joy mixed with some adult humor. This is best represented by the mascots: Moffle, Macaron, and Tiramie. Although their soft, adorable exterior presents a delight to children, their personalities are “immoral and cunning.” For instance, throughout the anime, Tiramie constantly “flirts” with women. Also, these three enjoy playing pranks on their fellow colleagues even if it means getting into a lot of trouble.

Yes or No? To watch or to not watch?

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Yes. If you are looking for a fun, slice of life comedy, this is an anime that you should definitely check out. You will be most likely laughing out loud at the end of each episode.

Final Score: 8.80/10

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  1. I am intrigued by the characters, especially after hearing that they are rumored to be named after rappers like Kanye. Thank you for the review! ??

    1. In the words of Kanye West, “50 told me go ‘head switch the style up
      And if they hate then let ’em hate
      And watch the money pile up, the good life.”

      HAHA. Thanks for reading! 😀

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