I know I’m not the only one who has waited a long time for Amagi Brilliant Park to head to the UK but here it is at last! Kyoto Animation’s adaptation of the on-going light novel series is a good one, blending humour and a light-hearted nature that has a lot of fun with itself, and it’s easy to laugh right alongside it.
Intelligent student Kanie Seiya is lead to believe that he’s going out on a date with the gorgeous, yet reserved, Sento Isuzu at the Amagi Brilliant Park. Thinking he’s in for a fun day, he’s disappointed when he arrives to see that the theme park is run down and barely gets any visitors. Instead of a date, it turns out that Sento and Princess Latifa Fleuranza want him to become the park’s new manager instead.
It’s easy to laugh right alongside it.
With the realisation that all of the employees are magical beings known as Maple Landers, who use the energy of people having fun to live, Kanie takes on his new role with stride to prevent the park from being closed down. The park needs to reach 500,000 visitors within three months, so the park has its work cut out for it! It’s funny and outlandish, and proved to be a great watch which I’d happily put on again in future. It’s easy to digest with an interesting, uplifting plot, and its release ahead of Summer is fantastic timing — this is an anime based at a theme park during the warmer seasons, after all! Expect plenty of water!
It’s no secret that Kyoto Animation create some of the most beautiful anime out there, and Amagi Brilliant Park is colourful, bright and an absolute feast for the eyes — this is one damn good-looking anime, and that’s an undeniable fact. Distinctive character designs, adorable mascots (well, at least they look adorable) and an amusement park that looks like bundles of fun, Amagi Brilliant Park will keep your eyes glued to the screen otherwise you’re risking missing out on another wonderful frame. Kyoto Animation clearly had a lot of fun with this one, and it’s nice to see them make the most from the concept.
One damn good-looking anime, and that’s an undeniable fact.
Look at the sky – it’s magic hour! Those are lyrics that’ll stay in your head as they’re the first words of the OP, and they’re catchy — they’re already in English, so have fun singing along to only those words and fumbling through the rest. Did I do that? No. Of course not. Heh. The soundtrack is upbeat and vibrant, matching the atmosphere of the show and it’s pleasant to listen to. The voice-acting across both English and Japanese is solid and well-acted — I wasn’t so enamoured with the performance at first, but I quickly grew to adore Molly Searcy’s stoic take on the strict but well-meaning cast leader Sento.
I now have my fingers crossed in hopes that the light novels get licensed for release in English.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re remembering that I’m actually not that much of a fan of Kyoto Animation, and that maybe I’ve had a change of heart. And you know what? You’re right. Kyoto Animation fill a hole for me that didn’t need filling before, and their colourful, humourous shows are captivating to me now. Amagi Brilliant Park is an exciting ride where the employees have to do something that’s nigh impossible, and all they want to do is be happy and see others being happy — pretty cool, huh? I’m happy that Manga UK have brought this over and I now have my fingers crossed in hopes that the light novels get licensed for release in English too. I’d be happy to revisit Amagi Brilliant Park again, and it has lived up to its name.
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