Amagi Brilliant Park: Episode 10 — Back To The Plot

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Well, those comedic interludes were amusing, but we do have a main plot we have to close and only four episodes left, so guess what this week’s Amagi is centered on? Though that doesn’t mean we can’t have a sense of humor whilst getting into the grit of things.

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I think most of us could have predicted that Latifah’s weak constitution would play into the final home stretch and I was afraid that Amagi would fall under the curse most KyoAni shows do when they try to wrap things up in the final few episodes and go “super-serious” with its drama. Then I’m reminded that Kanye is the main protagonist and realized I was a fool to think the show would ever go full-on maudlin when he’s in charge. He gets frustrated of course (after all, the main character has to show some important emotion during dramatic scenes), but he never gives up or whines about the situation. He presses on and always finds a solution by the end of the episode, no matter when it starts. That doesn’t always work to the show’s advantage, but it prevents disaster at the very least.

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All that said, I didn’t find the drama all that compelling either. Ignoring the fact that the princess’s curse kind of comes off like a lesser plot-point from either of this season’s Mappa shows, this entire episode treated it more like build-up rather than an actual event. I think it was on purpose given how everything always came back to Kanye and his current situation, but it still doesn’t change the fact that I don’t really care about Latifah as a character so much as I care that she’s a plot point to prevent the “light drama” from going into the “meanderingly pointless” stuff that the majority of Shirobako indulges in. It’s not that much of a problem in the grand scheme of things, but let’s just say I’d care a lot more about how the show would end if Fiddy was the one at the heart of the “if you can’t fulfill the quota, bad things will happen” dilemma instead.

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Really? Okay then. I’m putting my trust in you regarding the finale, Amagi. Don’t let me down now.

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