- Title: Amagi Brilliant Park ( 甘城ブリリアントパーク )
- Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Comedy, Magic
- Studios: Kyoto Animation
- Episodes: 13 – 24min (Completed)
- Date: 7 October 2014 — 26 December 2014
- Source: Light Novel
Seiya Kanie, a smart and extremely narcissistic high school student, believes that the beautiful but reserved Isuzu Sento has invited him on a date at an amusement park called Amagi Brilliant Park. Much to his chagrin, not only is the location a run-down facility, the supposed date is merely a recruitment tour where Sento and Princess Latifa Fleuranza, the owner of the theme park, ask him to become the park’s new manager. Their cause for desperation? As stipulated in a land-use contract, Amagi has less than three months to meet a quota of 500,000 guests, or the park will be closed for good and the land redeveloped by a greedy real-estate company.
Seiya is won over by the revelation that Amagi is no ordinary amusement park; many of its employees are Maple Landers—mysterious magical beings who live in the human world and are nourished by the energy created by people having fun. Entrusted with the hopes and dreams of this far-off enchanted land, Seiya must now use his many skills to bring Amagi back on its feet, or watch it crumble before his eyes.
Amagi Brilliant Park is an anime that I feel is low-key and underrated, for what it’s worth. With such an interesting and bizarre premise, one can already expect the direction the anime will work towards, being funny and nonsensical, while also being aware of its own underlying “dramatic” plot. Thankfully, the anime doesn’t disappoint, being funny, ridiculous but all to complement its story that’s actually quite interesting to follow.
The story of Amagi Brilliant Park is quite simple — save the theme park! Why they want to save the park, or how they go about doing it, is what essentially forms the structure to the entire narrative. And the anime does well in this department, providing depth to the whys and bringing life to the hows. Even with such a simple premise, these aspects bring in just the right amount of emotion and entertainment to make the entire story a truly lovable watch.
Speaking of lovable, the characters in Amagi Brilliant Park are also absolutely lovable. Whether it be their quirky personalities or their fascinating design, each character is able to inspire various forms of delight and emotion from the audience. Their motivations and spunk when trying to save their park were also really able to make us feel for them. The characters themselves are able to bring so much vigour and emotion into the anime. They’re weird and absurd, but you will definitely come to love them all.
Overall, the anime is not much of a drama at all, but is instead more of a light-hearted slice of life. But even then, it’s more than just a comedy or slice of life, it is actually a fun and rather wholesome show that depicts friendships and working together to evoke positive and heartwarming feelings. Of course, while being very entertaining and really fun to watch.
Should I watch Amagi Brilliant Park?
I think this anime is just the right mix of light-hearted fun and a story that gives you a good enough reason to keep watching. So if you’re in the mood to watch a pretty relaxing yet engaging story, then Amagi Brilliant Park shouldn’t disappoint.
And if you’re watching, make sure you sit through that Opening theme song because it sure does a fine job introducing the vibes of the magical fantasy world of the Amagi Brilliant Park.
That being said, I really hoped romance would’ve become a thing in this anime. While there are remnants of hope, there won’t be any actual form of romance. So maybe this one is not an anime for you hopeless romantics out there.