This week’s episode is pretty much 99% slapstick and 1% drama. In way, this is… okay, I suppose. If you screw up drama, it can turn out pretty badly. Terrible drama can be a huge turn-off. On the other hand, if you screw up slapstick, well… you’d just have bored viewers, right? I mean, between this episode and last week’s episode, I guess I slightly prefer this one more. It doesn’t make me laugh, but it’s better than the slipshod drama we got last week. The only problem is that you can totally skip this episode and not really miss a beat.
But yeah, the episode doesn’t make me laugh. And honestly, I don’t really expect Amagi Brilliant Park to make me laugh. I just prefer my jokes to have a little more irony to them. Watching our heroes run through an Indiana Jones inspired obstacle course, on the other hand, is just whatever. So with little to no drama, and not a single funny joke, I can only conclude that the episode is inconsequential. It’s just there. I’ve watched it, and now, I’m ready to forget all about it. It isn’t a bad episode, but at the same time, it isn’t a memorable one.
The park is out of money, so they can’t make payroll. Legend has it, however, that there’s a great treasure hidden in the labyrinths beneath the now-defunct sports stadium across the street. So of course, instead of rolling up their sleeves and working harder, our heroes waste precious time by looking for said treasure. Naturally, they don’t find any treasure, but they do find an attraction full of traps, a mythical dragon, and more. And oh yeah, they gain some loyal employees. Last and very least, they also locate Dornell (is it a ferret?), who everyone thought was dead.
Dornell simply became a hikikomori, wasting his days away by watching anime, playing MMOs, and collecting figmas. So to temporarily solve the park’s cash flow problem, our heroes sell all of Dornell’s collectibles. Apparently, this is enough to keep the park afloat for about a month. But at the end of the day, nothing is really solved. So again, the episode is inconsequential. Well, Kanye now has access to an attraction that he can market, I suppose. He also has a stadium he could always renovate, and as a result, he could host big events… but meh.
The show’s premise isn’t bad. I do want to see how one might go about fixing an amusement park. Nothing in this episode really lends itself to fixing up an amusement park, though. It’s just our heroes goofing around for twenty-four minutes. Likewise, Kanye’s special ability is pretty cool. You can learn a lot about human nature by reading their hearts. More importantly, we finally see him use said power! Unfortunately, he uses it to answer the mythical dragon’s question. Kanye didn’t exactly waste his power, but he isn’t using it to its fullest potential either.
And that’s the episode in a nutshell. It could’ve been interesting, but it decides to goof off instead. For the show’s target audience, I’m sure the episode is a lot of fun to watch. If you actually love these characters, then why wouldn’t you like seeing them survive an attraction full of traps, orcs, and a mythical dragon? But for me, it’s just another week of wasted potential. Again, it’s not outright bad. Other than Sylphy, nothing makes me cringe. It’s just… inconsequential. If that’s okay with you, great. Personally, I’m already in the process of forgetting it.