Sound the alarms! Kanye has fallen ill! ‘Cause y’know, they’ve been working super hard and everything.
— No seriously, the official explanation is that he caught a cold from working too hard. But even in his sick bed, Kanye wants to do his paperwork. Now that’s dedication. But isn’t this a waste of his talents? Can’t he delegate this responsibility to the average paper-pusher?
— Fiddy suddenly appears in the infirmary and tries to seduce Kanye, but the giant zipper tag on her head is a dead giveaway. Yeah, what we saw at the end of last week’s episode was just Tiramie showing off his Fiddy suit. I don’t even want to know how these perverted mascots got it to look so accurate. In any case, they’re having a blast teasing their sick boss.
— And oh yeah, we should’ve known a pure-hearted maiden like Fiddy would never be so forward. If you’re a shipper and you want to see Kanye and Fiddy get together by the end of this series, don’t hold your breath.
— The mascots pretty much have a recipe for disaster: have someone wear a Kanye suit and go to school in his place. For the first day, that someone ends up being Fiddy, but still, what would be so bad with missing a few days of school?
— But on a more important level, this is yet another episode that has, well, nothing to do with improving the park. It’s funny, really. It feels like we’re watching a spin-off series. Like in some parallel universe, I watched the actual Amagi Brilliant Park and greatly enjoyed it. Then emboldened by the show’s success, KyoAni decided to release a bunch of side stories that are tangentially related to the main stories. And seeing as how I so greatly enjoyed the original series, I also enjoyed the spinoff! Alas… the spinoff is the real thing, and the main story is still MIA with only a month left in the season to go.
— Apparently, Shiina has a crush on Kanye, but that’s to be expected. This is an anime, after all. If you’re a main character, you pretty much have to beat cute anime babes off of you with a stick. The ugly part? She’s almost half his height.
— He (she?) then opens his locker to find a love letter inside it. No one’s blowing up the locker this time, I see. It later turns out that the girl had slipped the letter into the wrong locker (she really likes some guy by the name of Kimura instead), but Fiddy-as-Kanye makes the mistake of treating her with kindness. As a result, she has a crush on Kanye now. Man, it’s hard to be an anime main character.
— The following day, it’s Macaron’s turn to play pretend-Kanye. Needless to say, he does a terrible job of it. He tells a teacher off, he scares Shiina away, and last but not least, he ends up losing his head over the whole love letter ordeal. It’s a long story. Still, he manages to keep the love story between Kanye and Kanae going, so hey, that’s something!
— You can see where the story is going, though. Each day is just going to get worse and worse as crazier people take over. I’m not sure why Fiddy couldn’t handle all four days herself, but hey, this is for our amusement.
— Finally, Moffle takes a crack at being Kanye for a day. Our short-tempered bear predictably loses it at first, but when he suddenly goes on a rant, we actually learn something interesting about him — something that has to do with Latifah and her mother as well. He clearly has the best day out of the four. When juxtaposed with the the confused looks on the faces of Kanae’s friends, his super-serious and super-sad story about losing his love to a bitter rival actually made me laugh.
— Having recovered from his illness, Kanye shows up in a Kimura costume to save the day… because hey, he’s the main character, so he’s always got to save the day. And for that, Shiina likes him even harder.
— All in all, it’s a light-hearted episode that doesn’t advance the story whatsoever. Instead, it tries to offer characterization on the four Kanye wannabes. Unfortunately, the episode doesn’t even try to subvert our expectations. Outside of Moffle, of course. Even if the anime is going for humor, this was still a golden opportunity to see our mascots in a new environment and have them grow a bit as characters. No, they don’t have to grow up before our very eyes, but we could have at least seen another facet to their personalities. But for the most part, Amagi Brilliant Park goes for the easy jokes.
— Like I’ve said, every recent episode has felt like an inconsequential side story. The anime is basically Fumoffu with one crucial difference: there isn’t a bigger picture to help us really and truly appreciate these light-hearted moments. For example, Sousuke’s bizarre logic totally works on the battlefield, because he’s a child soldier. As such, it’s even funnier when we see him try to fit in with normal society. If we just started watching Fumoffu without knowing anything about Sousuke, I’m sure you could still laugh at his antics, but you’d be missing out on a lot of context and characterization. The point is, Amagi Brilliant Park obviously has the Fumoffu feel all over it, but it’s missing that same context and level of characterization. We’re getting the dessert without the main course. The shower without the workout. The cuddling without the sex. Dessert is still enjoyable by itself. Showers are still satisfying by themselves. And of course, cuddling is still enjoyable by itself. So by itself, Amagi Brilliant Park is a mostly decent experience… but it could’ve been more. The anime dubs itself a slapstick drama, but there really isn’t any drama to speak of.
— Unless, of course, you count Fiddy looking sad when she sees Kanye effortlessly interacting with Latifah as drama… then gosh, I guess we have drama. But c’mon… why would you ever pick Latifah over Fiddy?
— I guess next week’s episode will finally have something to do with the fairies.