After what we saw in last week’s episode, I guess the big questions will be 1) why does this episode exist, and 2) why does it exist here?
— “Not bad, but not great. The problem is that none of it leaves an impression. How should I put this? … Stuff like this isn’t exactly rare. The fundamentals are all there, but the only response it elicits is a yawn.”
Oh, I see Kanye has seen Amagi Brilliant Park, too! But seriously, his words describe this show to a tee. It’s not bad, but it’s not great. And nothing that we’ve seen over the past three months will leave much of an impression. Will you remember this show in a year? Two years? Hell, I probably won’t even remember it in a month. It’s only claim to fame is making fans think that KyoAni has return to their “roots,” a.k.a. giving us shiny boobs over shiny abs.
— But hey, KyoAni shouldn’t feel too bad. We’ve all phoned it in from time to time. I have as well. But a spade is a spade, and this show is just… it’s nothing, man. It treads that dreaded middle ground between exalted greatness and memorable trainwreck.
— So the goal is to make a promotional video for the park, but Tricen’s first attempt is about as fun as watching the average Fate/stay night episode. As a result, Kanye has our little triceratops friend go around and ask the rest of the staff members for ideas. First things first, Moffle echoes Kanye’s sentiments. I guess they’re more alike than they think, and this is probably why they butt heads with each other. And they both have that strange affection for the show’s most boring character.
— Moffle’s solution? Have everything explode. Calm down there, Michael Bay. This is a cheesy amusement park for kids.
— Macaron wants the visuals and the music to be more “aggressive.”
— Meanwhile, Tiramie is… pretty damn creepy. Another way to describe this episode: “Too many cooks will spoil the broth.” Oh, the wacky hijinks that come from having the eccentric staff members pitch in their ideas!
— C’mon, Fiddy… how can you not recognize your own thighs?
— When it comes time to asks the Elementario, Kobori channels Gou. Unfortunately, Tricen’s execution of her ideas are, well, a touch misguided.
— Muse, on the other hand, suggests that the PV includes shots of… just water. Literally just various bodies of water. Holy shit, I know you’re the faerie of water, but that is the lamest idea out of all the suggestions that we’ve heard so far.
— Meanwhile, Salama somehow has videos of Muse sleeping in bed. I’m sure shippers out there are tickled pink by this, but this is just as messed up as Tiramie’s “lewd” pictures.
— Sylphie is just boring.
— It’s finally time to ask the most important person for ideas. Y’know who that is. The park’s most important person is the same person who keeps herself cooped up in one area and does absolutely nothing to help the park. Yeah, that’s the one!
— At this point, I’d just tell Kanye to make a video, because he seems to think he knows what he wants to see. So why don’t our boy genius just have a crack at it?
— I’ve always wondered why the accountants got to look relatively normal compared to everyone else…
— But yeah, Tricen is now asking the lesser characters for their contributions. Other than one or two amusing looks into these characters’ personalities, however, most of them are pretty bog standard.
— It’s just the age-old problem of trying to do everything at once. If you do so, you’ll end up succeeding at nothing. Maybe this is the show’s veiled critique at itself. Who knows? Maybe. ‘Cause I mean, just look at this very episode. It’s one way to give us a glimpse into these characters’ personalities, but it’s done in a very lazy way. And other than a few exceptions, it doesn’t tell us anything new either. We already know that Moffle wants to be an action hero. We already know that Tiramie’s a pervert. And on that note, this episode seems better suited as an episode that introduces us to the rest of the cast rather than something to cap off the entire series. This should’ve been the third or fourth episode, maybe. It certainly shouldn’t have been the last episode.
— In the end, we see the final draft that includes everyone’s contributions, and I guess the humor here is supposed to lie in the absurdity of it all. We see action, we see creepshots, we see mundane footage of the Diggeries doing construction work… But the truth is that none of this is really all that absurd or silly. Tricen ends up making something that, to me, is just as boring as his first PV.
— The best part is how we’ve seen all of these clips already, but we now get to see them again stitched together! C’mon, man, it’s the last episode. Are you really going to be this lazy?
— Kanye reluctantly goes with the original PV, but Tricen says he leaked the twisted one online anyway. Okay then.
— And that’s it. That’s the last episode. Well, that was definitely one way to send this series of…
— Final word on Amagi Brilliant Park? Well, the show has some charm, but you can tell that KyoAni was phoning it in the entire time. Not once did the show make me roar with laughter. When it did try to inject some drama into the story, it was too little, too late. I hardly know anything about these characters, so obviously, I’m not going to cry for them. I don’t suppose the light novels are much better, but even so, the studio should’ve had the vision to pull it together. But maybe they’re just too busy working on other things1, and they just needed Amagi Brilliant Park to fill up a time slot. I wouldn’t know. I just know I won’t miss it.
— Honestly, I kept waiting for this episode to turn into a PV for a future sequel to the show or something. That would’ve been slightly clever, at least.
1 I hear Tamako Market has a good love story, but then again, my Twitter feed says a lot of things that I don’t necessarily agree with. Plus, I don’t particularly like going back to watch older series unless they’re said to be exceptional. Oh well. So what’s next for a KyoAni, anyway? A Beyond the Boundary movie? Wow, really? Did people even like Beyond the Boundary?