Type: Walt Disney meets P.T. Barnum meets Kanye West
Synopsis: A run down amusement part is so desperate for money that they hire a former child actor to be their manager. They need 500,000 visitors by the end of the Summer, or they’ll be closed FOREVER. Not 500,000 ticket sales mind you, just visitors. I’m beginning to understand why their business model was failing them.
Pros: Right off the bat, the intro song screams at you. I love that. One of my favorite parts of the show was putting an episode on and getting “LOOK AT THE SKY, ITS MAGIC HOUR!!” It got me pumped for show. I wonder why more shows don’t have musical hooks like that? Like the intro suggests, this anime is about the inner workings of a amusement park. It’s not as dry as it sounds, as the its a humorous take on the industry, right down to the 3 comic relief mascots. Out of Moffle (totally a Bunta-Kun rip-off), Macaron, and Timari, I enjoyed Macaron’s brand of cowardice the most. So what you have is the main character, Seiya Kanie, dealing with a cast of eccentrics as he tries any ploy to get more people into Agami Brilliant Park. Every episode is almost a stand alone story, dealing with things like maintenance, hiring new staff, crazy promotions, but again, all done in a comedic, almost gag strip way. The jokes and situations are all very well thought out, and you can tell that real effort and thought where put into the story. The subplot of the Agami Brilliant Park actually being populated by magical creatures also helped justify some of the zanier moments. By the end I was invested in the characters and the park itself, and found magic in a self described “not a fairy tale” setting. I wish I had seen it sooner.
Cons: Saiya never wears his cool jacket. In the intro, you see Saiya in a blue military-esque coat, giving he impression of a showman. But he never has that jacket in the show, which sucks. It would have sold his “narcissist” gimmick more. Because I liked the idea that Saiya was basically faking his way through his job, but that his outward confidence helped boost morale. This wasn’t really the case, as Saiya was actually very competent and firm, but still. For once, I don’t actually mind the large cast of characters, as the Amusement Park setting helped justify the amount of people, and why some weren’t as fleshed out as others. Some plot points did feel tacked on though. Isuzu’s crush on Saiya sorta came out of nowhere (ep. 6), with no real set up. I also felt that the idea that Latifah (the princess of the park) would die if the park closed was superfluous, mostly because the park closing was stakes enough. Latifah’s supposed death takes the tension away from the ending, because the audience knows theirs not way they’re going to kill the lady-like small princess. I did however, enjoy the “Latifah’s curse,” which states that she will lose her memory every year. We get to see this happen in the last episode, and it was tragic enough to make my eyes water, but did not affect the overall outcome of the story. On that note, I forgot to mention that magic is a thing in this show. All the mascots are magical creatures. Latifah is a straight up magical princess. The show even suggests that all amusement parks are outposts for different magical dimensions. Which I loved, and does explain a lot, but the show tended to forget that it had magic. Whenever Saiya turned on his magical powers, I was liked “oh yeah, he can do that.”
Watch it: A great, great show. (4/5)
I can see though his punches!
Best Episode: Ep.6 “Not Enough People!” (Hmm, should we hire another Luchador?)