Posted by psgels on 17 February 2010 with categories: Kobato



Well, I’ve got to hand it to Clamp: they did it again. Kobato is a great example of why an anime doesn’t necessarily need huge production-values or incredibly solid direction, in order to have a soul. Wonderful characters can be written with any kind of budget, and while it definitely helps, it’s definitely not a necessary.

Because really: at this point I’ve been completely captured by Kobato’s charms. This isn’t exactly like Letter Bee, in which the characters have enough charms for me to keep watching, this is something more: at this point I consider Kobato to be a genuinely good series and I really admire how well the creators managed to flesh out Kobato and make her such a likable lead.

When it first appeared, the debt-problem sure seemed cheesy. But here’s the thing: it was cheesy, if it just was introduced and resolved within one episode. At this point the debt problems have evolved in a great driving force for the drama among the characters. It ain’t gonna destroy the world, we’re not stuck in a cheesy love triangle. Instead we have a bunch of people who try to protect something that they truly care for, even though the odds slowly stack up against them.

This kind of character-development was really what I was hoping for when I gave this series a chance.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

4 Responses

  1. Alec says:

    It’s nice they’re already moving on to the storyline, but the previous eps were a train wreck..hope they dont do that again…

    many people will hate me for this… In my opinion Kobato (anime) is a bit overrated… I respect clamp for their work. I havent read the manga, so i cant give an opinion about that.

    also, i wonder how she got to fill her MYSTERIOUS bottle MYSTERIOUSLY xD in a short amount of time…If we think logically, that would be impossible coz she has work, and some sort of stuff to do …Unless!!! she visits a friend’s house who OWNS a computer with an internet connection (preferably wireless) and make her own blog about healing/comforting and stuff, then etc etc etc etc (u get what im talking about)

  2. San says:

    I’m reading manga. I find anime pretty off compare to manga. BUT, I did like how anime picks up on their own pace. Anime is kind of ahead of manga but this episode follows arc in manga expect for Domoto part. Her bottle doesn’t even that filled fast too.

    CLAMP did fantastic job with overseeing this anime production. I agree with you about how they did with character-development. It is greatly bonus for anime.

    I’m interested how CLAMP will do with the final episode. I hope not a train wreck episode.

  3. psgels psgels says:

    Alec: you have to consider that nine months have passed since the start of this series. Kobato could have helped a lot more people in the time that this series didn’t show us.

  4. inkka says:

    Wow! This ep rocks!

    I’m bother for a few times ago.About the romance of this anime. It looks shoujo. It’s have some hint for that way. and I wait that It want to progress in that way or not.

    But I glad that they did because it make character development of kobato and fujimoto not look so flat and blurred anymore.(Second part of this series give hint enough) and the way that they used are not forced at all.(It’s great to see Doumoto appear again in the some big role.)

    So..it’s the time now! Kobato Let’s rocks!

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    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 04:51 AM)
    I still figure Shirobako is a dream the writers had of wanting attractive young girls working in their dingy workplace that they’ve realized into a series.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 04:48 AM)
    I know theres a hentai doujin out there of the big glasses guy and he’s based on seiji Mizushima =<
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 04:43 AM)
    Oh..dear…knowing that shirobako, that some of the characters are designed after a few real people thats going to be awkward if I ended up finding any of them attractive lol
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 04:29 AM)
    :facepalm: I meant the Asus looks decent
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 04:28 AM)
    Aidan: the Aidan looks decent, and supposedly has good fans that aren’t horrendously loud so that’s a plus. You will still need headphones though, and it’s not too expensive so can last you a couple years, at which point I would recommend getting another one for the next 3-4 years.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 04:14 AM)
    Also shirobako was referred to once somewhere as this generations Honey and clover, that got my attention.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 04:13 AM)
    I have very little issue with your review of shirobako Aidan, in fact it actually encourages one/me to actually go out and watch it, however, I can’t say I like the “Required to watch” line, often I find things like that sound like the reader feels “forced” after reading it. I’m not going out of my way to be insulting as I said its a good review, its just something I learned/was taught/picked up.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 04:04 AM)
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 03:56 AM)
    Also when do you estimate you will finish Garo? I would like to see your review for it sometime.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Apr 1. 2015 03:51 AM)
    *employee

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