Posted 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 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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  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 06:16 PM)
    @JaK: Thing is, I’ve already read up about the world and characters abilities (no plot) from the wikia. So at this stage, I expect I’ve already taken the “good stuff” from Mahouka and expect nothing good from the adaptation.
    Which leaves me open to being pleasantly surprised, should it become entertaining at some point.
  • JaK
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 06:02 PM)
    you’d have to make it through the really boring enrollment arc for the hype to be justified though raggers :( ( also the arc manga covered hence the bad publicity)
  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 04:09 PM)
    Oh, and have a look at http://www.overclock.net/t/1480764/oopsie-its-a-program-that-reopens-folders-or-programs-with-customizable-keyboard-shortcuts
    A very useful program that’ll make you wonder why M$ didn’t incorporate it into Windows ages ago.
  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 04:08 PM)
    My bad, instead of “must watch” I meant “truly great”.
    I’m watching Mahouka partly because the hype demands it, and partly because the universe, and it’s rules, are very, very interesting. The hype reason is why I watched SAO, and the first half of GC (though I couldn’t handle more than that). Need to watch enough of it to have a valid opinion on it after all.
  • lohengramm
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 03:45 PM)
    Ah, and Mekakucity, because of Kagepro.
  • lohengramm
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 03:44 PM)
    i’ve read the mahouka manga and tbh i didn’t really like it … have yet to try the anime, though! for me so far the only shows i’ll definitely be following are captain earth and sidonia no kishi, most probably no game no life, and maybe hitsugi no chaika … (sorry for randomly inserting myself in here)
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 03:42 PM)
    whatever people say, that’s going to be one of the most talked-about shows of the next two seasons, need to watch at least a little bit of it.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 03:42 PM)
    Raggers, you’re missing Mahouka.
  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 03:04 PM)
    @moshokosho: There are 5 “must watches” this season IMO. In no particular order:
    Mushishi S2
    JoJo S2
    Baby Steps
    Isshuukan Friends.
    Ping Pong
  • moshokosho
    (Saturday, Apr 19. 2014 02:03 PM)
    still feeling bitter about captain earth, had been hoping for a Eureka 7, Bounen no Xamd style anime richly told

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