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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    Sometimes one rather pay few bucks a month than to go thru the hassle of backing up a whole site. Specially these archaic spreadsheets are a headache.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jul 6. 2015 05:53 AM)
    I’m sure he’ll make a post or some kind off announcement before closing down the site. This is after all the labor of his many years, and most certainly a big part of his portfolio. Look at the amount of anime content in these archives (specially considering the growing anime fandom who recently visits old works that they’ve missed) these are a serious asset to just throw away.
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    so, do you ever think about stop doing it? Or for how long you intend to keep it up? Anyway, this situation seems weird as hell. He doesn’t communicate at all but still keeps the site afloat? Aren’t you afraid that one day he might just change his mind and close this site without warning? Because he could do that if he wanted to…
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  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jul 6. 2015 02:27 AM)
    @Justwandering, Don’t feel much of anything really. Not even sure why I do it. Habit or hobby I suppose. Nope, hear nothing from psgels. People are few to come on but my control of the site is limited so I can’t give people accounts. All I have is the password to someone else’s account that could be used by others.
  • justwandering
    (Monday, Jul 6. 2015 02:07 AM)
    how do you feel about managing the site on your own so far? Do you still have contact with psgels? And, would like if someone else offered help to write stuff for the site? Like reviews and such
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jul 6. 2015 01:52 AM)
    @Justwandering, It’s possible psgels does still care about the medium but rather has gotten tired of blogging it. It’s understandable as it’s a very time consuming hobby and he likely don’t have time for it anymore.
    Still he must care somewhat seeing as someones paying for the upkeep of the site.
  • justwandering
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 11:24 PM)
    hmm… tired of the medium huh. Yeah, sometimes I get burned out too, too much crap, not enough good ones. I can’t seem to let go, there is always a couple of series keeping things afloat for me.
  • Emma
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    @justwandering: Yes Aidan is the only one upkeeping the site. K-off is too busy with life responsibilities, Ninjarealist had a crisis of confidence, feels he’s not cut out for it, lighteningbolt just vanished. Psgels is tired of the medium and has a larger social life now.
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