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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  • ԅ(≖‿≖ԅ)
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 10:34 PM)
    @StupidPerson I am a kosher person.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 09:33 PM)
    @Emma: you might wanna check out The World Is Still Beautiful. It has that sense of adventure and just about enough comedy, light-heartedness and hypermoralisms to remind you of your haydays. I don’t know why but watching shojos brings me back to some nostalgia that I can’t quite place. Like I’ve seen a show as a kid that has been embedded in my mind but I can’t recall any details, just a vague sense of what I felt when I was watching them.
  • Awesome Person
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 09:09 PM)
    stop being salty
  • ԅ(≖‿≖ԅ)
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 09:05 PM)
    @StupidPerson Doing this thing called life.
  • Awesome Person
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 08:40 PM)
    i have come the conclusion that psgels is dead! :o if not, then where the fuck is he?
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 04:47 PM)
    Actually something like a lighthearted adventure show would probably do it.
    As for a comedy remind me did everyone condemn inferno cop on here or not again?
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 04:16 PM)
    I dunno I have this kind of desperate feeling and feel that maybe something generic or comedic is my way to get my groove back like a few years back…
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 04:14 PM)
    Back when I got back into anime/manga in 2006 after a break I watched comedies like steel angel kurumi, ouran, zero no tsukaima and it help me build back up into getting into it again, maybe I’ll read hi score girl or something. And dare I say watch blade dance where the manga left off.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 04:11 PM)
    Y’know as much as I get out of tragic romcoms, psychological drama, horror, odd scifi, genderbender, seinen action, fantasy manga, yaoi, yuri I find myself in need of some kind of jolt through something a bit generic or maybe just a comedy thats little more than that right now.
  • ԅ(≖‿≖ԅ)
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 04:06 PM)
    Maybe Celty? But I’m not really into poorly portrayed mythological creatures.

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