Posted by psgels on 9 March 2010 with categories: Kobato



Aw, what a heart-warming episode.

I’m really glad that Kobato managed to get exactly the time it needed in order to tell its full story. I’ve said this many times before, but there are too few series that try to go beyond 13 episodes, and it’s series like this that show the heights you can reach with a little character-development. This episode wasn’t exactly the most realistic… but hey. It’s not what I expected from the episode that would wrap up the kindergarten storyline.

So, if I understood things correctly, Okiura, unable to protect Sayaka instead tried to do the only thing he could: play the bad guy, in order to prevent other bad guys from causing even more trouble for her. I remember noting how the kindergarten would certainly get its happy end… and it didn’t. It closed off in this episode, and all of the kids are away now, at other schools. It’s the price Sayaka had to pay for her father’s debts, and while everyone tried to buy her time and money, it just wasn’t enough. At least, I’m glad that Kobato managed to help her move on from that. Meddling or not, but without Kobato there would have been no way in which the two would have made up with each other, and Kobato did what you’d expect her to do, without forcing everyone to go out of character just for the sake of a happy ending. Even Okiura stayed in character, simply because we hadn’t seen so much of him yet.

Now, three episodes left… I’m getting very curious as to what Kobato’s wish is. This episode right now closed off about half of the plot, so we can expect the final three episodes to really focus on Kobato herself. I personally love it when a series wraps up one of the main plots before the start of the major climax. It makes the series more dynamic than trying to end everything at the same time. It especially works well with inspired series as Kobato , which manage to make something heart-warming out of each conclusion.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

5 Responses

  1. inkka says:

    I surprised that kindergarden’s problem didn’t ended with happy ending. But lately the theme of this series slowly became more and more serious and more sad tone

    (Look like ep13 is the beginning point of this change Hmm..It may be because Kobato see that this world isn’t always happy but can sad and bad too.) so this is the thing that possible to happened.

    But at least it’s happy for Sayaka and Okiura. And the development in this ep make me can think that Okiura isn’t actually bad guy. Thank for Kobato again. Her character is one of the most adorable thing in this series. I like her too nuch and I curious to know about her story too.

  2. Anilinka says:

    I like this episode, but I would have like if they show Okiura’s father, so we could see the true bad guy and learn more of why Okiura had to what he did. I felt like if it was too sudden the change in Okiura, but I’m still happy because Sayaka is now happy and with him (I’ve always felt that she might have feelings for him, but I can’t remmeber in what episode). I might be confused but I was under the impression that Clamp was actually helping with the scripts of the episodes am I wrong?

  3. psgels psgels says:

    Yeah, one of the clamp members is working on the series composition.

  4. San says:

    Not much to say about this episode. I like this episode.

    I read somewhere (probably Newtype) that CLAMP will not be writing script for finale episodes.

  5. Ebod says:

    Actually, I think only the Tsubasa episode was written by CLAMP (hence why Fujimoto was suddenly freakishly nice. He’s a nice, quiet guy in the manga, but the anime made him way too grumpy).

    I LOL’d at the part where they thought Kobato couldn’t eat because she was upset. xD Not quite…

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    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 08:15 AM)
    :-)
  • Friend
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 08:11 AM)
    @Bam I’ve sent you the rough sketch via Deviantart. Don’t expect too much, It’s only done to show the perspective and lighting.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 06:43 AM)
    @Friend: I’m excited to see it, but unfortunately hadn’t had long access to desktop to draft mine yet :/
    You might wanna leave an indication on yours as to where the shaman goes if you can, that would be great.
  • Friend
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 06:34 AM)
    Woah, that was a long discussion about the Inca O.o
    @Bam I’m nearly done with the rough draft, maybe a few more hours.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 06:20 AM)
    @Vincent: That was pretty much the entirety of it. We were destined to cross Mississippi and inhabit the west, so why not take an active part in manifesting our supposed fate?
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    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 03:34 AM)
    @Vincent No shit.
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    @Bam Slightly. Did americans use manifest destiny as an excuse to steal land from the natives?
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    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 03:05 AM)
    @Vincent: I guess we were slightly more honest about it. It is funny how we use the fact after the matter as evidence of our divine providence. It’s like holding a gun to somebody and saying “fate wants you to die”, proceed to shoot them, and then say “see! I was right” lol
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    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 02:56 AM)
    @Bam But unlike the american concept of manifest destiny, the Japanese used it as an excuse to wage what they were really doing: a war to hoard resources.
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    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 02:52 AM)
    @Vincent: I see. A similar doctrine to Manifest Destiny.

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