Posted by psgels on 16 March 2010 with categories: Kobato



It’s beautiful episodes like this one that totally restore my faith in anime. What a wonderful example of how to write a touching story without the biggest budget, epic backstory or over the top plot twists. The character-development in this episode was all worth the wait and the first half, and a heart-warming prelude to that finale. I laugh at articles like this one (well, the ‘anime sucks’-section anyway), which paint a completely biased and one-sided picture of the current state of anime.

I love it when a series changes my perception of things, and for me, Kobato restored my faith in these simple series that might not amount to much at first. Despite its mediocre start, I’m emotionally connecting to this series, more than just about every other series this season. This is really what a drama should be.

I also think that this is one of the few good uses of the “crash before the ending”-trope. Just like with White Album’s second season, Fujimoto’s crash was nothing serious, and instead more meant as a wake-up call, rather than creating some cheap drama by placing someone in the hospital. On top of that, it was also well built up: in his state of mind, it’s not surprising that Fujimoto wouldn’t pay attention to the road.

To be honest, out of all the series that are about to end in the upcoming weeks, Kobato’s is the one that I’m looking forward to the most. It’s really been building up to that final episode through its entire airtime, and out of all the endings, it’s this one that I feel has the most chance of actually turning out great. It’s the kind of ending where the creators have to really screw up big time to ruin it. Especially considering how the creators wrecked the kindergarten in this episode, it shows that they’re not going to force down a happy ending if it doesn’t make sense within the story.
Rating: *** (Awesome)

5 Responses

  1. San says:

    Yay for Domoto! Even just short screen time for him. Honestly I didn’t think I’d see him again until final episode.

    I did expected that hydraulic excavator arm to stop millisecond before destroying nursery but it didn’t. If it did….I’d thinking how it is awful cliché. I really like how they building up tension at that moment.

    I also looking forward for ending. I have no idea how creators will end it.

  2. Alec says:

    omg..why the hell did they start making good episodes when the anime is nearing its end!… 1 things 4 sure, this anime betrayed almost everyones expectations (its clamp!, what do u expect?) -_-…if only they made Good episodes from the start, this anime would become nodoubt one of the best this season…

    -separate matter-
    also when d F*** is GONZO going to shine again???…-_-..seems like they’ve lost their glory. i hope for them to make a comback, coz alot of their work in the previous years where no doubt one of the best

  3. inkka says:

    Wow.. How long that I can emotional. Can understand and concern all of the thing that characters do. This anime prove the way to make you “into” While you watch anime. and how to make good drama.

    Sometime I think Anime nowadays missing something. I can’t say they can’t make scene or drama for cried. But sometimes I don’t know why I cried.It’s look like the thing that happened and pass by the time.

    But Kobato feel differernt.I don’t know want to say.OK I didn’t cried for this series as much as I do in Clannad after story.But why..I sad from my inner heart when I see the kindergarden was destroyed.

    Many people from many sites complain why they didn’t make the good ep like this from the beginning to make it at the top of season. And they say something like the first half(ep1-12) is the filler and the thing that waste of time too.

    But I think in different way. If it didn’t do something like that. I probably didn’t concern with it as much as I do now. And didn’t love “Kobato” as much as I love at today.
    When I see her met many typed of people and growing more and more by that. I very happy.(But I want to confess that in the first half I interested because some of little fantasy theme too. if it didn’t have that. It can boring at sometimes.)

    Ok looking forward to final eps that will be on air in one hour special.YES!! The movie feeling for epic ending. I glad that they do this because..for me sometimes with limit times. Movie lacks character development. but This is different case. It’s full of that thing! Wow !!

  4. shirokiryuu says:

    While there still exists good anime, that’s not pervert pandering as that article says… when you go to the larger anime stores in Japan, the moe series are so heavily advertised, it looks like everything is moe to the non-anime fan.

  5. psgels psgels says:

    inkka: yeah, I really doubt that it would have been as simple as ‘write good stuff from the start’. I believe that the reason Kobato is as awesome as it is right now is because the first half really took its time to flesh out the characters and make us get to know them. That would likely have been lost if a plot had appeared too early.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 08:38 AM)
    Jesus I never expected that doing a myanimelist/letterboxd account thing would be so hard. I’ve seen a scarily higher amount than I thought, its insanely hard to remember everything to add.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:17 AM)
    It seems then that the future of the franchise’s anime adaptations rests a bit on Schwarzesmarken’s success, which looking at the buzz doesn’t seem favourable at all. I doubt it can regain the lost audiences.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:14 AM)
    That would suggest that the author(s) had the foresight of including seemingly useless stuff that will come into play later. That’d be impressive if they did, as these kinda series are make-it-as-you-go.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:59 AM)
    It’s difficult to put into words but essentially while the first game isn’t good, it does work as a tool for introducing and endearing you to the characters. Then Unlimited sets down the rules of the new world. And finally alternative proceeds to kick your ass into next Tuesday.
    That’s sort of why I don’t think it would have the same effect if it was an anime. VNs allow you to get a more personal connection with the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:55 AM)
    It’s not quite the same. It’s more like there are things in extra which seem insignificant but turn out to play an important role later. It wouldn’t really work the same if you did it in reverse order. Character history is a bit different too as each game is essentially an alternate universe. The character histories in extra are different from those in alternative.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:27 PM)
    A 13 episode series would work for the second title unlimited. But Alternative is a pretty long visual novel. You need at least two cours to give it justice. Making extra an OVA could work but you do need it for alternative. But it’s not an optional part of the trilogy. It needs to be read first, so that events later have a greater impact. Personally I am not even sure Muv Luv can even work in another medium.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:12 PM)
    That might compress things, but I think a good screen-writer can fit pretty much any VN in 12-14 episodes (covering just the main route).
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:07 PM)
    @Aidan: then the best solution would’ve been to make a two cour season covering the 2nd and the 3rd book. Have the cours air two anime seasons apart, and in the middle have an offshoot short OVA that covers the 1st book, but has a more harem comedy feel to it. Think Full Metal Panic and Fumuffu.

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