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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  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:07 PM)
    There’s no narrative thrusts throughout the show, it’s just scenes happening to get from one action set piece to the next all the while shoving blatant symbolism in your face. The little plot there is feels incredibly weak, aside from the world building there’s no clear objective besides a vague idea of defeating angels and something about Gendo that’s almost background noise with how little it affects the story.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:03 PM)
    Having started watching anime only in the mid 2000s despite occasionally seeing them on TV during the 90s, I come from a school of thought that emphasizes coherence more than anything else, basically I want the story to have focus. And while Eva’s influence on character archetypes and animation cannot be argued, I still think the story in Eva is pretty bad.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 07:56 PM)
    Judging purely visually I agree some leeway must be given due to the technical limitations of the time but all of my issues with the series is not visual related but story.
    I have admitted that I don’t hate Eva and I do like aspects of it. But do you really need me to give it praise? There is plenty giving it praise. I see no reason to join the choir.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 07:51 PM)
    Now you are just flying off the hook.
    I understand Eva’s cultural significance, and it’s effect on the medium. I just deem it irrelevant when judging the anime itself. For you see dear boy, if you are going to place EVA above modern anime then you must judge it by modern standards. If it falls short you can’t just bring up historic significance to wave away it’s problems.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:46 PM)
    I praised Fate/Zero for its story, pacing and charismatic protagonist. UBW I agreed to its superb battle animation and overall quality of first cour. Now when someone watches EoE or Eva Rebuild 2.2 and comments on nothing of quality, then who is the biased one here really?
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:34 PM)
    If anything at least call Shinji a shitty annoying character- cuz even I won’t deny that.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:25 PM)
    When I mean discussion I don’t mean a series of personal likes and dislikes- but judging objective elements: plot consistency, animation quality, restrain in fan-service and pandering, over reliance on tropes and cliches, etc. Otherwise we all have our different preferences.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:20 PM)
    I agree with the cons of Eva, as well as its strengths. Same with Fate. Being pessimistic is a stance, not inherently a flaw. The setting of Eva predicates that tone. If anything I have a bias towards Berserk, and that’s mostly all out of nostalgia.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:16 PM)
    Also what ladies? Even the “gentlemen” part is stretching it. It’s very easy for someone who didn’t follow anime 20 years ago to criticize one of its most historic moments. At least this Tenka Seiha fella doesn’t talk smack about what he doesn’t really understand.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:06 PM)
    Being bias is not admitting to reasonable faults, not agreeing to them. Trying to exclude the historic significance of a show is not a calm rebuttal, but a desperate attempt to undermine. What is bias is defending Shirou’s childish idealism. Even Nasu realizes how ridiculous that sounds, and makes a point to counter it with one of his own characters. Although by the end he gives in and then pulls a Deus Ex Machina by reviving Archer one last time to tie up loose ends.

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