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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  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 05:21 AM)
    @Bam: I considerably enjoyed his films terminator, terminator 2 and the abyss. I wish Nolan would go back to making films on the level of insomnia and momento.Johannson is an attractive woman and under the skin which she was recent in was a good film but I think shes not much of an actress.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 04:50 AM)
    @Emma: I still think Cameron is substantially more talented than Rupert Sanders. At least Cameron knows how to get the package together and made a watchable, and technically groundbreaking, film out of Avatar which would’ve been utter B movie shit in lesser hands. GitS was never going to work regardless of Scarlet Johansson, while Alita could’ve been something. I do believe however that Nolan and Snyder would’ve probably been a much more compatible match for the franchise.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 01:57 AM)
    @Bam: James Cameron hasn’t made a film I’ve enjoyed since terminator 2.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 01:55 AM)
    @Bam: Wow, someone else who noticed the Elysium/battle angel commonality, I’ve been thinking about that for a while myself also.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 01:18 AM)
    Also looking back I notice heavy thematic similarities between Elysium and Battle Angel Alita. The labor division and the great disparity in life-quality of Earth versus Elysium is almost a direct parallel to Tiphares and the Scrapyard. I wonder if this is going to hinder the Alita’s Hollywood adaptation, in which case good- that horrendous GitS one is more than enough.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 01:13 AM)
    Truthfully Seinen is an age/gender demographic and not really a genre or category, but even within Japan the term has come to be identified with manga that have sexuality and violence like the works of Go Nagai instead of those that contain general adult themes. That’s why comedies are pretty much never considered Seinen, even though some are probably only appreciated by the Seinen crowd.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Mar 2. 2015 01:29 AM)
    Late to this one but
    @BrendanVGC, that’s kinda tough. See there is a huge amount of very different manga that fall under the category “Seinien” You would kinda need to give us a more focused genre to work with here. Like horror, action etc.
    And pretty sure death note is shounen.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:35 AM)
    Damon I am more used to seeing in a drama or comedy role I reckon rather than an action hero.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:24 AM)
    Eric Bana is so underated =<
    I want to see more of the man on film.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:52 AM)
    The story would’ve been much more anchored and believable if the social imbalance wasn’t portrayed so heavy-handedly. It makes no sense for every house in Elysium to have a healing-bed that completely restores you and they dint bother to put a single one on Earth to keep the working class happy and healthy. I mean, c’mon now.

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