Amagi Brilliant Park
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama, Amusement Park
First aired: Fall 2014, 12 episodes
Summary: Seemingly normal high school student Seiya Kanie claims to have it all, intellect, good looks, and athletic ability. On a random Sunday, a mysterious transfer student who carries a musket takes him to Amagi Brilliant Park, an old and nearly deserted amusement park. This place is completely run-down. There is a fountain that contains no water and is covered in foliage, there is a theater with sad actors performing in front of a minuscule crowd, the rides are falling apart, and so on. Seiya is told that if the park cannot attract 250,000 visitors in the next three months, it will be closed. Will Seika be up to the challenge of becoming the park manager and attracting new guests to the park? Of course he will. Otherwise this would not be much of an anime, would it?
Amagi Brilliant Park combines a lot of genres to make an entertaining anime about amusement parks. This is another anime that shows how they can create an anime about anything and make it interesting to watch. I found myself rooting for the Amagi team, hoping that they would get all of the visitors they needed to keep the park open, and I grew to love the characters, even when I was not really sure what some of them were. There is also a lot of entertaining randomness to the anime, including an episode with a “meat suit” of one of the characters…I will leave it at that.
You might enjoy this if: You work in the amusement park industry or are simply an amusement park enthusiast.
You might not like it if: You demand action in your anime. There is a lot happening in Amagi Brilliant Park, but action is not a common element in the anime.
Note to the Viewer: Watch for Easter eggs throughout the season, referencing to other anime.