When new transfer student Isuzu asks Seiya Kanie out on a date at gunpoint, he knows something odd is going on. Especially since she wants to go to Amagi Brilliant Park, where the rides are either dangerous or mind-numbingly dull and the only costumed performers who aren’t rude or apathetic are the ones who didn’t show up for work. So when Isuzu asks Seiya to take over as the park’s new manager, he knows she’s crazy. (Well, crazy-er, given the gunpoint thing.) But when Seiya learns that Amagi Brilliant Park is a REAL Magic Kingdom, that the costumed performers aren’t wearing costumes, that they live off the energy created by attendees, and that unless they can attract 250,000 attendees in three months, they’ll lose their jobs and homes… he goes a little crazy himself. But, even with the aid of scantily clad fairies, giant mice and sniper-trained sheep, can anyone rescue a park that’s sunk so low that its own bus doesn’t stop there anymore? The race is on to get the turnstiles turning and save AMAGI BRILLIANT PARK!
When the random anime generator site I use picked this show for me I was sort of intrigued but I’ll be honest, the only really thing I knew about the show was that people drooled over Isuzu Sento. After reading the synopsis I thought “Hey, this might turn out pretty good” and for the most part it was but I figured that I’d get the problems with the story out of the way first. I thought the pacing was a tad bit inconsistent and parts felt a little rushed. I understand this might have been to speed up some down time but honestly a show like this shouldn’t have down time. Amagi Brilliant park does a nice job getting you into the story right away and peaking your curiosity. It blehs out about midway from a story perspective but it has it’s moments. It picks back up again towards the end and has a pretty strong finish. This is a pretty much a zero to hero story only for a theme park instead of a character. In a sense though as the theme park changes so do the characters but I’ll try to touch on that in the character section. I’ll say now that there is some fanservice so if that isn’t your thing be warned. Other than those two things that I mentioned I honestly think that the story was fantastic. Even the fanservice thing wasn’t too bad to be honest so really only the pacing is the problem for me. Seeing the new ideas that Kanie would bring up would never work in the real business world and the show pokes fun at that by always asking him where are the funds coming from. The story really has a little bit of everything thrown in. It’s got some pretty funny parody comedy, action that is more like your political/business type of tension action than just fighting, and also some romance starts to sort of take bloom. That last bit is where I wish the show would’ve capitalized. They tease you and tease you about it and then just sort of leave you hanging wondering what’ll happen with it. It’s a good way to keep people hooked but man sometimes you just wanna know. Either way, the story isn’t perfect but it’s still enjoyable.
I touched on it just up above in the story section but one thing I really wanna hammer down here in the character section is that the main theme of the show is character development. It’s what drives the story and the best thing is that there’s such a nice cast of characters to work with. Let’s start with the three leads. Seiya Kanie is one of the best looking guys at school…and he knows it. In fact is vanity is what keeps him from having a girlfriend. He’s very full of himself at the beginning but as the story progresses we see a little more to him. It starts out small but slowly we see him develop into a great character. The guy’s a shrewd business genius and certainly puts it all out there to try and save this park. I often say that character chemistry is everything to most anime. Without it most anime will absolutely fail and granted there are some exceptions. Amagi Brilliant Park has two characters with great chemistry and I just talked about one of them. The next one is Isuzu Sento. She starts out as stoic and not really willing to listen to anyone’s opinion but by the end she’s almost a completely different character. I found that Kanie and Sento would feed off eachother’s characters a lot. It’s great to see characters with such great chemistry as the leads. Sento is certainly popular for her looks but she’s also a great character. Whenever she shoots another character with her muskets for punishment was hilarious in my opinion. She turns into a bit of a tsundere in my opinion which if you’ve read any of my other reviews with a tsundere you know that if they’re done right they’re my weakness. While not an official tsundere you’d be hard pressed to say she isn’t by the end of the show. Latifiah is the main character that has the least development because she trusts Kanie the whole time. She pretty much just says “do what you need to do” and leaves him to it. She has a great backstory and amazing chemistry with Kanie that involves her backstory. This doesn’t give her too much development but just some background on her character. She’s the sweetheart type of character that requires you to not have a heart or soul to hate. The rest of the cast is really unique and most are funny as hell. I loved the antics they’d get into. This is just a great cast of characters overall and I really enjoyed watching them develop and get into mischief.
Amagi has a pretty alright soundtrack. It’s not fantastic but it’s far from the worst I’ve heard. The opening was called: “Extra Magic Hour” by AKINO with bless4. It’s a pop rock song that is very lighthearted. It just gives you this bubbly vibe. The song itself is kinda generic but it passes because it does a decent job of setting the mood for the show. Lyrically it’s a decent match. It may have to grow on you but it’s definitely not the worst song that could’ve been chosen. The ending was called “Elementario de Aimashou” by Brilliant 4 which is the voice actresses for the fairy group called Elementario that performs at the theme park. I didn’t like this song as much as the opening but again it certainly wasn’t the worst song that they could’ve picked for the ending song. It has a nice melody and decent lyrics. The four female vocals blend nicely together but again it sounds sort of generic at the same time. The person who composed the soundtrack was Shinkichi Mitsumune. He’s also done the soundtrack for Zero no Tsukaima/Familiar of Zero and the original soundtrack for the Yu-gi-oh series and movies(not the 4kids versions obviously).
Amagi Brilliant Park has a great voice cast highlighted by some great talent and some newer talent(well as of the making of the show). The main cast is Ai Kakuma(Sento), Yukiyo Fujii(Latifah), and Kouki Uchiyama(Kanie). When I first say Sento I thought maybe she’d sound a lot like Kana Ueda as Rin Tohsaka from the Fate series. That being said though I don’t think they made a bad casting choice picking Ai Kakuma. She was great as Sento and really did a nice job at flipping the switch between stoic, flustered, and angry. Just such great acting to be able to fluctuate that much in a personality and not skip a beat. Some people may say that it’s her job but hey greatness deserves recognition. Yukiyo Fujii did excellent at playing a 14 year old with that high pitch but yet still sounding adult like and mature all at the same time. It was the exact type of voice you’d expect from Latifah and the acting for her was amazing. Kouki Uchiyama was fantastic as Kanie and it is kinda hard to think of anyone who could’ve done as good a job as him. He hit that arrogant tone perfectly and you could just feel Kanie coming to life as you watched the show. It was just an amazing performance and I think all three of the leads were perfectly cast. The supporting cast consists of Ryoko Shraishi(Macaron), Ayako Kawasumi(Moffle), Ai Nonaka(Tiramie), Shiori Mikami(Koboli), Yuka Aisaka(Muse), Minami Tsuda(Salama), Tomoyo Kurosawa(Sylphy), Satoshi Hino(Dornell), as well as many others. I wanna take a minute and fangirl over Satoshi Hino playing Dornell. Satoshi Hino is one of my favorite Japanese voice actors and I was so excited to see him on the cast before starting the show. Dornell takes awhile to be introduced but once he is you see the range of Satoshi Hino as Dornell isn’t one of his typical manly voices like in Haikyuu or Overlord. If anything it’s a little bit closer to his Sai voice from Naruto Shippuuden. Anways enough of that. The rest of the supporting cast are just as great. Shiori Mikami, Uka Aisaka, Minami Tsuda, and Tomoyo Kursawa are the voice actresses that I mentioned up in the soundtrack section and you get to hear them sing in the show as well but I just wanted to point out that they do an amazing job of providing great voices in the acting and singing portion. Minami Tsuda even does a good job at making Salama sound really bad at singing during one episode and is one of the funniest parts of the show honestly. I could go on and on about this voice cast but then you’d get bored and leave so we’ll leave it at definitely an amazing cast.
Amagi Brilliant Park will take you on a roller coaster ride(Pun definitely intended). It has a little something for everyone but exceeds as a comedy in my opinion. There is a budding romance that has potential. The cast of characters is absolutely amazing. The soundtrack is good enough to pass but won’t impress you. The voice acting is top tier and definitely impressed me. As a note there is a dubbed version available from Sentai Filmworks but the only way to get it legally is to buy the DVD/Blu-Ray. The show has it’s flaws sure, but all in all I enjoyed it. The light novels supposedly continue the story so if you find yourself wanting more that’s an option for you. Also Amagi Brilliant Park is currently 13 episodes(for licensing reasons the 13th episode isn’t on Crunchyroll but it’s more like an OVA anyways) with an OVA. I enjoyed Amagi Brilliant Park and think that anyone who likes a lighthearted comedy that isn’t afraid to go deep and has a touch of romance will like it to. Amagi Brilliant Park earns a 8/10!