「お金が足りない!」 (Okane ga Tarinai!)
“Not Enough Money”
This…was a hard episode for me to blog. No, it wasn’t a heavy episode; after the drama last week Amagi Brilliant Park has pulled back into pure comedy. Rather, it was because there was too much fun to contain in 36 screencaps and, having exceeded my quota twice over, I agonised long over all the silly shots I had to cut. Fans of the three faeries (no, not you) would no doubt have been pleased that they’ve dipped into their extra reserves of crazy this episode to ascend to outright lunacy. I would say they steal the show, but they pretty much are the show. Their natural habitat is not the land of hopes of dreams, but the land of irrational and disproportionate violence.
I was surprised how lightly Amagi Brilliant Park took itself this episode, because the conflict itself is actually serious subject matter. After running the park effectively pro bono for almost a month Seiya’s run out of money. I was actually looking forward to how Seiya was going to deal with this because, surely, running out of money was a completely predictable outcome of not making any money. Considering that Amaburi was already making steady losses I’m surprised they actually lasted this long, and I wanted Seiya to deal with the income issue and prove that he actually has a long-term plan. The thing I’ve been thinking about Seiya, ever since he took up this job, is that, when one gets down to it, he’s not really a manager. He’s a con artist. Seiya doesn’t have any managerial experience, and he’s just kind of winging it as he goes. He makes up for it by being omni-talented, magnetically charismatic, and over-prepared, but as we saw with last episode’s flooding emergency even Kanie Seiya can’t keep all the balls in the air all the time. So far he’s been what the park has needed—they were looking for a miracle, and only con artists sell miracles—but I still don’t know how he’s going to make it at the rate he’s going.
Well, selling otaku collections can only last so long, so we can deal with all that at a later point. We can an afford an episode like this devoted to just good fun. It’s not necessarily laugh-out-loud comedy (though I got a few chuckles now and again), but rather just a silly adventure. It reminded me of an episode of some other anime, though dressed in a different style of stupidity. And I couldn’t have been the only one thinking that the labyrinth would make for a pretty cool attraction, even if it’s not very child-friendly and entirely unsafe. I only wish the dragon, the teaser from last episode, got to be cool for longer, but I suppose that won’t be very fitting of an anime like this. Seiya also has the contractual right to look smarmy at least once an episode, and since he dutifully spent the rest of it playing the exasperated straight man I guess it’s only fair he gets to have his moment at the expense of the last boss. Oh right, Seiya’s mind powers! I almost forgot he had those. It’s like he only breaks that out for completely inconsequential things. I know he was trying to save his life, but in effect all it does is ruin people’s fun. That Seiya guy—what a wet blanket. He even stopped Moffle from going all Excalibur on the dragon. Yes, it would have been wrong, but part of me was still disappointed it didn’t go off. You’re still cool, Moffle! Don’t be too grumpy.
Oracles of the future – some hints
Despite all the new faces that came out of the adventure, the status quo is still mostly in place throughout the episode. The Elementario girls are still comical background nonsense, Isuzu is still awkward (but bless her for trying anyway). There is, however, still some slight progressions in the narrative. Seiya and Isuzu confirm a closer relationship in an almost touching scene where Seiya mourns over his bodyguard Isuzu sacrificing herself to save him, but our comedy had no time for his emotions. Perhaps more importantly, there were also further hints about Princess Latifa’s predecessor. At least that’s what I thought the interrupted conversation with Latifa was about, anyway. I’m glad to see Kyoto Animation diligently doing their ground work, even in a light episode like this one.
It’s unlikely that we’ll get the payoff just yet though; it seems that the faeries are up to no good again. What are those, anyway? Do they plan to grow a beanstalk? Are they magic embryos? I have no idea. Find out next week? I’ll still be here.