「これでもう心配ない!」 (Kore de Mō Shinpainai!)
“Nothing more to worry about!”
Yes, I’m going to spend the rest of this post calling that sport where you manipulate a ball with your foot, ‘football’. We’re not going to argue about this.
So, football: didn’t see that coming. The stadium was pretty much a given, but football was not the first sport that came to mind for it. Sure, it’s pretty much the most popular anything in the world, but I thought that the Japanese tended to play more baseball than football. That said, I know nothing about the football scene in Japan and maybe that’s what draws in the crowds these days. Someone can tell me.
Still better than FIFA
I’m glad that Seiya still had to put in a little more work in to make the stadium work, though there was no question that the generic corporate chumps would yield to Seiya’s superior negotiation skills (not to mention his hax mind powers). It does seem he conceded a bit too much though, considering that he held all the cards. Hosting a football match is an expensive affair, or so Qatar tells me. I guess pushing the hard sell is simply Seiya’s thing, and he wanted to close the deal as soon as possible. If that was his strategy, though, why did he let his poor sales manager roast for so long before bailing him? He’s just showing off.
Most of the rest of the episode does what was done last episode: demonstrating how far Seiya and the park has grown. Doesn’t it warm the heart to see Muse and co putting on a great show, instead of their sad state in episode 01? Doesn’t Isuzu gaining enough skills to be able to show people around properly make you want to pat her on the back? And compared with episode 02, Seiya’s address to the cast this time was much better received, thanks in no small part to having won over many supporters (including, notably, the obstinate Moffle). And look how big the cast is now! Props to Kyoto Animation for drawing all these weird and wonderful Maplelanders and more; I still think they’re awesome. I can’t find the onigiri-head though. I hope he didn’t get eaten or anything. Bring him back, KyoAni!
So the thing that Seiya had been looking for all this time was a buyer for Amagi Brilliant Park’s spare land. I had been pondering, as early as episode 05, what he was going to do with all this spare real property if he wasn’t selling it, and it turns it, he was selling it. It makes sense; Seiya does need some way to fuel all his expensive schemes, and a mundane solution like this is the neatest (though uncharacteristically straightforward for Amaburi). It’s also makes sense that in the end even that was not enough. It would have been too easy if Seiya could just throw money at the problem until it goes away (or else he’d just hire people to do nothing but visit the park). Our hero must always work for his happy ending. And in any good story the first hand is always a bluff; there needs to be another card up somebody’s sleeve before it’s all over.
Oracles of the future ~ looking ahead
The plot is at peak seriousness now. Latifa’s conveniently tragic magical disease continues to occupy centre stage, the antagonist is showing up to taunt our hero, and Seiya seems to have played out his hand. There are still sufficient gags and much of the atmosphere was kept light, but there’s a definite feeling that the plot is marching inexorably towards a conclusion. Such is my attachment to Amaburi at this point that I’m emotionally rooting earnestly for Seiya to succeed, even if logically I don’t think this is the kind of anime where he’d fail. I honestly don’t want see everybody, even the recalcitrant Tiramie, work so hard yet win nothing from it. Amaburi is an optimistic show, though, and I think it’ll give us a happy ending, even if I don’t dare guess how. Seiya will find a way, and even if he doesn’t, things will work out somehow. Clap your hands if you believe.