Amagi Brilliant Park aired at a time when I didn’t have much faith in Kyoto Animation anymore. Disregarding the fact that KyoAni is made up of many different people not all of whom work on all of their projects(which means I should be pointing out specific key persons and not blaming the studio as a whole), 2014 was not a good year when it came to their productions, at least in my opinion. After Kyoukai no Kanata, which aired in Fall 2013, became the first KyoAni show that I dropped, Winter 2014’s Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai Ren disappointed me sorely because the story went nowhere. I didn’t have anything in particular against Summer 2014’s second season of Free, Eternal Summer, but I decided not to watch it.
So when AmaBri aired in Fall 2014, I was feeling very cynical. The show defied my expectations completely. It had rude jokes, it had sex jokes, it had skimpy outfits and nudity(not full frontal, though). It was full of pop culture references, and not only Japanese ones. Western pop culture references! And in retrospect, AmaBri is still an outlier. While Hibike Euphonium was definitely not a copy of anything KyoAni have done before, it was still closer to their usual slice of life comedies than AmaBri.
Amagi Brilliant Park was a pleasant surprise, and a refreshing change of pace from the usual stuff. Does that mean that I think it was good? Well… yes, but only barely. Beside the excellent comedic timing, I thought the show itself was pretty mediocre. It was one of those shows that I enjoyed while it aired and then kind of forgot about. I remember almost none of the funny jokes. It didn’t have a particularly memorable ending. I don’t really want a sequel either. I want to say that the discussions around who the best of the 4 Elementals is(the answer is Salama, by the way) have remained frequent and strong, but no, I haven’t seen one of those in a long time.
This post is a testament to my last remaining memories of Amagi Brilliant Park.