I thought I wouldn’t have time to write about Kobato’s first episode which finally came in today after a long wait! It took me three hours trying to wrap up my classes as fast as I could and so here are my thoughts.
A little overview:
The anime started with Kobato’s arrival on what appeared to be a park’s playground where Ioryogi, her mystical buddy stuffed in a blue canine toy, gave her a pep talk pertaining the mission they are about to carry out. Innocently airhead Kobato seemed to anger her usually cranky partner and always ends up receiving the wrath and a blow of fire from the fellow.
As the day went on, she met different kinds of people under various circumstances: a lady on the run who missed out one of her garbage bags from a collision with Kobato, a situation which made her qualify for a flock of raven as prey. Easily deceived by kind words, she almost got into trouble with two guys whom Iroyogi perceived to have an ill intention against her. Fujimoto came in to her rescue, thus, the first informal meeting.
Fate must have really been at work since our heroine came to work at the very same food stand Fujimoto’s working at. It so happened that she broke something from the stand while trying to help out the kids get their ball back. She is awesomely clumsy! The funny thing which happened next was that she was asked by a customer to do the nabe (hot pot dish) for them. She had it all wrong and hey is chocolate even an option for the recipe? Despite having been horrified by the way she made the dish, the customers and even her boss thought she had just created something that tastes out of the ordinary, thank goodness.
Her last encounter for the day is with an old lady sitting for a wailing baby. Kobato tried to help but scared the baby even more until she gave out a very soothing song fit for a baby’s lullaby. On the process, people gathered to hear her sing. And on a detour, Ioryogi finally gave her a winged bottle for her to use as vessel for the mission.
For the first time, I felt nostalgic thinking about Cardcaptor Sakura since this is a Madhouse production. Cuteness is inevitable! True to their word, CLAMP aided the anime to at least look much similar to what was being illustrated in the manga, though of course minor flaws are observed from time to time, Kobato’s noticeably ragged and bristly hair for example. Ohkawa is on the script if I’m not mistaken, so, Yay!.
Kobato’s voice suits the role perfectly in contrast with Fujmoto’s which is kind of unexpected. I so love Ioryogi’s best! Kurogane? Haha, magnificent!
Kobato as an anime is really refreshing! It has a balanced theme of comedy and the episode doesn’t have dull moments and considering the many events taking place in a matter of 20 minutes or so. Nice! I’ll try to watch it on real time if I could because I sense hope in this anime considering the not so great ending of both xxxHoliC Kei and Tsubasa Chronicle most especially. Hopefully, the momentum could be kept.
Lastly, Maya Sakamoto really rocks! I love the Opening theme though it could have been better as I hoped but it matches Kobato’s character in a sense. The ending is kinda slow, not that notable.
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