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Kobato: Episode 2 October 13, 2009

Filed under: Kobato the Animation — Mari Agnes @ 5:51 am
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Another Kobato episode is out today! Ureshiii~! <33
Kobato Episode 2

This Episode
Kobato’s contemplating on the bottle Ioryogi had just awarded her and was thankful that she had passed the test given to her.  Meaning there’s a big chance in making her wish come true.  Once again, her innocent dawdling made the little blue fellow spat at her and bid her to start working her ass off collecting wounded hearts.   But the dense girl ended up asking everyone she met on the street resulting into a crestfallen Ioryogi.

Exhausted from her fruitless endeavor Kobato ran into a couple of young kids playing and ended up caddying for their game.  But then she bumped into Fujimoto after helping out another mister who was weary giving out tissue samples to the public.  Only then she realized that he was the same guy who saved her from before.

By some dumb luck she also met Sayaka sensei and thus, she found herself inside Yomogi school with the kids.  The comedy began when Kobato and Fujimoto met once again! Suspense! Watch it!  Very cute scenes after! ^^

Kobato got her first wounded heart collected, that which took her by surprise until Ioryogi told her the real score behind.  It was from the kid at the nursery whom she helped  cheer up unknowingly. She got a 100 mark from the magical fella as well for the accomplishment.

Random Babblings

The Ioryogi crawling out of Kobato’s bag reminded me of Sadaku breathing fire! Also whenever that fellow talks, I honestly hear Kurogane everytime!  Think about it, both of them were short-fused right and obviously the same voice.  Why do I have the feeling that Kobato is straying away from the manga?  A new character will appear in the next episode, probably from one of CLAMP’s works but is it not too early to butcher the promising anime story? :\




Kobato ~ The Premiere Episode October 6, 2009

Filed under: Kobato the Animation — Mari Agnes @ 6:44 pm
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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.

Check out the episode here!

Check out the episode here!

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.


This article has been synced with FairHOLiC.

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Kobato: Let Me Heal You! December 7, 2008

Filed under: Kobato — Mari Agnes @ 3:09 am
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Kobato by CLAMP

Taking a short breather coupled with my unmotivated mood yesterday, I finally got to read the manga, finished it in an hour and hell, I was instantly enamored! My curiosity grew each time I see Chibiyuuto’s upcoming CLAMP schedules widget.  Along with Tsubasa and xxxHOLiC, there’s Kobato!  I resolved that one of these days, I’ll definitely have to take a look at it!  Thank goodness, I wasn’t disappointed!

Who is Kobato?

Kobato is a story of a very cute and sweet girl (Hanato Kobato), her naivete and her mission of collecting wounded hearts for a personal cause.  She is often seen with a supernatural being locked in a puppy-like stuffed animal, the hot-tempered Ioryogi, her guide.

Presently serialized in the Newtype monthly magazine, the 2005 released series have already about 3 volumes that were made available and on-going.

Volume 1. Divided into Exams, obviously the chapters were about Kobato’s evaluation of skills to adapt into the human world where she’d be collecting wounded hearts.  But first, she must earn the “flask,” a specialized bottle to contain the fragments of the hearts  she could gather.

Volume 2. Chapters were about her entrance in a nursery run by Sayaka, her encounter with the kids and the ever suspicious Fujimoto.

Volume 3. Divided into Drops, focuses on Kobato’s continued determination to keep the nursery from closing down due to a huge debt.  Fujimoto’s disdain on her gradually turns into concern which ignited her fire to even heal his aching heart.

Crossovers and Reincarnations

Notable crossovers were Touya from Cardcaptor Sakura; xxxHOLiC, the old fortune teller; Chobits except Chitose Mihara and her twins Chiho and Chise were now reincarnations of Chitose Hibiya and her twins Freya and Elda (Chi) and there’s a lot more.

Is there any indication of romance here?

So far, there’s none except for the hints Fujimoto’s actions towards Kobato reveal but that’s just it.  It’s too soon to tell but I really like the idea. They remind me of grown up CCS Sakura and Shaoran and they look kinda similar and with slight character resemblance too.

But there’s just one rule Kobato has to be aware of, she must not let herself fall for a man who’s heart she is healing!  The thwarting effect of which is yet unknown.

In Anime Soon!

I heard somewhere that there already is a pronouncement from CLAMP that Kobato’s going to be in an anime serial soon!  Awesome! ♥

Now, onto the next drop!