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Amagi Brilliant Park 10 February 2015

2014, 13 episodes: AniDB.

High school boy is asked to be the acting manager of a failing amusement park populated by fantastic creatures.

Which feels as though it ought to be a video game conversion, complete with the score at the end of each episode (unless they get enough visitors by a certain time, the park will be closed down), but actually this is adapted from a light novel series. As is common with such adaptations, there's a feeling of much more going on behind the scenes than makes it into the anime.

This has the same light novel author and several of the same animators as the Full Metal Panic! series, but a very different style of story, and the clich├ęs that are promised in the first episode never really come to pass; there's basically no love story, and the comedy of embarrassment vanishes completely.

It does get a bit heavy on the fanservice at times, and the plot finishes one episode before the series ends. Character design and music are unremarkable. But the large cast is easy to keep distinguished, and most of them have some sort of story of their own, which is what keeps the show interesting.

This isn't going to win any awards, but it's still mildly enjoyable. I liked it, but my standards are low.

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