Amagi Brilliant Park

For those of us who had a true childhood and played roller coaster tycoon for hours on end, you will remember those campaigns that required a certain amount of visitors per year. Raise the stakes to a game of life and death, and you will get a glimpse into the seriousness of this seemingly cheerful series. The entire series starts with the ex-childhood actor Seiya Kanie being forced at gunpoint by the beautiful Isuzu Sento to go on a date with her to the Amagi Fun Park. When they arrive at their destination, Seiya finds the most disappointing amusement park known to man.

There are no visitors, garbage everywhere, the rides are in disrepair, and half of the employees are not even manning their stations. As the “date” goes on, Seiya becomes more and more pissed off at the park and begins to question why he was forced at gunpoint to go to such an unimpressive place. Before he is able to leave though, he is brought before he manager of the park, a young girl named Latifah Fleuranza. She reveals to Seiya that a majority of the amusement parks employees are actually inhabitants from a magical world that live and thrive off of human joy and happiness. Unfortunately, the amusement park is due to close if it cant reach 500,000 visitors by the end of the summer… which just so happens to be in three months!

Due to the narcissistic, competitive, and perfectionist personality of Seiya; Latifah and Isuzu request that he become the manager of the park. What follows is a rather entertaining fantasy rom-com series that has surprises around every corner. Staffing and mechanical issues, dungeons and dragons, curses and perverted magical stuffed creatures, these are just a few of the things this series brings to the table.

This series honestly surprised me. While it had the makings of a harem anime, surprisingly they limit the true romance to one, maybe two love interests for the main character. However as a quick warning: this is definitely for mature audiences due to its rather tame fan service and large amount of adult references. I gave this series a 3 out of 5 because I honestly believe you will be able to discern many of the series plot twists from the very beginning. However, I found myself laughing at the mischievous staff and the awkward romance that runs throughout the entire season. If you want a good laugh, give it a watch!             

Anime Release Year: 2014

Director: Yasuhiro Takemoto

Producers: Shinji Horikiri, Shunsuke Matsumura, Tomohito Nagase, Yoshihisa Nakayama, and Yuichi Yamada.

Writer: Fumihiko Shimo

Music: Shinkichi Mitsumune

Studio: Sentai Filmworks

Watch On: Amazon Prime, Crunchyroll, Hulu

Final Rating: 3 out of 5.