Kobato 23-24 (END)

Kobato

Kobato and Fujimoto reenacting Tsubasa:RC

So it turns out Kobato is a dead soul given a chance to reincarnate to her beloved one’s side if she manages to collect the konpeito. And the hat was to hide a crown that somehow marks her as one.

I think I rather prefer the implied hints in the manga that said she’s actually an Angel.

But, well, given that this is an anime original, I guess I cannot hope for much there in terms of ground-breaking revelations and such. Plus this is a show running on NHK, so yeah….

So what happens is Fujimoto, using his POWER OF LOVE, fills up the bottle for Kobato which in turn, allows her contract to be completed. Her wish is granted, which means she’ll be wherever she wanted to be with initially, not at Fujimoto’s side.

Buuuuuuuut of course, it’s already been implied that her loved one was actually Fujimoto anyways, so eventually, as Kohaku explains, they’ll meet again and…

Kobato

…they do! After a few years of course and when Fujimoto is finally working to be lawyer, while Kobato is reincarnated as the grandchild of some rich old family.

What’s more, thanks to some random konpeito (suspecting you here, Ioryogi), Fujimoto and Kobato both regain their happy memories of their one year together, medetashi medetashi.

Yup, happy but extremely clichéd ending.

Admittedly, I enjoyed Kobato more than I should have, mostly thanks to being able to hear cute cute cute Kana Hanazawa every episode. In fact, (or it’s just me) we even got to hear her singing get better and better every time she sings the Kobato song! Ioryogi also added a rational voice of concern to the whole thing, acting as both comedic relief and as a brake from the show getting too sugary sweet.

Overall, I’d say Kobato was a good fluff show, but don’t expect much from the story, hurr.

Liked: For Kana (5.5 out of 10)
Rewatch: No.

14 Comments

  1. AznCoffee Said,

    March 26, 2010 @ 6:10 pm

    Kana Hanazawa was the only reason I watched Kobato. >__> <__<

    The manga has all the juicy juices. ohoho~

  2. ahelo Said,

    March 26, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

    loled at first pic

    I agree with you that it mat have been a bit too sugary sometimes but overall I thought this series was good and the final two episodes for me redeemed the series.

    Kana’s awesome though.

  3. S_1 Said,

    March 26, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

    I come to do your paperwork. I LEAVE WITH YOUR GRAND-DAUGHTER!!!! XD

    Eh, this kind of happy chichéd end thing is a very CLAMP story. I guess I’m somewhat glad they’ve gone back to their roots and managed to finish a story well.

  4. Seatux Said,

    March 27, 2010 @ 12:44 am

    Sure the episodic-ish nature of it was a slight deal breaker, but the last two episodes and the Ashita Kuru Ni song sort of redeemed the series for me. Like White Album, one just had to wait for the fruit to ripen after all.

    I sorta liked how Hana Kanazawa’s voice still was maturish in serious moments, but still sound cutish, if that’s the word to describe it.

  5. ithekro Said,

    March 27, 2010 @ 12:45 am

    Chii twins at Chii’s “age”!

  6. queenie Said,

    March 27, 2010 @ 4:54 am

    Come on Kuro.

    You know you teared up during the last 12 minutes of the last episode.
    And I do have to agree that the Angel implications are waaay better, but I’m going into my whole argument like I have before, and say that the manga is, of course, better over all, though the anime was a nice trip down fluff-fluff lane. :)

  7. Rawrsh Said,

    March 27, 2010 @ 9:24 am

    It may not be ground breaking or original, it may even be cliche’ but I think 5.5 out of 10 is too low.

    Making only 50% the way to the top score is kinda like getting an F.
    This show doesn’t deserve an F.

  8. Hrm Said,

    March 27, 2010 @ 10:57 am

    I was thinking…if she reincarnated at the end doesn’t that mean she is even younger than she was prior to disappearing? So she’s a loli and he’s now 40?

  9. SnooSnoo Said,

    March 27, 2010 @ 11:25 am

    @Hrm
    Anime characters don’t age after they reach a certain limit.

  10. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    March 27, 2010 @ 11:37 am

    @Rawrsh: My rating is based on a subjective total entertainment value to me of the whole show, not the production values. 5.5 out of 10 is good. Anything 3 or below is bad. 4-5 is so-so. 8-9 is extremely enjoyable. I probably won’t give anything 10 at all, not at the least for anything that is coming out in the next few years.

    If I were to rate it on a objective production value, then okay, I’ll give it 7 out of 10, it was a technically good and consistently drawn and animated throughout, with good music accompaniment and nice seiyuu work.

    @Hrm: Er no, the time gap between her disappearance and reunion with Fujimoto is around 6-7 years? He’s been working for 4 years in the law firm, plus I dunno, 2-3 years to graduate? Ballpark estimate anyhow, based on how much the Yomogi kids grew up in the final montage.

    @S_1: Yeah, but this is pretty much them ripping off Wish :(

    @ithekro: Chiho and Chise deserved more screentime :(

    @queenie: Unfortunately it wasn’t THAT touching to me, for one all the Wish similarities were in the episode, and they totally left Ioryogi-san out in the final episode without really explaining what he did after that. I have my suspicions but I guess they could’ve built it up without that much foreshadowing.

  11. Hrm Said,

    March 28, 2010 @ 10:13 am

    @Kurogane Shiroikaze: When I think reincarnated I think reborn. So if we assume it was 6 years, and assuming he was say, 18, then she’s now 6 and he’s 24.

    Unless all they really did was transport her somewhere else (and flipped a switch that is labeled “Living”) and wiped her memories, and gave the rich old family false memories of always having her as their daughter… though that’s not really being reincarnated, since it’s the same body being brought back to life.

  12. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    March 28, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

    @Hrm: it doesn’t work that way. Her soul is returned back to the cycle of reincarnation, so when she passes on, her soul will be reincarnated back. What this means is that she’s probably almost the same age as her Kobato self, judging from the looks of it. Doesn’t contradict because it’s not a time paradox.

  13. Kherubim Said,

    March 28, 2010 @ 11:56 pm

    A Dimensional Witch did it…

  14. avexmode Said,

    March 29, 2010 @ 7:01 pm

    Mahoromatic (manga) ending copy-pasta

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