12 Moments of Anime: Kobato’s SmileDecember 16, 2008 at 5:24 pm | Posted in Articles | 15 Comments
Ah~ Now I’ve hit the easier part of the list for my moments. Wonderful, memorable things that popped into my head the very instant I tried to think of what I could remember about this year in anime. Unfortunately, that brings us to a little bit of a “cheat” again since I’m using manga, but memories cannot be contained to one medium alone!
Chapter…or wait…yes. We were still in “chapters” then. Chapter 07 of Kobato (though it’s kind of the 16th installment…or whatever).
There’s a lot of fond memories from when I first read Kobato in January of this year (just barely making everything in it eligible for 2008). The early “exam” chapter I remember with a lot of fondness. Especially that adorable umbrella chapter, which I believe was my first introduction to the series.
I want to use a leaf like an umbrella too Kobato…
But anyway, when I heard of the new Kobato anime that will be airing next Fall, my mind automatically went to one moment in the series.
The chapter or what was happening in that chapter…I couldn’t quite remember, but the last page in the chapter is what very easily stood out in my mind.
Specifically, I remembered it coming with the little line “There’s nobody who couldn’t be healed by that smile, right everyone?” Because I was such a dork and while reading that chapter home alone I actually shouted out, “That’s right!” like I am so prone to do while excited.
Of course, since my mind so easily went to this moment when I heard of the anime, I also felt the need to include it in this list. A simple page with a very adorable girl smiling. Those of you who know me enough, probably understand why I am so fond of this small moment (I am fond of small moments in general).
For me, it was memorable because (aside from my own outburst) it just made me smile. Most chapters of Kobato are like that. It’s a simple, heart-warming story (most of the time). The first chapter I believe was only 15 pages long, but instead of feeling rushed it felt like a nice…miniature story. Rather, slice of life at its best. A small piece of life.
Though perhaps it differs from most slice of life, because Kobato’s life isn’t something a lot of people can connect with. Instead it’s more of a fantasy (that isn’t very magical, dealing with human emotions more often) and it takes you away and lets you simply smile.
I generally don’t get excited for Kobato, like I said, I just smile and I think that’s enough. It’s this sort of story that made me fall in love with CLAMP works. CardCaptor Sakura and Chobits both made me smile. The first half of Tsubasa did as well, but let’s leave it at that so my Kobato post can remain pure fluff.
To put it simply, because too many words and over-analyzation would actually ruin the feeling in this case, Kobato is just that wonderful heart-warming CLAMP…fluff (though I’m behind on chapters, so I can only hope my fluff is still there). And it’s memorable just because it’s memorable. I remembered Kobato’s smile because it made me smile. And it’s that simple.
Now with the anime coming in 2009, I hope I’ll be able to find more people thinking of Kobato as memorable. I’m sure to find something memorable about it next year myself.
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