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Amagi Brilliant Park Episode 11 – Quick Summary

In Amagi Brilliant Park episode 11, “Nothing to Worry About!,” Kanie announced a bold new plan: they were going to host a soccer match! Sure, their stadium was run-down, but it was the only way to attract the needed number of guests. First, they had to convince a skeptical team to book with Amagi Brilliant Park. Second, they had to get the stadium ready. Can Toriken close the negotiations? Will the prospective team listen to Kanie, since he was just a high school student? And even if the team signs, how will Kanie and company get the stadium ready?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

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Favorite Quote from Amagi Brilliant Park Episode 11

Amagi Brilliant Park Episode 11: Kanie and Sento weren't surprised when Tiramie's magic went astray

Did you notice how neither of them look surprised? Capture from the Blu Ray.

Sento, Kanie, and Toriken met with the soccer team’s representatives. I liked how those representatives expressed hesitation, given that Amagi Brilliant Park wasn’t known as a soccer venue. If they had just jumped at the chance, it would have felt too easy.

I also liked how Kanie allowed Toriken to lead negotiations. Kanie’s shrewd. He knew that the grownups would not accept a high schooler as the lead negotiator.

Unfortunately, Toriken stumbled. Fortunately, Kanie picked up the slack and closed the deal. It came down to his mind-reading ability letting him know cost was a driver, and his faith in his team to prepare the natural grass for the match.

When they got back, it turned out their expert grounds keeper was Tiramie, the flower fairy. Moffle and Macaron helped him spread the magic grass seed. Before I could become suspicious that things were going too well, some of the seeds turned into monsters that tried to eat them.

“I knew this would happen,” Sento said in her level voice (09:54).

So did Kanie, because he had the little mole dudes queued up to fix the problem. Good to see he was so prepared!

Favorite Moment from Amagi Brilliant Park Episode 11

Amagi Brilliant Park Episode 11: Sylphy summed up support for Kanie's plan

Overly dramatic? Maybe. But it had to be hugely reassuring for Kanie to hear. Capture from the Blu Ray.

Setup: Kanie’s Vision and Drive

Seeing Kanie’s journey from mostly reviled but necessary leader in episode 2, to someone who the assembled team doesn’t reject out of hand, has been emotionally satisfying. That’s particularly true because of what happened in my favorite moment – both how it came about and who came to Kanie’s defense.

It’s been clear that Kanie is working hard, hasn’t it? He’s asked a lot of everyone, and he hasn’t asked anyone to work harder than he’s willing to work. That’s in spite of his determination that they weren’t going to make it unless something big happened – like snagging the deal for the soccer match.

Working in spite of despair is something I respect. I know how hard it is to do. Despair brings with it a soul-chilling cold that makes creativity a challenge. Heck, it makes breathing a challenge! Seeing Kanie work on in spite of growing despair earned my respect.

He somehow managed the to maintain the energy to investigate another possibility – selling the southern portion of the park. It was idle ground, held for a time when the park could expand. Kanie knew they wouldn’t have the money they needed without something changing. The change? He found a buyer for the land.

Amagi Brilliant Park Episode 11: At first, Muse didn't like the idea

Not everyone liked Kanie’s idea. Not at first. Capture from the Blu Ray.

But the guy didn’t want to just sell the land. He wanted to let everyone know first. He didn’t have to do that. As the acting manager, he had the authority to just do it, and he had to know that Latifa would have backed him. But he’s shown himself to be a shrewd judge of character. So, he called for an all-hands meeting to make the announcement.

It didn’t go over well, at least not at first.

Muse didn’t like the idea at all. To her, it felt like defeat. Her statement generated a building wave of negativity building against the idea. Have you ever been at a meeting like that? Have you ever watched as sentiment moves this way or that? That’s fascinating to me. Probably the best capsule summary is from Men in Black when Kay says that “a person is smart, people are dumb, packicky, dangerous animals.”  That’s a harsh way of putting it, but it’s too often true. People in groups are weird.

Delivery: Earning Moffle’s Respect Wasn’t Easy

But it doesn’t have to be weird. If you’ve done the homework, if you’ve build trust and respect, a good leader can get his ideas across and bring the crowd along with him or her. And that’s just what Kanie did. He had won the respect of key individuals, and they carried the day for him.

Kanie’s a good leader. I mean that in the moral sense. He doesn’t try to manipulate individuals or the crowd for his benefit. He’s trying to do right by the princess; he’s trying to save her life and their livelihoods. So the techniques he used were what I’d consider models for how leaders should behave.

What did he do, exactly? Did he prep the key members of the crowd? Did they rehearse? Nope. They didn’t need to. They just reacted honestly, because he had led them with integrity and skill.

Amagi Brilliant Park Episode 11: Moffle and Macaron supported Kanie

Kanie likely knew who he could rely on – like Macaron. Capture from the Blu Ray.

Moffle started by saying (13:02), “I don’t think it’s a bad idea, fumo.” That paused the spread of negativity. Macaron came next, saying (13:11), “There’s no point in holding on to land we can’t use, ron.” After that, members of Elementario even spoke up in favor of the idea. In fact, a member of Elementario had what amounted to the last word. Striking a very effective swordsman pose, Sylphy said (13:37), “Let them cut your flesh so you can break their bones.”

Kanie’s idea carried the day because he had led them with vision and skill. Most of all, he had earned the trust and respect of key members of the crew – members who, in the case of Moffle, had shown they were willing to criticize him if he deserved it. That had to be enormously reassuring to Kanie. I know that from my perspective, it was great to watch. I like seeing the human API used for good – as opposed to how too many people are abusing it IRL right now.

What did you think of Sento’s dedication to keeping the meeting moving early in the episode? What were your favorite parts of the episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “Amagi Brilliant Park Episode 11: Favorites

  1. Yeah, I can totally understand both sides of the situation. Selling a big chunk of the place you’re trying to save, on the surface sounds like a bad idea. Not to mention that it could sound really scary to some of the park’s residents. But if they’ve tried everything else, and time’s running out, it might be the only thing left they can do that’s going to be enough to save the rest of the park. I’m glad Kanie managed to build enough trust that some of the park staff would listen to his idea with an open mind.

    1. As I’m rewatching the series to review it, what’s most impressed me is Kanie’s journey as a leader. He didn’t just show up and have everyone’s respect. The series showed him earning their respect, step by step. That made moments like my favorite pop!

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