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Amagi Brilliant Park Episode 9 – Quick Summary

In Amagi Brilliant Park episode 9, “Not Enough Teamwork,” Kobori, Muse, Salama, and Sylphy, the members of Elementario, were a singing and dancing group that had two problems: they could not sing and they could not dance. On stage, they literally fell over one another. Princess Latifa came up with a plan to help them – but the might might end up destroying the park! Can Elementario pull together to overcome the effects of the Princess’s idea? Or will there be no park left?

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

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Favorite Quote from Amagi Brilliant Park Episode 9

Amagi Brilliant Park Episode 9: Kanie was surprised he could see their bones

Seems that Kanie can still be surprised, from time to time! Capture from the Blu Ray.

By this time in the series, I didn’t think that anything could surprise Kanie. But it looks like I was wrong! First, when the castle opened fire on everyone, he seemed surprised and asked Sento why an amusement park castle would have such a massive defense system.

But he received an even greater shock later in the episode (that’s a joke – it’ll make sense in a second). The fairies of Elementario were singing karaoke in an attempt to clear the first trial. They failed because Salama excelled in singing badly. Really, really badly.

The four of them had to score over 300. On the weakness of Salama’s “singing,” they missed the mark. As punishment, bolts of lighting electrified each (this is the part where you remember I said “shock” earlier and chuckled – that’s my plan, anyway!).

Surprised, Kanie said (12:56), “Wow, you can see their bones. Their bones!”

I guess Kanie is not quite as cynical as he thinks he is.

Favorite Moment from Amagi Brilliant Park Episode 9

Amagi Brilliant Park Episode 9: Salama found something she was good at

Salama tried to pass it off as nothing. But it was a big step forward for her. Capture from the Blu Ray.

Setup: Elementario was All Over the Place

This is one of those times where it’s hard to choose a single favorite moment because the episode was consistently fun to watch, start to finish. From the scene showing how out of sync Elementario was, to Kanie, Sento, and the others bobbing their heads as Sylphy sang – the episode kept me amused and laughing.

I’m going to pick my favorite moment based solely on my favorite Elementario. It’s also because she’s a great typist. As a writer and a programmer, I wholeheartedly approve of that skill!

The episode set up the moment well. We got to see Salama completely botch the singing portion of the contest. I mean, she wasn’t just bad. She was bad in the way only a skilled-voice-actor-pretending-to-be-bad can be bad. I experienced actual physical discomfort hearing her sing.

Amagi Brilliant Park Episode 9: Singing is not Salama's strong point

Apparently, singing is not her strong suit. Capture from the Blu Ray.

The cool part about that (if I may call it cool) is that it really bothered her. She didn’t like being the weak link. Despite her being aloof and trying to pretend to be disinterested, she wanted to help Elementario succeed. Just look at how she teared up when Muse used her voice to raise their collective score in karaoke.

During the dancing portion, Salama finally looked like she was having fun. She wasn’t as good as Sylphy, but really, who is?

Delivery: Being Able to Contribute is Fulfilling

My favorite moment came during the typing contest. Muse failed and failed hard. She was as bad a typist as Salama was as a singer. But completing the role reversal, Salama was in her element. She absolutely nailed that trial. The look of supreme concentration on her face did my heart good – I imagine I’m something like that when I’m writing novels (albeit considerably less attractive). 

Even better? She was into it. Before now, we really didn’t a chance to see Salama invest herself into anything. Even when she danced in front of the scant crowds Elementario attracted, she seemed like she felt like she had better things to do. As soon as she sat down at the keyboard, you could see like she was in her element.

Back when where I worked two jobs ago, I was helping someone with a programming problem. They commented that they’d never seen me so alive as when I was interacting with the computer. I’m still not sure if they intended it as a compliment, but I accepted it as their honest opinion. I wonder if that’s why I liked this moment so much?

Amagi Brilliant Park Episode 9: Salama is a consummate typist

Salama was in her element in the typing trial. Capture from the Blu Ray.

But my actual favorite moment? It was when Salama slapped Muse on the back (09:02). It didn’t exactly look friendly. But for Salama, it was a very warm gesture. She felt like she contributed, and she felt like she had helped Muse in particular. Even Muse responded with a tearful smile.

I’m still a sucker for the trope of a misfit team coming together – especially the tsundere-light member of the team. It’s a hopeful thing, and I’m looking far and wide for hope right now. 

What did you think of the castle opening fire? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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