OH. MY. GAWD. KOBATO.
Despite my being giddy over the anime adaptation coming out when it was first revealed months ago, I never actually got around to watching it because I forgot about it being made (T_T). I wasn’t paying attention to CLAMP in general towards the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010, and frankly, I should stab myself for it.
Now that I have gotten around to watching, I must say, I’m impressed with what MADHOUSE has done with it. They’ve met my expectations and have earned more respect from me, on top of my already-high respect for them.
The animation is very fluid and the character designs stay true to CLAMP’s original artwork (unlike some of the /headdesk designs of the early ×××Holic anime, which were good but made the characters’ limbs way too long). One thing I liked was the way MADHOUSE did the exaggerated manga-style expressions, they looked so cute and seemed like they came out right from the manga, much like the manga-like expressions in the second Fullmetal Alchemist anime. At the same time, I got a Cardcaptor Sakura vibe, mostly because MADHOUSE has done Cardcaptor Sakura before and this is one of CLAMP’s more fluffier titles (which means a big mood departure from the recent ×××Holic and Tsubasa ‑RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-). Not to mention, Kobato was always very similar to Sakura in many ways. Mostly the cuteness.
The opening done by Maaya Sakamoto was just exquisite, as it always is with songs by her. I loved the ending theme too, it was oh-so calming to the soul.
Tetsu Inada’s performance as Ioryogi… Sorry, but if you cast a character with a seiyuu that did a related work before, I will usually catch it. Couldn’t stop thinking about Kurogane (no, not that one) whenever Ioryogi talked. xD I took it in as a mocking of Kurogane, a cuddly animal stuffed with fluff sporting a huge temper (…that was for the fangirls).
Loving the anime so far, it’s on par with the manga. I’m sure it will keep up the quality from what I’ve heard. Dang it, I need to catch up with ×××Holic and Tsubasa ‑RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- (I need to see that ending!).