The Magnificent Kotobuki Review

The Magnificent Kotobuki Review

The Magnificent Kotobuki anime series cover art
The Magnificent Kotobuki

Meet the Kotobuki Squadron

Let’s start this review of The Magnificent Kotobuki (Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai / 荒野のコトブキ飛行隊) by going over the main characters. The Kotobuki Squadron has six pilots and a mechanic.

The first pilot is Kyrie (sometimes written Kylie). She’s the main character, and the best way to describe her is as your generic female protagonist. You know, she’s not the brightest, she loves sweets, and she’s over-enthusiastic.

Reona is the tomboyish leader of the squadron. There’s not all that much to say about her. She’s married to the job.

Zara appears to be a longtime friend of Reona’s. Her defining characteristic is that she doesn’t think twice about exposing her skin. Her midriff is always exposed, she almost went outside wearing only underwear at one point, and she disguises herself as an exotic dancer.

Reona, Zara, Kyrie, Chika, Emma, and Kate eating from the anime series The Magnificent Kotobuki
Reona, Zara, Kyrie, Chika, Emma, and Kate eating

Chika is the Kotobuki Squadron’s token loli. She has a rivalry with Kyrie and is often angry about everything. At first, I didn’t like her. But then, she got a giant Anomolocaris plush, which is pretty cool. So, that made me like her more.

Emma is the rich girl of the group. I don’t actually remember if she’s a rich girl. But, her personality and appearance make me think that’s the case.

Kate is the kuudere. She’s completely emotionless and speaks as if she’s a robot. There was one episode that focused on her, and I thought it was going to make her a more interesting character. But, it didn’t.

Lastly, there’s Natsuo, the mechanic. I don’t actually know if she’s a member of the Kotobuki Squadron. She might be an employee of the Ouni Freight Company, owned by Madame Loulou. But, since Madame Loulou is also the employer of the Kotobuki Squadron, they’re kind of the same entity.

This is a Weird Series

Now that we’re familiar with the main characters let’s talk about the series itself. It’s weird. The world the series takes place in is weird. The plot is weird. And, there are just other random, weird things.

This series takes place in a world without oceans. The oceans are gone, and the world is a vast desert scarred by giant canyons. So, the series takes place in the future, right? No. Most of the technology in this world is from the 1940s.

You know, the golden age of Japan according to anime: World War II. The main evidence for this is the Hayabusa fighters piloted by the Kotobuki Squadron.

But, this series doesn’t seem to take place in Japan. Most of the towns scattered across the wasteland look like they’re from the U.S. Wild West in the 1800s.

Zara looking at art in a cave while dressed as an exotic dancer from the anime series The Magnificent Kotobuki
Zara looking at art in a cave while dressed as an exotic dancer

So, if this isn’t a future in which the oceans dried up, where did all the water go? An interdimensional portal opened and drained the oceans. Yes, that’s right. This is a Wild West x World War II anime that also features interdimensional travel.

Most of the series focuses on the Kotobuki Squadron fighting air pirates. But, the second half becomes about stopping an evil politician from monopolizing the portals. At least that part makes sense. If interdimensional portals opened up in our world, you can be sure politicians would be interested. There’s nothing politicians love more than making money.

I guess I should also mention the animals present in this series. What’s been able to survive in this world without oceans? Well, from what I remember, there’s only one animal other than humans. There’s a singular Dodo. Yes, the bird that went extinct in the 1600s.

An Audiophile’s Dream Anime?

The Magnificent Kotobuki isn’t really for me. I’m not interested in all this plane stuff. And, while the GCI animation wasn’t terrible, it still felt wrong. Like, there are a lot of times when the characters are too animated.

But, I have to commend the series for having some good sound design. I don’t mean the voice acting or even the music. That stuff doesn’t matter in this series. What I mean are all the sound effects. There are a lot of sound effects, and they sound pretty good.

But, I have to commend the series for having some good sound design. I don’t mean the voice acting or even the music. That stuff doesn’t matter in this series. What I mean are all the sound effects. There are a lot of sound effects, and they sound pretty good.

Kyrie sitting in a plane from the anime series The Magnificent Kotobuki
Kyrie sitting in a plane

If you’re into movies and series featuring dogfights (planes, not literal dogs), you’ll probably like this. The planes sound good, the machine guns on the planes sound good, and there’s a lot of dogfight action. Again, that’s not for me. But, I’ll still admit it’s good.

If that was it, I wouldn’t have a section all about the sound. There are also a lot of other sound effects that didn’t need to be there. Though, I don’t mean that in a bad way. I mean that they didn’t need to be there. But, the fact that they were there made the series better.

One of the most notable of these sounds is the sound of the cables on the planes flexing. That actually added a lot to the dogfight scenes. And, there are also some great sound effects for characters walking on various surfaces. It goes deep.

Final Thoughts

I gave The Magnificent Kotobuki a 5/10. It was average. The sound design was cool, and the action was pretty good. But, the characters were little more than tropes, for the most part. And, I didn’t find the story all that interesting. Also, I could have done without the loud Dodo squawks that didn’t add anything.

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