Seiya was forced to accept an invitation to an amusement park by the mysterious and beautiful girl Isuzu. What he didn't know was that she would bring him to the decrepit Amagi Brilliant Park, Japan's most disappointing amusement park. Seiya is introduced to the leader of the Park, the "real princess" Latifa, who suddenly entrusts him with saving the park, which is in danger of shutting down. Amagi Brilliant Park, it turns out, is not just any amusement park, but rather one populated by fairies.
Amagi Brilliant Park has the same Author as Full Metal Panic, and it seems he put Amagi on hiatus to work on the more popular FMP. (no new volumes in three years, as I'm writing this)
Story: There's this amusement park with a bunch of cute animals and beautiful girls, and the entire staff is actually from a different world, they settled here on earth to create a place to make people happy. Due to bad management skills, they are nearing bankruptcy, so they turn to a complete stranger (a high school student, obviously) for help.
That's the general story, and it's not bad. There's always
things reminding you that the staff are not actually human, while keeping it realistic enough to make it feel like a fantasy slice-of-life. (Flying Witch for example). The problem is, with there being magic and creatures that are literally "fantasy" things, they somehow fail to make any profit while running a Fantasy Theme Park. HOW!? This is a comedy story, do not expect romance, action or even anything interesting to happen. The normal human Main Character will come up with solutions to the problems, while getting to know the staffers.
Characters: *sigh* A Tsundere with big tits, a kind loli in a cute white dress, and a perverted Sheep know as Macaron. The "human" characters are all your standard types, nothing to say here. But this fantasy novel series excels at, surprise surprise, fantasy characters. The Sheep, Macaron being a good example on how to make funny, adorable and deeply disturbing mascots that makes you laugh til you cry. Unfortunately, most characters are those boring looks-like-humans-but-are-actually-not-human characters. I disliked Full Metal Panic due to bad characters, so Amagi Brilliant Park managed to improve there, even if just a little bit.
Overall, this is a comedy. Don't take the fantasy stuff too seriously, just enjoy the silliness for what it is. There's a lot of management talk, and that is just not something I can connect with comedy. Some people probably will find it entertaining, though. Just not me.
I really liked the Anime, why did I not like the novels? Just like Outbreak Company (fantasy-comedy about company management) the Anime is so funny due to the voices and animations. Unfortunately I shall not continue reading this, unfinished, tale of a failing amusement park. Luckily the anime has a satisfying ending.