Kyoto Animation’s first original anime about a fabulous talking bird…er, I mean about a mochi shopkeeper’s daughter~
|With the end of Hyouka and Chu2koi where are fans of KyoAni going to get their next moe slice of life fix? Fear not! Because you can look forward to Tamako Market, which brings back the team that worked together on the very popular K-ON! So can Tamako Market fill our hearts with that familiar moe moe sickness? Find out with our epic first impressions post!|
|Kyoto Animation is one of those few studios that has such clout that any work by them is a big deal. Tamako Market is extra special, since this studio almost exclusively produces adaptations. I have great respect for the studio, even if it has squandered its immense talent with melodramatic tearjerkers or cute girls eating cute cakes, but last year’s Hyouka showed that they were still capable of magic. So as usual, I came into this show as an optimistic skeptic.|
|I have issues with mochi. It looks like a magical type of food brought straight out a fairy tale, yet I can’t bring myself to like the taste. Time and time again, I will buy mochi-related items on grocery store runs only to realize that this adorable treat just isn’t to my tastes. I want to like it, I really do! But I can’t. Tamako Market is a good show, but I can’t shake the sudden cravings for mochi that will inevitably end in defeat. u_u|
|Gomen for the late post! However, here we are with our thoughts on Kyoto Animation’s first non-adaption anime, Tamako Market! To be honest, this is the only Winter anime (other than AKB0048’s second season) that actually caught my interest before the start of the season, so I have some high hopes for this adorable series.~|
Foshizzel// Within the first few minutes just like their previous series KyoAni treats us to some amazing visuals, but hey everyone knows that fact already. I really loved the short interaction at the start between Tamako and her two friends from school Kanna and Midori showing us how carefree Tamako is, even though that type of happy-go-lucky character is really nothing new to most of us. While it is nice to see a main lead character with such nice friends I kept getting Nichijou vibes from the various town folk that lived near Tamako because most of them seem crazy in a good way, like Kaoru Hanase which I started calling that “moe man” at least I think it’s a dude? I mean that character is voiced by the amazing Daisuke Ono after all. Along with that character that stood out we have Mochizou who instantly appears to have a crush on Tamako? Did anyone else think that Anko was more of an Azunyan clone or is she more like Mio in terms of features? I think it’s a hybrid creature called a Mio-nyan!
So who was the most awesome character so far from the first episode for me? That would easily be that random yet hilarious talking bird named Dera Mochimazzi! I swear the moment he started to speak I just couldn’t stop watching my screen. Besides having the ability being to speak I guess he is also a perverted animal? Like that whole scene where he tried to peek on Anko and Tamako in the bath, I guess even animals have an eye for certain things which made me laugh even more. So who was your favorite side character? I am curious to see how Tamako Market explores possible “romance” between Tamako and Mochizou; however at the same time I would prefer if they left that part alone because the romance portion of Chu2koi kind of made things dull for me but it did not prevent me from watching! I just was not all THAT interested in it.
What a fantastic first episode! I mean visuals were good, but how about the story? What are they setting us up for? Personally I like the whole cute girls doing cute formula a lot, but since there is at least one male running around who has an interest in Tamako I guess they will probably throw in some random romance to spice things up? Course who knows maybe it will take Mochizou six or seven episodes to work up the courage to ask her out even though to me romance and KyoAni just does not work for me. Besides hints of that possibility, I guess the same could be said about one of Tamako’s friends? Her bio does say she has an interest in Tamako which equals yuri shipping?! Not that I really care because I am here for the moe and oddball characters like Dera. Speaking of that hilarious talking bird what the hell was with the ending when his eyes started to glow?! I can only guess that is his way of saying “OH CRAP I FORGOT MY MAIN MISSION” So what did you like about this first episode?
Ivlln// Tamako Market was not at all what I was expecting, but somehow it also felt exactly what I should have expected. That is to say, I had no idea that this would be a slapstick magic realism comedy, but that actually seems like exactly what Kyoto Animation was building toward with their works in the past couple of years. What a welcome surprise this was! I’m not very familiar with magic realism, so I’m excited to see what this show will do with it, as it’s a very powerful tool, in very capable hands in this case. The episode wasn’t exactly filled with them like, say, Nichijou (nor were the bits as energetic or audacious), but the slapstick was overall very amusing, with the Excalibur-like talking bird Mochimazzi stealing the spotlight from his first appearance. Thanks to their technical excellence, these guys really excel at physical comedy.
The story hasn’t left an impression on me yet, but it wins major points from me for not going the everyday-life route. How refreshing was it to see time jump all the way to New Year’s Eve upon Mochimazzi’s comment about taking leave by then? And with next episode invoking Valentine’s Day, it looks like we’re set to jump forward another 6 weeks. Speeding along the timeline like that isn’t necessarily a good thing, but it makes the point that this is a show where things happen (I don’t expect Kyoto Animation to produce anything remotely like Mysterious Girlfriend X). Already we saw a bunch of stuff set up this episode, such as Tamako’s search for her dead mother’s song, or everyone forgetting to give Tamako her birthday present each year (one of those magic realism elements?). Not to mention Mochimazzi’s mission and those 2 kids projected from his eyes at the end (is he a robot? An alien? Or just unexplained?).
Nothing about the show has wowed me yet, but it was very pleasing to watch. The visuals aren’t jaw dropping like Hyouka‘s, but it still has that KyoAni shine and attention to detail. I’m not holding my breath for this to be another Haruhi or Hyouka, but it’s nice to see KyoAni take on something more ambitious than their mundane moneymakers. Consider me still skeptically optimistic.
Overcooled// If I was in charge of directing Tamako Market, I’d make it all about the bird. I wasn’t expecting him at all, but it didn’t take long for him to swoop in and steal the show. You see, Mochimazui is the only character in the show who acts differently from the ever-smiling cast of adorable moeblobs. He isn’t there to talk about friendship or the joys of running a store, but to spit condescending insults at anyone within earshot from a perch upon Tamako’s head. He’s a narcissistic jerk who freeloads off Tamako and expects to do nothing in return. It’s just so wonderful to have someone like Mochimazui being so rude in a world of impossibly nice people. I love him! I wouldn’t mind the whole story focusing on where he came from and how those birds learned to speak. Is he even a bird? Is he an alien? A robot? Mochimazui is a mystery. A very, very sassy mystery.
However, the story doesn’t focus on “the adventures of Tamako and Mochimazui.” I can’t even really say what the focal point is, because there doesn’t seem to be one. Episode 1 introduces a whole slew of ideas at once, making it a little confusing which one will be the most important one. Aside from Mochimazui, we also have Tamako tending the mochi store, looking for a song her mom used to sing for her (before she died), a possible love interest, and a group of friends at school she does baton twirling with. I’m sure mochi is meant to be the main plot, but it certainly didn’t seem that way. I hope all these little subplots become balanced and form one, focused story that doesn’t meander.
I think Tamako Market is one of those shows that is remarkably “okay.” My enjoyment almost solely stemmed from watching Mochimazui’s antics. Everything else was just background noise that I quietly sat through without really caring about. In that way, it’s a very forgettable show considering that all I can recall are random lines spouted from Mochimazui’s beak. Although it’s not the most impressionable, it is rather fun to watch when you’re just relaxing at home. It’s painfully cute, so you won’t go without your weekly fix of moe this season if you watch Tamako Market.
Hoshi// Ah, I already adore this show and it’s only been the first episode! I’m such a sucker for these cute characters with their moe voices and the fabulous bird Dera that has captured the attention of almost all its viewers. Not to mention I’m in love with the romantic angle of the story, where the rival shop owner’s son, Mocihzou, has a thing for Tamako. It’s so old school and adorable! (Mochizou overall is a cutie, really.) Anyway, as everyone has previously said, the plot hasn’t really centered on anything so far, with only a few tugs at some plot strings that will be hopefully revealed in full later on in the show. With all these bases laid out, I feel that Tamako Market’s story has the potential to be as interesting as its oddball store keeper characters. I imagine everything lining up in layers and then being smashed together to create this swirled, colorful plot for us; if done right, of course. Slice-of-life shows are usually difficult to maintain interest, but Kyoto Animation seems like they’re pulling out all they can to add pizazz to this series. What I love most about Tamako Market is that it’s a quirky, seemingly simple slice-of-life show. It’s full of fun; even the time-skipping, while somewhat annoying for me, fits the show as it creates this fun, chaotic atmosphere. Plus, IT’S JUST SO CUTE. What am I supposed to do? Ignore it?~
It seems Tamako will be showing Dera more of the shop, simultaneously giving us a sneak peek into her daily life aside from the frantic days we were shown. Until next week then~!!