I don’t know about you, but receiving a chocolate house on Valentine’s Day would be pretty sweet~
|I come back from the shadows to bring you this post before disappearing once again for who knows how many more weeks! From the first episode, I had been hypnotized by Tamako Market’s adorable characters and clean cut animation, but while the second episode tided me over, these past few episodes haven’t been able to do quite as good a job…|
A Tamako Market Valentine’s Day (Episode 2)
As I slightly mentioned in my into, no episode has impressed quite as much as episode two, which dealt with the Valentine’s Day special in it’s own way. We got to see more of Bunny Mountain shopping district’s daily life and the strong bond that exists between all the owners of the shops, who banded together to transform the district into a lovey-dovey place for Valentine’s Day, thanks to Tamako. When an idea arises, these owners certainly jump to it for the benefit of the shopping district (except maybe for Tamako’s father, who seems to want to keep things just the way they are; of course that doesn’t mean he doesn’t care about the district).
The main highlight for me however, aside from the cute bunny outfits and other Valentine’s Day shenanigans, was Midori. After watching the episodes several times, I came to the conclusion Tamako Market was quite subtly dipping their toes into the issue of crushing on a person of the same gender, with Midori possibly having feelings for Tamako. If my conclusion is right, then I absolutely loved they way they took the subject without it being so ‘up in your face’; for a while I even thought she might have been in love with Mochizou, but the more the episode progressed with its vague dialogue and the looks Midori would give towards Tamako, I came to realize she may just be in love with her. However, I still have this speculation that’s constantly nagging at the back of my brain that thinks Midori could just have feelings for Mochizou, and her troubles may stem from the fact he likes Tamako and Tamako has been his friend for the longest time, so she feels she deserves him more than she does. Either way, I enjoyed the way they took the Valentine’s Day episode. It wasn’t all about “Who am I giving chocolates too?!” or furthering the possible romantic relationships in the show; in fact, it rarely took on the subject of giving out chocolates and romance head on. Everything turned out to be shadowed (in classic Tamako fashion) under the main focus of trying to liven up the shopping district for that day.~
Why so obsessed with Shiroi? (Episode 3) & Festival Memories (Episode 4)
I say ‘why so obsessed with Shiori’ because everyone seemed to be flocking towards the lovely Shiori in that episode
(I think I’m clever but I’m not). Anyway, these two episodes were not only more single character focused, but also revealed just a little more of the unknown elements of the show. In episode 4, amidst the incredibly adorable grade school crush story, we finally got to see a glimpse of Tamako’s mom and the effect it’s had on at least Anko. Though it seems the family has learned to continue on, Anko still has some pent up feelings that were brought on by the festival. I’m wondering if maybe we’ll get to see this in Tamako as well, but there hasn’t been a truly Tamako-focused episode yet to reveal any such feelings.
Meanwhile for Dera, episode three and on has shifted the focus away from his mysterious past (at least for now), and he seems to be more of a narrator now, alongside being the show’s unique nitch and comedic distraction. He does however come into play a lot more into the life’s of the other characters in the show by helping Midori in episode two, Shiroi in episode three, and recently Anko in episode four. Though we still haven’t found out more about Dera other than that he could possibly be some kind of robot (I mean, what kind of live bird plays video from its mouth?) and that he’s from some type of tropical area, thanks to subtle clues in his casual talk (such as mentioning his favorite fruits to Tamako in episode two).
All in all, episode three and four were a bit generic. Episode two was wonderful, but I didn’t get that same kind of awed feeling these past two episodes. There wasn’t as much unexpected…substance to the show, as in I could easily guess where these stories and the underlying morals to them were leading up to, especially in episode three. I
won’t do will try not to do much complaining about this though because I expected as much. Plus, I find myself enjoying the laid back atmosphere, as well as getting lost in everyone’s stories. This show is a nice, relaxing escape after a long week, at least for me.~
We’re at a beach episode already? Tamako Market sure is going through the seasons quickly…Anyway, looks like some long-awaited Mochizou and Tamako action might possibly happen?! See you…in a few days~!!