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Omo and Pixy on Tamako Market

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013


The bird is really the one redeeming feature to this show


That chicken/parakeet thing needs to go.

Personally I think there really was too much riding on Dara, in the same way Evirus said “Erwin, that hat is wearing you” (#garupan).

GJ-bu, Fafner, Tamako fail

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Since the Lagrange crashed and burned, I poked at a few other things.

GJ-bu was in official suspension since ep.3, when my only note was “fuck the androphobia”. In reality I dragged it for 6 more, until it gradually petered out. Here’s what Nova wrote:

Even the slapstick feels more like the girls lovingly teasing Kyolo than actual abuse, and comes across simply endearing.

So, the story of Ichizon repeated itself. I remember how someone called it “humane”, whereas in reality it was inhumane. Granted, GJ-bu offers softer, pastel bigotry, so it helped. I feel like I could drag it along to the season’s end, if it was worth it. But even leaving the value judgements aside, it just wasn’t inspired.

{Update: Evirus posts a better operationalized critique:

I just can’t enjoy the glamorization of these hopeless girl-shaped caricatures, even if they do have flaxen hair.

That too.}

Fafner turned out horrible junk show like Pretear, only with mecha, and baiting fujoshis instead of girls in general. Good grief. Even its amusing corniness is not working. Seen 2.

The only remaining screencap is of some random character who didn’t have a large role in the beginning.

Unlike the other cancellations, I cannot say anything bad about Tamako Market. The only reason I dropped it was that nothing in it was in any way interesting. It was like Tari Tari that way. There were some thematic concerns sounded on blogs, but I didn’t reach far enough even to verify them. Seen 4.

In addition the three cancellations above, I also scored 3 postponements. All three were generally good shows that overstayed their welcome, undeshoot their potential, or were batched up on purpose, this sort of thing.

Polar Bear Cafe overcame a rocky start when the main characters made me rage by being insufferable jerkfaces (okay, primarily Panda did). Glad I didn’t ragequit it. However, like Sunred, it started running out of steam in season 2. Seen 42, eventually.

Fairy Tail (via Chizumatic) turned out to be Dog Days rather than Naruto. It stole from Naruto mercilessly (Dragon Breath LOL), but it was entirely different in tone: lots of pretty magic and hijinks. Sure, people die when they’re killed there, but there’s no oppressively brutal setting. In the same time, there’s no over-arching plot either (again, much like Dog Days). People may find themselves, but that’s about it. At least Naruto wants to become a Hokage. Lucy just floats with the flow. They also hit fillers by ep.20, good job.

AKB0048 S2 is not sagging, unlike PBC. It’s just as unashamed, energetic, and crazy as always. Even Evirus grudgedly admitted its merits. I have no reason not to love it. But blasted Initial D and Katanagatari completely ruined everything by moving the plank too high. I just don’t feel like wasting my time on this kind of thing, no matter how bouncy.

UPDATE: Steven comments to compare Fairy Tail with DBZ. I suppose he may know better, being through 155+ episodes. To me, DBZ seems like having more story content. I remember how some fanfic authors proclaimed that DBZ was actually a story of Vegeta. But perhaps FT moves into that direction too, with time. For example, right when I quit in ep.20, we got an intriguing glimpse of Natsu’s “wife”.

Tamako Love Story

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The Tamako Love Story was firmly suggested to me by Justin Brough. One day our conversation moved to it, and I mentioned how I dropped the Tamako Market TV series. Justin claimed that they fixed it all up in the movie. And yes, they did — everything that was possible to fix.

The animation needed no fixing to begin with, but KyotoAni went bananas completely with the best talent they had or borrowed, budget no object. In my humble opinion, they topped Disappearance. In this age of 2015, when son of Miyazaki is trying to destroy the anime with computers, this sort of thing is amazing twice.

And so, Dera was basically gone (with token appearances), thematic concerns completely erased, what else to ask? Unfortunately, other than the feast for the senses, there wasn’t much in the movie for me. It is Tamako’s love story, for crying out loud. Wonderful in its way, but I wasn’t into it recently. Did not even bother to root for poor Midori properly.

The worst part was how big a role the retard moe played in the setting. The idiot-savant Kanna is one thing, but Tamako herself comes off as retarded more than naive or innocent, especially in contrast with her friends Shiori and Midori.

Liked: Kinda
Rewatch: A party movie among others

Celeste on Tamako Love Story

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Ani-nouto was critical of Tamako Love Story despite its high recommendations, but have a look at the analysis by Bateszi’s co-blogger. Despite its personalistic lead-in, it focused on the movie itself rather than impression left by the movie (insomuch these can be separated).

The strangest thing about Tamako Love Story is that it’s riveting in a way that (frankly) Tamako Market just isn’t. Like most slice of life anime, Tamako Market borders on the tedious. It relies on a Maru-esque sort of appeal: being so mind numbingly boring it becomes inherently relaxing. Just the kind of thing a tired adult wants at the end of a stressful day. By contrast, Tamako Love Story isn’t modest at all: it’s emotionally charged, and demands attention from its viewers. […]

Where Tamako Market is myopic in scope, Tamako Love Story is telescopic: it moves from Tamako in relation to the market, to Tamako in relation to other people, and finally, to Tamako in relation to Mochizou.

Celeste is not particularly prolific, but she shapes up as a good catch for our British friend. She was already linked before, in 2011.