Never thought fishing could feel so manly, in a serious manner too not the hot-blooded-kids-show type.
Basically the show promised “saving the world by fishing” and that’s exactly what we got. Surprisingly, I would consider this to be the superior Noitamina show this season over Sakamichi no Apollon.
While Apollon had the backing of pretty big names, tsuritama mainly ran on the appeal of its color palette and the director’s name, whom you may know as the guy who did Kuchu Buranko, which was another pretty dang awesome Noitamina show. Watch that if you haven’t yet.
tsuritama actually did quite well on all accounts, from the character development to the drama building up. If you looked past the veneer of absurdity it puts on to itself, it’s actually quite a nicely done story about a boy discovering true friends and a passion for the first time in his life after being forced to drift around. Seeing how Yuki grew from the Socially Awkward Penguin in the first episode to the manly “never-ever-give-up” type turned out to be quite nice.
The other cast also had their times to shine. I especially liked Captain Ayumi (if that wasn’t clear already!) plus Natsuki had a pretty involved subplot regarding his family. While you could say it’s all pretty standard stuff, but the key thing now is execution and tsuritama did not disappoint on that account for me.
Of course, it’s not all perfect, as the absurd setting tends to result in some red herring plot points and devices, but you learn how to ignore it for the main thing that matters the most, which is the strong character relationships the show build itself upon. While I can’t say it’s a must-watch, it not that bad either and if you’re in the need for a fun, but nicely done anime that doesn’t force you to think too hard, give tsuritama the three episode test.
Liked: A lot better than expected.
Rewatch: Maybe, but not any time soon.