Tamako Market 01

Tamako Market

>DAT BIRD

Tamako Market

>DAT BIRD!!!!

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Poor Tama-chan (TдT)

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>DAT IMOUTO HNNNNNNGGGGGGHHHH

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I’m fine either, both are cute.

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DAMMIT, DAT BIRD.

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It’s okay, jump in to my arms An-chan. Onii-chan will protect you from that creepy bird!

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>DAT BIRD’S NAME.

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Why is he getting excited like that?! Seriously, this bird!

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>DAT FAT BIRD

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HNNNNNNGHHH DAT POUTING IMOUTO

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HNNNGHHHH DEM IMOUTO CHEEKS!

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Hahaha, Tamako’s reaction face here is just so perfect.

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Tamako with her hair down is pretty dang hawt.

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Megane Tamako too? Aww shit, KyoAni! You shouldn’t have!

Pretty strong first episode by Kyoto Animation for Tamako Market. Leaving production quality aside, KyoAni has really charmed me well with Tamako.

Striking a very good balance between cute, hapless and tsukkomi, Tamako really stands out right from the start. There’s this genuine feel to her character that really triggers the moe, unlike the way KyoAni took with Yui(airhead), Chitanda(clueless) and Rikka(chuunibyou) by overly emphasizing a certain aspect of those girls as their “cuteness”.

In contrast, Tamako is a much more balanced character, being reliable (helping out at the mochi shop), sisterly (towards An), likeable (look at how everyone just loves her!) yet still a little clumsy at times (dem baton twirls). I guess without the constraints of an original source, KyoAni has really got a free reign to take from their experiences over the past few years to give us the ultimate “good girl”. Props as well to newcomer seiyuu Aya Suzuki for the really great and nuanced performance as Tamako too. Let’s hope this keeps up though, I don’t want another Chu2koi ending :P.

Standing in opposition with Tamako meanwhile is the bird. The bird truly was quite the dark horse. When I got to knew about it at first, I was wondering wtf was KyoAni thinking but now that the first episode’s out, I can see that its quite a stroke of genius. By putting in the extremely absurd element of a talking bird, Tamako Market isn’t quite shoe-horned in as a slice-of-life show. Plus by introducing the “prince” plot device, it allows them room later to guide the show towards a proper closure. Having Kayneth’s seiyuu voice the damn bird was an amazing choice too. Just the right amount of arrogance without being overbearing.

One thing that suffers a little for this first episode is the supporting cast not having enough time to assert their presences, but it’s not a big deal considering the size of it. I already can’t wait for the next episode and it even seems like it’ll be jumping two months straight to February if the episode title isn’t misleading.

23 Comments

  1. Sheba Said,

    January 10, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

    So, Lord El Melloi, after getting NTRed HARD and killed, got reincarnated as a talked bird? I hope he have a happier life like that.

  2. CarVac Said,

    January 10, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

    You mentioned the reaction faces; I think they developed their skills at drawing those from Nichijou.

  3. All Fiction Said,

    January 10, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

    The neck mole is moe.

  4. progenitor Said,

    January 10, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

    um,

    what did i just watch?

  5. Chris Said,

    January 10, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

    yea, that reaction face when he slapped her on the back reminded me of Mio. Also them mochi-fied version of the wooden cubes…some are saying that Tamako with her hair down reminded them of Hyouka. Yes, that imouto indeed.

  6. Bear Said,

    January 10, 2013 @ 11:21 pm

    Now that that annoying bird is fattened up, they should fricassee the sucker!

  7. Dawn Said,

    January 10, 2013 @ 11:26 pm

    This show already has one death and the bird that almost kicked the bucket.
    Mochi = Death Game
    http://en.rocketnews24.com/2013/01/04/traditional-japanese-dessert-kills-two-people-15-more-hospitalized/

  8. Syoran Said,

    January 10, 2013 @ 11:55 pm

    Tamako in ED looks like Chitanda and Mio had a daughter…

  9. Sheba Said,

    January 11, 2013 @ 12:35 am

    The choking incident reminded me of this

  10. Steven Den Beste Said,

    January 11, 2013 @ 12:51 am

    The florist gives me the creeps. What’s with that voice?

  11. faehkerlohl Said,

    January 11, 2013 @ 12:55 am

    After watching this episode I have just one question: Does the flower shop owner has a dick or not? I’m afraid that more shows will be taiwanesed :D

  12. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 11, 2013 @ 1:48 am

    Man, why can’t you all accept that Ono Daisuke has a pretty girly voice too?

  13. Phazeshift Said,

    January 11, 2013 @ 2:39 am

    Tamako with her hair down in that ED looks like Chitanda~

  14. S_1 Said,

    January 11, 2013 @ 4:58 am

    Talking bird?

    And another KyoAni moe assault /o.O\

  15. Guardian-NaMuKo Said,

    January 11, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    Must be more cuteness from KyoAni-BIRDBIRDBIRD THROW IT! IT’S CREEPY!

    Nah, just kidding. But still, that bird got me in the freaking stitches. Dat Bird indeed. I wonder where his master hails from, though.

  16. feannatar Said,

    January 11, 2013 @ 8:12 am

    First DAT hana-ya-san. She looks like woman but talks like man. Plus it’s Ono Daisuke! Then DAT mechanical breathing and variation on Darth Vader’s title melody while camera on the bird. Plus the joke-yuri SMS at the end :D Oh my, you’re killing me KyoAni! :D I totally agree with your reactions on the rest, Kuro :)

  17. KLACMAN Said,

    January 11, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    uh did they swerve & twist went talking bird route?

    yea anime take on rio http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_%28film%29

  18. akagami Said,

    January 11, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    I was expecting some moe slice-of-life and instead I got a talking bird… lolwut

    And that LGBT florist – why is Japan messing with me? Mariandale (Ixion Saga) already overloaded my brain….

  19. Benigmatica Said,

    January 11, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

    @Guardian-NaMuKo

    Maybe his master came from the Easter Islands.. or some unknown Pacific land!

    Still, having Daisuke Ono as the florist makes me shiver…

  20. sadakups Said,

    January 11, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

    Watching it for the bird. And those two fathers. Who said you can’t put the manliest of voices in a moe anime?

  21. Di Gi Kazune Said,

    January 12, 2013 @ 8:30 am

    Kentucky Fried Cockatoo.

    All we need is Kiritsugu to put a hole in the birdbrain then. Hahaha Get it? Bird Brain? XD

  22. Entrav Said,

    January 13, 2013 @ 4:32 am

    This episode made me extremely hungry. That is all.

  23. Rui-chan Said,

    January 13, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

    Super☆ MoeMoe Anime of the century.

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