Final Impressions: Tamako Market


A market I would shop at

Moe can be a hard pill to swallow to a lot of people. For me, I put it into a bowl with sugary cereal and milk and consume in mass quantities. OK, so that was a little over the top. I do enjoy moe shows more than a grown man should, but I’m OK with that. Tamako Market looked to be my new fix after K-ON! which, by the look of it, seemed like a perfect fit. It had all the sugary moe bits that I love, but without that satisfying crunch that was so needed.

What I mean by "satisfying crunch" was a better story that made me want to watch more. Historically, moe anime is not really about an engaging story, but it’s about the slice of life of the characters within the show. While this is true with Tamako Market the story just didn't really fit. The entire prince story was the main problem for me. I just didn't care about him or his needing to find a wife before he takes the throne. What I can get over is the fact that Dera was a talking bird that could be turned into a projector at any time. He did bring some needed humor to the show, but not enough to make it a better show.

Speaking of characters, I had no problems with the cast. Most of them I liked right off the bat for their quarks. If Tamako Market was real with these types of people running the shops, I would be there everyday buying stuff! Who wouldn't want to by their tofu from a Japanese man with an afro? Actually the flower lady with the manly voice kind of creeps me out…kind of. Also, how cute is it to go to a mochi shop where the little girl is nicknamed Anko? Very, that how much! This is one of the times I really hope that they will have Nenderoid play sets available sometime down the road.

Kyoani’s production values were just as I would have expected. There was not a time where I could really see that they slacked off at all. The bright and colorful world was always welcoming in every episode.

Let’s go back to the story for a bit before I wrap this up. In case you haven’t watched it, Tamako Market is about Tamako and her day to day life in the market where she lives with her grandfather, father, and little sister making mochi. Then one day a talking bird named Dera comes to the market to find a bride for his prince. From there on, we meet everyone in the market and find out little by little about everyone. We do find out that Tamako was the one picked out for the prince. Surprised, right? In the end, everything returns to normal. There is no real ending to ruin in this show because there was no real big story to accompany it. The prince part mattered so little that in the middle of the series I almost forgot about it completely. I kind of wished the creators did too because I would have rather seen the story go more towards the inhabitants of the market. That would have been more entertaining overall.

As much as I didn't like how the story went, I still really enjoyed the show overall. The artwork, animation, characters, and silliness kept me around for the entirety of the show. I would sell this show as moe light or moe diet. It has the same great moe taste, but not as filling as normal moe. Hopefully, this will tide me over till the next great moe show comes along. I do have a sweet tooth for cuteness that needs to be filled once in a while. Romantic comedies only get me so far, same with harem shows.

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Josh is a simple man. Normally either in the kitchen cooking up a tasty meal or watching the latest anime that not too many people like. Being more of the old timer of the group. He has now been ... more + disclosures



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