Mar 29, 2013

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Tamako Market episode 12

Uhh… What? I’m sorry, I think I’m confused here. Was this supposed to be an ending? Really? Are you absolutely one hundred percent sure? Because I think I just watched a regular episode, seeing as it didn’t really end anything.

[Mazui]_Tamako_Market_-_12_[8529A581].mkv_snapshot_07.06_[2013.03.28_22.37.02]Remember when Tamako Market started? We say a gay-looking bird with a very cocky voice looking for his prince’s bride. That’s what it was all about, until I say this final episode that is. How could they have ended Tamako Market when the prince hasn’t even got himself a bride yet? What was the point of having that story in the first place?

I wasn’t even worried about Tamako not being his princess. I was pretty convinced that she would end up with Mochizou one day, when she finds out more about love and stuff. Maybe I’m overthinking things? I don’t know… Maybe the show wasn’t about that little guy getting a girl… Maybe it was about Dera finding himself a girl instead?

[Mazui]_Tamako_Market_-_12_[8529A581].mkv_snapshot_12.39_[2013.03.28_22.40.17]It’s never good to be disappointed, but perhaps that’s my fault in this case. I really raised the bar when that guy showed up at the last second during last week’s episode. I thought for sure that something was going to happen. Even during this episode I thought something was going to happen (although Tamako was out of the equation to begin with).

This is how I pictured it; prince points out that Tamako isn’t the one for him, Dera’s disappointed and Choi apologizes on his behalf, when suddenly the prince reaches out to Choi and tells her that she’s to be his girl. That’s how I had imagined it, roughly. I supposed it sounds really cheesy, but it’s a whole lot better than a scenario where none of the characters end up getting together. Oh well…

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Mar 22, 2013

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Tamako Market episode 11

Insult me, hit me or stab me, you will not be able to ruin my day. This episode was absolutely great! It was the best! I had a feeling this would happen, too! It’s not like it wasn’t coming, seeing as a lot of the viewers, including myself, were anxiously waiting for it to happen, but I’ll get to that later.

[Mazui]_Tamako_Market_-_11_[04FAB67E].mkv_snapshot_09.58_[2013.03.21_23.11.18]First and foremost: I saw it. I, again, paid a lot of attention to Midori. I couldn’t believe that she’s in love with Tamako. I was still under the impression that they were childhood friends, nothing more. That’s when I noticed how Midori reacted when she heard that Tamako may or may not get married to a prince. Both she and Mochizou were depressed. A regular ‘friend’ doesn’t get depressed over news like that.

It wasn’t just those two though. Oh no, everybody in the district was shocked when they heard the news, especially Tamako’s father. Yeah, I guess fathers don’t like to give away their young, precious daughters to unknown royalty from foreign countries. Strange, huh? Poor guy will never get a break for as long as he lives, probably.

[Mazui]_Tamako_Market_-_11_[04FAB67E].mkv_snapshot_15.24_[2013.03.21_23.11.39]I was getting nervous when Tamako said that she wasn’t interested in marriage. Hell, I was getting nervous when she said that she wasn’t interested in that prince. That’s when it hit me; Tamako is a complete airhead when it comes to romance. How in the hell will she make up her mind? I could only come to the following conclusion: she needs an assertive boyfriend that will help her along the way.

Yeah, I was thinking that, when suddenly that prince showed up at the very last second. I was ecstatic. The romance is about to start, I hope. It may have been rather cliché (boy helps a girl find something precious to her, boy and girl fall in love and boy and girl end up together), but I don’t mind that at all at this point. I just hope something finally happens after all this time!

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Mar 15, 2013

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Tamako Market episode 10

Geez, watching this week’s episode of Tamako Market was really weird now that I obtained a new piece of information thanks to one of my (loyal?) readers. It was definitely weird, even though I don’t fully agreed with what was said.

[Mazui]_Tamako_Market_-_10_[84082B73].mkv_snapshot_00.16_[2013.03.14_21.32.29]It was said that Midori, that short-haired blonde, likes Tamako so much that she actually loves her in a romantic way. I’m very sorry, but I don’t see it. I definitely see a strong friendship between the two, but I don’t see any romance there. I watched episode three for the third time this week and I still fail to see it. Maybe I’m really slow?

This episode focussed on yet another event. Surprise, surprise… And I was kind of happy that Tokiwa earned herself some time in the spotlight, because I was dying to find out if it was true or not, but I don’t see it. Midori didn’t seem at all interested in Tamako other than as a friend. Then again, she was rather occupied this time.

[Mazui]_Tamako_Market_-_10_[84082B73].mkv_snapshot_17.21_[2013.03.14_21.33.30]Also, things soon came to a climax when the rest found out that Midori couldn’t come up with a good idea. She got all emotional and Tamako tried to cheer her up and gave her a hug. I thought to myself; “this is it! This will prove something!” – Or so I thought. What happened? Nothing. Midori didn’t blush, she didn’t feel uncomfortable and she didn’t even really seem to care that Tamako was the one hugging her. I’m a really that blind?

The one good thing that came out of this episode was at the very end, as one would already expect. Choi finally announced that Tamako is to be the princess’ future bride. She thinks that she is the one because of the mole in her neck (and probably because of some others things as well). This will get really interesting. Maybe we’ll finally get to see that prince?

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Mar 8, 2013

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Tamako Market episode 09

Why? Did the creators of Tamako Market actually read my previous blog post? I’m joking, of course. Although it does feel that way. It seems as though the story was changed mid-way in order to piss me off to no end. Was that your plan, Japan? If so; well done! Why don’t you buy a plane ticket to come look at the new hole in my wall? My punching power, just like my ‘tool’, can be really freighting at times.

[Mazui]_Tamako_Market_-_09_[2381B0B2].mkv_snapshot_05.24_[2013.03.07_22.59.26]The episode started and I was amazed. Rather, I was speechless. I saw that fat bird again. I quickly paused, started up the previous episode and skipped to the last few minutes in order to check if I saw correctly. I don’t know, there’s a possibility that I may have dreamt of a slim version of Dera. But no, I definitely saw a weird-looking bird in the form of a bowling pin. That’s when I realized that he was holding in his stomach, which would explain why his chest stuck out. Hell, I thought he bulked up or something. It’s possible, right? I mean, a bird with a lot of muscles should be possible.

[Mazui]_Tamako_Market_-_09_[2381B0B2].mkv_snapshot_18.04_[2013.03.07_23.02.19]Anyway, you could definitely say that I was caught by surprise. Dera was still fat as hell. I don’t know, I may have been a bit relieved at the time. Having Dera lost that much weight in just one episode would’ve been abnormal, even though Dera’s a talking bird that can transmit messages and such (kind of like a merge between Twitter and Skype?)…

I think it shows promise, because they are still making sure that he doesn’t indulge on any more mochi. I think things are fine as they are right now. The romance is kind of weak, as you may all have noticed already, but I think the rest of the story more than makes up for that. I’m kind of hoping that Dera’s prince shows up soon, too. Doesn’t that sound like a lot of fun? I know I’d definitely watch that.

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Mar 1, 2013

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Tamako Market episode 08

It’s about time they started working on Dera’s diet. That character was hilarious during the first episode. I believe that the possibilities are rather limited when Dera is fat. You could only really focus on the fact that he’s fat, which gets boring pretty quickly.

[Mazui]_Tamako_Market_-_08_[C07E826C].mkv_snapshot_01.58_[2013.02.28_15.17.30]Yeah, it was great that the girls finally started to take his diet seriously. He was told to go on a diet before, but he didn’t really listened and kept on eating like there was no tomorrow. That soon changed when that fat bird couldn’t get into the bird house that Kanna-chan made for him. It was funny to see that he couldn’t get his fat ass entirely inside that house, but that’s what I tried to make clear earlier; the comedy is very limited to Dera being fat.

I know it’s like I’m speaking badly of Tamako Market, but I’m really not. The comedy is key here. There isn’t much romance (yet), so the show has to rely primarily on comedy. Things get boring quickly when you see the same stuff over and over again. Even bullies get tired of making the same jokes over and over again.

[Mazui]_Tamako_Market_-_08_[C07E826C].mkv_snapshot_20.32_[2013.02.28_15.31.14]I’m also glad that they focussed a bit more on Choi. She had trouble getting used to live in Japan, so I guess that’s why the rest of the group decided to help her out. I’m still a bit sceptical about how that character will improve the story, but she’s doing a good job by making Dera lose weight, so she gets thumbs up for that one.

Finally, what the hell is up with Dera’s new form? He looks like a gay bowling pin now. Birds don’t look nearly as terrifying as that. Mind you, I laughed like hell when I laid eyes on his new form. I paused the screen as he stood on top of Tamako’s head with that proud look of his until I finally stopped laughing. It’ll be very interesting to see what that character will do next week.

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Feb 22, 2013

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Tamako Market episode 07

This episode was very, very strange. Rather, I can’t seem to get used to the fact that Dera is scared of a little girl and obeys her every command. It’s not the imagine I have of that character, you know? I rather saw him as the one giving orders. Maybe I’m just nuts.

[Mazui]_Tamako_Market_-_07_[400A2AE4].mkv_snapshot_04.27_[2013.02.21_16.56.46]During this episode we get to know a little girl by the name of Choi. She comes from an island far away to check up on Dera and his mission to find an appropriate bride for the prince. My first problem with that would have to be the fact that she’s this tsundere-like character that immediately started to order Dera around, which was something I would never expect to see.

Also, what is up with the Kitashirakawa family? Tamako’s father just took Choi in without thinking about the consequences. She is living there rent-free and she doesn’t seem to pay for the food they give her. There’s a limit to how nice people can be. I just feel as though the level of realism is rapidly dropping, not that the show was super realistic to begin with though.

[Mazui]_Tamako_Market_-_07_[400A2AE4].mkv_snapshot_19.27_[2013.02.21_16.57.46]It’s a strange combination that I will need to get used to, but I think there’s a lot of promise there. Choi’s presence adds a lot more colour to the story. The only thing I dislike about that character is her ability to predict the future by making Dera fly for a little bit. I honestly don’t get that, but maybe that’s just me.

I’ll be looking forward to seeing what will happen. I’m kind of hoping that Choi will continue to harass Dera into losing weight, because he was a lot funnier when he was still in shape. The image of that bird with his legs crossed will probably never leave my mind ever again, it was simply that funny.

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Feb 15, 2013

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Tamako Market episode 06

I’m going to be really honest about this episode, people. I’m afraid that I’m slowly growing tired of watching Tamako Market. The predictability of this show is incredible. You already have a rough idea of what’s going to happen during the next episode, and that’s a bad thing.

[Mazui]_Tamako_Market_-_06_[356821EB].mkv_snapshot_04.50_[2013.02.14_23.26.26]Frankly, this episode was very much the same as the others. The marketplace is in trouble because very few people pass by to shop. It was supposedly hot as hell outside, so they thought that people preferred to stay inside and cool off. I get that, I really do, but what’s with the haunted house idea? How does one come to such an idea during a heat wave?

Don’t get me wrong here, I’m a big fan of Tamako, quite possibility the cutest and ‘purest’ character I’ve seen in a very long time. I just don’t like the fact that she’s always there to take control of the situation, and that it’s always up to that character to come up with (strange) ideas to draw in more costumers.

[Mazui]_Tamako_Market_-_06_[356821EB].mkv_snapshot_17.47_[2013.02.14_23.27.13]I can imagine that this may seem trivial to most of you, but I just can’t help it. I simply focus on the little things, you know? I know that the show’s pros far outweigh the cons. I just cannot help but feel as though they are constantly repeating the same pattern over and over again. It’s still funny as hell, but is that enough to keep people interesting? We’ll see.

There is only one thing that got me interested during this episode. That’s right, just one thing, but it might be something big. You see, someone is coming to visit Dera Mochimazzi, quite possibility the fattest bird in anime history. Is it another bird? Is it his master? I don’t know, and that is why I’m so excited (although it’s definitely human)! Japan has gained one chance with this to make up for this week’s Naruto Shippuuden episode, which turned out to be quite the insult.

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Feb 8, 2013

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Tamako Market episode 05

It wasn’t a bad episode or anything, but there’s something that I have been waiting to say for about a week or two. I decided to wait until I had seen this week’s episode before saying anything at all, but I guess it’s no use after all, huh?

[Mazui]_Tamako_Market_-_05_[0F447B0A].mkv_snapshot_05.21_[2013.02.07_22.12.51]Basically; what’s up with the story? Dera Mochimazzi was sent to find his master a lover. That’s fine, but what is going on with that? The story has been going downhill ever since the first episode. One would think that it’s a story about a naïve, sweet girl that spends her time making mochi in her father’s mochishop. It’s not, is it?

I mean, come on… We spent about five minutes watching Tamako learn how to swim. It may have been funny and rather cute, but what was the point? It’s slowly becoming a story that revolves around the strange occurrences that take place on that market, and the people in it are just a small bonus.

[Mazui]_Tamako_Market_-_05_[0F447B0A].mkv_snapshot_13.24_[2013.02.07_22.13.11]It’s not all a waste though, as I noticed quite a few things. Poor Midori… You can’t fool me! It’s quite clear that Midori has a crush on Mochizou. Why else would she want him to stay away from Tamako? She knows that Tamako doesn’t care about or even understand love, so Mochizou’s confession would’ve been shot down faster than you can shout “fail”.  No, she decided to open her mouth and talk to him about it, and tell him that he’s starting to look like a stalker. That’s just wrong Midori, especially since Midori knows that he’s Tamako’s childhood friend, and that his father owns a mochishop across the street, too. I hate to say it, but that, at least, will be quite interesting to follow from here on out.

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