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Tamako Market First Impressions: The Seven Delicious Sins

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Tamako Market, while not exactly dislodging Kyoto Animation’s very sturdy foundation and sending it gliding into the busy streets below, is nonetheless a reminder that the studio need not adhere to the formulas of four cute girls doing cute things, or a normal guy and his best friend surrounded by eccentric girls who do nothing but cute things, to make a decent first impression. It just goes to show that The Beatles were 100% correct: all you need is love, a food theme, and a flamboyant, lustful, wrathful, gluttonous, slothful, proud, envious, avaricious talking bird who constantly poses.

Tamako Market really does live up to its pervasive mochi theme to the fullest of its abilities; hell, half of the characters even have that generic “made of mochi” moeblob design. The world that Tamako inhabits is nothing short of a saccharine wonderland, and our titular lead perfectly exemplifies both the strengths and weaknesses of this setting. Never really showing that her perceptions of reality have been shattered by a bird that’s perfectly fluent in Japanese, and certainly not displaying much of a drive to express anything close to a negative emotion, her life by itself isn’t the most engaging to follow. It almost feels completely disconnected from our reality, an insular pocket dimension that’s only tethered to the world at large by the gluttonous, lecherous bird Mochimazzi.

When looking at what the first episode had on display, it’s amazing how much Mochimazzi improves my reaction with his mere presence. Just looking at his smug, self-assured, pudgy face contrasting the barfy cutesy Tamako Market is enough make me smile just when I think I’ll get bored of a cute girl loving every one of Mother Earth’s creatures and being loved in return. He’s the fly in Tamako Market’s ointment, only this ointment is strong enough to give me a headache, and the fly does nothing but eat mochi and wax about how important he is while looking absolutely fabulous. Ironically enough, his inflated sense of self-worth and ever-growing plumpness makes him cuter than everything else the show has, his smug “Don’t touch me, your fingers would only stain my luscious feathers” look far more endearing than the generic moeblobby designs.

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I don’t know if it’s good or bad that the character with the most human personality is a tubby Thanksgiving dinner waiting to happen, but if it keeps this up, I have a feeling I won’t mind it at all.

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16 Comments

  1. Emp
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Actually, this wasn’t bad at all. Something I could only say about Maoyuu Maou Yuusha until now.
    Well here people are noseless but at least boobs have a real physics. And the episode wasn’t all pointless chatting.

    What am I saying I love pointless chatting I’m missing the monogatari series already T.T

    • Inushinde
      Posted January 12, 2013 at 12:48 am | Permalink

      Don’t worry, Tamako Market will always be here for you. Well, not always since it’s only a single cour, but my point still stands.

  2. Shikamaru
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Well it’s a Kyoani series so I pretty much have to watch it. I didn’t like the bird at all. He wasn’t funny, he was just really annoying. Other than that I have no complaints.

    • Inushinde
      Posted January 12, 2013 at 12:49 am | Permalink

      Man, you and I are really on different pages in regards to this show.

  3. fathomlessblue
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Was I the only person who thought the bird reminded them of a slightly more fabulous version of Araragi? He certainly has the same dubious interest in little girls. If only the Monogatari franchise actually wrapped up with a bad-end scenario were the spurned girls turn him into a parrot.

    • Shikamaru
      Posted January 10, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

      Monogatari series has WAY better directing and more interesting dialogue. Monogatari is kind of unique series. This is not unique at all. No matter how bad the Monogatari series got, I still respected them because of the dialogue and directing. So at least I don’t see ANY resemblance between these two.

    • Inushinde
      Posted January 12, 2013 at 12:44 am | Permalink

      Torimonogatari? Or a crossover where the two characters switch places? I’d sure watch that.

  4. Posted January 10, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    If SHAFT is the master of pointless weird beautiful well made surroundings, then KyoAni is the master of pointless bland beautiful well made surroundings. Nothing short of expected for a KyoAni anime, and that also includes the predictable characters. One character has me caught of guard from the result of the limited variation of faces used and flatness of everyone’s chest though: the freaking florist is a man. If he didn’t spoke, I’m sure he’ll always be a ‘she’.

    Oh and the bird. Oh so wonderful, fabulous bird. You are my anchor in this too-saccharine anime. And hoping for more info on mochi-making and everything mochi.

    • Inushinde
      Posted January 12, 2013 at 12:39 am | Permalink

      If this show goes all out with the mochi-love, and with Mochimazzi continuing to be his regular, increasingly pudgy self, I think I’ll be all over it.

      • Posted January 12, 2013 at 7:54 am | Permalink

        Since I don’t really watch a lot of KyoAni for obvious reasons, is there any anime they’ve done in that they focused on the pointless cute girls being nice to each other and focused on the theme of the anime? I vaguely remember K-ON doing that, but that’s cheating.

  5. Shadow
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    I havent really watched this series yet, but the fact that you brought up the beatles on a KyoAni based anime topic really makes me wonder about something.

    Is Aki Toyosaki singing Hey Jude the ending theme of this anime?
    If she is then, that it…this is the anime of the century XD

    • Inushinde
      Posted January 12, 2013 at 12:42 am | Permalink

      Ah if only.

  6. Vince
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Now this wasn’t bad at all since I was watching with the lowest expectation. Hopefully, they don’t take too long to establish the relationship and so forth. Most of all I want to know where and what in the hell’s with the bird that talks and has nosebleed when it’s excited. Let’s see where this is going.

    As expected of Kyoani, it was dripping of moe and little girls but for once it wasn’t overbearing, it was straddling on the line. There was a potential where things could go sappy, I really hope it doesn’t. Also here I loved the character designs which is unusual for me since normally I’m not too fond of KyoAni’s portrayal of girls. Somehow it fits in this anime. Anyhow I hope they keep it up.

  7. All Fiction
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    “The world that Tamako inhabits is nothing short of a saccharine wonderland, and our titular lead perfectly exemplifies both the strengths and weaknesses of this setting.”

    You, sir, are a true master of the dark flame.

    • Inushinde
      Posted January 12, 2013 at 12:43 am | Permalink

      My flowery language is not to be underestimated.

      • elior1
        Posted January 14, 2013 at 9:41 am | Permalink

        @INUSHINDE please do a first impressions for the new anime mondajji tach it seems it better then what it look in the first place

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