Tamako Market – 01

Kitashirakawa Tamako is the daughter of a mochi maker in the Usagiyama shopping district. One day while visiting the flower shop she finds an unusual, pompous talking bird named Dera Mochimozzi inside a bouquet. He claims to be a member of the “royal court” searching for a bride for his prince, but ends up living with Tamako and her family at the mochi shop Tama-ya.

KyoAni’s latest series is an affable slice-of-life/comedy with a tinge of supernatural in that there’s this very strange and very proud, arrogant bird. The instantly-appealing shopping district setting has a warm, cozy, lived-in feel to it. Tamako has everything she needs in this district – her home, a mochi-making business in which she is integrally involved, family, good fiends, a potential love interest across the street. And now it seems she has a pet bird.

Mochimozzi adds an element of whimsy and unpredicability. He’s a frequent source of sight and sound gags, and his formal, aloof voice (provided by Yamazaki Takumi) gives him lots of character. Tamako herself, by contrast, is just your ordinary unassuming girl: friendly, hardworking, upbeat…and sometimes the unwitting target of shuttlecocks. This series wasn’t originally on our Winter watchlist, but it’s so darned charming we’re going to give it a go.

Rating: 7 (Very Good)

One thought on “Tamako Market – 01”

  1. Huh. Surprised you didn’t consider having it on your watch list — I mean, it is Kyo-Ani :)

    That being said, I was looking forward to this anime, and was disappointed. It felt it was fairly disjointed in comedy and entertainment, and while it looks cute, I was pretty bored. But I’ve only seen a few who didn’t like the show, so it probably just comes down to aesthetics and taste.

    Oh, one more thing: I would be interested if you guys took a look at the first ep of Kotoura-San, which essentially defied my expectations and I would be curious to hear your thoughts on it, since it’s gotten various reactions as well. Of course, your watchlist may be too much, but just throwing it out there :D

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