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Old 2013-08-08, 20:39   Link #161
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I'll have to admit that having so much of the lovely voice of Hazuki Erino-san (Shihomi or, as I prefer to know her, the voice for Akari-chan from Aria) on the episode may be clouding my judgement.
Hazuki Erino is suteki as always, even though she had the least lines this episode. In fact, her first line in the episode at the beginning when Shihomi called out for Potte, she was so full-on Akari voice mode that it made me extremely nostalgic. I almost cried T_T
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Old 2013-08-08, 21:48   Link #162
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Just so nice of an episode Fuu traveling the path witch her father did
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Old 2013-08-08, 23:11   Link #163
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This episode brought tears to my eyes. And this is the very first season of Tamayura I'm watching! This show is a work of emotional genius!
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Old 2013-08-09, 13:02   Link #164
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Waaa! Wanna go to Onomichi!

That was a beautiful episode, and it was so nice and nostalgic to hear Hazuki Erino in full-on Akari mode again, especially in the bakery scene and in the bedroom of the B&B.

And it was such a lovely travel story as well.
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Old 2013-08-09, 17:01   Link #165
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Sayuri Yahagi. She was a bit hard to recognize here.
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Hazuki Erino is suteki as always, even though she had the least lines this episode. In fact, her first line in the episode at the beginning when Shihomi called out for Potte, she was so full-on Akari voice mode that it made me extremely nostalgic. I almost cried T_T
That was clearly Akari's voice. There wasn't even a shred of attempt to do anything else on that particular scene. It got me all misty eyed as well considering I went and re-watched episode 5 of The Natural after the previous episode.

Damn I miss Aria
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Old 2013-08-14, 04:58   Link #166
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Damn I miss Aria
Me too

On a better note, just listened to the ED single.... it's Nakajima Megumi so of course it's lovely, especially what it looks like will be this ~More Aggressive~'s IN song, Kaze Iro No Film
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Old 2013-08-14, 11:59   Link #167
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Ep.7

With Chihiro and Tomo-chan around, this ep. automatically get 10/10 from me.

This is also very good ep by itself. It is very "tamayura"

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This ep. also include one thing that you probably never seen before in any anime
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Old 2013-08-15, 07:28   Link #168
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Hm, for some reason I'm not as into the last two episodes as I used to be into Tamayura. Everyone's praising the episodes, so I wonder whether it's me, and I'm growing out of it?

Something feels like rote, here. The last two episodes are very good when it comes to giving Fuu expressions that express her feelings, but the context feels lacking. I'm not sure what's going on here. The show's always been sentimental near the pain cut-off point for me, but it's always struck a delicate balance. These last two episodes, though, feel like an excursion into sappy territory for me (with episode 7 feeling more like the return trip; it's definitely better than the last episode).

Does anyone know what I mean, or am I developing Tamayura resistance? I hope it's not the latter. I'd hate that, considering how much I used to love the show.
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Old 2013-08-15, 09:08   Link #169
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I was disappointed Kanae didn't get to go to Shioiri with the rest of the group. She's already an integral part of the show for me so it's a bit saddening when she's absent. I can't get enough of her cuteness! Chihiro and Tomo-chan were decent replacements though.

Another down memory lane for Fuu. She's really lucky to have so many good memories of her father. That's something to treasure.

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Hm, for some reason I'm not as into the last two episodes as I used to be into Tamayura. Everyone's praising the episodes, so I wonder whether it's me, and I'm growing out of it?

Something feels like rote, here. The last two episodes are very good when it comes to giving Fuu expressions that express her feelings, but the context feels lacking. I'm not sure what's going on here. The show's always been sentimental near the pain cut-off point for me, but it's always struck a delicate balance. These last two episodes, though, feel like an excursion into sappy territory for me (with episode 7 feeling more like the return trip; it's definitely better than the last episode).

Does anyone know what I mean, or am I developing Tamayura resistance? I hope it's not the latter. I'd hate that, considering how much I used to love the show.
Episode 6 was more sentimental/emotional than usual (I wouldn't call it sappy) and therefore different from the usual Tamayura so I understand where you're coming from. Personally, I saw that as a good thing.
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Old 2013-08-15, 13:55   Link #170
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Old 2013-08-15, 15:15   Link #171
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Tomo-chan "can't control herself whenever she's in the mood?" Ohoho~ Tell us more, Chiho.

Potte's hair decoration later in the episode reminded me of a thought bubble. /random weird thought
And, as always, loved this episode's photo collage. I liked the pigtailed picture of Potte as a kid, where she looks uncharacteristically energetic almost to the point of being tomboyish, and Kao-tan is very cute in that one where she's posing with Potte during their childhood.

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Hm, for some reason I'm not as into the last two episodes as I used to be into Tamayura. Everyone's praising the episodes, so I wonder whether it's me, and I'm growing out of it?

Something feels like rote, here. The last two episodes are very good when it comes to giving Fuu expressions that express her feelings, but the context feels lacking. I'm not sure what's going on here. The show's always been sentimental near the pain cut-off point for me, but it's always struck a delicate balance. These last two episodes, though, feel like an excursion into sappy territory for me (with episode 7 feeling more like the return trip; it's definitely better than the last episode).

Does anyone know what I mean, or am I developing Tamayura resistance? I hope it's not the latter. I'd hate that, considering how much I used to love the show.
Remain strong. Enzo already strayed from the path of righteousness and dropped the series, we don't need to lose another brave Tamayura soldier.
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Old 2013-08-15, 18:34   Link #172
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Remain strong. Enzo already strayed from the path of righteousness and dropped the series, we don't need to lose another brave Tamayura soldier.
He dropped it?! It was probably too aggressive for him. Only an elite few can handle a series this hardcore.
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Old 2013-08-15, 19:23   Link #173
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He dropped it?! It was probably too aggressive for him. Only an elite few can handle a series this hardcore.
I was going to stay out of this, but since my name was dropped...

My official take was that Tamayaura hadn't changed, but that I simply had a tolerance for it that was exhausted. I can't say if anything changed after the first three episodes, but for that period the show seemed about the same as the first season to me - no better, no worse.

Which is to say, unrelentingly sweet. I think sappy is a strong word, but since it was raised I won't argue - of course Tamayura is sappy. I think I just reached critical mass and couldn't take it any longer, even as the offhand distraction the first season provided. Sato, IMO simply needs someone else's creative input to temper his own impulses because when he doesn't have it, this is the result. It's like a chef whose only ingredients are sugar, molasses and honey.

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Old 2013-08-15, 19:37   Link #174
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This is the first season of Tamayura I've watched, so I think I am far from the "sweetness" saturation point, where the show starts giving me mental diabetes.
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Old 2013-08-15, 21:30   Link #175
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I was going to stay out of this, but since my name was dropped...

My official take was that Tamayaura hadn't changed, but that I simply had a tolerance for it that was exhausted. I can't say if anything changed after the first three episodes, but for that period the show seemed about the same as the first season to me - no better, no worse.

Which is to say, unrelentingly sweet. I think sappy is a strong word, but since it was raised I won't argue - of course Tamayura is sappy. I think I just reached critical mass and couldn't take it any longer, even as the offhand distraction the first season provided. Sato, IMO simply needs someone else's creative input to temper his own impulses because when he doesn't have it, this is the result. It's like a chef whose only ingredients are sugar, molasses and honey.
The series is less "sappy" if you've lost a parent as a child. At least this season. I've only seen one previous episode before the start of the season.
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Old 2013-08-15, 21:49   Link #176
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Well it good to see Chihiro again and seeing every one yukatas


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Old 2013-08-16, 04:16   Link #177
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Momoneko's acquisition of a blue-eyed haremette and a captain's hat leads to only one conclusion.
Some of their offspring sneaked aboard the terraforming ships to Mars, where they became known as martian cats.

Therefore, Momoneko is Aria-shachou's great-great-(etc)-grandfather. QED.

I could never tire of this show. So what if it is 'sappy'? THAT'S WHY I WATCH IT!
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Old 2013-08-16, 05:32   Link #178
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Episode 6 was more sentimental/emotional than usual (I wouldn't call it sappy) and therefore different from the usual Tamayura so I understand where you're coming from. Personally, I saw that as a good thing.
If episode 6 grabbed you, then, of course, you wouldn't call it "sappy". That's what it felt like to me, though; I didn't get into the episode, and thus I didn't feel it. What I'm trying to figure out is: why?

Is it the episode direction, or is it my mood.

For example, my subjective impression was that Fuu mostly stood around wide eyed, only reacting to dramatic cues from the script. It's not that I expected her to do anything; but something felt inconsistent, there.

Look at episode 5(? the one with Fuu's sakura tree), and how they looked at the snapshots. Those snap shots had, I felt, more life in them than the animation in this episode. But I suck at the technicalities of animation, so all I have is a subjective impression.

From the first OVA episode, when I fell in love with the series, I felt it was a "safe" anime. That's not normally my cup of tea, but the show made it work through the photography. The animation, attention to body language, etc. made it worthwhile.

I think I might have enjoyed the story board more than the actual episode. Is there anywhere I can check episode directors for all seasons including the OVA? I might have run into an episode director who doesn't click with me...

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Remain strong. Enzo already strayed from the path of righteousness and dropped the series, we don't need to lose another brave Tamayura soldier.
Oh, I'm very far from dropping it.

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My official take was that Tamayaura hadn't changed, but that I simply had a tolerance for it that was exhausted.
I can relate to that. Even in my best days, I couldn't marathon the show. But at one episode per week I could go on forever. Or that's how I felt before episode 6 gave me doubts.

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I can't say if anything changed after the first three episodes, but for that period the show seemed about the same as the first season to me - no better, no worse.
Yes. Actually, a recent episode (I think 5) reminded me of why I love the show so much. It's just episode 6 that stood out as weak for me. Episode 7 had the same feel, but it was mitigated somewhat.

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The series is less "sappy" if you've lost a parent as a child. At least this season. I've only seen one previous episode before the start of the season.
I haven't lost a parent as a child, but usually I felt that Tamayura handled this aspect very well. Especially in the OVAs, but also in this season. For me, episode 6 stands out, and it seems it doesn't for anyone else really. (Kanon maybe, though I'm not sure we're talking about the same thing.)

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I could never tire of this show. So what if it is 'sappy'? THAT'S WHY I WATCH IT!
That's what I thought.
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Old 2013-08-16, 15:21   Link #179
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I was going to stay out of this, but since my name was dropped...

My official take was that Tamayaura hadn't changed, but that I simply had a tolerance for it that was exhausted. I can't say if anything changed after the first three episodes, but for that period the show seemed about the same as the first season to me - no better, no worse.

Which is to say, unrelentingly sweet. I think sappy is a strong word, but since it was raised I won't argue - of course Tamayura is sappy. I think I just reached critical mass and couldn't take it any longer, even as the offhand distraction the first season provided. Sato, IMO simply needs someone else's creative input to temper his own impulses because when he doesn't have it, this is the result. It's like a chef whose only ingredients are sugar, molasses and honey.
Glad to see you sharing your opinion on this. I was actually curious as to why you had dropped it but I can fully understand your reasons.

I have to admit that I was very close to doing the same on a few episodes of the first season of Tamayura but now, after the fantastic episode 6 of this second season, I'm back in the groove to watch this.

I actually never thought much about it but now that you mentioned it I can see how your comment on Sato's need for someone to temper his natural tendencies is relevant for this show (and also One Off, maybe even more so on that one).
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Old 2013-08-17, 17:46   Link #180
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I loved the latest two episodes. Very sweet and touching. Excellent attention to detail on the settings. Good job of enlarging the cast with interesting and diverse new characters.

Tomo makes me think of Haruhi Suzumiya with every ounce of darkness/melancholy drained from her, leaving a very perky and inquisitive genki girl (but also somebody completely harmless).

I also like how far most of the cast have come as characters. Kao-tan now has just the lightest touch of cynicism to her, adding a dialogue dimension largely not seen before in this show. Everybody comes across as very comfortable in their own skin, and with chatting with each other. Chihiro has come leaps and bounds from her early days of barely being able to even talk normally with other people.

These girls now more or less feel like normal, likeable girls, whereas before they were shy and soft-spoken to the extreme. It's been a joy to watch them grow.

All of that being said...


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Hm, for some reason I'm not as into the last two episodes as I used to be into Tamayura. Everyone's praising the episodes, so I wonder whether it's me, and I'm growing out of it?
I think I know what it is.

Tamayura ~More Aggressive~ started out with the promise of being, well, more aggressive. A lot of this was tied up into the creation of the Photography Club. This was pretty interesting, and along with the introduction of Mitani's character, it represented a nice new direction for the show to go in.

However, Mitani has almost disappeared these last two episodes, and the Photography Club has definitely been put on the backburner. What we're getting instead is Potte delving more deeply into the history of her father, and we as the audience are simultaneously learning more about him.

It's all very sweet and touching. And the portrait that this anime paints of Potte's father is certainly a cool and compelling one. Through countless testimonials of other people to what he was like, he comes across as a very lively, gregarious, charming man. A real man of whimsical adventure and optimism. And also a wonderful family man. The relationship between Potte, her father, and their shared love of photography, has always been at the very heart of this show.

So... while the last two episodes have been great, they can also come across as a bit of a re-hash, at least thematically. Instead of continuing on in a new direction (Potte's father being important but background inspiration for Potte pursuing a bright new future) we're instead now exploring lovely but older patterns of Potte waxing nostalgic over her father while his presence looms like the ghost of Julius Caesar in the Shakespeare play of the same name.

In some ways, I think a more fitting title for this anime would have been "???? Sawatari" (the ???? being the given name for Potte's father). Very rarely have I seen a dead character maintain such an incredible presence through a narrative as I have seen in this anime. His legacy stretches far and wide, touching almost every corner of this show.

As impressive as the man clearly is, there are times when I feel like the show goes a bit too far with it, making it feel like its more about him than his daughter. I will say that I'd love to watch a Tamayura prequel focusing on the exploits of Mr. Sawatari when he was a teenager.

But as impressive and fascinating as Mr. Sawatari is, there is a part of me that would like to see him fade into the background for a bit, while his daughter and her friends chart their own course forward. I hope next episode focuses a bit more on the Photography club.
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