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Old 2013-03-27, 18:41   Link #1421
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So Choi probably does have the mole in her neck with her golden neck ring hiding it. It was very heavily hinted when she placed her hand at the location where the mole would be and the close up the camera angle had.

Anyway, a fun, don't think to much type of series. I enjoyed it for what it was, and that was for the entertainment factor. Nothing memorable except for the ending credits, which is what Kyoani is really good at most of the time. The next season of anime looks great, so I'm looking forward to it.
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Old 2013-03-27, 18:47   Link #1422
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A nice ending to a fun enough little series. Disappointed that Midori and Mochizou never confessed to Tamako, though.
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Old 2013-03-27, 18:48   Link #1423
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Still a few loose ends not tied up, although there were some hints along the way, especially the way that Choi was fingering her neck ring.
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Old 2013-03-27, 18:50   Link #1424
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As I predicted, the end couple was Tamako x the shopping district. She didn't even mention Mochizou and Midori during her heartfelt speech. Love is clearly not on that girl's mind... yet. The love triangle is not going to get resolved any time soon. At least Mochizou managed to give his present to Tamako this year. That's progress.

I thought we would at least get confirmation Choi was the real destined bride of the prince, but nope. They did subtly hint at it when she touched her neck ring but we never saw the actual mole so we can't be 100% sure. I choose to believe it.

No proper goodbyes with Dera either. Damn, this final was inconclusive as hell

I still enjoyed the show a lot. This kind of simple, cute, and amusing slice of life series is right up my alley. Very lovable characters, too.

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Anyway I think I ultimately enjoyed this despite the girls doing cute things elements although I'm not sure if my enjoyment came from the show itself or reading the reactions of Kanon and the other yuri-obsessed-male-character-hating-user-whose-name-escapes-me-but-you-know-who-you-are (that was a mouthful) to my Mochizou x Midori comments.
With the exception of Chihayafuru this winter season has been pathetically weak with Tamako Market being the best of the worst.
I'm happy I contributed to some extent. Just to be clear, I didn't hate Mochizou himself, only the idea Midori would somehow end up with him. Seriously, that would have been awful
It would have required some MASSIVE build-up for that to be believable. I saw none.
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Old 2013-03-27, 18:54   Link #1425
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Tamako Market Last - Circular and Filling

I both understood and almost completely overlooked the main fan pairing in this thread (I'm much more of a Tamako/Midori guy. It's more interesting.), but in the end, I'd say this is actually one of the more memorable shows from this season. Having the K-ON! staff reunite was bound to produce some good results, and the same feel-good energy that resonated through K-ON! was here in full force. Dela was a bit too much in the spotlight in the first episode, but by the end, everyone in the main group, even Shiori, had gotten their time in the spotlight. I liked the show ending on the same note as it began, with Dela appearing on New Years'... only this time, people actually remembered Tamako's birthday.

From the moment Choi's character design was revealed, I knew I'd like this show, and she was a factor that made it enjoyable. It's said there are only two kinds of stories. Someone goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town. Tamako falls into the latter. That depends on the town itself being defined, and this world is rich. It has history, it has a real warmth to it. Tamako's monologue in the finale about her childhood was touching, but that she was willing to give up her precious medal to her new friend is a heartwarming final bit of character development, even if the series mostly focused around peoples' reactions to Tamako.

Besides Choi, there was also Kanna. Who is once again... *. A trusted friend with a strong trickster streak. And a wicked awesome flamingo scarf. I even want to know more about the Baton Club. (Were those twins ever given names?) There are more metrics of success than just sales. Talk and fanart are important too, and in that regard, Tamako did make a notable impression. It wasn't fully a fantasy and it wasn't fully an atmosphere/slice of life type series, but it's not that it didn't commit to either - it committed to both. That makes it Tamako Market, a show that strikes out its own identity from the get-go.

KyoAni's animation - the backgrounds in particular - were really wonderful, and all the little details gave this world life, even in its stillest moments. I hope the newbie VAs from this show go on to do more great things. Especially Kanna and Choi's.

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Old 2013-03-27, 19:15   Link #1426
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Lol, that look between Midori and Mochi is more fuel to add to the fire.

But yeah, I'm just glad Tamako didn't go with the prince. I was practically chanthing "Kaere! Kaere! Kaere!" over and over in my head the entire episode. When it finally happened I didn't really care what happened for the rest of the episode anymore; the tease about the Choi's neck ring was icing on the cake.

Glad that Mochi finally had guts to give her a present. Man, if he only started 10 years early, the Prince (or even Midori ) wouldn't have been a problem.

Kinda perplexed about Mochi-tousan being fond of Anko, as they never have shown it at all in the series. Got a feeling that Mochi-kaasan already considers Tamako to be her daughter though... XD



Overall, Tamako Market was definitely entertaining. Will I remember it 5 years from now? Highly doubt it, but not a waste of time at all.
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Old 2013-03-27, 19:43   Link #1427
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Alright, time to cross fingers and hope for an english dub so I can watch. Japanese voices (when not on songs) confuse me/hurt my ears so much.

By the way, any word if KyoAni took a vacation announcement?
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Old 2013-03-27, 20:01   Link #1428
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For one absolutely glorious moment, I thought the prince was going to choose the florist.

Although I'd always figured Choi was the one for the prince, and the thing with the neck ring clinched it as far as I'm concerned.

It was a fun show. It might have been nice to learn more about some of the many characters in the market but then again the show was called "Tamako Market" so obviously it revolved around her.

There are maybe some things it could have done better, and some things it could have done worse, and while it's not something that will attain classic status it was still gently entertaining.
And in the end, that's what counts. I liked it, that's good enough for me.
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Old 2013-03-27, 21:19   Link #1429
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Felt a bit more open-ended than I'd have liked it to end but nevertheless, I pretty much got what I came for from this anime, which isn't bad at all. Ending had many good moments, and I never felt dissatisfied throughout the series. It's not really a show that pops out at you with anything spectacular but it felt genuinely down-to-earth. Only real complaint is that I feel that with such a large character cast, this really could've worked as a 24 episode series, but I doubt we'll be getting a second season.

Whatever the case, cute slice of life with a cute twist to give it its own style.
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Old 2013-03-27, 21:20   Link #1430
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Damn, I wish KyoAni announced a second season for this instead (though it doesn't necessarily need one).

Heart sunk when I realized Tamako quickly ran to her house to check on her family because the last time all the shops were closed was when her mom died. Thank goodness for Dera, Midori and Kanna's fast intervention so as to not let that scene go on longer, plus continued to show their bonds with each other. Not that it wasn't obvious to begin with, but from that moment on it was pretty obvious she was never going to accept the whole marriage thing.

A nice ending to a fantastic show. I didn't expect all the loose ends to be tied up, but it ended on a satisfying note that matches the rest of the series nonetheless. I thought the characters were fleshed out quite well in what little time everyone was given.

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For one absolutely glorious moment, I thought the prince was going to choose the florist.
Same here! I was nearly at the edge of my seat in anticipation, only to be quickly debunked. Ah well.
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Old 2013-03-27, 21:25   Link #1431
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That's right, Kanna, roast that bird!
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Old 2013-03-27, 21:42   Link #1432
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Old 2013-03-27, 22:17   Link #1433
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A good ending. Not bad.

I have no qualms in the direction of this show however one thing just remains to irk me and that's the lack of Mochizou spotlight.
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Old 2013-03-27, 22:19   Link #1434
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No more Kanna? Well, I don't have much to live for then. ;_;
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Old 2013-03-27, 22:45   Link #1435
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I can't stop myself from being distracted by the fact the prince has the twitter icon on his shoulder... . Plus it clashes so strongly with his clothes. Oh and nice cockblocking Green, Dera!

Tamako Market was... alright I guess. The best episode is still the one with Tamako's father and his flashback. Would have been nice to have more shopping district moments and less school scenes. Feels like wasted potential in that respect since the district scenes were pleasant. There was a lot they could have done with the district characters instead of stuff like Green's woes. I mean, YOU HAVE A PRETTY TRAP FLORIST VOICED BY ONOD FOR GODS SAKE. How about making use of that?

Kanna was the most interesting of the main female cast (or rather the only) and subsequently the least focused on. Oh well... someday a character like you will be properly appreciated. Someday.

I've already said this before but my overall Tamako Market experience can be summed up as: Came for the bird, stayed for Mochizou. Because adorable Mochizou's screentime makes up for whatever boring bits the show can dish up.
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Old 2013-03-27, 22:48   Link #1436
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No more Kanna? Well, I don't have much to live for then. ;_;
Kanna giving away her hammer was priceless. Her joke finally backfired.
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Old 2013-03-28, 00:48   Link #1437
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Tamako Market thoughts:
* Can't remember the last time I saw a show with this premise before, so good job on being unique or rare.
* Despite the title of the show, the shopkeepers are not fully developed, and I can't remember their names at all nor care about them all that much. The title referred much more to Tamako herself; she's basically obsessed with mochi and Bunny Mountain, and barely thinks of romance. The show did a pretty good job of showing how much of an integral part of the place she is.
* The conclusion to the bride candidate plotline was fitting, yet felt a bit like a copout. Choi's been there for months and she didn't realize it was the flowers? She basically also left town having failed her mission, and her one-sided romance subplot with the prince went unresolved.
* really long timeskips between episodes, so the show can cover one year.
* Kanna was the most amusing character, being architecturally obsessed and the jokester of the series, other than Dera who was the butt of much of the show's humor.
* Midori seemed more a source of drama than anything else, but the show just stopped exploring her feelings for Tamako after the beach episode, and her next focus episode had her biting off more than she could chew.
* Of the girls, Shiori got a lot less attention than the others and is also too introverted, to the point where she seemed more extraneous than anything.
* Mochizou was rather embarrassing to watch, given how beta and passive he was. And Tamako doesn't seem to care one bit about the poor guy.
* And of course, the finale has everything returned to the status quo, then the story just ends, with nothing having been resolved.

Score: 8/10. This show would have been better if the attention paid to and roles of the various characters were distributed more evenly. Other than that, I found it to be a fairly interesting SoL show.
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Old 2013-03-28, 15:26   Link #1438
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I have no idea what I was supposed to enjoy in this anime. This is one of the two primarily slice-of-life anime (the other is Sketchbook: Full Color's, by the way) that made me constantly think "Why the hell am I still watching this drivel?"

What exactly does Tamako Market lack that Aria, Tamayura, and even K-On and A-Channel have?

A slice-of-life anime that doesn't rely on another genre like drama, comedy, or romance should have interesting characters, an interesting setting, and at the very least a good, pleasant atmosphere. Tamako Market has none of those. Perhaps the biggest offender is the characters, who are fleshed out in very intensive and subtle ways by KyoAni's awesome animation, but in themselves have little to offer. The problem is that I just didn't care about anything that happened, and a slice-of-life that fails to make me care won't succeed at anything else.

As I watched this anime, I disliked it more and more. As it approached its end, I pretty much hated it. Whatever relaxing or uplifting effects it was supposed to have had the opposite effect on me. While Tamayura enchanted me with its adorable characters and warm atmosphere, Tamako Market ticked me off by trying to do the same thing.

Well, congrats, KyoAni. I didn't think you could make something worse than Nichijou, but you did. I wish Yamada Naoko would never direct an original anime again, but that's too much to ask for.
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Old 2013-03-28, 16:37   Link #1439
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I have no idea what I was supposed to enjoy in this anime. This is one of the two primarily slice-of-life anime (the other is Sketchbook: Full Color's, by the way) that made me constantly think "Why the hell am I still watching this drivel?"

What exactly does Tamako Market lack that Aria, Tamayura, and even K-On and A-Channel have?

A slice-of-life anime that doesn't rely on another genre like drama, comedy, or romance should have interesting characters, an interesting setting, and at the very least a good, pleasant atmosphere. Tamako Market has none of those. Perhaps the biggest offender is the characters, who are fleshed out in very intensive and subtle ways by KyoAni's awesome animation, but in themselves have little to offer. The problem is that I just didn't care about anything that happened, and a slice-of-life that fails to make me care won't succeed at anything else.

As I watched this anime, I disliked it more and more. As it approached its end, I pretty much hated it. Whatever relaxing or uplifting effects it was supposed to have had the opposite effect on me. While Tamayura enchanted me with its adorable characters and warm atmosphere, Tamako Market ticked me off by trying to do the same thing.

Well, congrats, KyoAni. I didn't think you could make something worse than Nichijou, but you did. I wish Yamada Naoko would never direct an original anime again, but that's too much to ask for.
Based on it's sales the japanese anime buying public agrees with you as Tamako is a huge flop.
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Old 2013-03-28, 17:10   Link #1440
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I have no idea what I was supposed to enjoy in this anime. This is one of the two primarily slice-of-life anime (the other is Sketchbook: Full Color's, by the way) that made me constantly think "Why the hell am I still watching this drivel?"

What exactly does Tamako Market lack that Aria, Tamayura, and even K-On and A-Channel have?
I can't say I 'hated' this anime by any means. But I cannot say what was entertaining about it. I liked Kanna and her antics at least, but other than that, and Dera's walking style(like he's walking down a fashion show runway ), the show just felt....empty =02. I've never watched any of the shows that have a similar look or vibe of "moe"; not K-On, not A-Channel, not Kokoro Connect. I thought that I should see what the fuss is all about when it comes to these kinds of shows. But if this show is of any indication, I won't be watching any of them neither from the past, nor, in the future. This is just not my kind of show =0\...
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