Thu 14 Feb 2013
Of all the things that could have bothered me about Tamako Market up to this point, this bothers me the most. Why is she always on the stairs? Why isn’t she allowed a seat at the table? Is there some sort of untold story about her and not being able to sit amongst the rest of the shopkeepers of the shopping district? Maybe she secretly hates the rest of the shopping district and can’t stand to sit among them so she secludes herself on the stairs in order to distance herself from those evil, vile human beings she is forced to be associated with. Or maybe she just likes sitting on stairs.
So I still don’t know what the central focus of Tamako Market is anymore now that we’ve hit the halfway point of the show. Last episode dealt with the love triangle to some degree, and now the focus has shifted back to the shopping district. Tamako Market isn’t exactly what I anticipated it would be. I wasn’t exactly looking for this deep, thought provoking plot, but I also wasn’t expecting Kyoto Animation to fool around with the story to the point where there isn’t even a central focus. At least with a show like K-ON! it dealt with five girls in a music club eating cake, drinking tea, and being cute all the time. At least it knew what it wanted to do. Tamako Market doesn’t seem to know what it wants to do. It established so many different plot points in it’s pilot episode to play with, but now it doesn’t know which one to use. Or how to use all of them within a twelve episode show. And I’m not saying that it should be a 2-cour series. If that were the case they would run out of things to do and it would probably be worse off than it is. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy watching this show just as much as the next person does. To say that I wouldn’t enjoy a moe blob would be like kevo saying he hated a show with a trap character in it. I guess my expectations for Tamako Market were too high. I still enjoy watching Tamako and gang do their everyday routine. They are interesting and fun enough to where I’m not absolutely bored with each episode I watch.
So to add another element to Tamako Market, we are introduced to, and I only describe her as such because I do not know her ethinicity, the tropical island people. How she found the Bunny Mountain shopping district out of all the shopping districts in Japan, I don’t think we will ever know. The show hints at this scene that she recognizes Mochimazzi’s scent, but if you were to ask me I think all birds smell like shit. Maybe Mochimazzi has some sort of distinct smell that only birds from that island or wherever they are from have. To be honest though I’m interested to see where the show takes this introduction. Will she play a pivotal part of the rest of the show? Will episode seven be the episode we see Mochimazzi leave the shopping district? If you ask me, I think she might stay. I don’t see why she wouldn’t. The Bunny Mountain shopping district is one of the nicest places I’ve ever seen. If you are associated to Tamako in any way, shape, or fashion, the people of the shopping district welcome you in open arms. If you become acquainted with Tamako in any way, then the Bunny Mountain shopping district, by default, becomes the happiest place on Earth.