Tamako lives in a shopping center in a family of Mochi makers. A talking bird comes to live with her family.
This is another KyoAni show about cute girls doing cute things. It’s the same formula as they used with Haruhi, Lucky Star, Clannad, K-On, Nichijou, Hyouka, and Chuunibyou (basically, everything they’ve ever made except Munto, which was crap). Some people might accuse them of lacking originality. But I don’t think anything could be further from the truth.
Sure, superficially the shows are similar. Cute moe girls do stuff. But KyoAni uses this formula to tell a different story every time. Hyouka was a mystery show. Chuunibyou was about growing up. Nichijou was… Nichijou. K-On was about… well, cute girls doing cute things—but—-
Thematically, I think that Tamako Market is the most similar to Chuunibyou. Both explore ideas surrounding growing up and the refusal to do so. While Chuunibyou is about growing up and putting your childish hobbies behind you, Tamako Market looks at the idea of growing up and leaving your family and your home behind. The main idea being, it’s okay not to leave home. The main character in Tamako Market is not Tamako Market, it’s Tamako’s neighborhood. It reminds me a bit of a Japanese magical realism story, along the lines of the early chapters of A Hundred Years of Solitude or House of the Spirits. I’d be interested in seeing the story of Tamako’s family play out over multiple generations like those ones.
Despite everything I just said, Tamako Market is mainly about cute girls doing cute things. Yet it does so well at this that I don’t mind. Kanna~~~~ please grow up and marry me~~~
- Storytelling – B – Relaxed, humorous and gives off a magical nostalgic feeling.
- Voice – A – So cute, colorful, with sassy talking birds.
- Characters – A – Kanna: A++++
- Attention Grab – B – Not the kind of show to get your blood boiling, but I maintained my interest throughout.
- Production – A – Looking good as always with KyoAni.
- Overall – B+