Like K-On, Tamako Market is a very character-focused series that really utilizes the genre ‘slice-of-life’ and that’s to be expected. With the whole K-On staff behind this original work, expecting a story-centered series is not the way to go and will definitely ruin your enjoyment. Unfortunately because of how focused it is on characters, there really isn’t much to talk about so please do bare with me as I fanboy throughout the series predictably on most occasions. Hell, why not join me down below in the comments section? But with this out of the way, lets begin the coverage of episode 2!
Valentines day came around much earlier this year for anime, and I get the feeling that other series will take part in this early promotion of this romantic day too, but at least this gives a more romantic spin to the development of our characters in Tamako Market; especially Tamako and Mochizou. I love how they converse using a foam cup telephone across the street. Considering these two have already been introduced as a potential couple, I find the intimacy of being able to see each other while chatting through such childish items is adorable and romantic. Unfortunately with the introduction of Dera, Mochizou is going to have to find better ways to win over Tamako’s heart Maybe give all the birthday presents in one go as a way to apologize and also to show how much he cares.
Also, it seems that our little Midori-chan is lost in the world of love. Considering Tamako Market actually has male characters where the school is co-ed and not an all-girls school like in K-On, I feel that hinting at the possibility that Midori might actually be in love with a student but doesn’t know what to do to be befitting and necessary when addressing Valentines day. At the same time, the episode takes the opportunity in using Midori as a catalyst to address the meaning of St Valentines day right at the end, but if you were to ask me, don’t get your hopes up about a possible relationship concerning Midori.
Although we’re only 2 episodes in, Tamako’s character seems like a mix between Chitanda from Hyouka, Yui from K-On and Mio from K-On. Chitanda because she looks practically identical to her when she puts her hair down and Yui because of her energetic attitude while also knowing how to be responsible like Mio. What do you guys and girls think? And also… glasses or no glasses? I prefer Tamako without the glasses to be honest
Rating: I’ve decided to give this episode 8 out of 10. Like episode 1, episode 2 was just as hilarious! You’ve got Dera cock-blocking Mochizou (and I doubt that’s going to be the last) and seeing Tamako’s father so tsundere killed my stomach! Also we were finally able to hear Hikasa’s voice this episode during the Bunny Mountain meeting! I don’t care if she’s playing as a chubby woman, Hikasa has a great voice in general and really took on a befitting persona for Mari well (like other seiyuu’s). It’s a shame she isn’t singing any of the songs though.