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Where is Tamako Market going?

I want to continue to like Tamako Market but I just can’t. At first the atmosphere and warmth from the show reminded me of Aria. Yeah, the slice of life about a girl who wants to become a gondolier. But as Tamako Market continues on into the sixth episode out of twelve, I am reconsidering just what the heck I’m watching. Will this show go somewhere? Is there an actual goal the characters are trying to achieve?

The cute pleasantness can only go so far without any kind of conflict or character development. While Aria does have a life is pleasant theme to it. There is also strong characterization throughout as the characters learn and get closer to their dreams. But what characterization does Tamako Market have? We haven’t seen any yet. The characters are bland, and don’t go out of their way to be or show anything more than what they’ve shown us since the first episode. Although we did have some development when it came to Tamako’s sister Anko and Shiori. But it was short lived, and didn’t have much of a lasting impression after watching episodes 5 and 6.

Even K-ON had alright characterization. Yui is very different from Mio. But then again to be fair I also hated the first season. It’s too short and much like Tamako Market I felt nothing for Yui and the other cast members for the exact same reasons I complaining right now. It wasn’t until the longer second season that really got me into K-ON and the characters started to grow on me. It had a lot to do with the mood of the series as a whole. And even though there isn’t a whole lot of conflict and the characters stay relatively the same. The kind of situations and stories told in the series were interesting enough. The second season is definitely very well done because of this.

Going back to the character development of Anko and Shiori, I watched episodes 5 and 6 in succession and I just forgot we had that kind of development in the previous episodes. It was like a total change in presentation. My main issue right now is with this lopsided love triangle that isn’t really a love triangle yet. Since we don’t know if Tamako has any deep feelings for Mochizo other than the childhood friend cliche. And who knows how that will pan out by the end of the series? My guess is it will be so tacked on. I just can’t see this show as being one where Tamako is going to cry buckets like the moeblobs from Kanon, Air, and Clannad.

The cuteness has definitely overstayed its welcome. It’s just there. I don’t get. I like it insofar that I can just sit and watch pretty animation. But then after it’s over it feels like what was the point? It’s like eating an entire bag of potato chips in one sitting. Feels good in the moment but when you check that weight scale. There is a bit of regret. We’re on episode 6 already and I really wonder what this show wants to be? It feels like Kyoani is just trying to cash off the concepts used in K-ON, but they’re failing at it. Maybe they should stick to doing what they do best?

Adaptations.

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Childish Knowledge

I’m tired of being treated like a child.

I want to be recognized for my talents and knowledge. I’m tired of being looked down on by others for what I lack. This has to be in my head! I can’t be alone. I’m sure we all feel this way.

I know you are thinking that I shouldn’t compare myself to others. But, it’s hard not to. You know the times. When you’re with other people, and they ask a question to your friend instead of you. I hate that. I feel like this has been the story of my entire life. Why exactly am I getting upset though? I don’t have much of an interest in history or English grammar. While I have started to read books on writing and other topics, it’s for my own gain. My main interests have always been in anime, games, and manga.

What kind of knowledge is that?

Childish nonsense.

Who is going to ask me a question about any of those things?

A few weeks ago, I was drunk. I couldn’t drive home after a drinking party with my Japanese English teachers. So one offered to let me stay at his house. Since he lived just down the street from the restaurant. At his house he showed me his shelves of books written by American authors. They were in Japanese, but still it was all English literature. Maybe to show some kind of dominance over me. I don’t know. But he started to quiz me. He asked if I could name five American authors. I couldn’t. I felt very insignificant at that time. He said,”You should learn more about American culture.” I just didn’t read as a child. It’s situations like this that have come in my life time and time again. I don’t have this kind of experience. I grew up only enjoying anime and games. And when the time came, I started to study Japanese because I wanted to further my experiences with those things.

Just what am I doing with myself?

I realize now that the world is such a huge and vast place. My time here is very short. So I want to reach out and explore. By gaining new knowledge and finding new interests. This is why I feel it is essential that I reevaluate just where the hell my interests are in Japan. Many Japanese ask me, “Why are you interested in Japan?” I can only give vague responses. The culture. History. The beautiful scenery. But I couldn’t tell you in any length about any of those.

I want to blame my upbringing. I was never encouraged to explore or try new things. Studying and reading weren’t important to my parents. Whatever talents or knowledge I might of had went largely ignored. I grew up believing I had nothing of my own to offer. Rarely would anyone come to me for advice or information.

Is this why I shut myself away for so many years?
Only to wake up to realize I know nothing about the world around me.

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