Tamako Love Story

Sequel movie to Tamako Market

Genre(s): Slice of Life, Romance, School, Comedy

Age-Appropriateness: 12+ (mild language)

Platforms: VRV/HiDive

Episodes: One 1 hr. 20 minute movie

TheAwersome Rating: 8.2 / 10 (Sweet, KyoAni life goodness)

Premise: As she edges toward the end of her high school years, the energetic but generally clueless Tamako Kitashirakawa has only one major concern: pulling off a stunning baton performance at the Usagiyama Marching Festival. But all too soon, she is confronted by the reality that all her friends have big plans for their futures; she, on the other hand, just has the moderate goal of continuing to work at her family’s restaurant.

Under the same brilliant sky, Mochizou Ooji intends to study at a university in Tokyo, leaving behind his family, friends, and most importantly, his first and only love Tamako. Unfortunately, he cannot bring himself to declare his love, and Tamako is yet unaware that she is the source of such anguish. With time quickly running out, Mochizou must confess his feelings to Tamako soon, or his dream of romance will never be fulfilled.

TheAwersome’s Thoughts: If you’re like me, you caught yourself watching Tamako Market and saying “Okay, Dera is funny and all, but I really want to see the human relationships, and specifically that of Tamako and Mochizou.” Well here ya go! Being a movie, the animation quality and artistic detail is much higher, in the Sound! Euphonium / A Silent Voice range I’d say, so it’s a gorgeous show to watch. Something I liked about this one is that while it had a more serious tone than the main show, it kept the fun and carefree attitude; think of a mix between K-On! and Sound! Euphonium for the tone of the movie. As such there wasn’t too much at stake, but enough to be more emotional than just a silly romp. As always, KyoAni breathes honest life into the small details, all serving to envelope you into the love of a tightly-knit small town community.

TLDR: More emotional and serious than the main series, but still a fun, wholesome time.

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