Tamako Market : Episode 12 (Final)

It was 2:15 am when I finally had time to watch the last episode of Tamako Market. =.= Although my eyes look worse than L’s, I will try to do this review as best as I can ! Oh! And for those of you who haven’t watched the last episode of Tamako Market yet, beware! There are spoilers in this post so don’t say I didn’t warn you!~ >O</ (And my spell check and grammar are probably going to be horrible as I don’t have the energy to double check it.)

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Yup end. After 12 episode of Kyoto Animation’s slice of life series, Tamako Market has come to an end. To my personal opinion, I thought the ending was a bit weak and just didn’t have me satisfied as I would have liked it to. Strangely though, I was guessing that this is what was going to happen. The episode instantly starts off with the Prince giving Tamako her lost medallion-coupon thingy. Tamako is then seen to be confused of what to do until Dera asked her straightforwardly what she thinks of marrying the prince. After a long explanation of a short story on her market’s citizens,Tamako finally confronts her true feelings.Once Tamako tells the prince and the market townsfolks that she doens’t want to marry Mr.Ouji here, the prince, and his Angelina Jolie lips bodygaurds make their way back home. I mean just like that! Talk about a fast rejection and acceptance scenario! Dang you Kyoto Animations! (count 1)

There was also a scene where Tamako runs throughout the Market and sees that her neighbors have disappeared. (They were at the Bath House with the Prince and Choi-chan) Tamako remembers that the only time an incident like this has happened was when her mother passes away. For that moment alone, I thought, was one of the best scenes in the episode. Seeing Tamako, a cute, bubbly and optimistic girl lose character at a past memory made my heart clench. I could almost feel Tamako’s pain. With the scene, it also made me have some hope that KyoAni. may open Tamako Market up for another season, although I highly doubt it, a girl can dream can’t she??But as you can guess, the anime then ends within 5 minutes. Noooooo!! I wanted to learn more about Tamako’s past! Dang you Kyoto Animations! T__T (count 2)

As for having a romantic ending….well, Mochizou finally brought of the courage to….give Tamako a birthday present! (you thought I was going to say confess didn’t cha??) Yup, that was all. It ended with just that. *sigh* Although I did somehow know that Kyoto Animations loves to leave their fan clubs dangling, I was really hoping for at least SOMETHING to be concluded between Tamako and Mochizou. Dang you Kyoto Animations! >___</ (count 3)

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As for Choi-chan and the prince, it is seen that Choi-chan could actually be the bride candidate, as she was seen reaching for her necklace indicating that she was trying to hide the mark by wearing one in the first place. But as for this couple, nada. (count 4)

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Dera and Shiori? Not a chance. (count 5)

Overall, although the ending didn’t quite make me happy and it pained me to see that neither one of the couples having a had a conclusive ending (Bah! I was probably wishing for too much but still….), Tamako Market will always remain as a subtle, “chill” feeling anime that I can always hope to come back to watch because of it’s amazing animation and sugary characters that make you just want to plunge right in and hug to death. Image

And with that, I’m off to bed!! XD I can’t even write a good conclusion…I’ll just leave Mochizou ‘s zoned out face, as I believe this is what I look right now!!

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And until my next anime review…….Nyaaaaaaa…..no energy….\( ̄□ ̄)\

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Shy X Shy, an unexpected love story!! Hibi Chouchou~

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This is where the phrase “actions speak louder than words come in.” We’ve seen playboys with shy girls, tsunderes with nerds, yankees with the dreamer, I could go on naming different archtypes, but have you ever seen a couple where both the guy AND girl are both….well…shy?? Not just shy like Kimi Ni Tokoke, but completely and utterly just EXTREMELY QUIET!!?

Meet Hibi Chouchou, a manga about a quiet girl and a quiet boy!Suiren has just enrolled as a freshman at her high school and she has become famous! All the boys and even some girl look her way, either entrapped in her elegance or literally falling in love with her. All but one. Kawasumi kun. Why is she so interested in him? Why is it that he is the only person that makes her overcome her fears?  Who is Kawasumi kun….and why does her make her heart beat so fast?

With ever little scene, you can be positive to squell/shout/think/disco dance around the room/scream “AWWWWWWWW!!”

Background*:

Hibi Chouchou is drawn and written by Morishita Shuu, known previously for her one shot manga Mada Amanogawa ni Ikenai. It is published the Shueisha company in the magazine Margaret, also known for the mangas such as; Akuma to Love Song, Hana Yori Dango (the best selling shojo manga in Japan!), Switch Girl, andMairunovich.

Artwork: 

Let me just say that Morishita-Sensei diffidently knows how to draw kawaii shoujo manga characters. Suiren, who is known in the story as a natural beauty,  is drawn to look so lovable that you just wanna grab her from the page and cuddle her in your sleep!What is also special about this manga’s artwork is the depth of emotional meaning the author has considered. Our main heroine can barely slip out a sentence in a chapter, but the mangaka is fully capable of having her readers understand her emotions by just how perfectly she can interpret love and emotion without an effort of having it in text.

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Plot:

Like my other post about Liselotte to Majo no Moki, Hibi Chouchou is a “progressive manga” Though the story progess may seem slow, I believe that in each chapter, you learn more about the hardships each of the characters are facing at trying to overcome their obstacles. Through this, the plot become more appealing and suspenseful with each “Doki Doki~” moment. ^ ^ Our main characters are struggling to try and break their comfort zone and understand the meaning of falling in love for the first time. With each and every chapter I read, I feel as if the story touches my heart in a sort of “tingly” feeling. Like I’m a fourteen year old girl excited for her first invitation to prom. XD The innocence storyline makes the whole manga just a charming and admirable read, sometimes even reminding you of your previous love experiences, the difficulty of confessions, the embarrassing eye contact scenarios, or even the aftermath of a long-planned date. If your in that “in love” mood, I recommend that you start searching for Hibi Chouchou volume 🙂

Characters:

Cute. Cute. Cuteeeee!! After reading manga with the over-the-top harem story line, cry baby protaganist, or the classic best friend/guy next door triangle, it’s refreshing to see something new for a change. Suiren is a graceful

Another thing I would like to note, are the side characters. We have Aya-chan, Suiren’s best friend since kindergarden. Acting as a support system as well as encouraging Suiren’s stepping up towards her fears, Aya chan can be one of those people who you just want to share all your secrets with. Her along with Sayuri-chan, another good friend of Suiren, come up with various scenarios to have Suiren and Kawasumi to meet…frequently under both of their embarrassments. 😛

Next we have Kawasumi best friend, Ryosuke , who is head over heals for Suiren. He provides a sort of comical effect for the manga, being that he is oblivious to the fact of the relationship between Suiren and Kawasumi, as well as being TOTALLY clueless in everything!!!

Then we have Suiren main love rival, Kotaru. Unlike many if not all shojos, Kataru is not your typical evil antagonist. (which are either being identified by 1.) their fake looks and suggestive personality 2. being a complete b*tch 3. extremely annoying 4.all of the above)No, instead Kotaru is just so realistic. Instead of soiling Suiren’s chances with Kawasumi by trying to ruin her reputation, Kotaru fights for her OWN reasons, trying to make Kawasumi respect/fall in love with her instead of depending on someone’s misfortune to fulfill her goal. Thoguh there are moments where she discourages Suiren, I only believe that it is part of her “test” to try to understand Suiren/’s feeling for Kawasumi, whether they are genuine or not.

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And that’s all folks! (*insert Warner Brother’s theme song*)
Hope to see you blushing and heart-beating with this unique love story!! Until next time!!

Nyaaaaaa~