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OP Sequence

OP: 「やさしさに包まれたなら」 (Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta Nara) by 坂本真綾 (Sakamoto Maaya)
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「大好きがいっぱいの町、なので」 (The Town Filled With Things I Love)
There’s a saying that great things come in small packages, and Tamayura is definitely one of them. Tamyura is a simple and easy going anime, and something that I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s also an original series directed by Junichi Sato and produced through ARIA, a company well known for making anime that can really capture the feel of slice of life.

Tamayura is short. When I say short, I mean short. It runs for exactly 15 minutes and 23 seconds. Throwing time management out the window, Tamayura has a full length opening and ending sequence. The opening sequence is very upbeat with an acoustic guitar strumming alongside Sakamoto Maaya’s singing while the ending on the other hand is a bit mellower, with a slower beat and not as catchy lyrics. Both songs are great in their own light, and I’m very happy that such a short OVA has such high quality music.

With the remaining 10 or so minutes, Tamayura manages to show an entire day of our main protagonist, Sawatari Fu, (Taketatsu Ayana) a timid girl entering High School in a new town she just moved into. Fu’s main goal is trying to make new friends, but she’s extremely shy and unable to talk to people naturally, so it’s a kind of awkward watching her fail to talk to others. It’s shyness to the point where she can’t even introduce herself properly to her classmates on the first day of school. Luckily, our protagonist has her childhood friend Hanawa Kaoru (Asumi Kana) to help build her confidence. Kaoru seems to be the perfect type for someone to lean on. The amount that she cares for and understands Fu is clearly visible – which includes saving her from almost falling off a bridge as she is trying to take a picture and quietly cheering Fu on as she tries to make new friends. It’s the simple joy of having a strong bond with a true friend that makes these two such great friends. She also has a scent fetish. Yes, scent fetish.

The main focus of Tamayura falls on Fu’s camera, a Rollei 35s, and the photos she takes with it. The idea that a photo is special and can create special bonds is something that is highlighted throughout the entire episode. A photo of Fu’s late father is showcased in a local photography shop, and it is this photo that allows Fu to finally make her first two friends. Instead of having Fu approaching others, her photos bring people to her. Removing some of the embarrassment of trying to start conversations with others, Fu is able to not only begin talking to others about her photos but finally is able to make new friends.

The sub-plot of the Tamayura focuses on the Tamayura itself. Literally called “Children of Light”, these mysterious orbs of light randomly appear in Fu’s photos. It isn’t clear if they only appear in Fu’s photos, but what is clear is that they sometimes appear when the subject of her photo is someone who she feels strongly for. I can’t help but think that these orbs of light appearing in her photos mean something, especially when this is labeled as a “Healing anime”. They almost look like the orbs of light that Tomoya saw in Clannad, and those orbs were able to grant the wishes of those who could see them.

With a second episode slated for the near future, I’m really excited in what awaits Fu and her new friends. There are still characters unaccounted for in the opening and ending and it’d be nice to see what goes on in the lives of all of Fu’s friends, not just Fu’s.


ED Sequence

ED: 「メロディ」 (Melody) by 中島愛 (Nakajima Megumi)
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September 23, 2010 at 10:00 am
  • September 23, 2010 at 10:07 amsupremebull

    welcome to RC.

    where did tamayura come from? wasn’t mentioned in the fall preview…

    • September 23, 2010 at 10:12 ammark

      was under ova’s

    • September 23, 2010 at 10:42 amZaku Fan

      What exactly is that white creature sitting on top of the fence post? It looks like a giant marshmellow blob

      • September 23, 2010 at 10:43 amZaku Fan

        Gah sorry wrong reply. Still would like to know what that white creature is though.

      • September 23, 2010 at 11:22 amBreedo

        A fluffy upside down cat sleeping.

      • September 23, 2010 at 11:49 amTakaii

        Whose name is Momoneko. (:

    • September 23, 2010 at 12:38 pmDivine

      AT-X aired this first episode back September 5th, so it wasn’t included in the fall list of OVAs.

      They’ll be airing the second episode together with the first one on October 3rd, which was included in the list.

  • September 23, 2010 at 10:10 amVexx

    I didn’t originally have this one on my radar. Thanks for pointing it out – just the quaint setting makes it interesting to me.

  • September 23, 2010 at 10:11 amIsland Esper

    I saw this when Junichi’s name came up in the description. It was a nice and warm story. But like you said very short. Still you can feel his director skill and his trade mark “watch and fall asleep” style. Doubt it will surpass Aria’s story but granted will need to see more and hopefully we get longer versions in the future. The old school camera was a nice touch but the cats aren’t getting cookie points with me.

  • September 23, 2010 at 10:23 amItachizame

    I saw this ep a couple of weeks ago and i found it really nice. I cant wait for the next ep whenever it comes out. That cat reminds me of the cat they show on Lucky Star

  • September 23, 2010 at 10:26 amArabesque

    Congrats on first post.

    The series gave me a very nice feeling about it, especially the music and animation.

    ”With a second episode slated for the near future”

    How near?

    • September 23, 2010 at 11:50 amTakaii

      I’m not 100% sure. I hope it’s sooner rather then later!

      • September 24, 2010 at 12:46 amKakashi_Crusade

        according to the schedules on fansubwiki, it’s on october 3 (ATX-airing: source)

        correct me if i’m wrong though

  • September 23, 2010 at 10:40 amFoofie

    This wasn’t on my radar at all either, but then I found out it features a rollei 35, as an avid fotog, this is now a must watch ^_^

    thanks for posting this!

  • September 23, 2010 at 11:42 amKarmafan

    Dammit! Too bad that TokyoTosh is down. Thats my main place to get new anime thru torrents. Been down since last weekend.

  • September 23, 2010 at 11:59 amKiiragi

    ..scent fetish? Sounds like me.

  • September 23, 2010 at 12:18 pmgnomtastic

    one love one heart lets get together and watch this crap

  • September 23, 2010 at 12:56 pmDawn

    haha, what did i just watch??

    The old photo shop owner guy was funny though, “wanna kiss?” :P

  • September 23, 2010 at 1:00 pmKit Kat

    So cute! Especially Momoneko; that much fluffiness should not be allowed on one smaller-than-a-car animal.

  • September 23, 2010 at 3:08 pmkeiOnDaisuki

    what a good way to start my morning..AYANA!! WOOT and the story piques my interest..x3 tnx for thy 2nd post *goes off watching tamayura*

  • September 23, 2010 at 4:08 pmCroosboy

    w0w that was fast. thx for the post. without tokyotosho for me i can track my animes. going to comment later

  • September 23, 2010 at 4:09 pmPIMPOLLA

    thank you! i really like this type of animes^^

  • September 23, 2010 at 4:51 pmGAHHHHH

    Yuriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii-looking :X

  • September 23, 2010 at 5:09 pmfall3nbs

    Ohh the director from ARIA + Ayana? Yes please!

  • September 23, 2010 at 6:29 pmbro bot

    a new batch of loli characters again. hopefully it has a good storyline not expecting it to be great

    • September 23, 2010 at 7:07 pmVexx

      You need to brush up your dictionary… no lolis to be seen — just a lot of teenage girls (high school setting).

  • September 23, 2010 at 7:21 pmPao

    Ahh, I was thinking about picking this one up when I first heard about it. Glad to see it made it onto RC. x] Sounds like something I could get into though. Yay. o: I’ll probably check it out after it finishes though, ’cause I suck with waiting. :B

  • September 23, 2010 at 7:53 pmRai

    is this the replacement for K-on?

    • September 23, 2010 at 11:17 pmVexx

      What on earth about this makes you think of K-On?

      • September 24, 2010 at 7:19 amJaye

        Azu… Ayana Taketatsu, who voices the main character Fu. But otherwise not much.

      • September 25, 2010 at 9:30 amZaku Fan

        Finally watched this to see the fluffy cat (should have more of it). The start where Fu is introduced could have been Yui, the stammering Mio. Of course they are not the first archetypes of such behavior but Azunyan’s VA voicing Fu does link them together. That said, i would place this as different from K-On. The OVA seems to be trying to create a sense of peacefulness rather than comedy.

  • September 23, 2010 at 7:57 pminnerchihiro

    Imma check it outttttttt. :)

  • September 23, 2010 at 8:17 pmMD

    I love ARIA, that series is just amazing, one of the best slow-pace-sleepy anime ever :D So I will defenitly watch this one “_

  • September 23, 2010 at 8:55 pmProto

    Was I the only one thinking the OP felt like a rearrangement of Kamichu’s OP?

    • September 23, 2010 at 11:15 pmVexx

      The small town setting and quaint feel have the same vibe as Kamichu! which I’ll admit is one aspect getting my interest (the small town life).

  • September 23, 2010 at 11:33 pmT.K.

    I just watched the first episode too, and it totally fits the term “short and sweet”. I looking forward to see more in the future.

  • September 24, 2010 at 1:17 amrufe

    Kiki’s Delivery Service Much?

    • September 25, 2010 at 8:37 amProto

      Yes, I knew the OP was the re arrangement of something. At first I thought it was Kamichu’s op but yeah, it’s actually Kiki’s delivery service. Even the lyrics are the same.

  • September 24, 2010 at 1:30 ampandoramon

    I miss Kiki’s Delivery Service when I hear OP song

    • September 24, 2010 at 1:43 ampandoramon

      and i think Sawatari Fu need to modify her bicycle. put big fan in front of bicycle busket!!

    • September 24, 2010 at 6:09 pmTakaii

      Now imagine, what if you got Joe Hisashi and Sakamoto Maaya to do a song together?

    • September 25, 2010 at 2:41 pmVera

      Oh, so I’m not the only one who noticed: it’s the same song as the ending of Kiki’s Delivery Service (Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta Nara)? I prefer the original though :P [/spoilsport]

  • September 24, 2010 at 12:07 pmRen

    Ah. Gotta love those laid-back Japanese towns ~<3

  • September 24, 2010 at 2:10 pmOvercooled

    Tamayura was so relaxing~ It’s such a pleasure to watch, and Fu is so adorable and dorky. It’s nice to see an awkward, shy character that isn’t annoying. =D

  • September 26, 2010 at 7:28 amFirechick

    This anime ova is just so cute and charming and adorable! I love it! I can’t wait for more of this! I want more Fuu and Maon and Momoneko-sama! Though the only thing I dislike about it is Kou’s voice (I thought he was a giiiiirl!!!). It sounds too weird, albeit brief.

  • September 27, 2010 at 10:01 pmShinjiro

    Wow, thank you for covering this superb OVA. It was cute and ever so relaxing, we felt we were floating on a cloud…Hahaha. Quite a gem and now we can’t wait for the rest to come along. 15 minutes well spent!
    Taketatsu-san as Fu-chan is amazingly adorable. =)