Tamako Market – 07
「あの子がお嫁に行っちゃった」 (Anoko ga Oyome ni Itsu Chatta)
“She Went to Be a Bride”
At first it was just happy tsuntsun fun with Choi-chan, when suddenly her story with her prince is colliding with that of Sayuri and Afro-kun. And Tamako is–!?
There hasn’t been a character in this show that I haven’t liked so far, but Choi (Yamaoka Yuri) rocketed to the top with her cute tsuntsun antics. I think it’s enough to just say that I found her adorable, though I’m going to keep going with this sentence for long enough to get a few more pictures in…honey mustard. So cuuuute!
The thing I didn’t like wasn’t about Choi, but Dera lying to her about why he got fat. I’m not quite willing to say that was out of character, but it was close – for an honorable bird like Dera, I found it hard to believe that he would lie about the kindness of his hosts. Sure, Choi clearly scares the bejesus out of him, but where went the gentleman bird?! Chock that up as the one thing I didn’t like about this episode, even if it did bring about some fun interactions.
Love That Is Not To Be
And then suddenly, something deeper was going on. Choi’s feelings for her prince were made clear via flashback, and Afro-kun’s (Kawahara Yoshihisa) were obvious long ago, but I didn’t expect them to intersect. When Sayuri (Iwao Junko) revealed that she was planning on getting married, my heart nearly broke for Afro-kun, and Choi as well. The cruelty of these loves that are not to be, made even more so by Choi’s fortune-telling. While Afro-kun should have stepped up to plate and swung for the fences, Choi has known that she never had a chance from the beginning. She’s so certain of that, and I can see that it tears her apart.
But what is this about Tamako’s scent!? It sounds like the girl that Dera and Choi were looking for, the girl who is fit to be their prince’s bride, is probably Tamako after all. Probably. I wouldn’t put it past KyoAni to throw a curveball at us again, but I know if I were telling this story, that’s where I’d take it. But is that where it will end?
For my money, I’m not counting Choi-chan out as her prince’s future bride quite yet. Perhaps it’s just my aversion to the idea of fate, but having Tamako, this girl who loves her quiet little shopping district and her family’s mochi shop sooo much, be shipped off to marry some prince just doesn’t seem right. That may be her “fate”, but I don’t see her submitting to it, nor do I see anyone better for Choi and Dera’s prince than Choi herself. At least, that’s what I hope, for her sake.
Looking Ahead – Dera’s Training Montage!
Next time, it looks like Dera is going to be doing some training to get himself back into to flying (and fortune-telling) shape. Just remember Dera, if you can dodge a baton, you can dodge a ball! Or more importantly, an angry Choi-sama. Get to work!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Tsuntsun-kawaii fun gives way to the gentle tragedy of unfulfilled love. But wait, Tamako is the…!? #tamakomarket
- Dera has a fried circuit? Just what the hell is he…
- Mmmm, peaches. Erh–it’s not what you think!!
- With fathers like Tamako’s and Sayuri’s (Tsukui Kyousei), this show is full of truly caring parents. Drink up, Sayuri-papa. I know you’re sad to see her go, but I know you’ll let her. It’s time for her to move on.