Tamako Market – 08
「ニワトリだとは言わせねぇ」 (Niwatorida to wa Iwa Senee)
“Can’t Call Me A Chicken Anymore”
Comedy is a subjective thing, but I think it’s safe to say that this was one of, and probably the funniest episode of Tamako Market so far. As long as you don’t hate Dera. Let’s discuss why.
The Butt of the Joke – Dera’s Diet
Dera has always been the funniest thing this show has going, so it’s no surprise that an episode focused on him was hilarious. As a comedic character, he just works – his pompous and silly tendencies make it funny when he’s the butt of a joke, and it makes it really easy for him to
walk fly into them himself – see almost any interaction he has with Choi. This episode wasn’t kind to him, so much so that it bordered on comedic sociopathy (trope!) at times, but I think it towed the line pretty well. As long as Dera doesn’t take this level of constant abuse all the time – and he hasn’t so far – a damn good time was had this week, so it works!
Also, I don’t say this enough, but special credit goes to Dera’s seiyuu Yamazaki Takumi for a phenomonal job, both this and in every episode. Like Matsuoka Yoshitsugu in Sakurasou, he’s the element that elevates his role to truly outstanding heights (though the writing is damn good too). Actually, everyone has been good…but damn, that tori! From pompous gentleman to silly, freaking-out-like-mad boke, he has sold his role, and sold it hard. Bravo!
Kanna vs Choi – The Best Girl Is…!?
Kanna and Choi are my two other favorite characters (yes, I like the bird…and the tsundere dad, but that’s neither here nor there), so a strong showing from both of them made me shout out in glee loud enough to seriously unnerve my neighbors. But which one is the best? First we had Kanna, whose propensity for building things set the episode’s events in motion. Did you notice how every time she made something for Dera (the bird house, the bib), he ended up being really happy about it, despite how he was always worse off for them having been made? Hah! Then there were her evil moments, her buttering up Dera when they were clothes shopping (“You’re already lovely enough, Mister”), and for that matter, calling Dera “Mister” at all. I don’t know why, but that made me smile every. single. time. Possibly because I suspect she would call me Mister, even if I would prefer Onii-chan. Erh–what was I talking about again?
As for Choi, she had a strong showing with a few bits: thinking Kanna was younger than the others was funny, as was her subsequent embarrassment. Stern, brooks-no-arguing Choi is also always a winner, as was deredere Choi. And all those different clothes? Hellz yeah!
So, who wins? For my money, Kanna does, but I won’t judge anyone for saying otherwise. Hell, even Midori made a strong case for herself with her own evil moments (poor Dera!), while Tamako…well, Tamako just continues to be Tamako.
Ohoho, another Anko episode next time? It’s curious, though…next week will be episode 9 of 12, so they need to start working towards some kind of conclusion soon. Though maybe that’s what they’re doing? They could be moving to conclude Anko’s mini-story next week, and will then deal with the rest shortly thereafter.
Either way, I have a feeling we’ll see more of Choi and Dera’s Prince sometime soon. Quite possibly in person – he sounded increasingly concerned about them in the transmission this episode, so unless Dera’s communicator starts working soon (unlikely, from a storytelling point of view), I wouldn’t be surprised if he shows up wondering what’s going on. That’s when the main question of this show will finally get answered, and Tamako might actually go back to doing something.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Dera ep! That poor tori got nothing but abuse…not that he didn’t deserve it. Also: best girl is still Kanna, Choi runner up! #tamakomarket
- Uh oh, Dera-chan likes it rough. THE MENTAL IMAGES, THEY CANNOT BE UNSEEN!
- The record store owner really always knows the right music for every situation. I loved how looooong Dera’s dread(music) was, with the almost unnecessarily long pauses to really rub in how unenthused he was.
- I’ve got the seasonings, Kanna. You get the chicken.
- Seifuku Choi-chan!? ALL HAIL THE GODS, OUR WISHES (that I didn’t even know we had) HAVE BEEN ANSWERED!! Now, how about a meido uniform?
- Erh–White lolita Choi-chan!? That’ll do! *nosebleed*
- From saying something about Sparta to “It’s for hitting you” to birdminton, Kanna really is the best girl. I want me a carpenter girl, mmmhmm!
- I would laugh if the scent that Choi keeps smelling is just the soap or shampoo that Tamako (and maybe Anko) use. Which they probably got for like ¥500. On sale. Surprise!