「みんなで歩けばハッピー、なので」 (Minna de Arukeba Happy, Nanode)
“I’m Happy Walking with Everyone”
Another episode of Tamayura filled with an overabundance of absolutely nothing, except for the best characters that you could ever create in the span of less than 15 minutes! Besides the fact that all it takes is cute characters to grab my attention (and keep it) I think Tamayura is really good at tugging on my emotions through the use of realistic real life situations. By real life, I’m talking about the situations that most of us have faced sometime throughout our lives. Being the the oldest in my family, I understand what it’s like to have an older sibling since all of my friends were usually the youngest in their family. This translated into me really feeling for Kaoru when her older sister Hanawa Sayomi (Ohara Sayaka) decided to jump in and join the group. I think it’s the feeling of jealously with a little bit of embarrassment that the younger sibling feels when their older sibling starts to hang out with them which makes them act differently. While it was clear that Kaoru was pretty bummed out for most of the episode, I’m glad that she still retained that pleasant aura around her at the end. Shifting the focus back to everyone else – I’m so happy that this episode of Tamayura finally came out. While Norie’s “Kou-tan” mode drives me insane to the point that I was really considering muting the video, especially when she starts speaking at 100 words per second (it was almost like listening to Outsider), I think she’s actually really sweet when her mind hasn’t been blown by a moe-overload. Fu and Kou are still the cutest in the group, especially with both of them being so short compared to everyone else. It really makes Fu look extra cute in some scenes – almost like a little kid tagging along with older friends. Maon on the other hand is my favorite out of the group. I’m really fond of her quiet personality and the fact she whistles randomly just to lighten the mood really gets me. I mean I started hating her character because of the whistling and now its my favorite trait.
For a quick summary of this episode, after eating something so delicious that you enter a trance like state, the group embarks on a grand adventure to discover the location of where the mysterious picture of Fu’s father was taken. After waiting because Sayomi was late, the group ends up walking in and around the entire city. Just as Kaoru and Norie seem to be slowly dying from fatigue the group decides to have a small picnic to recover their strength. After a touching moment between Fu and the others, the group manages to find the spot they were looking for. While the spot isn’t where the photo was actually taken, everyone still stays in high spirits after finding such a pretty spot after a day of spending time with each other.
While this episode of Tamayura went back to being only fifteen minutes, boys were those fifteen minutes relaxing. The music in this series is exceptional. Half way through the episode there was an amazingly beautiful insert song that started playing. The background track fit the whole mood of Tamayura perfectly and the lyrics were very pretty as well. I just think it’s so cool that such a great sounding song would be hiding inside this short OVA – it really shows how much care went into making Tamayura. Besides the awesome insert song, the general background music was very relaxing to listen too as well. Not overly classical, but using a mix of piano and accordion in certain slow parts to mixing string instruments with some light drums to make some really soft upbeat music for everything else, it all comes together to create some of the most refreshing music I’ve heard in a while.
Someone last time asked, “Why would you watch this?” My response would be – just to let your mind drift away and relax. While everyone has their different tastes I think that Tamayura is something anyone can watch. It’s short, sweet, and leaves you feeling great after watching it. I don’t know if I have low standards for what I’ll watch, but I know that it’s these kind of shows that bring our everyday lives to life, and I LOVE watching them. Don’t get me wrong though, I also love it when my adrenaline gets pumped up and my heart starts beating. Especially when the words epic and fight describe what I’m watching (gurren lagann anyone?).