OP: 「徒然モノクローム」 (Tsurezure Monochrome) by フジファブリック (FUJIFABRIC)
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「悔しくてユニノット」 (Kuyashikute Yuninotto)
“The Frustrating Uni Knot”
Fishing. *Puts on sunglasses* Its serious business.
Anime has documented almost every other sports with professional precision, and with Tsuritama’s fishing, I’d say they’re one step closer to the their secret goal of covering every sports under the sun. The art of fishing has never been quite so closely captured in animated form before, but with Tsuritama delving into little details like the tying of a Uni Knot and the situations in which lures should be used, we’ve finally got an anime which you fishers can be proud of. Now, where’s that cricket anime?
While episode 2 does drops us a few tidbits with regards to the overarching plot (that I’ll get to in abit), the bulk of the episode largely served as a continuation to the introduction that was the first episode. Specifically, this episode gave us an insight into Natsuki’s character and his relationship with his family. We’re introduced to Natsuki’s younger sister, Sakura (Ogura Yui) for whom he shows a warm affection for that is unlike his typical cold personality. We also learn where this unfriendly behavior of his might have been borne from; a likely result of his mother’s death two years prior to the story, and his resentment towards his father for dating a new woman. Admittedly, this situation isn’t exact unique to anime, but Tsuritama has been handling its characters with a certain degree of subtlety and respect, so I’m looking forward to how they put a spin on the development of this tired setup.
Yuki, who is arguably the central character in this whimsical tale, also gets expanded on in ways I have not come to expect of anime storytelling. Perhaps the years of watching countless clones have me jaded, but to see a social misfit taking steps out of his reclusive shell so quickly honestly surprised me. Furthermore, the anime has deliberately shown us that this side of his so prevalent in the first two episodes is not the only facet of his personality; indeed, the scene with him earnestly trying to tie the Uni Knot gives us a glimpse at a boy with an unnatural perseverance. Another example is his reliance on his phone and the internet, a more than subtle reflection of the technological dependence that pervades the youths of today. It all makes a strong case for Yuki’s likability, to see a character with such depth from the outset, and I can only wonder how they plan to develop his character from here on out.
It’s to the credit of the director Nakamura and his team that the Tsuritama’s world continues to be filled with various details that adds to the watching experience and gives fleeting hints as to the direction of the plot. As frequently noted by Natsuki, Yuki has rarely spoken to another person directly besides his grandmother, which really added to the scene where Yuki confronted him. During the tense exchange between Natsuki and his father, cues were taken both visually and by the voice actor to show his father’s hesitation during the whole situation. I could go on, but I think you probably get the idea.
We did also get some clues concerning about the overarching plot, but with those revelations came more questions. Haru’s sister Coco (Kato Emiri) gives us a slightly better, if still vague explanation about how fishing something special would lead to them to “saving the world”, along with giving the alien siblings a ticket home. And in an unexpected twist that feels completely at home with the wacky Tsuritama, the duck-loving Indian Akira is revealed to apparently be 25-years old. On a darker note, the scene with Kate’s coughing seems to hints towards a more serious plot point, but all things considered, I doubt it would take the same train Mawaru Penguindrum eventually took.
With the conclusion of this episode and the introduction to Tsuritama, the gang has finally assembled, and it seems that developments will be kicking off from next episode onwards. Tsuritama has established itself as one to watch out for this spring, so here’s to hoping Nakamura and his team can pull off a strong and compelling story that lives up to the potential set by this first 2 episodes.