「俺の背筋も凍ったぜ」 (Ore no Sesuji mo Koutta ze)
“I Felt Chills Down My Spine Too”
A story is at its best when it takes up exactly as much time as it needs. That’s why I love covering original series like Tamako Market – there’s no shoveling too much material in, no cutting important bits out due to time. In the hands of a good group of storytellers, we get exactly as much story as we need to make it a good one, and no more. But enough meta nonsense. Onto the episode!
Adults Are Useless
A thought occurred to me during this episode – all the adults are useless. Counter to how one would expect such things, all the reasonable characters are high schoolers, while all the adults are silly or downright goofballs. This reminds me of Glee, where the kids are the serious characters, while most of the adults are over-the-top ridiculous (see: Sue, who is amazing). It works, though. From them trying to protect Tamako to their silly proof of the curse, I was laughing at their antics all episode. Plus, they weren’t nearly as over-the-top as the adults in my other example, so it fit into the atmosphere well.
The best part? This explains Dera. He clearly has the personality of an adult, so it only makes sense for him to be as useless as the rest of them. Only…well, they’re not all always useless, Dera included. Just most of the time, and hilariously so!
Kanna Confirmed for Best Girl
It’s settled – Kanna is the perfect girl. Not only can she build anything, but she’s cute, perceptive, and deftly manipulated Dera-chan into getting them some awesome publicity for the haunted house! The hitodama and the office worker were great enough, but what about that hilarious screaming after Dera went through the haunted house with Shiori-chan? And then Kanna just went ahead and outed Dera’s crush in front of everyone!! Seriously, Kanna is the best. No objections allowed!
Bonus: while I’m not sure exactly how Dera looked like a hitodama just because he was carrying a paint can, I enjoyed how they justified the blood-stained office worker by saying that she only intended for the paint to look like a bloodstain on the ground, but got lucky. That’s the kind of subtly justified storytelling that I have nothing but praise for.
Looking Ahead – Choi Arrives!
I really oughta learn not to anticipate where these things are going, but ah well. Last week I thought that the girl from Dera’s island was going to show up, but nope! I don’t think they can deny us her next time though. She already looks like she’s hella cute when she’s frustrated and pouting, so I’m looking forward to her joining the cast in earnest. That is to say: bring on the tanned, tropical island bishoujo, woohoo!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – A simple haunted house turns into a wildly successful bit of publicity after Kanna gets involved. Kanna confirmed for best girl! #TamakoMarket
- I like Dera’s style. Pray to the statue? Screw that – throw it at your enemies!
- Is it just me, or did Dera imply that Tamako is a hard-M in the “scary is fun” cafe scene? You shouldn’t say that in front of Midori, Dera-chan! The doujin makers might hear you :X
- Special props go to sensei, who, of all the useless adults, was the most useless. Congrats! I think.
- I’m not sure, but I think I spent so much time enjoying this episode, I forgot to jot down notes on what to write. Damn you Tamako Market for giving me back some of my free time! …erh, wait.