Tsuritama is unmistakably Kenji Nakamura

Between Fate/Zero’s continuation, Tsuritama, Acchi Kocci, Sankarea and probably Hyouka (once I get around to it) I’ve been pretty pleased by the quality of the summer season. Traditionally not a very strong season. spring season (Thanks Kim. I apparently have no idea what month we’re in >_<). With that said, it’s looking increasingly like I’m probably not going to pick up a show on a weekly basis, and will probably swoop in and write about different shows randomly. Figured it’d be good for a change of pace.

Not a fishing fan? No problem.

What am I doing watching Tsuritama? Is fishing fun? Fishing is boring. I hate fishing. Although it’s not necessarily a bad topic from an anime standpoint, because the actual act of catching the fish is a lot of fun. It’s the 99% of waiting in between that’s boring. But wait, I’m not watching Tsuritama for the fishing. And honestly, Tsuritama is as much about fishing as Full Metal Alchemist was about the ins and outs of alchemy. If you’re cynical, I suppose you could call it Director, Kenji Nakamura’s take on cute boys doing cute things. Except there’s only one cute boy I suppose, and by cute things we actually meant random things like going fishing, getting squirted by mystical water guns and meeting your well-endowed alien sister. Does that not sound appealing enough? Perhaps you’re not convinced.

In search of one missing Kusuriuri

Well then, why am I watching Tsuritama. Well, I’ve referenced Nakamura a couple times already so I might as well provide some background. Kenji Nakamura, director of the Bakeneko Arc in Ayakashi, Mononoke, Kuchuu Buranko, and his most recent work, [C] has been one of the ambitious and interesting directors in the industry. Not everything is a hit, I wasn’t a big fan of Kuchuu Buranko and while I really liked [C] it had it’s up and down moments. But his design sense is very unique. And unlike another director with unique style like Shinbou, Nakamura’s style varies drastically from show to show, both visually as well as how he tells the story. So with that in mind, I decided I’d give Tsuritama a shot, even with my lack of interest in fishing (funny how I don’t give other sports animes a chance… although I do want to watch Hajime no Ippo, but that’s an aside).

Bullying reaches another level

So what makes Tsuritama worth watching? Well, it’s got the quirkiness I expected, but at the same time, the show’s humor is pretty accessible. It’s not a show that’s going to draw a love/hate response like Kuchuu Buranko was. If you’re generally a fan of laid back, slice of life-like shows that focus on personal growth then you’ll probably enjoy Tsuritama. But for those who prefer a little extra “something something” in their anime and hate predictability, there should also be plenty of interesting subplots to follow. Are Haru and Coco aliens? What’s up with Haru’s magical water gun? Why the duck?

Mark Tsuritama down as one of the more intriguing shows for the summer.

Watch Tsuritama on Crunchyroll!

5 Replies to “Tsuritama is unmistakably Kenji Nakamura”

  1. “Except there’s only one cute boy I suppose”

    But I agree with the rest of the post. Tsuritama may be dealing with themes and plot elements that we’ve seen in fiction plenty of times before, but it’s being shown to us in such a lively, clever way. The execution is top-notch for this show. The animation is vibrant, the music is fun, and the characters are very easy to like. I hope it will be able to pull off a good plot within its limited time-frame.

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