Tsuritama, ep1: Intro, Brief Impressions, some screens

Topic started by AURON570 on April 19, 2012. Last post by takashichea 2 years, 4 months ago.
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The Plot: transfer student, ocean goddess, weird friends?

Yuki Sanada
Yuki Sanada

Yuki Sanada, our red-haired high school boy protagonist, transfers schools a lot. So he doesn't have a lot of friends. The place he is transferring to now is Enishioma (spelling?) a place right by the beautiful ocean. Yuki is terrible with introducing himself or talking in front of the class. He soon becomes reluctant friends with Haru, an alien, and Natsuki, a fishing prince. Natuski is the cold, straight man. Haru is the bumbling eccentric spontaneous one. The episode ends with Yuki speaking in past tense saying how little did he know, they would work together to save the world.

The episode also opens with a myth story about Enishioma, how there was a five-headed dragon who was persuaded to stop its destruction because of the sheer beauty of a goddess who smiled at him. This seems to be an obvious parallel to Yuki and a female classmate that he saw on the train on the way to school. Probably a love interest.

Impressions: water/fishing imagery, Haru the annoying, another slice of life?

Yuki Sanada takes a look at his new area
Yuki Sanada takes a look at his new area

I'm pretty impressed with the visuals. Very summery. Also water imagery was used when Yuki would get nervous. So it's like he is drowning in water and can't say anything. It makes his face all contorted as if he is suffocating, which makes others laugh at him, which leads to his confidence going down again. The show really seems to want to do something with the whole water/drowning/getting your head above water thing. In a way by having friends, he is being "saved" from just being a loner again and not making friends.

Yuki can't breath, HELP
Yuki can't breath, HELP

The whole fishing thing is sort of interesting too, when you think of it in terms of people instead of fish. If I recall, fishing metaphors are also sometimes used to describe romantic relationships, like "oh there's more fish in the ocean", or "this person is a good catch". It also works with friends to a certain extent. There are a few scenes in this first episode that suggest that Haru actually purposefully wants to be friends with Yuki.

Did I mention that Haru decides to stay in the same house as Yuki? It seems that Haru and Yuki's grandmother made some sort of deal, that Haru becomes friends with Yuki and so Haru can stay at their place. But it is not explicitly shown, just implied. OMG ILLEGAL ALIENS< FUUUUUUUUUUUUUU.

A girl on the train
A girl on the train

Anyways, I found Haru incredibly annoying. It does not help that he is voiced by the same person that voiced Chizuru from Kimi to Boku (which I have watched). He's that guy that always wants to do stuff, and is always in everyone's face, and they're just like no, but he keeps repeating himself like an idiot....

Which brings me to my last point. Is this just going to be another slice of life? There was enough of a hint at the end, and some very brief scenes of a guy (around the same age), wearing a turban and has a pet goose, spying on Haru, that suggests there is some underlying grand plot that is going to be developed. I suspect that there will be some "bad guy" introduced at some point or some big problem they all have to solve together, but it's too early for that.

Star Driver + Kimi to Boku? pacing?

Natuki, Haru and Yuki, friends forever?
Natuki, Haru and Yuki, friends forever?

This show has reminded me both of Star Driver and Kimi to Boku. It has a similar art style as Star Driver (also both red-hair protagonists), and also has some sort of underlying plot that seems to be covered by day-to-day high school activity with friends. It's also like Kimi to Boku because you have a bunch of guys, that do stuff together. In this episode they go fishing, and most of the episode was just set-up and hints anyways, but if this show just becomes these guys going around doing random stuff, I doubt I'll enjoy it that much.

I'm also not really sure about the pacing so far. It sort of feels like this anime is trying to do too much. You have your possible romantic interest, an alien, weird friends, a beautiful ocean, something about a goddess, a potential spy character, and also hints at a 'save the world' plot. According to animenewsnetwork, this is only going to have 11 episodes. I know it's really early, but I have my doubts about how well this series is going to come together.

Isn't it a pretty train station?
Isn't it a pretty train station?

To be honest I'm not really feeling this one. It looks nice and all, but I said the same thing about Star Driver. And Haru's voice actor can make the most annoying boy voices ever. Ex. imagine me saying "But guuuyyysssss, let's doooo somethinggggg. Yuuuukkkiiii, coomee on." in a whiny, up and down inflected voice, over and over again. That's most of what Haru's character is. Besides being an eccentric alien.

I expect that we'll get a fuller explanation of how Haru is an alien, but for now we just see that 1. he has the ability to control fish (sort of, from one scene in an aquarium), 2. sometimes he has a triangular halo appear above his head and 3. he seems to have the ability to talk to his pet fish. These all go by in very very short cuts, maybe 5-10 seconds each?

Anyone else check this one out? Thoughts?

Post by sickVisionz (4,289 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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I decided to check this out last week solely because the guy who made Trapeze/Welcome to Irabu's Office was behind it, and that series is great. I was really let down by this episode though. I thought the art and animation were nice, but that was it.

I picked up a Kimi to Boku vibe from because the blond kid is a straight up copy and paste of the blond kid from Kimi to Boku. I've joked that high school boys are the new high school girls of anime, but this series really cements that. Every character in this a copy of some schoolgirl show. It's like the writers wanted to switch things up from the normal trend but rather than avoid tropes, stereotypical characters, and generic setups, and switch things in a way that would actually make them stand out... they just changed the sexes of everyone and continued making something in the same vein of stuff that's been made hundred of times before. I can watch some school girl shows, I don't need every anime to reinvent the wheel or be wholly unique in every way, and this show really isn't all that bad, but I'm super turned off that because this is the series that it finally became clear to me that making school girls into school boys was how anime planned to come up with a new idea to run into the ground a billion times.

I believe in Welcome to Irabu's Office so I'm willing to give this another episode or two, but this will likely end up as something I will drop.

Post by UsachanMaN (4,514 posts) See mini bio Level 15

Love this show, I admit I've got the opening dance memorized by heart XD

GIF of the Opening Dance
GIF of the Opening Dance

I havent watched star driver, but I've also made the connection between it and Kimi to Boku, especially since Haru is voiced by the same seiyuu as the one for Tachibana Chizuru in Kimi to Boku. I think "Prince" is voice by the same seiyuu as the twins in Kimi to Boku, but I could be wrong.

What really drew me into this anime were the summery colors as you said. As well as the unique art style of the anime (kinda reminds me of cut-outs). The plot is also not a typical anime plot....aliens + fishing....who woulda made the connection? lol

I think people who are really into this show should look up the history of Enoshima, apparently the island enshrines Benzaiten, which is the Japanese name of a Hindu goddess. I think it explains why there's the man of Indian descent (the dude with the duck) present in the anime.

I'm intrigued to see how this anime turns out :D

Post by takashichea (12,308 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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I really got to try some anime outside of my comfort zone. The last time I did that was Gosick and Sket Dance.

Great blog, Auron570!

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