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Tsuritama

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Tsuritama is an anime series produced by A-1 Pictures and directed by Kenji Nakamura.

Yuki Sanada is a high school boy who lives with his grandmother. He moves around a lot, because his of his grandmother's job. Unfortunately, the constant moving around has made it so Yuki is unable to form lasting friendships or have any helpful social skills. Also, Yuki has a habit of making a hideous face when he's nervous, which is misconstrued by his peers and make them think he's angry.

At the beginning of the first episode, Yuki and his grandmother move to the island of Enoshima. On his first day of school, Yuki meets a strange boy named Haru. Haru is cheerful, charismatic, and believes that he's an alien. He also carries a fish in a fish bowl on his head, and Haru refers to the fish as "brother." Haru also has a bright green water pistol that he shoots people with when he's upset with their actions. During the first episode, Haru convinces Yuki's grandmother to let him live with them.

Natsuki Usami is Yuki and Haru's classmate. He usually wears an irritated expression and doesn't seem to like interacting with other people. However, Natsuki works at a fishing shop, where he's known as the "Fishing Prince," since he won awards and received recognition for fishing. Natsuki hates the nickname. During the first episode, the three of them unexpectedly end up fishing together, and Natsuki unintentionally teaches the other two how to fish.

There's also a stoic Indian prince named Akira Agarkar Yamada, who is accompanied by a duck named Tapioca. During the first episode, Akira is seen observing Haru.

To be honest, I wasn't entirely sure what to think of Tsuritama after watching the first episode on Crunchyroll. The animation was average, and I didn't find myself really caring much about these characters by the end of the episode. The first episode simply wasn't strong enough to bait me in and get me hooked on the series. I especially didn't care about Akira the Indian prince, because by the end of the episode, I had no idea what purpose he was serving. I have a feeling that will be revealed in future episodes, but I really don't feel compelled to keep watching this series to find out.

If you enjoy light-hearted anime which includes the element of fishing, then you might find enjoyment in Tsuritama. Personally, I would recommend this series to anime viewers who are 12 or 13 years of age and older.


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Tsuritama122012Kenji NakamuraA-1 PicturesSentai Filmworks
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