Tsuritama is hardly a perfect show, no matter what label you stamp on it. Despite being entertaining and remaining visually distinctive, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere in a hurry, something that could impact it by the end with what I like to call “Kamisama Dolls Syndrome”. However, for what it’s worth, I don’t think it needs to go anywhere to remain entertaining. As long as it doesn’t make the mistake of the aforementioned show and introduce several plot threads with little to no resolution, I’ll be perfectly fine with whatever it has in store, even keeping it in my top series of the year.
After the last episode, I was left marveling at how I remained so enthralled by the whole experience, considering that it was just Yuki getting used to his part-time job on a fishing boat. Even when the content remains relatively stagnant, the way that the show floods the senses more than makes up for any perceived dearth of content. Ordinarily I’d mark that down as a demerit, but considering that the plot itself isn’t terrible and I’m apparently easily appeased by bright colors and slightly cacophonous recorder music, I can’t help but find myself drawn into the show’s world.
Much like Aria, Tsuritama’s an oddity in that it doesn’t seem to have much of what I love in a series, but something about it manages to burrow its way into my shriveled heart like a tapeworm and really make me love it. Really, tallying up everything that makes up Tsuritama, I should have crossed it off my list many a moon ago instead of giving it a fat gold star each week. Even taking the negligible story and Natsuki’s somewhat inconsistent character development into consideration, it still ends up a great show.
I’ve written before about how great the mood is, but I think it warrants saying so again. Tsuritama, from its eye-gougingly colorful visuals to its cheerful soundtrack to Haru’s unfortunately patterned vest, really manages to consistently put me in a good mood by the end of each episode. And unlike Apollon, whose memorable moments mainly consist of Sentarou’s antics and the jazz soundtrack, it stays fresh in my memory for days after I finish watching. If Akira began to take a larger role, I’d really look forward to it week to week, but I guess seeing Yuki get over his crippling social anxiety is good enough for the time being.
There’s very little content worth mentioning in the episode itself, past Yuki coming out of his shell in a big way. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it doesn’t lend well to a post. Still, the culmination of each episode is noticeable in this, albeit in subtle ways, and it had me entranced from start to finish.