That wasn’t quite what I expected. And thank goodness for that.
OP: オープニングテーマ「ドラマチックマーケットライド」(Dramatic Market Ride) by Suzaki Aya
Dera Mochimazui (Yamazaki Takumi). And given that Tamako’s family is in the mochi business and mazui means “not tasty”, that name is a bit of a problem.
Prince (played by Shimono Hiro, no less) trying to find a mate for his master. After Tamako (Suzaki Aya) finds him in a flower shop run by transvestite Hanase Kaoru (Daisuke Ono) she sneezes on him – which in his country is a declaration of love. So Dera attachés himself to Tamako, and when he finds out he loves her family’s mochi even more than Tamako herself, it’s a match made in heaven. There’s also a rival mochi shop across the street where young Ouji Mochizou (Tamaru Atsushi) helps his Dad as he pines for Tamako’s love. The two rival shop owners are played by Fujiwara Keiji (Tamako’s Dad, the traditionalist) and Tachiki Fumihiko (Mochizou’s Dad, the innovator).
Hidaka Rina) pulling cute faces in close-up. And I think the premiere is appealing largely because the main focus is on Tori and his bizarre antics – there’s a cast of moemoe schoolgirl friends waiting ominously in the wings, only occasionally present in the premiere, and if the focus of TamaKet turns mostly to that (as the track record of the creative team would indicate is likely) I could see the whole thing collapsing like a house of cards under the sheer weight of the cuteness. KyoAni can never totally resist that side of their nature (not that I can blame them if Blu-ray sales are the goal – their record in that department is unassailable) but as always, it’s a question of how much they choose to indulge their dark side and how often restraint wins the day. If the balance stays as it did this week, TamaKet should turn out to be a pretty entertaining affair.
ED: エンディングテーマ「ねぐせ」(Bedhead) by Suzaki Aya