Let’s get the main thing out of the way first, I can’t say that I’m completely satisfied with the ending of Tamako Market. While I didn’t go in expecting perfection, looking back on my past experiences with shows under the wing of Kyoani, I couldn’t help but want something more. That’s not to say there weren’t moments in this episode that made me react emotionally, it’s just it feels like there is so much more to Tamako Market that we’re probably going to get and that makes me just a bit sad.
Kyoani does subtly really well. It’s that moment when everything just goes silent and the world is just slightly askew, when I think, “Kyoani, you’re brilliance is showing.” It’s a shame though that they don’t do it more often, but I understand that seriousness is not something that their aiming for most of the time. They do their slice of life well, so when something tried and true works why stop? The potentially bad thing is that at some point things will start to go stale and a part of the Tamako Market’s ending suffers from that.
Oh, the whole thing about Tamako being a princess, that’s just a misunderstanding. The potential development set up by the previous episode just kind of dwindles when Tamako is back within her shopping district to live a happy life. Granted she made the choice before finding out it was a misunderstanding, but I don’t think we’ve learned anything new about her.
While I may have not enjoyed the final episode as much I wanted, there were still moments that made me think the overall experience was worth it. The ending while somewhat vague, hints that Choi actually might be the princess but the question of why she isn’t taking advantage it still hangs. It’s like destiny is telling her to seek happiness despite social standing and I really hope she takes that chance. As for Mochizou, well, any step forward is a step in the right direction. All he needs now is a dash more of courage and he should be well on his way to his own happiness.
Overall, Tamako Market is an enjoyable show, but perhaps what it suffers from is lack of time. It feels as if this ending is merely a starting point for some characters and it’s kind of disappointing not being able to see what will happen to them. I guess the only thing I can hope for then is a sequel.
- I’ve been kind of disappointed with most of the ending this season for some reason. First there was Robotics;Notes and then Maoyuu (which is in desperate need of a sequel) Hmmmm, hopefully this isn’t a running trend.
- And thank God Mochizou finally gave Tamako her birthday present. It’s about damn time.