Review: Tsuritama


More often than not, I always enjoy an adventure series. But you know what? Tsuritama has been one horrible review to even try to write, since I just can’t get all my thoughts about this show sorted out.

In every adventure show, you have the main character. Enter Yuki, a shy male who’s living with his grandma. It’s later revealed that he suffers from anxiety issues, and because of this, he struggles to make friends. Enter Haru, the obnoxious male who’s loud and does the more strange things at the strangest time. Through ironic twists of fate, these two end up being intertwined with each other, and they carry the entire adventure. The rest of the characters are just as much of a pleasure to watch, as you’ve got the fishing prince, the boat captain, the Indian and his duck, the grandma and all the supporting characters. It’s very obvious that time has been taken to flesh out everyone, and the effort hasn’t gone to waist when most of the best scenes are revolving entirely around the characters.

The main character here doesn’t have super powers or anything ridiculous like that, infact, he doesn’t have any abilities. So when fishing becomes the central theme of things, it actually feels like you’re learning things alongside Yuki, and that you’re learning the rules and regulations of the story with him.It’s a remarkable touch, and the continuity is done really well, making for an adventure that actually feels like an adventure, and not just a bunch of characters acting out a script.

Tsuritama has its epic moments, but like with everything, the most epic moments need great visuals and great sound backing. Thankfully, Tsuritama packs both of them, containing visuals that are pretty darned unique, and a vibrant soundtrack that knows what it’s doing and where it’s going. I didn’t like the soundtrack enough to purchase it, but I thought that the visuals were more than enough, as they’ve gone with a very creative style of design. Almost like they went with that style with the intention of linking it into the actual plot of the adventure, when you stop and think about it. The plot’s amazingly creative, and so are the visuals.

The final thing I want to stop and talk about is the manner in which Tsuritama avoids cliche’d scenarios and does it’s best to go that step above. In the entire run of the show, I noticed one cliche, and that was in the last five minutes of the show. The majority of the proper runtime isn’t cliche’d and doesn’t have any ridiculous plotholes, in fact, it goes the extra mile to ensure that it’s got ridiculous things in places which aren’t plotholes, thanks to the creative vibes behind Tapioca, the leading duck.

Tsuritama is an adventure series, and it’s not an adventure series like any other one. It excels in what it does, and puts non-creative series and shows to shame. Whilst it does have it’s annoying quips and quirks here and there, I think that they’re more than forgiveable when you consider just how great the pay-off that the show delivers is.

Alex’s Score: 9 out of 10 Meeps (Great)


2 thoughts on “Review: Tsuritama

  1. I am sooooo going to miss Tsuritama. But Sentai Filmworks licensed it and is gonna release it on DVD! They better give it an English dub or some butts will be kicked!

  2. My Anime Club went through four whole episodes of this! I kind of expected everyone to hate it, but they all love it, and my friends keep on suggesting it! I pretty much call this the Ensemble Darkhorse of my local anime club.

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