Synonyms: Tamayura (TV)
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2011 to Dec 19, 2011
24 min. per episode
G - All Ages
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.321 (scored by 5751 users)
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SynopsisThe story takes place in Seto Inland Sea and is about a girl who likes taking pictures.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Tamayura: Hitotose
Side story: Tamayura: Hitotose - Attakai Kaze no Omoide Nanode
Sequel: Tamayura: More Aggressive
Characters & Voice Actors
Director, Sound Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Composition, Original Creator
There's a few different types of anime. There's anime that's written to excite, and there's also animes that bring out laughter. And then, there's animes like Aria the Animation (and it's sequels) and Tamayura: Hitotose, where there is only one purpose behind it - to make the viewer smile, and to bring joy to their hearts. I suppose Tamayura, is an anime that you could call heartwarming, and there's no doubt that that's quite the fitting descriptor. Because it really, really is quite heartwarming indeed. Watching Tamayura, brought me so much joy and warmth that no shounen or seinen anime has ever brought me. I can’t even begin to describe the warmth that Tamayura poured into me through it’s telling of the stories of a group of friends.
That being said, because Tamayura really is, when you boil it down, a slice-of-life anime, it really isn’t for everybody. If you like your anime girls clad in armor wielding legendary swords and fighting epic assassins and overthrowing evil families, Tamayura is probably not for you. If you like animes where every single episode is a cliffhanger, and you’re absolutely dying to see what happens to the kid ninja next, this anime’s probably not for you. But, if you like to enjoy the stories of the lives of four high school girls, and like to enjoy an anime where you can relax and plaster all your worries away, then absolutely watch this anime.
Because realistically, that’s all Tamayura was meant for. It wasn’t meant to be a massive blockbuster in the anime world, it wasn’t meant to be an adaptation of some famous manga, no, not at all. In fact, I’m pretty sure (no, I’m absolutely sure) that Tamayura: Hitotose, was written for the sole purpose of helping people find good in life. It seems like the entire anime as a whole, constantly aims to show people the positive sides of life, and fill their hearts with warmth as they display possibly the most positive of emotions only to be bested by the final season of Aria.
In that sense, there really is no plot - there is no suspense, no rising action, no climax, no finale, there really is only daily life, a daily life that’s filled with the joy and happiness of four high school girls. In fact, the development of said girls, is probably the greatest achievement if Tamayura: Hitotose. The wonderfully told story of Fuu and her friends, as well as her photographic past, was not only heartwarming, but extremely motivating. Actually, I’m sure that's exactly what Junichi Sato aimed to create - an anime that fills people with joy, hope, and motivation, just like his previous creations, namely Aria the Animation and it’s sequels. Of course, having watched both, it was pretty easy to draw parallels in style. Both animes, have this incredibly peaceful feel that nothing else can replicate. It seems like I could just wash my worries away and immerse myself in the world of Fuu and her friends forever, and remove all the weight off my shoulders.
Unfortunately though, since I watched Aria, I can also see why Tamayura is not as good as Aria. The reason why I brought Aria up, even knowing that reviews should not include other animes, is because it proves my point very well. The place that's “lacking” per se, in Tamayura, is it’s setting. Obviously, a quiet town definitely fits Tamayura very well, but the problem with this is, is that it narrows the audience, as it makes the anime “less interesting” for a certain demographic. But, this goes both ways. Personally, I wouldn’t have changed a thing - while the setting may have been monotonous, and slightly boring, I found that not only did it fit the anime quite well, the way it was described painted a very peaceful and quiet atmosphere, something perfect for Tamayura. On the other hand, having such a normal setting means that the anime has to rely on it’s other aspects to make it interesting - and daily life like the one seen in Tamayura, isn’t always the best medium of choice when trying to create a great anime.
Of course, if I had to name one thing every decent anime needs, is great animation. And Tamayura has good animation. Although not as artsy and incredible as Aria, Tamayura has that modern, smooth, and flowing animation that also comes off as quite peaceful. Of course, like the setting, it’s also quite normal. Which personally, I liked.
The same goes for this series - I quite enjoyed it. It filled me with a soft, warm happiness that no other anime, save for Aria, gave me. To me, it was the anime that I would sit down and truthfully enjoy, no matter what happened to me that day, Tamayura would still have made me smile. And it did, quite often.
So, thank you, Junichi Sato, for putting a smile on my face. Thank you, for an anime that gave me a warm happiness that seems to be easily forgotten in this fast-paced, action-packed world.
I’ll definitely look forward to Tamayura: More Aggressive. read more
Dreams. Small or big, simple or far-fetched, related to hobbies, future job or just dreams of making friends. Almost everyone have dreamt of something at least once. Tamayura is an anime about chasing these dreams. And no, not about huge triumphs. It's about achieving small successes and enjoying them.
First of all, if you:
a) automatically mark every anime similar to K-On! as moeblob crap, without even bothering about things like story or characters;
b) don't like slow-paced shows that, unlike mentioned above K-On!, mainly focus on drama than on comedy;
just give up already. You will not like Tamayura either.
Tamayura ~Hitotose~ is a sequel to OVAs (which take place in between 1st and 2nd Hitotose episodes on the timeline, however) and should be watched after them. Otherwise you'll not recognise some gags, and start without knowing most of main cast.
Story - 8/10
Tamayura is, just as the MAL description for OVAs says, some kind of "healing anime". It makes viewers be able to unwind a bit. The main plot is very simple. It resolves around a girl, Fu, who's interested in photography. It's somehow similar to Aria in many aspects (not to mention they share the same director).
However, unlike Aria, which shows an idealised vision of future, Tamayura takes place in our times. It doesn't show how the world could be beautiful, but how it actually is.
Also, in contrast to other shows focusing on everyday life of groups of friends (eg. A-Channel, Yuru Yuri, Lucky Star, Kimi to Boku or mentioned above: K-On! and Aria) Tamayura: Hitotose doesn't contain any completely filler episodes, which don't advance the story at all. Almost every single one either develop characters a bit or shows some of the backstory, which explains their current behaviours. The OVAs didn't have so well-thought story, so it's already the first thing, that shows that Hitotose is better.
Nevertheless, even through everything seem to form a coherent whole, the show is still episodic and not really ambitious in comparison to more complex stories we can see in other series.
Characters - 9/10
Characters are definitely strong point of Tamayura ~Hitotose~. Like I've already stated before, they are somehow developed in almost every single episode. Their backstories are very well-presented, too. As the characters develop, we can also see that they have more depth than it was shown in OVAs.
Every girl has a bit different personality and different interests as well. Yes, different hobbies. You won't see anything like light music clubs or gondola companies here. Photography could be the core of story here, like mahjong in Saki or drawing in Hidamari Sketch. However, not focusing on only one thing makes Tamayura somewhat more universal.
These two things also makes them seem more realistic. Probably no one wonders why Azusa Nakano started to play guitar, or why Akari Mizunashi decided to become undine in Neo Venezia, leaving her family behind on another planet. Such information usually aren't considered as important, but in fact they are essential for the most of the story to take place. And they are provided in Tamayura.
Art & Sound - 10/10
As far as I'm concerned, only average thing here is design of characters. Sceneries are really wonderful, they just make you want to take a photo of them (oh, well, you can still take a screenshot).
Taking into account, that the production hasn't very high budget and its studio is almost unknown, backgrounds in urban areas have really many details such as irregular bricks in the old pavement. So do many objects such as Fu's camera.
The animation is fine, however unlike in fantasy or shounen shows, in slice of life anime it isn't something you pay much attention to.
Music fits very well, at least if you don't find singing in BGM annoying. The opening and ending both fit in climate of the series, whereas the second one is quite meaningful, especially if you connect lyrics, story of Tamayura and photos shown in it.
Enjoyment and Other Aspects - 7/10
The sole purpose of this series is to relax viewers, allow them to chill out after rough day and forget about the shadows of everyday life. In this aspect, Tamayura is almost perfect - it has calm slow-paced story, sympathetic characters and pretty sceneries, it also has some kind of 'warm feeling'. OVAs, with duration of only 2 regular anime episodes couldn't do that better than TV series, cause there wasn't enough of them and viewer, who happened to like it, was left with deficiency, wanting for more.
It also has an ability to show how beautiful the world is. For me, who lives in industrial region, chimneys of factories, power plants or ironworks don't seem to beautify the surroundings. Nah, it even makes everything uglier. Therefore, it was quite shocking for me, when Noire and Maon looked at a red-and-white-painted factory chimney and said that it was... beautiful. It made me come to conclusion, that maybe they really aren't that bad as I always thought. It forces to think, if it is Tamayura's reality being idealized, or is it just our view of the real world as something vile, foul.
It is also really good, that they resigned from needless fanservice that appeared once in OVAs. In my book, such series shouldn't have any, really.
It seems everything is fine, but... you wonder, why I gave enjoyment only seven points of ten? Well... Despite all the relaxation and manifestation of world's beauty, the humour in this series is just average. In combination with really slow-paced story the whole thing can be really boring for everyone, who is expecting comedy, action, or just isn't in mood to watch something like that. Enough boring to quickly give up on it.
Tamayura is an anime about the world around us. However, it shows everything around in way more positive, yet gentle way. If you are in mood to spend your fabulous time on watching something peaceful and optimistic, something without overcomplicated story, deaths, sex or shocking plot twists, I can highly recommend Tamayura to you.
Final grade: (8+9+10+7)/4 = 8.5 => 9 of 10 read more
Both Tamayura and Aria are cute, slow paced slice of life animes. They're both about a group of girls doing their everyday things, if you like slice of life these are excellent for you.
These shows also have same director, Junichi Satou, wich might be the reason for the similar feeling they have.
Aria the Animation has just a bit some fantasy & sci-fi shades, when Tamayura is slightly more realistic, but both of these are really enjoyable and relaxing shows, so if you liked the other the other might be just perfect for you.
-Both anime's moods, animation, and flow of the story/plot are very lighthearted.
-Both are slow-paced and centered around Slice of Life over Comedy.
-Both have the calming quality.
Aria and Tamayura both have a nack of just making you feel better about living. Both series are slower paced but have characters and stories that will make you glued to the screen. All the characters are very much likable. As a result, both series make you feel for the characters, through their ups and downs.
These two are one of those series where you wonder why isn't my life like this?! Both excellent series. Tamayura should follow Aria, however, and air again in more seasons.
They have the same director. The depiction of the everyday joys that can be found when living an idyllic life. The same feel-good slice of life, only Aria has fantastic fantasy setting.
Tamayura: Hitotose and Aria the Animation are slice of life series with a slow pace but colorful cast of characters.
The flow of both series is well balanced with comedy, drama, and some emotional scenes. Each episode stands on its own but presents a new style of presentation every time.
The main female protagonist starts off fresh as a newcomer but gains experience with life and with others as each day rolls by.
The director Junichi Sato is involved with both series so expect a similar style in terms of delivery and writing. All in all, Tamayura and Aria the Animation offers a tale of life that will lure you in with its unique elements.
Both are about the girl protagonist who moved to a new and fresh place (Aria - Aqua, Tamayura - childhood town), with a certain goal in mind in which their jobs/hobbies reflect on it. Plus, a group of girls hanging around each other as they do various things.
The pure side of the slice of life genre, both shows are episodic "Iyashikei" (meaning healing), in which they both convey a soothing effect to the audience (same director makes all the more reason why). They are very slow paced and despite nothing much happening in either, time flies by really steadily when you're into the shows' atmosphere and aura.
Their healing effect makes both shows give a very similar and comfortable vibe, although Aria focuses much more on the Iyashikei effect than Tamayura, and has a very different setting (it is on another planet after all). If you really enjoyed Aria for the soothing relaxation, I'm sure Tamayura is a cute addition.
Tamayura and Aria are both great examples of the iyashikei genre of slice-of-life anime,meaning that they try to relax the viewer instead of making them laugh like most other slice-of-life shows. They are both directed by the same guy, Junichi Sato I believe his name is, and they both star a group of girls as they go around through their everyday lives. Aria does have a sort of sci-fi/fantasy setting while Tamayura has a realistic setting, but besides that they're pretty similiar.
Opening Theme"Okaerinasai (おかえりなさい)" by Maaya Sakamoto
Ending Theme#1: "Kamisama no Itazura (神様のいたずら)" by Megumi Nakajima (eps 1, 3-6, 8-10)
#2: "Natsutori -Uta Tobi Ano- (夏鳥-うたとぴあの-)" by Megumi Nakajima (ep 2)
#3: "Hoshizora (星空)" by Megumi Nakajima (ep 7)
#4: "Ashita no Hidamari (あしたの陽だまり)" by Ayana Taketatsu, Yuka Iguchi, Kana Asumi, Yuko Gibu (ep 11)
#5: "A HAPPY NEW YEAR" by Maaya Sakamoto (ep 12)
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