Jan 20, 2022
It is a shame, a fucking CRYING shame and I say that because I am crying, that this episode was relegated to being a special instead of a part of Hitotose's 12 episode broadcast. I say that because this is by far the best episode in all of Tamayura, and I'm pretty sure like half the people that watched this series missed it.
Tamayura is all about the main character following in the footsteps of her late father, and the emotional impact that comes along with such a heavy theme, but nothing hits as hard as the gut-punch this special delivers. When I think about episodes
of anime that make me cry, I generally think of episodes from shows on my favorites list first. Hunter x Hunter 135, Clannad After Story 22, K-On!! 20. But I also remember this one, a special from my least favorite season of a decently-long slice of life franchise I watched and moved on from 3 years ago or so. I was reminded of it again today, so I went and rewatched this episode for the first time ever. And I cried again, hence the opening line.
If you're far enough in this series to even be looking at this special, you'll recognize the basic gist of the episode. Some hijinks, some contemplation, wholesome vibes, comedic interludes, and then the gut-punch. Junichi Satou, I don't know what kind of life you've lead to direct so many wonderful and emotionally fulfilling shows, but you really know how to pull on the ol' heartstrings.
I won't spoil the premise. It's only 20 minutes long; saying anything about the finer details will give away more than I should. Go grab a tissue or two and enjoy the best Tamayura has to offer (until the final movie, that is).
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