Tamako Market

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Japanese: たまこまーけっと
English: Tamako Market
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 10, 2013 to Mar 28, 2013
Premiered: Winter 2013
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Kyoto Animation
Source: Original
Genre: Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Theme: IyashikeiIyashikei
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.401 (scored by 176158176,158 users)
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Ranked: #22762
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Members: 429,001
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Inside the Usagiyama Shopping District lies an eccentric but close-knit community of business owners. Tamako Kitashirakawa, a clumsy though adorable teenage girl, belongs to a family of mochi bakers who own a quaint shop called Tama-ya. One day, Tamako stumbles upon a talking bird that presents himself as royalty from a distant land. Dera Mochimazzi, as he calls himself, states that he’s seeking a bride for his country’s prince. Intent on his mission, Dera follows Tamako home and develops an addiction to mochi, becoming painfully overweight and subsequently unable to fly back to his homeland; thus, he takes up residence with Tamako's family and becomes the community’s beloved mascot.

Meanwhile, Tamako's friend, Mochizou Ooji, continues to hide his true feelings for her. Their fathers are fierce mochi rivals, but will it be enough to drive a wedge between Tamako and Mochizou? And just what will happen to Dera's task of finding his prince’s destined bride?

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Characters & Voice Actors


Yamada, Naoko
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Tsuruoka, Youta
Sound Director


Opening Theme

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"Dramatic Market Ride (ドラマチックマーケットライド)" by Tamako Kitashirakawa (Aya Suzaki)

Ending Theme

1: "Neguse (ねぐせ)" by Tamako Kitashirakawa (Aya Suzaki) (eps 1-8, 10-12)
2: "Koi no Uta (恋の歌)" by Dynamite Beams (ダイナマイトビーンズ) (eps 9)


Jan 30, 2013
(NOTE: This review is written for general anime fans and assumes no familiarity with other series. If you dislike moe, I still think this series is worth watching, for reasons I will discuss below. After episode 5, I decided to bump up the rating to an 8.)

Kyoto Animation is very well known for their cute character designs and on the whole, Tamako Market seems like it was a consummate effort on their part. It's not new and it's not original, but it seems like it was created very easily and with great refinement and polish.

So what is this series about? Not a lot, if ...
Apr 6, 2013
Mixed Feelings
There's something about anime which allows us to derive entertainment from the mundane events of an ordinary person. Coincidentally, ordinary is the best way to describe Tamako Market.

Starring the young lady Tamako and a flamboyant talking bird, Tamako Market is yet another anime that attempts to cash in on the slice of life phenomenon. It is not an anime that prospers through the strength of its plot, setting, or themes, but instead subsists through the cuteness of its characters. Should we criticize an anime for not going beyond that? Maybe not. But there is certainly a problem when such a simple anime still falls ...
Jun 5, 2013
Tamako Market could best be described as like watching a 5 hour long advert for mochi. The shallow story never really allowed me to feel a connection with any of the characters, but was sure to tell us that mochi is, in fact, quite delicious, and something about the power of friendship and family. Special attention to Japanese culture is also given, through the introduction of foreigners who, despite having perfect (and never explained) Japanese language ability, are completely oblivious to aspects of life in Japan.

Character design is by Yukiko Horiguchi of Lucky Star and K-On! fame -- in fact, the characters look almost ...

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