Name – Tamako Love Story
Genre –Romance, Slice Of Life, Comedy
Director: Naoko Yamada
Writer: Reiko Yoshida
IMDB Rating – 7/10
Story – As she edges toward the end of her high school life, the energetic but generally clueless third year Tamako Kitashirakawa has only one major concern: pulling off a stunning baton performance at the Usagiyama Marching Festival. But all too soon, she is confronted by the reality that all her friends have big plans for their futures; she, on the other hand, just operates with the moderate goal of continuing to work at her family’s restaurant. Under the same brilliant sky, Mochizou Ooji intends to study at a university in Tokyo, leaving behind his family, friends, and most importantly, his first and only love Tamako. Unfortunately, the shy admirer cannot bring himself to declare his love, and Tamako is yet unaware that she is the source of such anguish. With time quickly running out, Mochizou must confess his feelings to Tamako soon, or his dream of romance will never be fulfilled.*MyAnimeList
My thoughts – ‘Tamako Love Story’ is a sequel to the Anime Series ‘Tamako Market’. However I didnt watch the series, so for me the movie was sort of like an introduction to the characters and the story. But that didn’t make me enjoy the movie any less. From the beginning till the end, the movie was fun to watch.
At first glance, ‘Tamako love story’ seemed like another mainstream romance/comedy/slice of life anime. But there was something more to it, which made the movie exceptional. The story was simple but heart warming. To some viewers the story might seem slow paced, but for me it was full of beautiful and cute moments. Some scenes were beautifully executed, some moments were perfectly presented, which made the movie worth watching for me. It was not full of romantic scenes or comedic incidents, rather it was simple and soothing without any cliche stuffs, which gave me a very relaxing feeling while watching the movie.
Character development was prefect. The movie was only 1 hour and 30 minutes, yet it felt like I had known these characters a long time. It was as if I had seen a whole anime series about this story/characters. I fell in love with Mochijou & Tamako’s cute love story. They were soo adorable!!!
The movie was full of elements that made me feel warm & happy inside. Tamako’s friends, the small little shopping area, the mochi shop, Tamako’s cute family and it’s rivalry yet cute relationship with Mochiijou’s, her friendly neighborhood; those things all together made the movie more enjoyable and fun to watch.
Final thoughts –Recommended for people like me, who is a sucker for romance & slice of life stories. Whether you want to watch the Anime series or not, that’s completely upto you. However now that I’ve finished watching the movie, it makes me want to know watch the series to know more about these characters and smile a little more. 🙂
My Ratings –
Story/Plot – 8/10
Character Development – 8/10
Enjoyment – 9/10
Art/Graphics – 9/10
OST – 8/10
Overall – 8.5/10
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In the end, I knew what was going to go down in the train station when Tamako said “Mochizo I Love You!” Gave me goosebumps. One of the best anime I have ever seen in my life. All of the quotes in Tamako love story are so heart-touching. I wish my life was just like tamakos.
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