I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I first learned of Tsuritama. It looked fun and quirky, so I gave it a shot. And as it turned out, it wasn’t just fun and quirky–it also had a TON of heart. Tsuritama very quickly became the anime I looked forward to the most each week, and (in my opinion) is a very strong contender for best anime of the year.
Yuki – This show did an amazing job with character development, and this is shown best in the series protagonist, Yuki. Starting out as an exceptionally nervous boy who “drowns” whenever people look at him and talk to him, Yuki gradually learned to make friends via the world of fishing. I loved how the ending utilized his “special ability” to think deeply over past events, as well as all the fishing skills he learned from episode to episode. Very well-paced and well-planned series.
Haru – Our adorable alien fish boy really changed a lot as well (even if his personality was generally constant). Thanks to his energy, the four lead characters all became good friends. And over the course of the series, he came to understand human relationships and emotions. Wasn’t his friendship with Yuki just the best? I’m so glad they were able to stick together in the end.
Natsuki – Though the subplot regarding Natsuki and his family was a bit shaky at times, I thought that overall the show managed to deal with a variety of pertinent issues while still maintaining the general atmosphere of the series. It was also great to see him gradually warm up to his newly-found friends.
Akira – At first our eccentric Indian agent was mostly there for comic relief, but gradually he too came to become a more multifaceted character. Not only did he come to form a solid friendship with the three boys, but he executed his mission in the most admirable manner possible.
Ayumi – Out of all the side characters, Ayumi-chan was definitely my favorite! XD He was so funny, and I really liked how he brought out some of the fishing-related themes and atmosphere. (Plus one episode’s cliffhanger regarding him thoroughly shocked me!)
Kate – I have to mention how great the show’s grandmother character is. In the first half of the series she helped out a lot, giving Yuki and Haru lots of advice. In the second half she stepped back to allow them to make decisions and grow on their own, which I feel is a sign of good storytelling.
Brief Notes on the Series in General
Excellent cast of characters with some of the best character development I’ve seen in an anime
Unique art style, lighthearted soundtrack, and a positive atmosphere
There’s a great energy to this series–very fun and quirky
Each episodes manages to incorporate genuinely comedic and serious moments
Excellent pacing–uses its 12-episode time frame to its full potential
Not the most original of stories (but I’ll argue that this doesn’t matter)
I’ve already written a lot about the series this season, but I wanted to share my love for Tsuritama here at YumeState one last time. I was hoping Tsuritama would be good, but I didn’t expect it to be this good. And it is, without a doubt, the greatest sci-fi fishing adolescence story there is. :>