Anime of Tomorrow
Tsuritama Ep. 1
Initial impression – I want to like it but…eh… (5/10)
Spring 2012 (dropped at 1 of 11 episodes) (title literal translation – Fishing Sphere) (more info)
There is a not-so-fine line between playfully random and simply making no sense at all and Tsuritama dances dangerously between the right and wrong sides of that divide. For one, it’s got a fairly wild cast including Yuki the overly self-conscious transfer student, Natsuki the local fishing prodigy, Haru the self-proclaimed alien who can talk with fish and an as-of-yet unnamed Indian character who works for the MIB and has a duck named Tapioca as his partner. It’s really all over the place with its themes, but I feel like praising it because it seems to be going beyond the inane and actually has some substance to the story. Additionally, unlike other recent anime with all-male casts (Kimi to Boku for example) at the very least it’s doing a better job of holding my attention. If nothing else it has a decidedly bright and cheerful art style that I really like. Perhaps I want to be overly generous because I’m a fisherman and I’ve sort of been hoping for a fishing anime to come along someday—blinding myself with optimism because of this anime’s premise. Sadly there’s certainly no shortage of incomprehensible choices the characters make—like Yuki’s grandmother allowing complete stranger Haru live with them in their new house. Just…c’mon…seriously? Are we really expected to just accept that without batting an eye? On this occasion I’m going with my better judgment and admitting that Tsuritama has some very conspicuous logical flaws that create a damaging discontinuity of tone that I don’t foresee the story being able to adequately recover from.