Posted by psgels on 31 May 2012 with categories: Tsuritama

The explanation behind this series… actually turned out to be pretty simple: there is an alien who controls people using water. Haru and his sister are out to stop him. Duck investigates both of them. That’s it, and I’m impressed that the creators managed to make an entire series out of just that.

What this show did was very risky, but still: I like how it didn’t force anything here to put in extra tension. This episode pretty much explained what was going on. There will be one point of confrontation with that alien: the typhoon. The characters took a while to venture out to its location because in the first half of this series, they had no reason to, and they’re not going to go back again because they’re not stupid. This show is about fishing: being patient and letting things come naturally. The downside of this is that you also don’t know if you’re going to catch something.

And that’s the double edge of the series structure that this show picked of letting everything evolve naturally, compared to the series that start out action-packed: I’m not advocating action, but rather characters and storylines who show themselves off and bring up emotions. Having a slow pacing either works out really well because it allows us to really get a feel of the characters, or become completely boring because nothing happens. The trick I use in an attempt to guess how well a series will end up based on just the first few episodes is by looking at its potential: what is it building up to? Is the characterization good? How do the characters work together? And this is where Tsuritama scored really high.

all that’s left now is the pay-off: these final episodes have the daunting task of using all that build-up and delivering a very memorable finale. You can have amazing characters, but if they don’t do anything or don’t get pushed to their limits, then it’s a bit of a shame. The one thing I noticed in this episode was the impact that the scenes about the Bermuda thingy made to me: I got really excited there when the music started playing. Keep that up.

NB: holy crap Natsuki looks different now!
Rating: ** (Excellent)

6 Responses

  1. tktym says:

    Example of a slow series done right: Mushishi.

    I wasn’t interested in the whole fishing thing and the weird characters so I stopped watching it after the first episode.

    I think that if the show (or any show) that is REALLY GOOD (see Mushishi) then the fast or slow pace doesn’t really matter if the show is mediocre or just “good” and you have a slow pace with not much going on then. . . you notice the slow pace. . . you really aren’t supposed to. . .if you notice that the story is dragging, then something has gone terribly wrong

    • Kim says:

      Mushishi is my favorite series so I am not disputing it’s awesomeness but I find the comparison with Tsuritama odd as they are largely trying to accomplish different things.

      Also I don’t blame you for dropping the series if it didn’t do much for you but it is also hard to judge it after only one episode. Yes fishing is an important element of the show do are aliens but these things are mainly back drops for the main focus which is on friendship, family, and character development; all of which Tsuritama excels at.

  2. Denizen says:

    To be fair, from what the fansub I watched, the premise isn’t just a simple “mind controlling alien” affair. Water is the medium this alien species uses to communicate with eachother, but when used on humans that’s when mind control happens. Sort of like the E7 Scum Coral or Ender’s Game Buggers.

    And obviously the premise involves the Duck organisation, which are clearly the real bad guys here with their own suspicious motives.

    If that’s the case, this alien could either be failing to properly communicate with people, which is pretty sad; or it’s just being mischievous. I’m going to make a guess it’s been somewhat lonely this entire time, and this will of course relate heavily to Yuki’s life – they are probably very similar, but slightly different in that one has run away and the other made friends.

    It’s not as simple as it might, but of course this show is about characterisation either way so it almost doesn’t matter. It’s nice to see there’s some thought there though.

    • aegd says:

      Denizen, I don’t know how accurate the fansub you are watching was, but some of that information is wrong. The aliens can control each other as well, that’s what happened to Haru in episode 7, and that’s why he acted so wierd. Haru also cleary states that the alien is their “friend” they use the word “nakama” which has a pretty broad meaning, so it could mean friend or just one of their own species, since Haru and his sister uses the japanese language in a somewhat awkward way, and don’t always have a good grip of a words proper meaning. They also state clearly that their alien friend has come to earth to do mischief, and pretty much lost track of his own power and that he doesn’t really like/get along with humans all that well.

      also the reason why they dont get their alien friend themselves is because if they get close to him, they go under his control, so they want to use Yuki to lure him out, so they can get the upper hand.

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:47 AM)
    I remember that same guy, during end of eva, pausing it over and over during that scene where asuka dies with all of those fast moving clips too.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:39 AM)
    I remember catching it also when I was young with a friend and we looked back on a fanservice scene with shinji and rei and he mentioned “You know if you think about it that scene is damn disturbing when you think she’s a clone of/modelled after you know who…”
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:36 AM)
    Before Eva, when I was 11 or so my image of a mech anime was Nadesico…then it was eva and then I was like…Whoah…whoah God halp! =O
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:34 AM)
    I suppose credit where I feel it due, the angel designs are excellent and I remember getting the shock of my life when shinji’s eva went nuts and then there was a bit with Bardiel infect Toji’s unit. I remember at least Masatos boyfriend being a likeable character.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:31 AM)
    I don’t think anyone was prepared for Eva, whether they liked the show or not, at 11 I can remember being horrified by end of eva and the series original ending as well as having my first moment of “Feck…theres a first…an anime that did something that scrambled my mind, I actually feel kind of thick now, this show is smarter than I am”.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:27 AM)
    It really wouldn’t have been that hard to put a satisfying ending to the original series, wrap up the threads nicely and put a pretty ribbon on the package to finish it off. But Anno and friends took a risk and went against the tide and end up becoming the trope-namer for the Gainax Endings. That took balls and made things unexpected and fresh, cuz god knows that ,good guys win the day ‘is tired and boring.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:26 AM)
    Requiem for a dream. I remember the guy who recommended that film saying to me “Even someone such as yourself who finds it hard to find/has high standards an emotionally investing film will get something out of requiem for a dream”
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:17 AM)
    @Emma: leaving a bad taste is pretty much the point of Eva, just as getting bummed out by Requiem For a Dream is the naturally intended effect. I don’t mind that you don’t enjoy Eva all that much Emma, l actually appreciate it over dishonest admiration. Just keep in mind that Eva deserves it’s special place in anime.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    But Eva just left a bad taste in my mouth as a whole, I understand that Bam you are very passinette about it and thats fine, I wasn’t aiming to provoke. I just feel that its frustrating that like alot of certain anime, that I am not allowed to dislike it or have reason to.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    If anything at least I found Ikuhara’s symbolism while obvious at least in utena and straightforward was at least visually interesting to look at.
    I love every David Lynch film and again I thought Lain was exceptional.

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