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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  • prince
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 10:04 PM)
    I have commented on your Schwarzesmarken episode 4 review and also answered your questions so please check it out
  • wicked
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 07:26 PM)
    Fire dragon arc! Fire dragon dies in the 5th episode
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 04:06 PM)
    @Bam, Well the three games were originally supposed to be one. But it turned out that the first two were bundled together and Alternative was made a separate release.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 08:38 AM)
    Jesus I never expected that doing a myanimelist/letterboxd account thing would be so hard. I’ve seen a scarily higher amount than I thought, its insanely hard to remember everything to add.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:17 AM)
    It seems then that the future of the franchise’s anime adaptations rests a bit on Schwarzesmarken’s success, which looking at the buzz doesn’t seem favourable at all. I doubt it can regain the lost audiences.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:14 AM)
    That would suggest that the author(s) had the foresight of including seemingly useless stuff that will come into play later. That’d be impressive if they did, as these kinda series are make-it-as-you-go.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:59 AM)
    It’s difficult to put into words but essentially while the first game isn’t good, it does work as a tool for introducing and endearing you to the characters. Then Unlimited sets down the rules of the new world. And finally alternative proceeds to kick your ass into next Tuesday.
    That’s sort of why I don’t think it would have the same effect if it was an anime. VNs allow you to get a more personal connection with the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:55 AM)
    It’s not quite the same. It’s more like there are things in extra which seem insignificant but turn out to play an important role later. It wouldn’t really work the same if you did it in reverse order. Character history is a bit different too as each game is essentially an alternate universe. The character histories in extra are different from those in alternative.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.

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