Episode 02 – “A Valentine’s Day Blooming with Love”
Time seems to be breezing by in Tamako Market. In the last episode, we were celebrating New Year’s Eve, and now it’s already Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air, but Tamako feels that the Usagiyama Shopping District could do more to get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day. At a meeting with all the shop owners, Tamako and Mochizou pitch the idea of making the shopping district Valentine’s Day themed. All the members wholeheartedly agree, save for Tamako’s father who I can empathize with because I really don’t enjoy the Valentine’s Day holiday either. Still, it makes me wonder what happened to him that makes him dislike the day so much (other than his wife is no longer alive).
Apparently, Mochizou is in the Film Research Society and enlists the help of Tamako, Kanna, and Midori to make a video that will advertise the shopping district. We learn that Tamako is not exactly the most natural of actors. Also, Midori may have some hidden feelings for Mochizou (or maybe even for Tamako for that matter). I’m not a big shipper, but some pairings I do like happen to be yuri (strange, I know). It’s not explicitly stated in this episode, but we can infer from Dera saying Midori has a burdened heart and the distant way she acts during the filming.
It’s nice to see some of the other characters getting some development. Midori is apparently quite popular with boys and girls at Usagiyama High, but still has kept herself single. It’ll be interesting to see how Midori’s romantic feelings, as well as the role of the mysterious prince, will play out as the series progresses. It may ultimately cause Mochizou to reveal his true feelings for Tamako.
We also get to see a bit of Tamako’s morning routine and life at home in this episode. She sports a pair of cute pink glasses at home as well as having her hair down, until she magically puts on her signature mochi…things (I’m not a girl, so I don’t know what they should be called. Beads?). Tamako still has an unfortunate yet endearing case of rogue strands of hair though. She and Mochizou can communicate from their rooms with cans and strings, and I think it’s pretty cute that they do that because they just forgo using cell phones at all. This builds upon the fact that they’ve practically grown up with each other.
Dera shows off his utility by acting as a makeshift projector for Mochizou’s video, but also inadvertently shows everyone from the shopping district a transmission from his prince, who we have yet to meet properly. I expect his appearance will be sure to shake things up a bit though. The thing I love about Tamako Market is that it first appears to be a simple show, but yet there’s so much going on at the same time. I’m really excited to see where the series will go from here.