Impression: Tamako Market – Episode 08

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Episode 08 – “Please Don’t Call Me a Chicken Anymore”

We’re practically 75% through this series, and we’ve gotten down to some serious problems like Dera’s ever increasing weight problem. This issue comes to light when Dera struggles to fit into the birdhouse that Kanna painstakingly built with her very own carpenter hands. It’s also very cute how Kanna calls Dera “Mister” and how she always sneezes around him due to her allergies. Anyway, to alleviate the problem, Choi recommends (forces) Dera to go on a diet and to exercise more. This means no more accepting food from all the shop owners as well as accompanying Tamako to school for exercise. I loved the use of Bach’s “Toccata & Fugue in D minor” as well as the 1st movement of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony during Dera’s despairing scenes. It added a nice touch of melodrama that was oddly fitting and very funny.

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Choi decides to accompany Dera to school and is able to pass herself off as a foreign exchange student. This means we finally get to Choi in normal clothes! She looks pretty cute, if not a little out of place because of her tan. She looks so young too, so it’s strange that she would be in the same class as Tamako. What’s even stranger is the fact that Choi thinks that Kanna is younger than her (Kanna’s so much taller!). Some good exercise ensues in the gym as Dera plays along (i.e. plays the moving target) with the Baton Club.

The gang then decides to go thrift-shopping for some clothes for Choi, but after a pseudo-cosplay makeover montage, they decide that nothing looks quite right. Afterwards, Midori and Kanna collaborate on making their own sweater for Choi and give it to her as a gift. Dera doesn’t get anything, though by the end his training regiment gifts him with a creepily sculpted figure. Everyone in the shopping district then thinks he has some sort of eating disorder, which is pretty much what it looks like.

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With the show more than halfway through, I’m left to wonder how it plans to wrap itself up. It’s been hinting at a big conflict since the first episode, and it’s almost been avoiding it completely. It’ll be interesting to see if it can tie up all the loose ends in a way that’s feels satisfactory.In the meantime, I think I’ll just sit back and enjoy more of the charming cutesy humor that Tamako Market has been great about delivering week after week.

B.W.

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