Tsuritama is an original anime project with a very unique and weird premise and prospect. It also sends STAR DRIVER-esque vibes due to it’s psychedelic visuals and cheery-toned characters. It’s really a pity that this is a love-it or hate-it affair, as this would have been an instant hit. I liked how the small part of the story was narrated in the pilot episode, and I love the audio-visual presentation. Thinking about the premise and story bores me, however.
Psychedelic would be one way of describing the overall visuals, another way to describe it is to invoke the technical terms. I admit that I forgot the exact technical term for the technique used but I can describe the background art and animation as something similar to what you see in cell-shaded video games. The character designs are just okay. It’s neither impressive nor underwhelming. Voice acting and music contained in the first episode still needs to grow on the audience, though.
I mentioned earlier that this has a weird plot and premise. Why? It’s because it centres on fishing. As the main character says, it’s the hobby of the old! Well, that’s not the entire plot yet. One of the characters here introduces himself as an alien and the one who drove the two other main characters to try fishing. He also have some weird abilities like making fish dance and attracting them on the aquarium. As of the first episode, it narrated the events pretty well with not a single awkward moment. The main Achilles’ heel of the plot is that it wouldn’t appeal to everyone. The second weak point is the pacing for it can illicit yawning on some scenes.
With those in mind, I can safely admit that I’d be getting each episode for a marathon watching later. Of course, I would not be blogging about this during the air time.
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