uki Sanada is a socially awkward young man who lives with his grandmother. Due to her job, they must move around a lot. This means Yuki has difficulty forming lasting relationships with his peers, or relationships at all, for that matter. His fear of social interaction is so great that when asked to make a greeting or parting speech in his classes, Yuki often freezes. As if drowning, he blacks out from the present, only able to focus on his certain ridicule. However, Yuki’s life changes forever when he moves to Enoshima and meets an odd boy named Haru—who claims to be an alien. Haru wields a questionable water gun and fish bowl, and has a tendency to speak with the beta fish inside it. He immediately latches onto Yuki as a friend, completely disregarding any complaints Yuki might have about this. Haru is like a force of nature, unheeding of other people’s resistance to his antics. Together, Haru and Yuki also snowball a fellow classmate and fisherman named Natsuki Usami into Haru’s schemes. What out-of-this-world adventures lie ahead for this unique bunch? Find out in Tsuritama! – My Anime List
Based on 19 review scores:
It is one of the better Anime series’ I’ve seen in more recent times and I can now see just why it is that the people who watch this are so very much invested in it. It also happens to feature an ending I’m certain you’ve never seen before and if the rest of what I said hasn’t given you the fuel to go and watch it than hopefully this way. Go now! Watch! You’re missing out on something incredible!
The plot is outlandish, and yet it never ceased to disappoint. The characters are all likable. In this anime, there is no evil villain who clearly declares themselves as the Big Bad Guy. There are only humans. And, er, some aliens as well. And they will save the word… by fishing.
Tsuritama was a real breakout series for me that was at the top of my list of the best shows of 2012. I wasn’t surprised that it got licensed, but I was shocked at what I thought was a very niche little show not only got the dub treatment, but the high definition treatment. It’s a show that most definitely needs it and is the kind of series that I think we need more of since it doesn’t play to most of the usual tropes and trends. There’s a great story here, really good characters, some very fun humor and a whole lot of great animation and design. It tells a story and gets it done while being very human and engaging but also fantastic at the same time. This series wowed me week after week when I watched the simulcast and revisiting here in marathon form just reinforced why it works so well, and that’s the characters. Definitely recommended as one of our picks as the best shows from 2012 and one of the best releases of 2013.
Tsuritama was a great show, but unfortunately it didn’t have the special and rare touch that would make me rate it as an A rather than a high B. It’s a beautiful show, but in the end I felt that it lacked weight. The moral of the show basically boils down to “Don’t be afraid, have fun!”. There’s nothing wrong with that, per se, but it’s not all that interesting. Still, Tsuritama comes highly recommended for its quirky atmosphere.
Lord Of Geeks
The entire show is about fishing and aliens. As boring/crazy as it may sound, it’s a very interesting combination of both, producing a rather unique kind of comedy.
While a fishing anime may be something of a difficult sell at the surface, a well-developed cast of main characters with enjoyable interactions thrown into a sci-fi storyline that takes the backseat for most of the series as the characters grow only to take advantage of that growth at the end of the series helps make Tsuritama worth watching, although some of the humor tends to be hit and miss.
A downside is that this series does take a while to get going. The first half of this series contains a lot of build-up and is pretty much fishing 101 as it drills the necessary fishing skills into the main charachter in order for him to function properly in the second half of the series. While this can get a bit boring at times, I can’t deny that this series has a really well written structure: it knows exactly how much story it should have to not get rushed, it knows how much time to spend building up an make its characters feel alive, while stil having enough time to actually deliver on the fun and action-packed bits. Noitamina-series are infamous for their pacing issues, but Tsuritama is a series that gets the balance and format just right.
Tsuritama is still great fun though, and if we’re not going to get Niea_7, it is the next best thing. And let’s face it; there aren’t a lot of wacky slice of life comedies about weird aliens and fishing out there. If you want to try a little something different, then Tsuritama is the show to watch.
Tsuritama is a wonderful, lighthearted, coming of age story with gorgeous graphics and an interesting story that grips you from the beginning and holds you until its fantastical conclusion.
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In the beginning, Tsuritama gave me mixed feelings but now it’s touched me in so many ways and makes me appreciate the bonds I have with people even more. I implore you all to try out the anime; just watch a few episodes and you’ll understand all of the praise that I have for it. Thank you.
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The best thing about the entire series, however, is its dance. I’m normally not one for series with dances because I find them overly cute and just downright annoying. Tsuritama’s dance and opening song has been stuck in my head for weeks, however, and I’m only a few steps away from learning the thing myself. If you really want to, you can check the opening song out over on Youtube.
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At the end of the journey, things still came to a rather satisfying conclusion, but one cannot help but feel that so much potential was lost. Nakamura Kenji is such a mixed bag, its hard to recommend his works without many caveats. Still, he is an interesting director, one with personality and style. I would recommend 2 of his other works, Mononoke and Kuuchuu Buranko, over this any day, unless you are allergic to alternative art styles in anime.
Tsurtiama is a very touch and go anime series to get into because of the poor first four episodes, which were a grind to get through. It does get better as it mixes comedy, family drama and sci-fi fantasy, but it requires massive skills of pursuance to get to that stage.
Its colourful presentation and some well-written characters show plenty of potential, but conversely its flaws and inability to really grab the viewer work significantly against it at this point.