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Tsuritama – Review (DVD/Blu-Ray Combo)

Tsuritama-Cover-Image-01I’ve never really been a fan of fishing. When I was younger, my grandfather would take my cousin and I fishing every once in a while and I always remember it being more of a hassle to me than a fun day out with my family. Even now, as a ripe twenty year old, I’ve done a little bit of fishing but still I find it a little too uneventful to occupy my entire day.

After all these years I don’t think I’ve ever caught a fish BUT that doesn’t mean I can’t see the appeal in it at all. In fact, I kind of admire those who can go out and actively catch fish because I simply cannot do so. Hanabee Entertainment have, once again, released this series across Australia and New Zealand but this time they’ve delivered in the perfect way: A Blu-Ray/DVD combo.

Thanks to them I’ve been given the chance to finally experience a series that my fellow writer Luke Halliday has been bugging me to watch ever since I first met him years ago. At first I wasn’t too sure wether or not this would be an Anime for me but after actually watching it, well…to say what I truly thought now would be a waste of an article. Read on and find out!

Saving the world one fish at a time.

When the fate of the world lies in Yuki’s non-existent fishing skills there’s only one thing to do learn to fish of course! But socially awkward Yuki has more pressing matters drawing his attention like his debilitating inability to communicate with others (and the fact that he’s the new kid on the block doesn’t help)

Haru, a peculiar boy with his own secrets, is making it his mission to help Yuki learn to fish and make friends in the process. Although when your group of potential friends consists of a cold Fishing Prince and an aloof Indian hiding his own agenda in the form of DUCK things are bound to get messy.

Aired in the acclaimed Noitamina timeslot known for its innovative anime and directed by Kenji Nakamura (C for Control), tsuritama is sure to reel in and charm every viewer hook, line and sinker.

– Hanabee Entertainment

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Tsuritama is such an odd series. Looking at it from an outsiders perspective; it’s a series that revolves entirely around the patient art of fishing…that thought could not be any more incorrect. While it does indeed have a huge amount of fishing, Tsuritama isn’t just for those who are interested in learning how to catch aquatic life. Tsuritama actually revolves around a small group of friends from all different types of living situations that come together thanks to the binding powers of a good fishing day.

The series starts off with these young men being mostly separate, both physically and mentally. They’re each from certain walks of life and although they’ve all come to live in the same place, they’re all drastically different. One of them is an actual alien. Yeah, I’m not kidding, and no, that’s not even a spoiler. By the end of the first episode, Tsuritama explains to you exactly what it needs to about itself; that it’s unrealistic but at the same time also very close to home.

The series is not just about catching fish, the series is about creating friendships and breaking the barriers of life. I found it very interesting that the main protagonist of the series, for the most part, is heavily afflicted by that of extreme anxiety which, as you may already be able to tell, he overcomes at the very end to do what needs to be done.

Tsuritama-Screenshot-02 I’m so grateful that Hanabee released this series in both its DVD and Blu-Ray format because, for those of you who truly are interested in the specifics, the Blu-Ray version is an absolute necessary when watching through Tsuritama. I watched half on DVD and the other half on Blu-Ray and it may come as no surprise but the Blu-Ray was leagues ahead of the DVD. Now that may seem like a fairly general statement BUT you have no idea what I’m talking about unless you have already watched and compared both version of this series.

Tsuritama is made up almost entirely of technicolour. Every scene hits you like a violent rainbow and those colours back up what looks to be some of the smoothest and, in fact, most interesting pieces of animation I’ve ever been given the privileged of laying eyes upon. Being such a strange series, there are a whole bunch of even stranger visuals which A-1 Pictures, despite how much I dislike the studio, does a wonderful job with.

Peppered throughout are quick scenes that feature small pieces of CGI animation but those scenes are indeed so quick and so well put together that you don’t necessarily notice it. It definitely doesn’t diminish the overall quality of the show. Tsuritama is a series that you need to pay as much attention to as possible, not just for the story but to treat yourself by absorbing ever single second of amazing visual quality that it has to offer.

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The series also had one hell of a soundtrack which, to be entirely honest, came as one huge surprise to me. Actually, everything about this series came as a surprise to me. That in itself made this series so much more likeable, but we’ll talk about that very soon. It’s hard to determine exactly what kind of soundtrack a series like Tsuritama would feature. With no idea in mind, I went into this series and was absolutely blown away by the delightfully varied soundtrack. It went from orchestral to pop within the span of a scene or two and no matter what was present and where it was present, it fit wonderfully.

Most tracks brought a smile to my face that was very hard to wipe off even long after I stopped watching. That, paired up with the high grade quality of voice acting, made this series all the more better. Most, if not all, of the characters were voice acted by some of the very best talents I’ve ever heard. Most of which I have actually never heard before so, as you can imagine, it was quite a shock that they actually did a brilliant job.

Now, like any Hanabee release, there was an appearance by my most disliked voice actor Greg Ayres who, for some reason, was chosen to voice a character who looked nothing like the way he sounded. I’m not sure how you can hire a man with a child’s voice to perform as a gruff secret agent but it happened in Tsuritama and it may literally be the only thing I didn’t like about it. Luckily the character he played only popped up every once in a while. If it was any different I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much.

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I went into Tsuritama with little to no knowledge of what exactly it’s about. Luke would tell me that it’s a show about fishing and aliens, and that it was just “really good”. That was’t enough of a recommendation for me to do any kind of research on it but when Hanabee Entertainment offered it to us I put my hand up to do the review. It’s only now that I’m happy I never did any research because it meant that this series gave me the chance to be utterly blindsided by just how good it actually is.

Tsuritama isn’t just about fishing, Tsuritiama isn’t just about aliens, Tsuritama isn’t even just about making friends, Tsuritama is all those things blended together into a really enjoyable and probably healthy smoothie that’ll keep you sustained for an indefinite amount of time.

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!

Grab Tsuritama now by heading to Hanabee’s official site: Click Here

Grade: A+

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2 comments on “Tsuritama – Review (DVD/Blu-Ray Combo)

  1. I have never been fishing, although I do enjoy the odd fishing video game. This series was great. Charming and nice colourful visuals.

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