Tamako in a market.Tamako Market
(たまこまーけっと) is an original anime TV series produced by Kyoto Animation
and directed by Naoko Yamada, with Reiko Yoshida serving as script supervisor, and Yukiko Horiguchi providing character designs—and all 3 of them previously worked on K-On!
The story follows a happy-go-lucky girl named Tamako Kitashirakawa and her daily life in a shopping arcade. Tamako herself is a high school student and the daughter of a mochi maker who conducts his business from home. Their mochi business, called Tamaya, is right in front of a western-themed mochi shop called Rice Cake Oh! Zee
, which creates a lot of friction between Tamako's father and the Ooji family. Of course, true to the Romeo and Juliet archetype, the son of the owner of Rice Cake Oh! Zee is Mochizou Ooji, a Childhood Friend
of Tamako. As expected, Tamako is Mochizou's love interest.
One day Tamako goes to the local florist and finds a strange bird inside a bouquet of flowers. As she soon learns, the bird can talk
, calling itself Dela Mochimazzi
and claiming that he is on a quest to find a bride for the prince of a small island nation. The bird follows Tamako back home, whether she or her family likes it or not.Is currently being streamed in the US by The Anime Network
. A novel adaptation has also been published.A movie
based on the series has been released, Tamako Love Story
, which premiered on April 26, 2014. Just as the title suggests, the story focuses more on love than the original show.
Tamako Market demonstrates examples of the following tropes: