Tsuritama Episode 2 – Can’t Fish, Must Angst
The first episode of this show established itself as… a rather odd show to say the least. Similar enough, this episode was pretty weird too, and may have actually made even less sense than the first episode. But I guess it’s just some inner hipster douchebag inside me who doesn’t really care than none of what has happened is making any sense so far. Like Penguindrum, I don’t really understand a whole lot of what’s going on, but hopefully that will solve itself later on in the series. This episode was primarily a second part of something of an introduction to the rest of the show. A lot has been said about saving the world, and about how the four main characters coming together led to the “town’s biggest adventure”, so let’s hope that this series can actually live up to those premature claims. Personally, I feel the same way that I did last week: that almost all of the show is going to be about Yuki becoming less of an introvert and actually getting a few friends (maybe a girl) in his life. That’s all well and good but hopefully, they can at least pull a little meat out of the alien/save the world plot line.
Yuki is definitely a strange specimen. He apparently doesn’t have too many qualms with the fact that he’s living with an alien who constantly sprays him with liquid rohypnol, forces him to dance in public, and has pretty much demanded to live in his house. Not to mention his well-endowed sister, who is also in the possession on a date-rape gun, tells him to catch a fish or else. Somehow, he takes all of this in stride, with very little resistance, yet when it comes to simply talking to Natsuki and asking him how to tie fishing line he freezes up like he’s looking into the bowels of Hades. Surely this kid has to have some horrendous type of social disorder in order for him to behave in such a way.
Other than Yuki finally being able to say a complete sentence to Natsuki and the turban goose man making his official appearance, there wasn’t too much story in this episode, but like I said, that’s how I imagine most of the show will be. There was a bit of character development in Haru, if you can actually call him a “character”, as he isn’t anything more than a stereotypical, overly-hyper, happy about everything, androgynous teenager. Anyway, his “character” development pretty much consisted of him admitting he was gay for Yuki and agreeing to to spray drugs on his face anymore. I mean, come on, “He makes my heart feel funny” is yaoi dojin rule number one. But for as much of a flaming homosexual that he is, that idea kind of seems at odds with the rest of the show. But who knows, maybe I’m just seeing things that aren’t there. Probably not.
This episode was okay; like last episode, it had nice animation and it’s same happy and shiny attitude throughout. I do hope that it can somehow manage to become more serious eventually, but I predict that if that ever happens it’ll probably be much later in the series. They have a somewhat interesting cast of characters to work with, so there’s plenty that can pull off with the completely ridiculous reality this show occurs in as well as the characters themselves. But please, if you’re going to have aliens in your show, at least have some cool alien shit to go along with them.