First Look: Tamayomi

Manga adaptation by Studio A-CAT
Streaming on Funimation

Premise

Yomi Takeda gave up baseball in Junior High after her catcher was unable to catch her special ‘Magic Pitch’. Now in high school, a chance reunion with a childhood friend reawakens her passion for the sport.

Zigg’s verdict: Designated For Assignment

First of all I’m aware of the irony inherent in a British writer covering a Japanese show about the American national sport. Let me assure you I fully understand the game of rounders baseball, which is why I volunteered for this assignment. Expecting this show to actually be about the sport was woefully optimistic on my part however, as within a few seconds it’s painfully obvious that this is really just another ‘cute girls do *thing*’ story, and not even a very good one at that. The dialogue is trite and unmemorable and the animation flat and uninspiring, with character designs that scream of a late 90s budget harem show.  The show doesn’t really give us any reason to root for Yomi, who is generically plucky and determined to GANBARE her way to the top in the same way every protagonist from this kind of show is. I will say that what little baseball is depicted is generally done faithfully, but it’s not involved enough to be a true sports anime, and the slice-of-life stuff is tired. There’s a ton of great baseball stories out there, so I’d give this one a miss and go check out something like the wonderful Cross Game instead.

Iro’s verdict: Did I Even Watch This?

At time of writing it’s been less than 24 hours since I watched this show alongside Zigg, and I scarcely remember a single detail. Tamayomi probably would have fit right into the mid-to-late 2000s boom of “cute girls do A Thing” shows, but in a world where we’ve already been exposed to A Place Further Than The Universe, Granbelm, or Sabagebu, I’m hard pressed to find anything making this worth watching.

One thought on “First Look: Tamayomi

  1. Agreed, Tamayomi was… painfully average at best. I enjoy both genres, CGDCT and baseball, but if it turns out to be a crowded season it’ll probably get dropped from my watchlist.

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