I like Tamayura for many reasons: relaxing, healing, soothing, scenic, etc. It’s an anime that aims to leave their audience feeling good after watching each episode. At least, that’s what I feel each time I watch an episode of Tamayura.
I think I’m lucky enough that Tamayura kept coming back as it’s easily one of my favorite series. A few weekends ago, I finally had the chance to sit down, relax and watch the second movie: Tamayura: Sotsugyou Shashin Part 2 – Hibiki. There are four movies, by the way and the third movie just aired not too long ago.
Way back in 2011, I wrote a post about what I relate to in Tamayura Hitotose. Much of it still applies in this new episode, particularly for Kaoru.
In Hibiki, Kaoru was the only one left without a solid plan about her future. Clock is ticking and she was constantly reminded by her homeroom teacher about her lack of decision. Instead of hastily making a choice or going wherever the wind blows, Kaoru took her time to seriously think of what she wants to do with her life.
I admire this aspect of Kaoru’s character. There are many times we may fall under pressure to make a decision and so we make them to either please other people or to get someone of our case. To do what Kaoru did, that takes a lot of character.
What I like is how the struggles of Kaoru weren’t painted agonizingly. Let’s put it this way, she was seen gently struggling with her decision about her future. She pondered. She thought hard. But she wasn’t pulling her hair or getting all worked up. And I like that. I suppose this is what makes Tamayura so special. Everything about it is so peaceful!
In the end though, by sheer stroke of good luck, Kaoru found her calling. At last, she makes a decision that she knows she won’t regret. After all, she spent her sweet time thinking about it. What’s more, it suits her character very well.
Besides Kaoru, Norie also experienced some last minute uncertainty about her choice. Her passion for baking sweet stuff is apparent, but she wanted to give it up because she was scared. Her giving up provided the momentary pause she needed to re-evaluate her choice, to reconsider other options before finally deciding if she should go for what she wanted all along.
Our future is not a decision we should rush. Life is short. We should always be doing things that interest us, things that we want. This isn’t a post about asking you to pursue your dream or follow your passion. I wrote this post simply because it’s something we all come across at various points in our lives.
We face a wall. We are unable to make a very important decision that may very well has the biggest impact in our lives. We are uncertain.
Take time to pause. Clarity may awaits at the end of the tunnel.