I couldn’t be more happier to finally see the end to one of my most favorite titles of all time. Yes, that’s right. Last week, I finally saw the final installment of Tamayura movies: Tamayura: Sotsugyou Shashin Part 4 – Ashita.
It’s really bittersweet to see this series ends. As I look back on all Tamayura episodes I watched since it first burst into anime scene with a four episode OVA back in 2010, I couldn’t help but to feel I grew with the characters as well. In literal and non literal sense.
Tamayura is perhaps the first healing anime that got me hooked. It showcases the lives of Sawatari Fuu and her three friends going about with their days in a quiet town called Takehara. It certainly helps that the scenery of the town was beautifully captured in the series, constantly making me feel like I want to be there. In fact, I should put Takehara on my places to visit in Japan list.
In the series, we see Fuu, Kaoru, Norie and Maon navigate the challenges of what normal high school students can bring. Often they’re seen dealing with uncertainties when it comes to making critical decisions especially in regards with their future. It takes courage to make unfamiliar choices and it’s absolutely inspiring to watch them brave it all.
Tamayura wouldn’t be as wonderful a series if it wasn’t for the friendships of the four characters. It goes to show the importance of friendships in human lives. They are each other support systems, always readily giving each other the helping hand or the shoulder to cry on. They certainly made many wonderful memories together, whether it’s something as grand as holding an exhibition or as simple as having a sleepover party.
As a fan or simply an audience, it’s a wonderful feeling to see the girls transition from their days as freshmen to finally graduating high school and entering college. Despite being just characters, there’s this weird sense of attachment on my part. Perhaps they’re relatable and they have always been since day one.
I feel lucky actually that Tamayura is given the opportunity to present the girls’ journey in a full circle, thus giving the series a much deserved proper ending. In my opinion, the ending is appropriate as it signifies Fuu’s beginning and end as a high school student and her journey to mourn the loss of her father in Takehara.
Tamayura will always be remembered fondly by me and it’s definitely a great anime to binge watch on a rainy day, wrapped in blankets (Yeaps, that anime gives me that sort of vibe). And if you haven’t already watch this amazingly fulfilling anime, I recommend you to start now.
Oh, and there’s one more thing: As a note to myself, I will one day visit Takehara to experience the breathtakingly beautiful bamboo light festival!