Tsuritama 3: The Baiting Masters
In our new Tsuritama, Natsuki challenges Yuki and Haru to practice their casting into a bucket in order to get better. However, when natural circumstances beyond Yuki’s control start to affect his emotions, will he build up the motivation to successfully cast and continue his training or will he be hindered by his overflowing emotions?
We start off with Natsuki trying to deal with Yuki and Haru’s constant noobishness, so he gets frustrated and decides to impose a deal where they have to be able to cast into a bucket or they can’t further their training. Haru is none too pleased about these provisions.
The first step would be the combination of technique and timing as they are first told to find any word(s) with three beats to it as counting from 1 to 3 works a lot for Natsuki. Haru’s decision for the words to be Eno-Shima-Don (or rather Enoshima Bowl) becomes a mainstay for the 3 beats to Yuki’s dismay.
Akira seems to agree as he is seen spying on the crew as they do a poor job at making the Enoshima Bowl. Apparently, Haru can sense him as he is seen shaking at the sight of the Indian spy and his duck companion.
We see many of Akira’s everyday activities as he is shown eating with Tapioca and visiting the fishing store where classmate Misaki works at. These are pretty cute so I might as well show them
Anyways, Natsuki shares with his imouto-chan and his pops about how he’s training Yuki and Haru to their father’s joy. He gets nostalgic about all the times Natsuki did his own Enoshima Bowl chant and wants to eventually go with him on their fishing endeavors as Natsuki prays to his ma’s shrine
At Yuki’s home, his grandmother Keito announces that she’s going to have to go to the hospital for the terrible cough she had in the last episode. While Yuki is horrified that his grandma could have a terminal illness, she shrugs it off in the most lackadaisical way possible and just says that she can be fixed up in no time.
On Akira’s front, him and his guards are taking a call from their leader whom they give an update on Haru. They say that he is able to use water as a brainwashing weapon as he used it to make Yuki dance with him. As they part, they give the “DAKKU!” pose as they promise to keep a further eye on Haru.
Meanwhile, we get more manservice with Haru bathing as he contacts his sister on his time at Enoshima. However, he doesn’t want to do what his sister demands of him to do and doesn’t want to ditch Yuki.
After his nudeh bath, Haru seeks solstice with Keito before her trip to the hospital as she tends to her garden. Haru is puzzled by this behavior, but Keito explains that she is planting new and beautiful flowers in the garden because while life is short for the flower, she wants to make them as beautiful as she can while they are alive. Haru really resonates with this, especially since like the flowers, he needs water to live.
Haru did not learn about tact that night as he reminds Yuki that his grandmother will die someday. Throughout the rest of the day and night, Yuki is pissed at Haru who keeps trying to cheer him up as he tells him that he’d never understand his pain because he isn’t a human who has to cope with potential loss.
After Natsuki visits Yuki to urge him to go casting to clear his mind, Haru tries again to cheer Yuki up with no luck. However, Haru does say what he meant in a more PC tone as he quotes Keito on how everything will die someday so she might as well make it pretty and beautiful while it’s alive.
The combination of this inspiration and Natsuki’s urging for him to cast results in him charging outside to start getting into the Enoshima Bowl spirit as most of the cast gathers around. Natsuki happened to pass by and was astounded by Yuki’s dedication, Akira was there for stalking purposes, and Coco is unsuccessfully trying to get Haru to not want to be with Yuki.
However, Yuki begins to enthrall everyone when he takes the casting very seriously and starts blowing a gasket while he Enoshima Bowls until he finally gets it in.
When he makes it in the bucket, it’s a triumphant victory as Haru glomps Yuki into submission, Natsuki springs in glorious glory and Akira finds that associating himself with all of this deep rabu is stifiling for him as the episode ends with the characters making their resolve to keep on keeping on the best they can.
Overall, I have to say that the show is starting to get very touching with the central idea of trying to do our very best and shine our brightest before we croak. I can see my eyes pissing tears in the near future with this theme of temporal beauty being emphasized early as this could spell out a terrible fate for Keito who could succumb to her illness and maybe even Haru who mentioned that water is what keeps him alive.
Speaking of the characters, they’re at their best in this episode with Yuki directing his stress towards his grandmother’s illness in an understandable way, Haru’s naivety starting to evolve with her relationship towards Keito and his empathy with Yuki, and Natsuki starting to change out of his hardass demeanor as he is joyful of successfully training Yuki to cast. Akira is also quite entertaining as we get some background on his spying, not to mention all of the quirky antics he has with his faithful duck Tapioca. Hope Tsuritama continues to impress with the next one