Tsuritama 7: Picture that with a Kodak
In our newest Tsuritama, Haru refuses to go fishing after he lost his marbles around the pink triangle in the ocean. However, when he is invited to join everyone on the boat for Natsuki’s birthday, will he be able to control himself or will it be someone else on the ship that loses their shit during this birthday bash?
We begin with Yuki pooling in enough money to finally buy his own fishing rod. However, Haru is still heartbroken over his mental breakdown and refuses to go fishing anymore, citing the lameness of fishing and dangers of the ocean as the reasons he won’t go fishing anymore.
Akira won’t buy it though as he grills the Duck organization on looking further into Haru. The organization wants Akira to stop thinking this has anything to do with the Bermuda syndrome or Haru which isn’t what Akira was hoping to hear.
Haru moves on pretty quickly though as he decides that rather than involving himself in old-farty fishing, he wants to bend it like Beckham and get into the world of professional soccer.
During Haru’s Pro Evolution Soccer, Yuki and Natsuki continue fishing as Natsuki tells him that he has nothing more to tell him now that he knows the basics and has his own pole. He does give some pointers for Yuki (and the fishing fans in the audience) about counting down to the bait hitting the bottom of shallow waters, but tells him that a true fisher learns from his own experiences.
Akira shows up in Gordon’s Fisherman cosplay because he thinks it’s going to be a rainy day, giving Natsuki an excuse to tell Akira that he’s being a real tsundere about fishing. However, most of his tsun turns on when Haru comes near to apologize for his breakdown and that his foray in soccer will prevent any future meltdowns.
Natsuki’s sister Sakura comes down to remind everyone that Natsuki’s birthday is the next day and that everyone’s invited to the party. Natsuki is pissed though because when she says everyone, she means everyone, including Natsuki’s dad’s new lady.
In a desperate bid to cure the heartache in his chest from looking into the ocean, Haru puts a bandaid in between his mosquito bite moobs. Kate shows up to tell Haru that this pain is more of an emotional issue than a physical one and rather than putting on a bandaid as a cure-all, he has to “try” in order to cure it despite Yoda denying the existence of the word “try”.
The next day, Sakura shows all of them the bracelets she made for her family based on their favorite colors with the orange one going to her dead mom. Ayumi-chan proposes they party on his boat, but this results in Haru trying to avoid having to go on, opting for the more simple pleasures of playing with a gagball attached to a cup with string.
However, the motivation of Yuki using Haru’s own words of inspiration and Akira’s sick, twisted desire to see Haru in his most imbalanced state influences Haru to abandon the prospects of being a world-famous “ball in a cup” player in favor of more fishing.
That doesn’t stop Haru from getting prepared as he tries to bargain with the pink triangle to get it to have a ceasefire on that day because he wants to be with his friends.
On the boat it starts out well enough when everyone is playing a word association game where whoever loses gets to be forced to do the Enoshima dance. Akira, to his amazement, realizes that he was the first one to lose.
This goes quickly downhill when everyone wants Natsuki and his dad to pose for a family photo. It is hard to get a photo of Natsuki smiling near him because he has the intense desire to stab his pops in the jugular.
This causes a heated argument where Natsuki is shouting how he’ll never be a pro fisher in this town and Natsuki’s dad tells him to leave. It gets even worse when Natsuki’s dad tells him that he’s closing up shop to make it into a different business, further pissing off Natsuki.
The triangle decides they must screw with their party as a boat with brainwashed dancers seeks to crash into their boat. Ayumi-chan dodges it but at the cost of the orange bracelet meant for Sakura’s dead mom
Sakura is about to blow her gasket at Natsuki for making her drop dead mom’s bracelet with his arguing. His response? Slap her silly.
In fact, I’m going to post a crudely marked picture of Natsuki for the express purpose of getting someone to pelt their monitor with eggs, both because Natsuki deserves it and because it’s an excuse to pelt eggs at the computer for a non-Wordpress reason.
This doesn’t work too well as Yuki and everyone else is now pissed at Natsuki and Sakura runs away from home. The episode ends as the three awesome characters (and Tapioca) go on the hunt for Sakura…
Or not. There is one more looming threat that is about to hit Enoshima as the triangle now has an army.
I’m glad that they’re able to find a balance between the story and characters at this point in the series because it gives us a little bit of the Bermuda Syndrome that may be plaguing the town without giving us too much to handle, and it builds on the characters that we should be caring about without overindulging on their antics. Sure Natsuki was in the wrong for slapping the taste out of his sister’s mouth, but with her disappearance, it gives potential for growth in Natsuki and the potential to put aside his grudges against his father moving on so quickly from his late wife’s death to find Sakura and repair his broken household.
On the other character’s sides, Haru and Akira seem to be pushing the mystery side of the show far as Haru is so concerned for his friends that he’s willing to stay away from the ocean just so the pink triangle doesn’t make him go haywire again, and Akira is being kept in the dark about what the Duck organization really wants and why they don’t want him to tie Enoshima’s mythology with the Bermuda Syndrome. Looking forward to the next one.