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Tamako Love Story (2014/Sentai Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B/C+ Sound: C+/C Extras: C Main Program: B

All their lives Tamako and Ooji have lived across the street from each other and have grew up together, but as they grow the begin to realize things are changing, their friends and family all have dreams and plans for the future. Though they don't realize it and they have never said it, they have always been in love with each other, will Tamako and Ooji confess their feelings to each other before they graduate?

In Tamako Love Story (2014; a feature film version if the series), Tamako and Ooji have been childhood friends and the boy/girl next door (OK, across the street from each other). Both their families own Mochi shops and their fathers have been rivals since forever. To their friends, they have always known Tamako and Ooji are destined to be a couple and they all secretly (and silently) cheering them on, but Ooji is planning to go to Tokyo but he has plans confess to Tamako before he leaves... Will Tamako and Ooji find each other before go off to college?

From the creator of K-On, this was a sappy romance anime movie. It was your typical boy/girl next door we all dream of growing up and marrying one day. This version is not bad at 83 minutes.

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image on the Blu-ray looks good as it should for a recent production, even of the animation is only on the standard side, but that's the narrative. The anamorphically enhanced DVD is softer and robs the presentation of some of its better color. The lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo mixes on the Blu-ray are fine and warm enough for a recent recording, here in English and better Japanese language choices, mirrored in the weaker, lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on the DVD, but this is very dialogue-driven, so only expect so much. Extras include clean closing and opening animations, Japanese Promo, Dera-chan of Southern Island and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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