Tokyo Marble Chocolate

Tokyo Marble Chocolate is a great OVA. I know that I have been late to the party, but I still needed to say that. Although usagijen and Lupus, have explicated upon it and heaped praise on it already, let me add my take. Of course, I have nothing but praise for the series. I know that comparisons have arisen between this OVA and Honey and Clover: these comparisons are unavoidable. First, TMC and H&C possess similar art and animation styles: both use watercolors liberally and have the same surreal atmosphere. Second, the maturity with which TMC deals with relationships also resonate comparisons with H&C’s maturity. Third, the characters themselves from both series are also quite similar: imperfect, hurt by the past, yet are good people trying to have footholds on themselves. I could go on and on, but I think usagijen and Lupus have explained the similarities already. Hige also has his take.

Gamboling in the air

When I watched this OVA, I was reminded of the disaster epic Babel, and the somewhat epic Michael Clayton. Yes, I very well know that they are films. TMC and these two are linked, however, by the very interconnectedness of the lives portrayed, and this can especially be seen with Babel (although the parts in Japan were somewhat a stretch). Not only do the actions of Chizuru and her boyfriend affect how they acted and lived, they have also affected the lives of others: even the donkey had a profound effect to their reconciliation, and Miki, despite a minor character, was a stepping stone to the guy’s decision with regard to Chizuru later on. Babel had a gun shot by two brothers competing between themselves as to who was more manly: this simple competition, however, affected quite a number of lives, from Mexico to Japan.

I did start with the girl first. I did not check most blogs, so I did not know that one should start with the guy. The OVA was still great, though.

Well, hello again. 🙂

P.S. I was able to purchase a lot of books from a booksale held by our very own literature society. The sale was both a boon and a bane: I have even less time for doing anything else other than reading, but I am certain that I would learn more about the world, myself, and the other. 😉

4 Responses to “Tokyo Marble Chocolate”

  1. Martin Says:

    If it makes you feel any better, I watched the girl’s half first and still loved every minute of it. I didn’t think it mattered apart from being personal preference – you don’t really get a full picture until you watch both. I might rewatch it by seeing the guy’s side first just to make sure though.

    The mini-donkey is awesome, mind.

  2. usagijen Says:

    well, watching the guy part first isn’t really a requirement, since you can fully enjoy it even without doing that (e.g. Martin xD). I just think watching the guy part first will allow for a little more “surprise effect”, since you would not have known that the girl is really clumsy and a failure in love, with simply the guy side =)

    This is one of the few animes that’s even better the second time around, so I suggest you rewatch it :3

  3. korosora Says:

    I watched it a while ago. :3

    It was good.

    Mini-donkeys are ugly though. 😛

  4. Totali Says:

    Oh I just finished this too! It was spectacular. I watched the girls’ part first, then the boys’. I actually thought it was great that way, especially noticing the things that had already happened. I did think the SEAMO end was kind of better though, and I agree with korosora about that donkey being pretty ugly lol.

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