Tamako Love Story | たまこラブストーリー
Animezing!, Women in Cinema

Comedy, Romance, Coming-of-Age

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

Tamako Love Story's commitment to realism is reflected through the animation and character interactions

Mark Sammut, Comic Book Resources (CBR)

映画『たまこラブストーリー』予告編 from シネマトゥデイ on YouTube.

Standalone sequel to the TV anime Tamako Market produced by Kyoto Animation. Lighthearted depiction of the ordinary but luminous everyday life of a mochi shop's daughter.

Reunites the principal staff from the major hit
K-ON! the Movie, including director Yamada Naoko and screenwriter Yoshida Reiko.

While everyone else is excited about high school finally coming to an end, Tamako has a sad realization: getting older means losing touch with friends as they drift off to new lives.

Tamako's friends all seem to have big plans and amazing dreams, Tamako's never thought beyond staying right where she is, working in her family's mochi shop. But maybe she won't be as alone as she thinks, because there may be someone who wants to make plans that include Tamako.

Starring Suzaki Aya and Tamaru Atsushi



A graduate of the Kyoto University of Art and Design, Yamada Naoko began her career at Kyoto Animation as an inbetween artist. She made her directorial debut for the series K-On! (2009) which became a major success for the studio and was turned into a film in 2011. Her next film, Tamako Love Story (2014) garnered her the New Face Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival. This was followed by A Silent Voice (2016) which was nominated for Best Animated Film by the Mainichi Film Concurs and the Japanese Academy. She recently directed Liz and the Blue Bird (2018) which was nominated for Best Animated Film at the Sitges-Catalonian International Film Festival.



A prolific writer for animation, film, and manga, Yoshida Reiko made her debut in the 1990s writing for the Dragon Ball Z television series. Her first film screenplay came in 1999's DIGIMON ADVENTURE, directed by Mamoru Hosoda. In 2014 and 2017, she was awarded the Best Screenplay Award at the Tokyo Anime Awards. She has collaborated frequently with director Naoko Yamada on such films as K-ON! the Movie (2011), Tamako Love Story (2014), A Silent Voice (2016), and Liz and the Blue Bird (2018) which was nominated for Best Animated Film at the Sitges-Catalonian International Film Festival.

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