What’s it about ?
Slice of life adventures about a group of high school girls in a backwater little country town. One of them’s really into photography.
We already got a short series of OVAs about this last December ; this is a full-scale series that starts way back at the beginning.
Yuu, our protagonist. She spent her childhood in the little town until her parents moved to the big city ; now they’re coming back just as Yuu enters high school. Mom has just quit her former job to go and assister Grandma at her bakery ; Dad is dead, but manages to convey his love for photography to Yuu. There’s also a younger brother who doesn’t do much yet.
Chihiro, Yuu’s BFF in the big city, who has a thing for plush toys.
Yuu barely gets to the little town by the episode’s end, so the only other member of the main cast we really see yet is the hyper, twin-tailed one.
(If you’re wondering, “tamayura” is the name for some sort of snow-like artifacts that show up on photographs in that place. At, least, that’s what I gathered from the OAVs, the word is used without explanation here.)
Of course the premise is an excuse for scenery porn… except we don’t get to see much of the little town and the country around it yet. Oops.
What did I think of it ?
I watched the OAVs last December (it’s only 1 hour), and was bored silly by them. So imagine my trepidation when I realized that this would be exactly the same… except much, much slower. And don’t think any depth was added : the characters remain as depressingly flat as ever, and there’s nary a joke in sight.
To be honest, I started doing other stuff 5 minutes before the end. It’s that boring. Avoid, unless you really need something to put you to sleep.