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Tama & Hana  
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Description
What if one day you woke up, and your pet dog and cat were beautiful girls? What if those girls didn't fully understand they weren't pets anymore? What will the neighbors think?

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たま・はな
Tama Hana

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6 Volumes (Complete)

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2005

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It...grows on you   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by serogane
October 20th, 2008, 1:23am
I don't like the main character. At all. It took the entire series for him to become bearable, and that's stretching it. Thankfully, the rest of the cast (And the overall story) are not quite so lame.

Actually, about 40 pages into volume 1, I considered dropping it. It reminded me way too much of Inumimi, only with characters I care even less about. In fact, the majority of volume 1 focuses on the main character trying to get into the pants of his all-too-human-save-for-the-brains pets. Thankfully, the pets are wise to his disturbed ways and are both quite skilled at thwarting him. This and skipping ahead and reading the last chapter gave me push to continue, and I'm kind of glad I did. This series had a few simple moments that touched me.

I don't know if it's because he had the main character as a competitor, but I ended up liking that Tora dude way more. His confident disposition and his rightful exasperation with Hina's dense personality took a real shine to me. In fact I was rooting for him throughout the series. If not for that stupid daughter of the restaurant, he would've had a happy ending. In fact, he's the real tragic character of the story (And not the main character for getting disappointed repeatedly throughout the series even though it's his own fault for not getting a freaking clue).

This series relies heavily on misunderstandings and contrived love-comedy plot devices. And since Hina (The girl next door and female protagonist) is so dense, her interaction with the protagonist are the worst to read about. As such, I enjoyed reading about the titular characters way more.

Hana is the dog and Tama is the cat. Hana is the obedient husky and Tama is the rebellious and fickle American short-hair. Tama's character was likable to start, as she constantly inflicted pain on the protagonist every time he tried his stupid advances. Hana, due to her obedient and overbearing ways (i.e. a dog), loses her master's attention to Hina fairly quick into the series. The two of them had a kind of personality reversal in the end, so that was kind of interesting to note (And by then the main character has caught on to his bestial ways and has completely turned to chasing after Hina 100%; not that it makes him any less annoying though).

More on this in the spoilers.

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Let's start with Hana. She has a really interesting and touching encounter with her previous playboy owner who deserted her as a puppy. Her previous owner quickly warms up to her human form though despite the fact that she never speaks a word to him, let alone her name (As she never learns to speak throughout the series). At the end of the series, the protagonist breaks character briefly and finally learns to let her go back to playboy who's moving to England. She returns to her original form and her story pretty much wraps up there. I found the platonic interactions between Hana and playboy really touching, and it is one of the few reasons I'm writing this review.

Tama...pretty much just did what she wanted to throughout the entire series. She was also the character that grew the most. Of the two, she is the only one that learned speech and song (Among other things). She showed an affinity for tinkering with machines which I thought was rather amusing.

Hana's feelings for the protagonist are mostly out of gratitude and loyalty, but it never really evolved beyond that. Tama's, however, was clearly that of love. One of the first words she learns are the protagonist's name (Which I can't remember or just can't be bothered to translate from the chinese version I read) and "I love [protagonist]". In fact, she spends much of the series getting in the way of the main character confessing important things to Hina (Usually by causing a huge ruckus via noise) which I thought was pretty hilarious until I realized that maybe the main character would've been shot down by Hina much earlier on had he been given the chance to actually tell her his feelings without having Tama's meddling get in the way. Ah well.

She even manages to charm me as a character in the end when she's trying as a last desperate measure to appeal to the protagonist by proving her now-learned human ways to him (i.e. By showing some restraint and obedience) and I couldn't help but root for her love. My better voice against bestiality didn't even act up in this case, which just proved how human she had become. Her last selfless act of reuniting the main character with Hina before disappearing(?) cemented her position as my favorite character.



Despite the fact that the two titular characters became much less important as the main character's love turned to Hina and as the series progressed, they kept my interest in finishing this series. As a closing note, I must say I'm satisfied that Hina finally came to her senses when she -sort of- rejected the protagonist and came to the realization that the Tora dude was the right choice after all. Too bad the restaurant girl had already gotten her claws into him by this point (And that The Tora dude had gotten kind of whiny and lame after getting dumped, though not entirely his fault I guess).

P.S. They never explained how they turned human in the first place (Or how they turned back). Also, why didn't *anyone* notice the tails on them?

... Last updated on October 20th, 2008, 1:42am
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