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Shy, crybaby Fumi has just transferred into Matsuoka Girl’s High School, in the city of Kamakura. It’s been ten years since she moved away, leaving her dear friend Akira behind; and soon, the two are reunited once more. Akira is now attending Fujigaya Girls’ Academy, though she and Fumi still manage to see each other regardless. Between classes and social engagements, the two will experience love, the struggle to admit one’s true feelings, and the joy of companionship.
A photograph is a mysterious force that creates magical moments the instant the shutter closes and allows people’s hearts to connect. For the new girl in town, Fuu Sawatari, this is more than a saying but a way of life as she spends her days quietly attempting to capture those special instances on film and use them to bring others joy. Along with her friends – and her beloved camera – Fuu reminisces about her father, begins to contemplate where her future lies and wonders whether she can capture more of the mysterious Tamayura light bubbles in her photos filled with warmth and friendship.
Tamayura as well as the Aria series are very similar in three mains ways. First, there is an enormous strong atmosphere of conflictless slice of life (iyashikei) in both shows. This is slightly mixed with a tinge of the supernatural and/or magic in both series. In Aria, these mysterious and magical episodes are more frequent than in Tamayura. Third, the main cast in Tamayura and Aria are all female and although there are some male characters, those only play minor roles.
The main differences (which are minor at best) is the futuristic and outerworldy setting of the Aria series and Aria having somewhat more mature characters and a minor romantic narrative on the side.