July 2, 2012
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The first episode of PA’s latest work was released merely a day ago, and I immediately set about watching it in full HD, a trend that all anime seem to be following now. My own thoughts on it can be found below, and judging from the blog statistics, I’ve had a lot of people visit for information regarding summer 2012 anime. Tari Tari is the first of the summer anime I will give the initial impressions of here: the series’ premise may be found from an earlier post; to re-iterate, Tari Tari is about five high school students who are brought together by music.
On a school day, where a class gives flowers to their teacher heading on maternity leave, a boy named Atsuhiro Maeda transfers into the class and is guided around the school by badminton player Taichi Tanaka. Meanwhile, a girl named Konatsu Miyamoto quits the choir club after becoming tired of not being able to sing and aspires to create a new choir club, of which she’ll need five members. After managing to convince her best friend, Sawa Okita, to join and forcing her brother to apply as well, Konatsu tries to convince her other friend Wakana Sakai to join, but she doesn’t want to sing for personal reasons. As Konatsu goes into town to practise her singing, her voice brings Wakana, Sawa, Taichi and Atsuhiro together to the same location.
- Wakana Sakai (坂井 和奏) lives with her father and her pet cat, Dora. Prior to her mother’s passing, she took music lessons. I’ll introduce all of the characters here, and unusually, expand the constraints on the image count in this post to showcase some of the awesome landscapes.
- From left to right, Sawa Okita, Konatsu Miyamoto, and Wakana Sakai. I’ll try my best not to compare this to Hanasaku Iroha, but right from the start, it is apparent that the characters all draw inspiration from PA’s earlier production; Sawa appears similar to Nako Oshimizu, Konatsu is basically Ohana Matsumae and Wakana is Minko Tsurugi.
- Konatsu earnest girl who loves to sing and dance. She was previously affiliated with the choir club until she had a falling out with their supervisor, who prevented her from singing due to an incident a year prior when she was attacked by stage fright during their recital. After this incident, Konatsu began training herself by performing in the public park. She decides to create her own club so she can sing in front of the school. She is seen here with Taichi Tanaka, the sole member of the badminton club. Taichi is a very serious person and was assigned to guide Wien around school on his first day.
- Sawa is Konatsu’s best friend. Apart from being an equestrian with her horse, Sabure, Sawa is also a member of the archery club, and is the first member invited by Konatsu into the latter’s new music club.
- This is one of those few times where I’ve succeeded in getting another review out ahead of Random Curiosity. This is a curious observation more than anything: my earliest posts were inspired largely by the style and format found at Random Curiosity. Moreover, they also are my primary source of information on new anime. With 14 writers, they’re generally efficient at getting posts out, but as of late, they’ve been declining in efficiency to the point where one-man projects have proven more successful at getting stuff out. Score two for me xD
- After the first episode ends, the objective of series can be safely summarised as raising a new club for the purpose of making music. It appears that character dynamics will drive much of the plot in Tari Tari; I’ve heard countless grievances about how most modern anime is derivative and the like, but I typically turn a deaf ear on such complaints because the bloggers that do the complaining typically lack certain attributes that give their opinions weight. Consider that the individuals reading that blog are leaning more towards the position that Tari Tari is worthwhile.
- My immediate impressions of Tari Tari are a favourable one, and that is reinforced by the superior art and lighting found within all of the scenes. Tari Tari joins Hanasaku Iroha, Five Centimetres per Second and Gundam Unicorn in the ranks of being some of the best-animated series I’ve seen.
- Can you tell whether or not this is a photograph? I can’t, and I’m watching this in HD. Most anime in this age are animated in HD, so to truly enjoy a series, it is strongly recommended that one have broadband internet, to stream such large files efficiently, and a large external drive handy if they’re choosing to download.
- I’m almost positive that Tari Tari is set in a real-world location, much as Hanasaku Iroha was set in Nachikatsura, a town located located in Higashimuro District, Wakayama, Japan.
- Tari Tari has the potential to be one of the most enjoyable anime of summer 2012. If the story is executed well, it will put a new spin on the now-common theme of life in high school. Otherwise, Tari Tari will probably be regarded as the Battlefield 3 of anime in that the superior graphics appear to be its sole standing point. Episodes release on a weekly basis on Sunday, and there are 12 episodes.
Insofar, Tari Tari appears to be a promising series, featuring a cast of dynamic and interesting characters set to try and create something worthwhile in their final days of high school. This prima facie appears to be no different than the hundreds of other anime out there, but on inspection, potentially will give rise to a highly interesting and unique story based on the character’s personalities alone. I look greatly forwards to watching this anime and seeing what kind of challenges and conflicts the characters face.