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Tari Tari Episode 2

Sawa brings Wakana and Konatsu to her house, showing Wakana what happened to Konatsu during last year’s recital and getting her sign up for their new club in name. Putting their heads together, they manage to gather enough members to present to the principal, who approves it when he sees Wakana is involved and becomes its advisor. Afterwards, Konatsu gets Wakana to help her decide what kind of song they should practise, eventually settling on a song she used to hear her mother sing to her. However, the vice-principal is somewhat objective of the song for some reason. When the principal goes missing when the club needs to go to a joint rehearsel, Konatsu sends Wakana ahead of her whilst she waits for the principal. With the principal out due to a bicycle accident, Konatsu and Wakana get Ms. Takahashi to accompany them and arrive at the theatre, but the rest of the club is stuck in traffic. Not wanting to be deterred, Konatsu and Sawa go out on their own, with Wakana backing them up on piano, and manage to pull through. Afterwards, the vice-principal is put in charge of advising the club whilst the principal recovers.

  • If I review every single episode of Tari Tari, it will be an unnecessary expenditure of my time. That said, the second episode picks up the pace rather dramatically, reinforcing the fact that it is in fact plot-driven. This sharply contrasts other anime about music, where events occur in a more relaxed fashion. In this scene here, look carefully and note the Windows 7 and YouTube analogues on Sawa’s computer.

  • The Principle gives the air of being one who appreciates music created for the sake of happiness, and immediately consents to be the choral club’s president.

  • In Team Fortress 2, hats are pretty much the unit currency. In the human body, ATP serves that role. In Tari Tari, favours appear to be exchanged by cakes. Wakana demonstrates her past experience with a piano and plays Melody of the Heart. A flashback indicates that Wakana is familiar with this song.

  • The choral club is vastly more motivated than, say, Hokago Tea Time. We’re only two episodes in and Konatsu has already put a reasonably-sized club together for practise.
  • I threw in this image just to demonstrate the kind of art we’ve come to expect from PA Works.

  • The principle succumbs to an injury and is hospitalised on the day of the Joint Recital. Despite the chaos, Sawa and Konatsu manage to coordinate everyone and do their utmost to reach the performance venue.

  • The concert proceeds onwards even as the other members of the choral club are delayed; with some improvisation from Wakana’s end, Sawa and Konatsu are able to perform their song.

  • Melody of the Heart might just be one of my new favourite inset songs. There’s no word of when it, or the soundtrack to Tari Tari, will be released. One thing is for certain: the music is warm and adds a degree of depth to all of the scenes. I’ll post the release date and all of the pertinent information about these two albums once the appropriate time comes.

It’s rare that I do a reprisal of my thoughts for a series, but upon viewing the second episode to Tari Tari, it became immediately clear that this is no ordinary series in that it’s full of surprises. Despite being only two episodes in,  the plot has progressed to the point where Konatsu has formed her own choral club and performed successfully at the Joint Recital. The rapid pacing probably reflects on the fact that Tari Tari was designed from the beginning to be a 12-episode anime; now that the recital is done, I have no idea what is likely to happen in the next few episodes; I’m guessing at least one will concern the Vice Principle and her interactions with the Choral club, especially Konatsu, with whom she seems to possess a degree of animosity for. Moreover, Tanaka and Wien’s stories have yet to be explored fully, making these likely elements in the following episodes. One way or another, Tari Tari has already demonstrated that it is perhaps one of the strongest anime of Summer 2012.

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