I am surprised by the number of shows that have caught my interest this summer, usually this is the slowest part of the year but Tari Tari has managed to stand out a bit for me. It looks to be a more laid back slice of life series and while I feared that Wakana would be a pouty little whiner I am very much relieved that she is more than capable of lending a hand. In fact while Wakana seems to be the least social of the group, there is plenty of hope for her as she seems willing to take one for the team even if she demands tribute in the form of cake. I am not sure yet if this series is about making the most of your last year as a kid or if this is more about growing up into being an adult. To be sure Wakana’s mother will figure in, but I wonder if we are going to dwell on the childhoods of the others. Judging by the setup Wakana is going to be in line for the most development though who knows maybe Wein has a dark secret that he has yet to reveal.
The choir and singing seem to figure prominently as the school does have a stronger music curriculum than most. Having an important recital seems to indicate that their school is more of a conservatory than your average school setting. I really liked how they worked in Reflectia from True Tears as it does show that PA Works hasn’t forgotten that they started out small and are still relatively new to the game of making anime. I am curious as to where they take this though since it seems far too happy and laid back for any serious drama but they hint enough at some watershed moment between Wakana’s mother and the Vice Principle. Hopefully this will mean that the music will be excellent, and so far they have delivered. Otherwise it should be a fun Bard’s Tale.
Konatsu seems to the earnest one that seems to be lacking in tact though she excels at using threats to get what she wants. It must have been awful to have screwed up so mightily at last year’s recital and to have it posted on the internet for all to see. The failure was bad enough, but to have it uploaded for all to see from here on out must have been galling. At least Konatsu seems to have a better handle on her plans for a comeback and she is greatly helped by her friendship with Sawa. Konatsu is still in Wakana’s debt but hopefully they can both get along, both seem musically inclined and I am sure that they will be able to produce great things together. It looks like Konatsu is well on her way back now that she got over her stage fright.
Taichi and Wein haven’t really made their presence felt though Wein seems to be taking the place of a foreign national given his social miscues. I can’t blame Wein though, Austria is very different and certainly given that he lived in Vienna I am curious as to how musically or artistically talented he is. In ye olde days Vienna had its fair share of big names and it is still is a cultural power house of sorts. Gone maybe the hey days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire but Wein was better off not being a poorly lead Austrian combatant. Taichi seems more interested in being the club of one for badminton still I am sure the guy is starving for competition as the wall is not putting up much of a fight.
Sawa seems to be the one that will bind them all together, for she has a knack for getting people to cooperate and in turn seems to be of great help to those around her. While Konatsu was unable to get Wakana to offer any assistance the first time, Sawa figured out how to appeal to Wakana’s compassion and laid out the tale of Bard Konatsu’s EPIC FAIL. I almost mistook Sawa as a rich ojou-sama but it seems now that she is likely a miko. Sabure is also likely the horse they use for festivals and I wonder if Sawa given her horsemanship and archery skills practices Yabusame as well. Certainly her skills with the bow are formidable but I like how she does celebrate good shots even if it is slightly improper during organized activities. I really like how she took control during the ensuing chaos after Konatsu was practicing in the park. Sawa has been a most true friend to Konatsu, while she still jokes about Konatsu’s misstep but for the most part she has been very supportive of Konatsu. Sawa even contributes a few ideas to help Konatsu along her way. I am not sure if they mean for Sawa to be tall dark and bishoujo but it certainly seems that way given her height and refinement.
I for one will be activating the yuri goggles for this one. Sawa seems to have a certain fondness for Konatsu that plays into the yuri all too easily. Having the ED where they waste time together also greatly adds to the possibility. I am all for BRIGHTSLAPS but what Sawa did to Konatsu to get the latter motivated had a charm all its own. Besides taking Wakana home after fending off Taichi and Wein seems to indicate that she has little use for male attention. Also the way she looked at Wakana…
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