Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 1, 2012 to Sep 23, 2012
Producers: Bandai Visual, Dentsu, Sotsu Agency, Lantis, P.A. Works, Pony Canyon, Sentai FilmworksL, Showgate
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.591 (scored by 16847 users)
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2 based on the top anime page.
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Oct 15, 2012
Being a part of the conventional genre of high school drama, Tari Tari is certainly no stranger to this pattern.
The story takes place during the final year of high school for Wakana and her friends Sawa and Konatsu. Immediately after receiving a scolding from the strict vice principal, Konatsu decides to quit the choir club and start a new one by herself with the aid of her friends, as well as the later addition of two male characters: Taichi, a diligent badminton player, and "Wien", a peculiar transfer student from Austria. Of course, things don't go as smoothly for Konatsu as she was hoping they would, receiving an initially hostile reaction from Wakana who accuses her of fooling around and treating music as a game. In an attempt to show overcome her stress, Konatsu sings outdoors in public and gathers the attention of her aforementioned friends - finally assembling enough members to establish the club and push forward with her ambitions.
On the surface, Tari Tari seems like a standard coming of age story with a musical focus. Though the music remains a principal aspect of the anime, it primarily serves as the catalyst to bring the characters together and force them to overcome their own individual issues. For Wakana, these issues involve the regret surrounding her deceased mother, an accomplished musician who taught her how to sing and play piano. For Sawa, it involves her equestrian passions and love for horseback riding, much to the disagreement and discord with her parents. For Taichi it follows his ambition for badminton, while for Wien it is about his desire to preserve justice.
While the series is focused on teenage drama, what it excels at is making each character's issue relevant and believable by using the strengths and weaknesses of the characters to evoke emotion from the viewer, instead of relying on the tired routine of melodrama. Much of the episodes focus on Wakana's previous passion for music, with her past and the relationship between her mother being explored as her story arc progresses. Her avoidance of music is given explanation and reason, while the revival of her passion feels meaningful as she comes to terms with the past and begins to see things in a new, positive light. Each question is answered and each issue is resolved, while new ones are carefully set to take their place and give reason for the viewer to be interested in subsequent episodes. A frequent problem with teenage drama in fiction has always been the reliance on trite dialogue and melodrama instead of a coherent narrative, but Tari Tari manages to feel realistic while capturing the important stage in one's life between adolescence and adulthood. The 13 episodes here have been used in a highly productive fashion which succeeds in giving each character substance.
Sadly, the same amount of detail and depth isn't given to all of the characters. Taichi in particular receives very little growth over the course of the series, resulting in his own passions and issues being seldom explored. Aside from filling the necessary role as the fifth member of the club, Taichi ultimately adds very little to the story aside from developing a romantic interest in Sawa that is only vaguely hinted towards. Other issues in the characterization come from Wien's backstory and story arc, and while he's given sufficient character development in the later episodes, the resolution is surprisingly trivial given the amount of foreshadowing earlier in the series. His childish desire to defend justice is sympathetic but the lack of consistency obstructs his story arc from wrapping up in a satisfying manner. It's fortunate that Wien himself is a unique and exciting character, being an amusing transfer student that frequently misuses and exaggerates Japanese gestures, often with comedic results. It's hard not to grow attached to him over the course of the series.
Another common element in Tari Tari is the presence of an antagonist: the vice principal, who strongly opposes the club for what she perceives as them simply fooling around. As with most stories, she's initially portrayed as being cold and unlikeable to build up conflict, though remarkably her character is given just as much growth and backstory as any of the main cast. By the end of the story, her cold behavior makes full sense and she herself learns to overcome her past issues as a result of another character's own growth. Rather than simply serving as a plot device, the vice principal develops into a realistic and believable as well, which makes her cooperation with the main characters during the final episode all the more significant and meaningful.
Being that Tari Tari is an anime focused on music, it's a bit disappointing that the quality of the music itself is nothing outstanding or noteworthy. The background music is rarely noticeable and the songs that the characters perform are all fairly juvenile and amateur, though the emotionally-driven "Kokoro no Senritsu" is a great addition to the soundtrack. The climactic song performed in the final episode is also well-executed, having full instrumentation to back it up and give it a more professional approach. A clever trick is also used during the ending track, with Wakana pensively sitting apart from the rest of the main cast until her passion for music is revived in the later episodes.
Though not visually superb, Tari Tari benefits from its complex and detailed scenery which is based and modeled upon real locations. The school and the area in which the characters all live in feels very much authentic and distinctive, with impressive lighting and many dynamic camera tricks used to further accentuate the scenery. Many titles involve a high school setting but Tari Tari is one of the few that effectively build the school environment. For an anime that focuses on realistic characters, a realistic depiction of the setting is paramount, and luckily this important detail is not forgotten. The end result is an anime that looks and feels polished, with very few off-model scenes.
Tari Tari is a title that stands out not for its setting, nor its story, or even its well-developed characters. What sets it apart from the multitude of other similar titles is how it manages to synthesize all of these elements and convey a story with eloquence and reason. It exemplifies exactly how teenage drama should be conducted in a story. When so many series subscribe to the notion of "the more crying and yelling, the better", a title such as this is a breath of fresh air and proof of how effective this genre can be when executed efficiently. It certainly has its share of mis-steps and doesn't achieve excellence in any one aspect, but it would be hard not to recommend Tari Tari as a solid title and one of the more noteworthy in recent times. Why not cast aside the preconceptions and enjoy the ride? read more
May 15, 2013
Story: The premise of the anime is simple, a group of friends start a choir club and unintentionally/implicitly compete against the schools chorus club who's sponsor is the vice principal who's an alleged **** The anime's plot is so simple and it's nothing to write home about, but it's so enjoyable for it's simplicity. The anime slowly unravels and develops each character and this may be a slight tear-jerker. 7/10
Art: The animation is great, though character design may seem blandish, the characters WILL grow on you. The backgrounds make the anime's world seem very immersive and realistic 8/10
Sound: This anime is all about music, so what can you expect? Don't compare this to k-on!, it's nothing like it. The anime's approach on music is much more beautiful, seeing how totally different people can all come together and relate their problems through the expression of music. Although the songs may not be as catchy as you might expect, by the end you'll be humming the tunes all day and night 9.5/10
Characters: The characters in this anime aren't cookie-cutter simple, but not too involving either. The anime is so simple so don't expect some deep, mind boggling or heart-wrenching shit, but I gurantee you'll love the characters in the end as mentioned before. 7/10
Enjoyment/Overall: This anime is so heart-warming you will NOT regret watching this one. You'll notice the anime is so entertaining and seemless to watch. Don't have second thoughts on this because this just may be one of your favorites. 8/10
Also, for those into anime chicks, Sawa may be the love of your life, just sayin read more
Sep 25, 2012
Tari Tari revolves around a group of five high schooler's who even though they all have very different goals in life do share a common interest, music. Singing, in particular. They all find themselves in a newly formed club to sing together, for the joy of singing, and not under the structured rules of the other related clubs. As expected we have plenty of drama and squabbling with the power that be as they try to crush our little upstarts at every chance. But despite the clichéd sounding themes of the main plot it does manage to deliver an overall story that is pretty well rounded and within the realm of reality.
Probably what Tari Tari does best is give us five believable protagonists who all struggle with their own problems, mostly typical of your average teenager on the cusp of adulthood. They have realistic and achievable dreams and goals that I think the average viewer can relate to, unlike many of the fantastical settings most anime are based in. Not to say this is a bad thing in all cases, I just think that it’s refreshing now and then to have more down to earth characters. The storylines featuring Wakana and Sawa were clearly the highlight of the series, and even though some of the smaller subplots weren’t really adequately wrapped up I found myself with little to complain about overall.
Because it doesn’t allow itself to get buried underneath a girth of over exposed side characters, Tari Tari's cast really shines. I would challenge anyone to find even one of the main cast that they couldn't like. Even though the show does not really have any one character in which the story is told through, the majority is seen, not unexpectedly through our three female leads. Mostly because of the strength of their own personal arcs, Wakana and Sawa really stand out from the rest. In particular I found myself drawn to Wakana who has the most heart-wrenching back-story. The whole dead parent plot device has been done to death but I felt her story was very moving and powerful.
Of the series antagonists and side characters really only stands out, the vocal club advisor and Vice Principal Naoko Takakura. While she is at first glance just you’re run of the mill constipated anime bitch, she has a humanity about her that makes you feel for her. Too be honest I felt her story was just as interesting as any of the main characters, perhaps because it was also tied to Wakana's story.
The vocal cast features a good mix of seiyuu veterans and newcomers. While I enjoy hearing some new voices, it’s always nice to hear a couple of my favorites such as Saori Hayami and Ayahi Takagaki and a great deal of my overall enjoyment of Wakana’s and Sawa's characters was due to their performances. As a show about music you would also expect a great deal of songs, which there are. Most of these are performed by the cast. The ED theme in particular was my favorite and never found myself growing tired of it. The OP, sung by AiRI is a veteran of many other anime/game projects people are likely to be familiar with but this was best song I have heard from her yet.
I loved all the character designs for the main cast, as they all had believable body types and mostly looked their ages. Konatsu looked a tad young but a pretty minor complaint. The backgrounds and settings were gorgeous; however some of the animation looked a little stiff and awkward (Such as Konatsu's running). Some of the adult characters looked pretty strange and unappealing to me as well, particularly the adult characters that all had some really creepy looking lips. It's just a style that generally does not appeal to me.
So despite my high rating of Tari Tari is it a really amazing anime? No it isn't. But it is very good. In a year that really hasn’t featured a lot of really great shows, Tari Tari stands out as one of the years' better ones. If you’re in the mood for light hearted school drama, you should find plenty to enjoy with this one.
Aug 6, 2012
But I was wrong Tari Tari is one of those animes where it focuses heavily on the drama of each main character, with slight comical scenes and is also a slice of life. For people who compare this to K-ON there stupid, there a completely different genre, K-ON is more comedy oriented while Tari Tari is more drama. Just because they both have music involved there not the same, you wont exactly call Code Geass similar to any of the Gundam anime just because they have mecha in....
The story is 5 high school kids forming the choir club due to the main character Konatsu unable to "Shine" in the music club. The main story involves around each of the main characters story providing a very nice slice of life drama that involves the characters family, individual problems or simply just friends hanging out and having fun. Although there is another main story that involves the choir club's activity and their fight against the schools music club or something along those lines. But really its just jealously.
Tari Tari is very well animated, the animation is fairly modern and is very similar to Hanasaku Iroha for those familiar with that anime. Each character design is done fairly well and is realistic unlike some animes that provide a simple sketch with not a lot of detailed. I especially like Konatsu character design, i find it pretty cool and modern especially the bits when she has her headphones on. I know for a fact to many people comment on the size of Sawa's tits, its big but for some reason everyone keeps commenting some very "disturbing comments" about them. The background is pretty well animated, its to be expected from an anime that came out in 2012.
The concept of Music was quite special in this anime, the music and sound itself was part of the Story rather than just trying to make scenes better. The OST is quite well done, they use the song's which the character made as OST which is pretty cool. Also the ending song video changes when each character situation changes, not a lot of anime's does this although its only minor changes.
Each character have their own difficulties whether its family problems or problems associated with their dreams. Each of the character story is detailed to the point where it is rare to find bits undeveloped and it often gives you a heart warming feeling/tear jerking moment once it ended, making you think " Ah that was unexpected but i'm happy for them". The personality of each character also often provides some drama, Wakana's personality for one, often causes quite a lot of drama/difficulties at the start of the anime when she wasn't close with everyone. But it gets better as it progresses.
Tari Tari was one of those few animes that have actually made me laughed and cried, the other anime that made me do that was Clannad. While this anime focuses on slice of life drama, its comical moments are pretty good especially the ones focus around messing with Maeda, ah you can't but laugh at how gullible he is =P or his "vocal training" with Taichi. Or there market ranger cosplay, Konatsu's "Curry punch!" =P.
Overall Tari Tari pretty much has everything you can ask for from a slice of life anime, from drama to comedy. If your one of those viewers that want something with modern animation, great sound and a amazing story that doesn't make you want to pull your hair out at every plot twist then Tari Tari is definitely something for you. It is quite possibly one of the top 3 best animes in this current season alongside Sword art online and Kokoro Connect. (For readers who might say "Hyouka is better!" Hyouka was last season not this season!) read more
Oct 20, 2012
Can music solve everyone's problems? No, it can't.
Although, sometimes it does helps, gives hope or encouragement.
Some limits can't be overcome how hard you struggle, dead people can't come back to life, things that happened in the past can't be changed and there is no "magic" to help you.
This show talks about moving forward and living in the present. The problems are there and you can't runaway from them.
In this season lacking of good school slife of life this one caught my attention.
The topic isn't new, 3rd year students gather together in a club, while facing daily life problems, they have to decide their future goals, career, etc...
Actually, Tari Tari surprised me. I first tought it would be like any other story but it was a pleasant surprise when I found out it had a really well written storyline and a realistic (and solid) plot which had a satisfying ending, deeper then I expected.
The focus of the story is music of course. But it have a different approach from K-ON! for example. In this show they see the singing as a enjoyable way to spend time but also a way to work out their problems. Something that's very nice because it escapes from the ordinary "school clubs" animes.
[Did you know?] The expression TariTari can mean a lot of things, it may be use as a vague expression for saying "doing this, doing that" but also means "variety" (of music, places, stuff..) It's a interesting title that matches with the story.
Tari Tari doesn't have a "main" character. Good tales don't necessarily require one. This gives more movement to the plot, and you can enjoy each character development, all together. It may be, indeed, more focused into Wakana and Sawa stories, but this is solely due to the fact their problems were more difficult to solve than the others'.
Btw, this show have very interesting characters. They're the type of characters you get attached to. You see they changing through the story and, in the end, cheer for them to have a happy life. It's often said that the friendships you make in your school days will last forever. These characters kind of prove it.
TariTari follows this new style of setting where the scenario is the exact copy of the original place from the model town. I mean, after you finish watching, if you're curious, you can find it on Google Maps! It's nice because it gives the feeling you're watching something close to reality, which is, the essence of slife-of-life. It was carefully animated. Nothing to complain here.
Something that kind of disappointed me, was the lack of songs. It been a music-focused anime, I expected more inserted soundtrack and performs from the protagonists. Even though, this doesn't take the merit from the ones they did. Very well performed as you'd expect from a skilled cast like this. This time, they also featured the singing of a real high school chorus for all the bgm and ost. "Makuhari Sogo High School Chorus Club", which in my opinion, is one of the best I've ever listened to.
This season, Tari Tari was my rough diamond in the dirt.
I can't understand why it's still ranked so low... Seems like it didn't made the inicial "impact" as others did even it being a nice and entertaining show.
:::Story> 9|10 / Art> 8|10 / Characters> 8|10 / Sound> 9|10 / Enjoyment> 10|10 / Overall> 8|10:::
Thx for reading and please give Tari Tari a try :)
~Sry if there're mistakes, eng is not my 1st language.~ read more
Sep 24, 2012
So, first of all, Tari Tari is another slice of life anime set in high school. Unless you're really new to anime, you've probably seen a slice of life anime set in high school at least ten times already. High school is anime's favorite place, and I'm willing to bet over 85% of all anime is set in high school. I find this really strange. Like seriously, what do Japanese people like so much about high school? Is it really that interesting a place?
Well, putting that aside, what's it about? Well, to put it simply, it's about five seniors who each all have their own interests (music, horseback riding, badminton, etc). One of the seniors leaves the music club because the teacher directing it is a jerk, and she starts her own choir club. She recruits the four other seniors mentioned earlier and they do various choir club activities such as going to a recital, performing on stage, and setting up for the culture festival.
Ah yes, the culture festival. Might I also mention that just about every single anime that is set in high school will have a culture festival episode? It's true man, try naming an anime that doesn't. You'll have some trouble. Not that it's a bad thing, but seeing the same event occur in so many anime makes me feel like I'm seeing the same show over and over again.
Going back on track, well... that's about it for the plot. Each of the five seniors (and by that I mean the three girls) gets her own arc which consists of around three episodes. Each girl goes through some emotions caused by some sort of trouble, and each girl overcomes her problem and grows stronger. These problems are pretty much what one would expect out of high school students, such as deciding on a future career. The progression of the arcs is really predictable and everything is solved cleanly by the end of each one.
As for the two boy characters, well, all they get is the big gay dance. Tanaka's badminton troubles are hardly that, and Wien's conflict with his penpal is resolved in a matter of five minutes. These two boys are so underdeveloped it's a wonder why they're even in the anime. My only answer is they're there solely for the purpose of singing the tenor and bass parts of the songs.
So how's the music? Well, since it is an anime about a choir club, it better have some good music, and I'm happy to say it does. Throughout the thirteen episodes, there's three to four insert songs performed, and they all sound pretty good. The harmonies are great, and the melodies are cute and bouncy. The seiyuus all did a good job singing, and if there's anything to watch this show for, it's the songs. There was one really good background song that played during the sad parts of the anime, but that's about it for the bgm. I can't say I liked the opening all that much though. Haha the very first image of the characters you see in the opening sticks the two boys far in the back. This is a great foreshadow showing how much they didn't contribute to the anime! :)
The art is quite nice on the eyes. The characters are drawn similar to K-ON/Kokoro Connect/Hyouka, and that's a good thing. While the backgrounds are hardly interesting featuring locations as unique as high school classrooms, high school hallways, high school clubrooms, and outside the high school, they are all drawn really well and are at times animated really splendidly. In particular the last episode looks really nice. There isn't too much flashy animation, as to be expected from a slice of life. You won't find any high budget fight scenes here, nor any super spectacular concert scenes.
So how was it overall? Well I thought it was good. It didn't break any new grounds, but it was never trying to. If you are a fan of slice of life anime, then I don't see why you wouldn't like this. It's also not 'super slice of life,' so if you hated animes that require you to be really into slice of life (for example K-ON, Natsume Yuujincho, or Aria the Animation), you might still like this one. Though the fact that it's another high school anime really puts it down for me. Cheers to Aria the Animation for not being set in high school! :) read more
Sep 23, 2012
Tari Tari is one of those unexpected series of the season. In one way, there's not much action or excitement watching a bunch of cute girls doing cute things. In another way, it's a lighthearted school drama that details a story driven by friendship between a group of students who have their dreams, goals, ambitions, and mostly importantly, each other. That's right, Tari Tari is the rare gem of this season and one you can't buy into your heads without embracing its styles and themes that brings to its viewers.
The series is relatively new that is adapted from the manga written by Evergreen. Tari Tari is tagged with music, slice of life, as well as school life so guess what, the series takes place at a school setting. Some of you might feel less enthusiastic about a series regarding to school life. After all, we got like a million of those already and who needs more. Yet, Tari Tari here presents a sweet tale of music melancholy that has a charming cast and a refreshing drama that is memorable.
There are five main characters in the series that all debuts in its pilot episode. Count them with a hand. Five characters and all of them have identical shaped heads but different personalities.
First up, we got Wakana Sakai. She is what I would call the stubborn young lady. Despite having a strong voice with real talent, she refuses to sing. However, after certain circumstances, Wakana learns more about the true values of family and dedicates herself for the mother that she loves so dearly. Then, we got Sawa Okita who wishes to turn her dream of becoming a professional jockey into a reality. She's what I can see as probably the Yamato Nadeshiko of the club. Yet, below that outer shell hides an intensity that has vibes which can invoke much drama. Finally, we got Konatsu Miyamoto who makes up the balance of the group and seems to be the cheerful type of girl who likes to get involved with others but truly wants to help her friends. These three girls here all spice things up in the series with their conflicting personalities and ideologies.
The boys in the series are also noticeable at different stances. They won't let the girls walk all over them especially Taichi Tanaka who wishes to expand his badminton club. He is on a level of stubbornness with Wakana but deep down has a kind heart. His best friend, Atsuhiro "Wien" Maeda is there for him even though the duo has nearly completely opposite personalities.
So, here we are, the Choir and Sometimes Badminton Club. It's hard to say who is the leader as all of them have different parts in the story. They all have their dreams whether becoming a jockey, a professional tennis player, or finishing a song for a person they love. It's like high school you know, especially during the senior year when you start wondering about your future.
The series' episodes sometimes shifts focus and maintains on a specific character of the club. Yet, it brings out a sense of realistic feeling that we can relate. Tari Tari is a series that is character driven and all the members of the Choir and Sometimes Badminton Club gets their chance to shine whether individually or as a whole. The circumstances that leaves some of these characters as who they are is also entertaining to watch. Weird huh? Slice of life series often seems like reading a book where we watch a characters' life develop and their every day circumstances. Yet here, Tari Tari presents some sense of entertainment that allows us to taste a bit of realism of what the final year of high school feels like. (even for those who's already been there)
P.A Works (Angel Beats!, True Tears, Hanasaku Iroha) is involved in the series. Thus, you can expect some similarities if you're familiar with the studio. Hanasaku Iroha is especially the case here considering the various similarities and that slice of life nostologia. The visuals of the series is also similar that brings simple school life artwork to life. Some of the episodes are deeply colored but overall retains that simple yet realistic image that gives off the slice of life feeling. There are times some childish yet cute animation sequences with miniature version of some of the characters. Overall though, the artwork visuals are above average.
The overall soundtrack coordination and music in the series brings out a general lighthearted melody in the series. Jin Aketagawa (Hatsukoi Limited, Honey and Clover, Toradora!) presents his skills into Tari Tari with his experiences involving school life melancholy. The OP song "Dreamer" by AiRI is a symbolic term that reflects what people can do when they try hard and with the help of their friends, can make dreams come true. The ED songs here though are much more interesting to look at. In the first few sequences, there's not much development with only a lonely girl (Konatsu). As the episodes progresses and as the club grows, the ED songs features more ensembles with the cast.
The fact that the series is also tagged as “music”, you can expect some talented tunes beating into your ears. Unfortunately from my respective, I can't really agree with such a real talent coming out the mouths of the characters. It's just fairly average but with their ambitions, the club can make it quite far. Later on though, they bring more amusement into the show and their inner hero awakens within them bringing forth more drama. Speaking of which, there is definitely drama in the series despite not being explicit detailed. Drama takes place into the eyes of the vice principal who has a grudging attitude. It reminds me of this guy I met during high school. He would berate students for the tiniest of mistakes and hands out detention slips like free samples at Costco. Yet, as the series progresses, we can see some reflection of the vice principal's past and what she's been through. Although not the most likable character in the series, it's interesting to see her development involving the members of the cast.
Ultimately, this series is a rare gem of this season that takes slice of life to a different level. It is a school drama with a likeable cast of characters of different personalities. They bring forth joy, entertainment, drama, but at times also emotions that we all feel as part of being human. The series artwork has realism and is natural like the way a high school experience should be. The soundtrack orchestrated fits within the lighthearted mood of a typical slice of life series. The story itself focuses on the individual characters as well as the Choir and Sometimes Badminton Club as a whole. It's dramatic and entertaining to watch even though. Still though, don't expect much surprise as the series does follow with some cliches and can be repetitive at times. Additionally, the series has many borrowed themes from other school life series so don't expect the unexpected.
So, what do you think? Still want to watch Tari Tari? I know high school has a different view in the minds of different people but it's an experience that most of us have or will explore in our lives. During that final year, it's time to think about the future and with friends as well as a strong ambition, there's nothing we can't accomplish.
Mar 3, 2013
Slice of School Life with a hint of Music!!!
Review from my POV (w/personal biases)
+ This is probably the most straightforward show i've seen so far, which is great in the context of this show. 3rd Person Teen Drama. Nice :P
+ It also leaves you smiling at the end of almost every episode.
+ The viewer has a chance to acknowledge and relate to the protagonists because This show gives each character enough time to develop. Example, Person "A" is given 2-3 episodes worth of spotlight w/o completely forgetting Person(s) "B-E".
+ The "festival" performance.
(personal)+ I thought the small Spanish element was cool. "Do I hear Spanish?"
(Sp)(personal)+ Wien is a fan of Super Sentai (Power Rangers for us U.S. kids :P)
- For an anime that follows a ragtag "Choir club and sometimes Badminton club", there's not a whole lot of singing. Don't get me wrong, what was given was really cool, but I was really expecting more.
(Sp)- The principal is kind of a pushover until the last minute (plus what's up with the hair yo?)
(Sp)(personal)- Tanaka cmon man, too little too late dude.
This show gave me the same smile as did with Usagi Drop. In the same style too: Not a deep plot, but A simple plot that's driven through relate able characterization.
Recommends: To those looking for great "surface level" entertainment.
To fans of the Slice of Life genre. read more
Oct 14, 2012
This is a simple equation and a hard fact of maths. If you add 2 and 2 you will have four, its a tried and true fact of life. So why am I bringing this up in an anime review up, well because Tari Tari also religiously follows a tried and true equation, High school girls + slice of life = Money
In fact it follows so close that it actually didn't bother to bring anything original or interesting to the table, and because the writers believed so deeply in this formula they thought that it wouldn’t matter what they fed us, as long as they stuck to this equation people would watch it. (And the sad fact is, if you look at the blue-ray sales, they where actually right, sigh.)
So what is Tari Tari, well here`s a quick summary of what its about.
Tari Tari follows 5 high school kids with High school problems who form their own choir club due to the main character, Konatsu, being unable to "Shine" in the original music club. The main plot revolves around each of the main characters providing a look into each ones goals and life ambitions and the problems they face in achieving these goals.
It all sounds simple enough but here`s where the problems come in, the main plot, that of the group led by Miyamoto Konatsu trying to perform at the cultural festival, while a simple enough idea is so poorly written and executed that it ruins the whole series, confused, let me explain...
the idea of a group of teenagers, all with their own problems, being brought together by music and then working to put on a big show is a pretty good idea, Sakamichi no Apollon (kids on the slope) did this idea too but they did it so much better because it was much better written. These characters had their problems too but they where more relatable and, most important of all their problems weren’t solved in two episodes so the story could move onto another character with problems.
Also the music played a much bigger part in Sakamichi no Apollon, you really get a feel that these characters are being brought together despite their differences because of there love of jazz, with Tari Tari no one really seemed to care about the music club for much of the series and it certainly never seemed to bring them together or help them with their problems, in fact they all solved their problems on their own so what was the point of this series.
Not only that but there where some really stupid scenes in this series as well. Like with the sub plot about the school being closed down because some rich guy wants to build a hotel, I mean what is this a 90s Disney channel tv movie, come on how lame is this. Theres even a scene where the rich guy is sitting in a big chair looking over an expensive wine bottle while telling the principle hes going to close the school, oh I get it, hes a bad guy isnt he. they should have just had him counting dollar bills while stroking an evil cat and spitting on orphan puppies, if your going to do a stupid scene like that you might as well go the whole way don’t ya think.
But to be honest this show isn’t really about the plot, its more about the characters and how they fight against their problems and obstacles in order to achieve there dreams. And while all five protagonists have believable problems, mostly typical of your average teenager, the show again suffers from bad writing and clichéd ideas. You see again they followed a formula with the characters, introduce them and their goals + add problems + shake well = leave to cool for 1 episode then move onto another character. Then there’s the characters themselves, despite this being a character driven story we find out very little about some characters and too much about others, very little time is devoted to the male characters, they are developed shocking little in this series and given very little screen time and attention compared to the female characters. I mean I suppose there was some attempt to give them depth like with the sup plot about Wien and some childhood friend back in Austria (which again is horribly written to the point where its almost comical) but its very small in comparison to the female cast.
The main problem with the characters is again the belief of the writers that by adding a few scenes of people crying and some sad back story’s this would count as character development, it does not. Character development is when we the audience can relate to characters who feel like real people and we watch and learn how they grow and change throughout the course of the story, its not devoting two episodes to a character crying because she cant do what she wants then ignoring them for the rest of the story.
Now to be fair some of the back-storys where quite sad and moving such as Wakana`s with the story of her dead mother, but again it could nave been done much better with some decent writing and some good direction.
So anyway the problems with this series aren’t particularly complicated or mysterious, its just a simple case of a series that tried to be quirky and whimsical with characters that warmed your heart, but instead it fell its face face due to bad writing, lack of imagination and using every cliché in the book. Overall not a bad series but there’s so many other that do this idea much, much better such as Sakamichi no Apollon, watch that instead. read more
Oct 4, 2012
P.S = If you like horses you might like this show, too! I am a major horse lover and having a horse in the show made it even better in my opinion! :D read more
Sep 26, 2012
Warning: Although I try to avoid it, there may be small spoilers within this review.
Starting to watch this anime, I expected from it what I had gotten out of the anime Hansaku Iroha, which was made by the same people; a realistic anime about daily life that didn't have any super interesting deep plot but was great in the realism of the problems faced by the characters.
Needless to say, I was quite surprised. This anime has a quite heart-warming feel to it, things happen in the anime that are sad in nature, but the strength of the characters in dealing with them just makes you feel happy. Moreover, in contrast to Hansaku Iroha, the anime focuses on all the main characters, instead of focusing particularly on one. Each character is developed in their own way, and that is a great approach to this sort of anime.
Although the story isn't complicated or detailed, it is emotional and pulls the watcher in, as you learn further how Wakana grew up through her mother's death, or how the music teacher Naoko felt she could never reach the level of musical prowess that Wakana's mother had. Each character has their own little plot within the story, although each of 5 main characters are also working together in the main plot. To add on to this, each character has the realistic sense of thinking towards the future, what they are going to do after they graduate, what goals and aspirations they have. The plot is frequently developed based on each main character working towards future goals, not just relationships with other characters, and this is something that doesn't happen super often in school life anime plots. Even with this in mind, there is some romance between two of the main characters, which isn't ever brought to a prominent place in the plot, but it is clearly present between them. This sort of holding back makes their "friend" relationship seem very comparable to real life love relationships. Emotional moments, conflict, celebration, comedy relief, everything is in there in Tari Tari's plot. In terms of all the 13 episode school life anime I have seen to date, the plot of this anime is probably one of the best.
Side note: The way I rate plot would be based on the amount of episodes the series had, and how great the plot was. Since 13 episode animes only have a limited amount of time to develop a plot, sometimes the plot is not as deep as other animes of similar genre that have more episodes (Clannad). If an anime is the best I have seen within the genre and episode amount, it simply gets a 10/10. That's where this rating is coming from.
For a school life anime, the art is just about the best out there. Clean art style with very detailed backgrounds, and extensively detailed character gesture animations, running patterns, physical traits and expressions, three dimensional camera panning moments, and very accurate syncing between the mouths of characters and singing. I really have no complaints at all about the art style, so I can't not give a 10.
The plot of this anime is largely focused on music, and as such, the sound within this anime is memorable and particularly good. The songs the 5 vocal club members sing together have great composition and are extremely fitting for a high school group of choir-like vocalists. The whole anime makes you excited to hear Wakana sing, because she initially refuses to do it, and it doesn't let you hear her. When she finally starts singing it is like a present given to the audience, and that sort of "come on, I want to hear her beautiful voice!" feel really makes for a great aspect in an anime that will keep you interested. Each VN in the anime also sings for their character, so the singing of each character seems even more authentic. Along with this, the background music of the series is great.
Really one of the best points of the anime, each character (support characters even) have realistic personalities, and react to interaction in ways you would expect people to react in real life. In terms of the main characters, each of them grows as they deal with conflicts in the anime, for example, Sawa begins to understand how difficult it will be for her to become a horse jockey in the future, simply due to her physical build. (Dat build.) She begins to starve herself in order to lose weight, but soon realizes this won't solve anything, and that she may not be able to go to a school for horse riding at all. Another example, Wakana initially is an introvert due to her not being over her mother's death, but slowly she learns that her mother wouldn't want her to act this way, and she grows to be a happier person by the end of the series. Apart from the growth of each character, the relationships between them are extremely well done. Things like inside jokes or close-friend joking around is something that anime typically ignores, but Tari Tari has it, as you see the three girls making up stories about Japanese culture to confuse their immigrant friend Vienna, also one of the 5 vocal members, or how Wakana and Konatsu adopt the tendency of unexpectedly smacking the bum of another girl they want to encourage, which originated from Sawa's Mom. (LOL) This sort of stuff mixes slice of life anime and drama anime into something awesome, future school life anime really should take note.
The physical aspects of this anime have nothing I can complain about. Story, art, sound, and characters, all are outstanding. However, enjoyment is a comparison between this anime and every other anime I have watched. For this rating, a 10 constitutes "One of the best anime I have seen, I would watch it a second, third, fourth time". Although Tari Tari is way up there in quality, the plot is not something that would bring me back for anything more than a second watch. I really enjoyed watching the series, more than any other anime of the summer season (so far at least), so a 9 is quite reasonable. However, compared to all other anime I have watched, my enjoyment was not sky-high. It was up there though. It really really is worth a watch for a school life fan, maybe even someone who just likes music. For others? They might like it, but some find it hard to watch. I know quite a few people who basically were saying "I am watching Tari Tari and I'm proud of it", people who typically never watch school life anime or that genre, enjoying it. However, die-hard shounen fans wouldn't like the anime much, animes that I give a 10 for enjoyment would constitute "I think anyone who watches this will have some sort of enjoyment regardless of their preferences." To an extent, that is true for Tari Tari, but not completely. Hence, a 9.
Overall, I am going to give this anime a 10, if I could give it a 9.7 or 9.8, I would, because it isn't completely perfect, but it wouldn't be fair to give a 9. I have seen better animes, but in terms of 13 episode school life anime, this is a prime example of how it should be done. For the reason that I can't think of anything to complain about for 90% of the aspects of this show, I really believe 10 is a reasonable rating. Great anime.
Edit: I can see why people would give this series an 8 or 9, based on their enjoyment having been different from mine. Not everyone will enjoy this anime to as much as an extent as me, but in terms of the physical traits of the anime, you really cant complain about story, art, sound, or characters, which I gave 10 for, and for the most part (story being debatable) would be unreasonable not to give 10 for. Any discrepancies in overall rating would be due to enjoyment or genre preference, not the other aspects. (Anyone saying this anime is too cliché'd and thus giving it a bad rating really isn't getting the premise of a school life drama anime to be honest) read more
Sep 25, 2012
Last year P.A. Works, the studio behind Tari Tari, gave us Hanasaku Iroha and anyone who has watched it must have felt the resemblance between the two shows since both more or less take a similar approach in terms of not only the story but also to some extent, the characters and of course the visuals. I must confess that the only reason why I picked Tari Tari was because it seemed to be reminiscent of Hanairo which I admired a lot when I watched it a year ago. Like Hanairo, Tari Tari starts off with a somewhat laid back atmosphere and then takes a dramatic turn, especially towards the end. It delivered everything it could have, given its length and the story line, and probably would have felt draggy if it was any longer. The characters were lively and relatable. The way it was wrapped up, though nothing unique, was quite satisfactory overall.
Visually, Tari Tari was a treat. It was a pleasure to behold the beautiful, detailed backgrounds. The character designs were fine, nothing revolutionary there. It also had some nice catchy songs that fit the bill. I especially like the opening theme 'Dreamer' by AiRi and I'll probably be humming it for quite some time now.
Overall, Tari Tari is your run of the mill school life-esque drama that certainly doesn't stand out much but I see no harm in giving it a try if you ever feel like, that is.
Sep 23, 2012
Tari Tari never strays far from the following tried and trampled path, often coming across as a near-parody: It’s hard to follow your dreams when you the world seemingly conspires against you and you just don’t fit in. “You just don’t get it, Mom. Do you?!” Your friends are there for you, but being awkward teenagers themselves they tend to offer up insensitive advice. “How would YOU know I feel!? -ugh” Then, out of the blue, you come to a startling realization. Induced by one word, one flashback, or one smile, it suddenly becomes all-too-obvious that a positive outlook conquers all. It’s like having a conversation with the Burning Bush, only more informative and less biblical. From this point onwards positivity reigns, and while evil adults use their authority to cause petty problems, they are squashed beneath the wheels of the galloping chariot of optimism. Bright and brilliant, the metaphorical chariot continues its rampage through to the final chapter, at which point the horses rear up and nay loudly, sheer triumph echoing throughout the land for all to hear. At this point, just incase the message wasn’t blatant enough already, the audience is quite literally told that friendship, love, and believing in yourself conquer all, even basic rationality and logic.
Speaking specifically of Tari Tari; all that blonde hobbit and company did was sing a song, but you’d be more likely to think they brought the ring to Mordor.
To put it concisely, Tari Tari is a poor man’s slice of musical life. Hardships may be overcome by song, but I am certain that no hardship will ever by overcome by subjecting oneself to Tari Tari. It has “the essentials”, but is sorely lacking in content, conviction, and delivery. read more
Aug 7, 2012
I don’t think it’s fair to compare it to K-ON, even though they share the same premise, music and art seem a little similar but both are portrayed differently.
The characters are not the typical or stereotypical character complexes of the anime world; they are far more complex, harbouring emotions that run thicker as each episode is aired. I love the characters and the interactions, it’s lovely and a change of pace from what I usually watch.
It’s calming, relaxing with the tranquil music that instantly drew me in, both the OP and the ED are captivating. The drama is another aspect that appeals to the viewer, slowly building in and well developed.
As for those who simply call it boring, actually watch a few episodes and see the development for your selves, nothing over bearing with the drama but very easily to connect to.
Overall it was a warming, tender and peaceful anime. Good music and flawless characters, I’d be enjoying every moment of this anime and sad to see it end but neverless, I hope it continues with the standards that they’ve upholded so far.
Give it a few episodes rather than just the one to appreciate the anime for what it’s worth, the music, drama and characters are combined into this work of art.
Aug 26, 2012
The music is also very nice and happy! The song Melody of the Heart, which was performed in episode two, really caught my attention! It was catchy and sweet, not to mention the great choice of singers. It was quite the twist to see how two non-music oriented students could sing soo nicely, especially the short one~
In addition, I enjoyed how the story didn’t seem to have much romance or a really romantic theme, where the cliche plot of a guy falling in love with a girl and the romance builds up…no…too much of that. I take this anime as a break from all the lovey dovey build up plots! Sure I don’t mind some animes having that sort of plot, but it’s great to watch one without. I take it as a nice change and helps bring me back to real life relationships which usually doesn’t end too nicely :P A nice realistic anime can be really relaxing! So I hope you all will give this a chance; not saying you’ll love it but maybe you’ll like it at the least? :D
Since it is only a few episodes in the story, I can’t say for sure how great of a plot it is however it is very intriguing and gives off a nice carefree atmosphere; with a side of humor. This is the first anime I’ve watched with badminton as a main sport of choice! Personally, badminton is one of my best sports…for I have a fear of other ball-related sports mainly because of my height…o.o Anyway, everyone has a different opinion on different animes, but in my opinion a nice slice-of-life anime with a happy go lucky theme and plot can be really refreshing to watch every Sunday night. It’s a wonderful way to relieve some stress and prepare for a new week with a smile and open mind! read more
Jul 6, 2012
The characters seem very interesting, you have the Energetic girl (as usual), weird guy, well composed girl and girl with a history. Looks like a lot of potential to me.
Mar 13, 2013
So, I will explain why I rate high score for this common genre anime (the title is also common, cause rather difficult to find in myanimelist)
Unfortunately for musical genre, the song and background sound is not that special (even the final radiant melody rather disappointing for me)
but "kokoro no senritsu" itself can cover all that weakness
i rate high simply because this is first time i watch anime like this
not like usual slice of life which have strong comedy, or harem
not like usual school life which have strong romance
also dont have miracle (like "when i put all my heart and soul on it, everything is possible")
the story is flow very smooth and natural, it also has smooth emotion. I can dive deeply into the story and characters
the art is smooth and consistent, voice and art is fit with characters.
role of all main characters is equal
the sound like i mentioned above, but not that much anime use choir as song and i like it
Sep 24, 2012
If one were to critique the character designs of TARI TARI solely based off originality, I'm afraid the result would not be pleasant at all. It hasn't been all that long since Hanasaku Iroha ended—about a year—so for most people who watched it, the characters in it are still quite fresh in their minds. And although this is the same P.A. Works that did Hanasaku Iroha, one would expect them to at least a bit of effort into their character designs in TARI TARI. Depending on how you look at it, each of the five main characters in TARI TARI can be matched to a character in Hanasaku Iroha in terms of physical similarities. To me, this shows a lack of effort on the producer's part. Nonetheless, I still really liked the designs. The background elements are also characteristic of P.A. Works and I found them to be pleasing to the eye, adding a nice, light touch to the scenes in the show.
A diverse cast of characters is an integral part of a successful anime. Character interactions generally make up a good chunk of an anime's content, more so in slice-of-life stories, which is what TARI TARI is. With that being said, I really felt the characters introduced in this series were easy to relate to and fun to watch. With each having their own quirks and traits, they also battled their own difficulties, eventually coming out on top, positively changed by the personal storm they conquered. The fact that all of them melded together well made their interactions so much more enjoyable and entertaining to see.
For an anime supposedly centered on music, TARI TARI didn't necessarily deliver when it came to the musical aspects of the show. In fact, throughout the series, there have only been a handful of occasions where there was actual singing by the characters; only a couple of those could actually be called "performances". That said, I absolutely loved the OP and ED—the latter nicely done by the seiyū cast—as well as the insert songs in the last episode, which slightly made up for the lack of musical performances throughout the series. As for the BGM, compared to your typical offering, TARI TARI's provided above average soundtracks. The piano instrumentals were quite good and effectively set the mood for many of the scenes.
Well, given that the story's your typical slice-of-life fare, I didn't really expect anything complex or mindblowing going in. And while I'd say my expectations were met (i.e. the story was decently interesting and engaging), I felt that my enjoyment overall was not constant; some arcs were great, while others were alright. I would've liked music to have played a bigger part in the story as the synopsis seemed to have suggested it would. Nonetheless, watching the daily lives of the five friends was enjoyable for the most part.
In summary, think of TARI TARI as the shorter version of Hanasaku Iroha, but instead of the general setting being an inn, you get a choir club at a high school. Additionally, the prominent side element in the former is music, instead of romance like in the latter. So if you're a fan of slice-of-life stories about high school students and music, TARI TARI might just be for you. In the end, the show is slightly underrated in my opinion, so I hope more people will promote it in the near future. read more
Oct 5, 2012
Basically, the show is about 5 high-school seniors (3 girls, and 2 boys) trying to form a choir band. The difference between this anime and other "musical" anime is that Tari Tari felt realistic. The girls and the boys put effort into making the songs and singing it. They did not just pick up a guitar, and “magically” create music that all high-school students would like. Furthermore, the groups singing voices matched the characters. And even though the music was not extraordinary, I felt happy listening to it.
Just like the music, the art was fantastic. My eyes sparkled as I watched the captivating scenery and the overall artistic style of Tari Tari.
Only 2 (Wakana and Sawa) out of the 5 characters have proper developments. Considering that it was only 13 episodes, and took place just during their senior year, I did not really mind it at all.
My favorite character in Tari Tari is Wakana. She is shown as one of those typical girls that can not socialize well with other people, seems angry, and is not ambitious. However, to me, her personality felt genuine. The way she (angrily) spoke to her mother felt incredibly real. Some might disagree with me on that, but it does happen; we never really realize we are doing something wrong until it is too late.
Nonetheless, most of the characters did contribute to the storyline, and made it worth watching.
The thing that I love most about this anime is the ending. No matter where each member of the group ends up going, their music- their song, will always remind them of one another. Although nostalgia can be depressing, it can also be a wonderful thing,
Nostalgia can remind you of moments that you value and treasure with all your life.
Aug 6, 2012