Departures are moments that evoke both hope and melancholy. Tabi Machi Late Show examines how these ambivalent emotions continue to persist long beyond that singular moment of parting. Azuma reminisces about her mentor as she sees off her own student; Kumeno recalls her short, turbulent friendship with Koizumi; Yukari meets an old friend during the Lantern Festival; and Sakurada fondly remembers the numerous students she has met during her teaching career.
Structured around a theme of goodbyes and journeys, Tabi Machi Late Show is composed of four intimate, slice-of-life vignettes that wistfully examine the lasting impressions people leave on one another.
It's pretty great to think about the impact a simple and petty show can leave on you. Tabi Machi Late Show is one show that relies on the most basics of art to convey four short stories based on goodbyes and journeys. Stories of source of inspiration, an encounter missing on a proper goodbye, a sad tale of innocence and friendship and a life-long teacher showing her grateful farewell to the children are represented in a very unsophisticated but delightful manner. Tabi Machi Late Show isn't a show that'll leave you bewildered after its finished, but if you are willing to take a portion of
your time into watching this then I'm sure it will make you appreciate how beautiful life is.
While it consists of 4 short episodes, the theme of “goodbyes and journeys” is conveyed thoroughly. There are different angles in each episode, but every one of them shows how one’s life takes a turn for a new tomorrow, however happy or sad that is.
Are they original? Not really. Are they great? No. Does that mean they are bad? Again, the answer is no. However cliché they may be, they succeed in bringing up the right kind of feeling when watching this. They focus only on certain parts of a situation, letting easily the viewer surmise the surroundings and thus, make the whole scene feel
whole. The stories vary and not all of 4 are of the same quality, mainly because of the time restrictions, for which episode 2 ends with the short end of the stick, as it used up its time with needless silent moments and abrupt scenes.
The characters are simple people with simple, yet important, life events, such as deciding on a trip or just returning home and they all hold some kind of meaning. Evidently, they do not have any actual character development, but with seeing even only some thoughts of theirs, it is easy to understand who they are as a person and what they feel. They are relatable and realistic enough in their situation.
The animation is almost non-existent, as there are basically pictures in slow motion, but that does not ruin the experience. The colors are warm, the art is clean and easy on the eyes and, although there are not many details, it fits. If anything, I think this style gave it a more nostalgic feeling. The sound has nothing really special about it. The whole concept is a smooth and quiet experience, so there is barely any shouting and the sounds, as well as everyone’s voices are calm and puts the viewer in a tranquil state.
Overall, is it worth it? For its duration it delivers pretty well, so I would say yes. Nevertheless, it depends on the current mood too. As previously said, this is a short, cliché and uncomplicated series of events and needs the viewer to join the atmosphere fast and this does not always work. Personally, I was easily caught up in their stories and had a fun ride.
However, the initial first two episodes had quite lackluster characters, and all events seemed to take an eternity. With the amount of artwork and voices they had, they could definitely have made the anime into a manga. The music itself is sweet, but ordinary and typical. Additionally, the voice acting brings nothing good to the anime, and just makes the episodes feel like eternity. Dialogue, too is quite predictable save for a few explosive moments. Even so, the pause between lines makes these moments lose their power.
I personally enjoyed, however, the amount by which the individual episodes
stuck to the larger theme. I definitely found it extremely satisfying how the last episode brought the previously disconnected episodes together, and I feel like the last episode kind of makes up for most of the anime's downfalls.
I think ultimately the weaknesses outweigh the strengths, and Tabi Machi Late Show simply isn't too enjoying to watch. The last episode by itself invokes more emotion than the first three combined, and should simply be watched by itself with enough context to understand the ending. Then, the episode on its own would receive around an 8.
This... Wasn't a very good anime.
Consisting of only 4 episodes, with each of those being just shy of 8 minutes each, Tabi Machi was a show that was intended to evoke feelings which arise from going through the different stages in life, saying goodbye to people you know and meeting new ones to replace them.
There wasn't a story to speak of; each episode was an individual one which had different characters in different settings. The only similarity was the theme they all shared, of 'endings and goodbyes' as the synopsis puts it.
The problem was that none of the episodes were long enough to make the
viewer care. When you have less than 8 minutes to tell an episodic story, there's only so much you can do. There's no time to develop the characters; they're barely even introduced. It severely hampers how much one can become invested - and seeing as it's meant to be a bittersweet show, if you aren't invested then the entire point flies right out the window.
The short time allotted was further worsened by how slow a lot of the dialogue was. Many of the characters spoke really slowly, and the conversations were punctuated by unnecessary pauses and silences.
As far as the art was concerned, it was okay. It had a homely feel to it, which was fitting for the theme. However, there wasn't that much animation to speak of. It was almost like a picture drama, so as fitting as the art was, it did feel a little boring at the same time.
The sound was okay too. It had gentle background music present throughout; as with the art, it was fitting, but it was also rather repetitive.
My overall enjoyment was a 3/10. The anime hinged itself on evoking bittersweet feelings, but with slow dialogue, no character development, and incredibly short episodes, there was no reason to feel invested in it.
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