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 was a very intriguing, short anime that I would consider experimental and not something that needs to be over-analyzed. There isn't much to this anime, so it can't be judged in the same way you would judge most others.
While the art and music is simple, the individual stories and overall concept for this anime make up for anything someone might perceive as flaws. Each episode does a good job of showcasing a situation where one has to say goodbye, while gently tugging at your heartstrings. The slow pace creates a soothing atmosphere that's best viewed when you want to relax and unwind.
I don't think
this anime is anything special or something you should go out of your way to watch, but it was an interesting concept nonetheless, and you wouldn't lose anything by watching it.
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