Mashiro no Oto

Those Snow White Notes

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Japanese: ましろのおと
English: Those Snow White Notes
German: Those Snow White Notes
Spanish: Those Snow White Notes
French: Those Snow White Notes
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 3, 2021 to Jun 19, 2021
Premiered: Spring 2021
Broadcast: Saturdays at 02:25 (JST)
Producers: DMM Music
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Manga
Genre: DramaDrama
Themes: MusicMusic, SchoolSchool
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.541 (scored by 5972259,722 users)
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Ranked: #16702
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Popularity: #1523
Members: 148,751
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Setsu Sawamura runs away from his small home village following the death of his grandfather, the legendary shamisen master Matsugorou Sawamura. On his deathbed, Matsugorou told Setsu to give up the shamisen if he was only going to imitate others instead of playing in his own way. Grieving, Setsu heads for Tokyo, hoping that the big city can inspire him to discover his own unique playing style. But Tokyo defies his expectations by drowning out all other sounds with the deafening noise of its city life.

Concerned about her son, Setsu's rich and successful mother, Umeko, waltzes back into his life and forces him to enroll in Umezono Academy. At the school, he meets Shuri Maeda, a girl who is fascinated by the Tsugaru shamisen and wishes to perform a song her grandmother once heard a long time ago. Shuri starts up a shamisen appreciation club and convinces Setsu to teach the members how to play the instrument. As he becomes more involved with the club, will Setsu be able to recover his love for the shamisen and discover the unique sound he lacks?

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2: "Ginsekai (銀世界)" by BURNOUT SYNDROMES (eps 6-11)


Apr 18, 2023
I started watching this anime because I was intrigued by the musical instrument they use and the way it sounds. I stumbled upon a dramatic anime in which the protagonist tries to create his own music despite being heavily influenced by his grandfather's music.

Story: 9/10
The story revolving around Setsu, the protagonist, is spectacular. Despite having immense talent, he lacks his own unique style when playing the shamisen, only imitating his grandfather's music. Thus, he must search for his own essence.

Art: 8/10
The art is perfect and doesn't need much more than it has. Even the fingers playing the shamisen and the movements are fantastic.

Characters: 9/10
The characters ...
May 25, 2023
Mixed Feelings
The music is superb. Purely as an introduction to the passion and tradition of shamisen and acoompanying song this anime could not have been better. I will always be grateful to have been given this chance to experience that for the first time. And not just one or two performances: the show features multiple Japanese artists playing together or alone, sometimes introducing us to new ideas, sometimes playing the same piece but made individual through their own styles.

However. The excellent music and good supporting artwork are let down by the story and characters. The main character is The Troubled but Brilliant Artist in Search ...
Nov 11, 2021
The music pulled me in and it is good. Everything else i had to endure. I was rolling my eyes so hard i had to start fast forwarding some of parts between the music. So much terrible writing, pointless drama and tear jerking. Mediocre characters at best, throwaways at worst. I know it's a problem in manga/anime as a whole, but damn some of these female characters were so stereotypically useless.
It started well enough, but went down hill quite early. Completely threw away an interesting story and went with just another high school setting with an arena arc to top it off.
I expected better, but ...

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