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: 7.531 (scored by 6105461,054 users)
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Ranked: #17792
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Popularity: #1546
Members: 151,237
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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)

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Jun 18, 2021
Learning about Japan's artistic cultures is always a wonderful experience. How many times do we come across anime and manga that use themes that are unusual in the Western, but that produce an essential meaning in this very rich country? This season, eyes were definitely on the most popular animes and that overshadowed some titles that could deliver much more than just 12 Episodes. Mashiro no Oto is one of those hidden and silent animes within the huge catalog of titles. That's bad for the show's visibility, but definitely its relevance, even if filtered by the few people who appreciate that kind of culture, is ...
Jun 18, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Mashiro no Oto is a new music anime about an culturally important instrument: the shamisen. From the first episode, the audience is drawn to Setsu, a very skilled shamisen player who has yet to find his sound, leaving his home in the countryside for Tokyo after his grandpa has passed away. Throughout Setsu’s journey, there are many forced, dramatic moments to be able to meet new characters or push the story forward. While the music is gladly the strongest point to this anime, there are many flaws that come with it. Before explaining further, some cultural context of this instrument should be known.

Kabuki is ...
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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