TARI TARI #1 - - Special Review

Topic started by No_name_here on Aug. 21, 2012. Last post by takashichea 2 years, 2 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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You know, I was about to go on some high falootin’ screed about how I chose to watch this pilot out of some intellectual desire to indulge my anemia. Then, I took a step back, thought about how TARI TARI’s angling to be about a high school show choir and then, upon further reflection, realized that animation and context might actually be the only qualities separating this from GLEE or any other teen drama on the CW.

I’ve chortled quite often about fans of foreign pop entertainment who act like the stuff is somehow above the pop entertainment in their own back yard. A band manufactured by a record company in another country somehow manages to be more authentic than the products on Top 40 radio? So, with that awareness, I caught myself here before I got too dismissive, condescending or hypocritical in detailing my tastes.

I liked this pilot a lot. I honestly do want to continue hanging out with these authentic, well-realized characters and I want to see how this small drama about starting a new club will play OUT. I felt the theme about the dangers of quitting, even over small stuff, was a truthful one and also felt that the details of this Austrian exchange student re-adjusting to Japanese customs built a truly three-dimensional personality for the kid. I want to believe that this is tighter and more polished than other entries in the genre, but I also realize that my sampling pool isn’t wide or deep enough to make such statements.

(It still does feel kind of odd to break down the ingredients of a down-to-Earth drama in the way you might for a mecha show, or something. “Which scene is more relatable? Which plot is more understated?” right?)

So here we are again with another high school show I’d like to keep watching, even though I realize that it’s not exactly the sort of programming that engenders the liveliest discussions in this column. What to do?

Watch this episode, "Running and Inviting” here and decide for yourself.

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Post by sickVisionz (4,307 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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It's a bit similar to Hanasaku Iroha, but I checked this episode out and enjoyed it. I decided to call it quits there though. I will finish it once it's done and I can marathon through over like 4 days.

Post by Marshal Victory (2,413 posts) See mini bio Level 13

Wow just the mention of GEE makes me not want to watch this.Maybe its the scars FAME the tv series leaves on a poor soul..../shudder.But shows about this um entertainment....well.... just is not for me.

A small request..Please no more GLEE in the hook line.I watch anime to avoid things like that.

Post by Halberdierv2 (1,295 posts) See mini bio Level 17

hmm... I'll keep an eye out for this one.

Post by sora_thekey (1,097 posts) See mini bio Level 16
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@sickVisionz said:

It's a bit similar to Hanasaku Iroha, but I checked this episode out and enjoyed it. I decided to call it quits there though. I will finish it once it's done and I can marathon through over like 4 days.

I love Hanasaku Iroha! This means I will probably have to watch this series then...

Post by takashichea (13,187 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Marshal Victory:

Don't worry, it's not like Glee. It revolves around the life of five students and their struggle between their passion, extracurricular activities, and family life.

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