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Very charming, great animation, good acting by the Japanese actors, and
an interesting plot.
It's a comedy-drama, though the comedy is not laugh-out-loud funny (it isn't meant to be), the drama is good without becoming soapy melodrama. The characters are all well- defined, and while some (the vice principle in particular) seem like stereotypes at first, they are given development throughout the series and their actions are defined by clear motivations.
In general, if you want a charming and well-made slice of life anime, Tari Tari is a great choice. I highly recommend it.
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Konatsu Miyamoto is a member of her school choir club but after an
embarrassing incident at their concert the previous year she has been
relegated to turning the pages for the pianist. Determined to sing in
this year's concert she sets about starting her own club. The people
she recruits aren't all keen to sing at first; Wakana is talented but
gave up singing when her mother died; Sawa is more interesting in horse
riding and archery but joins because she is Konatsu's friend; Taichi is
the sole member of the badminton club and joins on condition that the
club is known as the "Choir and sometimes Badminton Club" and finally
there is Wein, he is called that because he has recently returned to
Japan after spending most of his life in Vienna. Getting the required
number of members will be the least of Konatsu's problems though; the
school's vice principal, who is also the head of the choir, doesn't
want there club to be allowed and even when it is it looks as if the
concert everybody had worked so hard for will be cancelled.
While this isn't a classic series it is rather fun; the characters are likable and the viewer will sympathise with them as they encounter various difficulties. They are fairly typical anime characters but Wein does stand out a bit due to his amusingly old fashioned ideas about Japanese etiquette. The drama has enough comedy mixed in to keep it fun without that comedy seeming too forced. Inevitably in a series about a singing club there are a fair number of songs; these are pleasant enough but aren't such that the viewer is likely to rush to find the sound track. Overall Tari Tari is a pleasant way to pass the time.
These comments are based on watching the series in Japanese with English subtitles.
The show has a nice balance between drama and gentle comedy. The humour
is mixed in smoothly, never obtrusive or breaking the mood. And setting
this mood it does very well, with a few effective imageries and no
unnecessary vocalization. Overall the emotional moments are well
executed, not over the top or forced and with plenty of build-up.
It starts out at a comfortable pace, taking enough time to set the mood and establish the story and characters with their backgrounds. And where it matters it continues to develop the characters in that same measured pace as well. But about half-way the shows staggers, as it continues in little story-arcs focusing on a single character. There are some touching moments and the segments are well executed (it does feel rushed in some spots), but a lot is quite secondary to the main story. You could take them out and the whole would be just as coherent (perhaps even more so). The show systematically lets its characters resolve their issues, as if wanting to place a checkmark next to each name. One character at a time is put in the spotlight, while the others take step back and wait their turn. It makes the collection of individual stories rather segmented, instead of an intertwined whole. It picks up a bit of a 'one step forward, one step back'-routine. The story loses momentum and is in danger of becoming repetitive.
The characters are nicely rounded. Not particularly complex or original, but they're likable, feel real and fit the atmosphere with their not too outspoken personalities, which are established naturally and unhurriedly. Even some supporting characters which at first glance may seem flat, get fleshed out a bit in later episodes.
For a show focussing a choir, it doesn't feature a lot of music. The soundtrack consists of only a handful of songs, which are enjoyable, but not much more. Even within the context of show, the music leaves but little impression.
Though it misses that bit of extra originality or impact to make it a classic, it's still quite well executed and truly enjoyable. I'll gladly recommend this one if you're in the mood for some gentle laughs and mild tears.
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The story centers around five Japanese high school students who are too young to be called adults, but who no longer think of themselves as children. Main characters Wakana Sakai once took music lessons, but she withdrew from music after losing her mother. Konatsu Miyamoto is a positive-thinking girl who loves singing and spends time after school at the vocal music club. Sawa Okita is a spirited archery club member who dreams of becoming a horse rider. Taichi Tanaka is a chronically late badminton team member who lives with his college student sister. "Wien" new transfer student from Austria. The story starts when Miyamoto was rejected to sing a recital with her music club. Konatsu being her last year in high school, she felt like doing something crazy: She quit and with the help of her friend,Sawa they formed a new chorus club,inviting the people around her to join. A very delightful anime and has plenty of good stories to tell.
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