That was freakin’ pretty. It’s been a while since I’ve felt that warm inside.
The buildup to the recital came fast but it didn’t catch me off guard. Whatever magic Sawa used, Wakana sure came on board quickly and made me wonder who the true lead character is in Tari Tari. It’s not something I try to think about since it’s common to have multiple protagonists.
I’m amazed at how clean it is from one scene to the next, from how one character interacts with another. It’s nothing new in a P.A. Works production but I still feel in awe that the all-around quality is top-notch. It may seem somewhat silly and outplayed to have a past link to the present, in this case, Wakana’s musical connection with her presumed late mother, but it really couples everything together nicely and adds quite a bit of sentimental feel to the performance at the end. It would have been great to see Wakana’s reactions as she concluded that piece.
I’m really crushing on Konatsu, especially after that duet. If I had to explain it, her passion is far greater than what her failures had been and it really takes a lot of guts to summon the courage to step on that stage again. I don’t like to laugh at anyone’s mistakes but I have to agree with Sawa’s favorite source of humor. I wouldn’t be able to resist either. Yet, it’s rewarding to see someone succeed and overcome a major obstacle, especially stage fright. What’s more is that she’s making it happen with a lot of determination. Did luck bail her out? It did, since the real prospect is in Wakana’s presence, but Konatsu really pulled through even when things looked really glum.
As for the guys, nothing much on Wien (or Ween, heh) and Taichi other than another book joke, which I can see getting old by the end of episode three. Taichi does seem to get featured next time and that should be something new since it doesn’t really involve music.
Even though Tari Tari will probably continue down the musical front, it probably won’t be the focal point throughout the series. To be honest, I initially thought that the route getting to the recital was the point and that the struggles getting there would be the development. As soon as that was debunked, I thought about what more they could with Konatsu’s new choir club and Wakana’s musical background. And now I know it’s more than just music and that Tari Tari is not just another singing/piano-piece kind of anime. It’s actually kind of relieving to know that. Now I can expand my expectations a little and anticipate more of that splice-of-life goodness that I tend to enjoy.
But if I can get more of the singing and piano BGM’s, I’ll be more than pleased with this series. Two episodes in and I’m sold at how good this anime can be.
GO Rating: 4/5