Badminton … Wien style.
|Hey everyone, as you can see I will be blogging Tari Tari this season alongside KoiChoco and the last few episodes of AKB0048. Those posts should be out within the next couple days. Anyway, I hope you’ve been enjoying Tari Tari as much as I have, it’s been very entertaining so far!~ So, onto another week of music, drama, and of course, SAWA!|
Konatsu’s Dream, Sawa’s Assistance, and Wakana’s Reluctance
I wager Konatsu’s debt will be 12 cakes by the end of the series.
This week Sakai loosened up a bit, and I’ve gotten a completely different impression of her compared to episode one. Whereas last week she had a very cold and unapproachable demeanor about her at school, she’s now shown us a much more sociable and friendly side. All it took was a bit of a push by Sawa, who was impressive in her own right for very forwardly assisting Konatsu with getting another member and also bringing Wakana into their friendship. I have to wonder, what makes Sawa tick? I mean, she has many talents like archery, horse riding, and singing, and is dependable in all possible ways, not to mention she’s a diligent worker, participates in multiple clubs, and has one of the most unique and stylish fashion senses I’ve ever seen in an anime! There has to be something wrong, right!? (
BREAK THE SAWA.) Without Sawa I fear very little would have ever been accomplished, it’s as if she’s the foundation to Konatsu be it keeping her together with a slap to the rear, or driving her forward with words of confidence.
Bonus points for riding a bike like a Vox.
Back to Wakana and Konatsu, last week the latter attempted to convince the former to join the choir club, which ended in defeat, but all it took this week was mentioning that Wakana would be joining in name only and no singing would be required. This further enforces the fact that something in the Wakana’s past, probably related to her mother’s passing, stopped her from ever singing again. It’s something I both hope and predict will be overcome by her new membership into the club and the friends that now surround her. I don’t expect it to happen anytime soon, but the smile on her face while playing the piano is enough to hold me over until that fateful moment! Wakana might not be the most likable character in the group so far, but I don’t think we’ve seen the “true Wakana” yet, and it might take an Apollon-esque moment for her to awaken and find meaning in her singing, so to speak, somewhat like Kaoru “awakening” when he finally captured the swing of jazz.
Konatsu was more impressive than anyone these last two weeks, both in her relentless determination and in her beautiful singing voice. It’s quite the opposite to her performance in the choir, and I feel like a terrible person saying this, but I’m with Sawa, that choir-disaster was hilarious! Her only obstacle at this point in the Vice Principal, who seems hellbent on putting an end to the club. I have to say, with the cold and structured style of the choir seen in episode one it’s no wonder Konatsu felt so uncomfortable, maybe the VP should take some notes? There’s definitely a story there though, which I’m sure we’ll get to soon enough.
Nein, Wien, and Badminton Boy
ACTION SHOTS YEAAAA.
One thing I’ve loved so far about Tari Tari are the opening clips each week before the OP. I’m mentioning it here because Taichi’s was the latest. They’re short and sweet, but give a lot of great insight into the characters. For instance with Taichi’s clip we learn more about the relationship between his sister and him, small tidbits of character background that might otherwise not be established. (Konatsu’s told us more about the origin of her love for music, and Wakana’s a couple weeks back shined some light on her relationship with her mother.) Back to Taichi, I remember reading on a first impressions post over at Cafe Daifuuku that Taichi was “a typical serious and hardworking guy” and “ a bit stiff”, and I had to agree. He stood out the least, partially due to his lack of screentime. He’s become much more likable lately though, and his straightforward and serious personality plays well with Wien’s, for lack of a better word, airhead-edness. Male-Male friendships don’t seem to be explored too often in anime and are usually established from the start, so I’ve had fun watching these two weirdly different personalities mesh.
The “Choir and Sometimes Badminton Club”
Which means more of this!
With the club now officially assembled the future of Tari Tari looks increasingly bright! If the opening scene of episode 2 was any indication, these five diverse personalities will offer more than enough laughs, and eventually drama, to entertain us this summer. I replayed that scene over at least five times the first time I watched, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it, with conversations overlapping, Wien comically rambling, Wakana trying to escape, and Konatsu playing along with it all. I doubt it was intended as something elaborate or anything, but I fell in love with it for some strange reason.
That’s why I’m very eager to see more of this troupe in the coming weeks, be it performing, playing badminton, or just enjoying conversation like that scene. If you didn’t notice, the ED clip changed in episode 3 with the group now together. Konatsu and Sawa are still close, and Wien and Taichi are now present. Wakana was previously on the outside of the group, for obvious reasons, but now sits much closer albeit still clearly separated.
The only thing I notice are Sawa’s shoes.
I read on many places that people are expecting Wien to influence Wakana in some way, and episode 3 gave them some more interaction that wasn’t present before despite attending the same class. Sadly, Wakana still seems to have a habit of pushing people away which will take someone as outgoing and forward as Wien to break. There’s still no indication on whether or not romance will even be involved in Tari Tari, but this is a coming of age story in a school setting … romance is inevitable, right!?
I don’t really have anything to say about him, but please enjoy frantic Wakana.
“I DON’T MONEY.”
Did I mention there were also cute animals?
I don’t have much else to add, but I can say Tari Tari has met my
annoyingly high expectations that I somehow have for any PA Works show ever. The cast is easily one of the most likable all-around and diverse to come around in a long time, and I’m enjoying the hell out of every minute they spend together singing, interacting, and forming those lasting bonds despite their differences. The upcoming World Music event should provide some more music for people invested in the series for that aspect, and I’m looking forward to it! That’s about all I wanted to touch on this week, so what did you think of the last couple episodes, has it passed your 3-episode test? Do you have a favorite character? Anyway, until next time folks!~
I’m sure there’s a good explanation for this.