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Tari Tari

Title: Tari Tari
Genre: Drama
Company: P.A. Works
Format: 13 episodes
Dates: 1 Jul 2012 – 23 Aug 2012

Synopsis: Konatsu Miyamoto is in her last year of high school, but has not been allowed to sing in the chorus club by her teacher. Frustrated with this fact, she comes up with an idea: she will create her own chorus club with the people around her. However, she is not the only one with hopes and dreams in the group she has gathered. Could the choir club be the solution to all their woes? This coming of age story surrounding this choir club now begins.

The Highlights:
Unambitious: Does not do anything new as a story and is predictable, but is honestly better for it.
Humor: Not in the sense of a comedy, but in the sense that the show maintains a good balance of mood through its humor.
Visuals: Usual P.A. Works excellence in the visual experience.

Sparkling school life with pretty girls in an ideal country side – now where have I seen this one before? Tari Tari is only the millionth anime in recent times to surround the creation of some sort of club in such a setting. Moreover, Tari Tari does not even try to balk at any conventions of its genre and always plays it closely to the book.  All of this makes the premise so seemingly banal that it demands an outlook of outright skepticism. Yet as unbelievable as it might seem, Tari Tari is actually still really enjoyable.

Ironically, the reason Tari Tari works so well is because it does not try to break conventions. There is a complete lack of pretentiousness, and the show does not unnecessarily go out of its comfort zone. Instead the anime focuses more on trying to create a quality experience. All the way down to the usual excellent P.A. Works visuals to the lively and colorful atmosphere, Tari Tari crafts its story with care and sincerity. Something Tari Tari does particularly well here that a lot of similar shows fail to do is to draw a certain sense of nostalgia and fondness for the days of youth.  There are no surprises to be found in this show, but it is almost always pleasant.

One of the best assets Tari Tari has is its great sense of humor. Though the show is not really a comedy, it definitely has a humorous aspect that manages to paint a smile on your face all the way through. Whenever the show edges a little too close to melodrama territory, it’s the humor that brings back the mood to its sweet spot. The tension is often diffused in such a clandestine manner that it may not even be noticed. Most of all, it paints a more nuanced emotional palette; it rarely is ever full out drama or light hearted comedy.

If there is one area where Tari Tari falters in a significant way it would be its unwillingness to give the guys in its cast a proper character exposition on par with the girls. The guys are often used as nothing more than sources of comic relief, which is quite bothersome because it sends the message that the guys do not really have problems worth exploring like the girls. I would not be so extreme as to call this being sexist, but it is definitely being incredibly unfair there is not balanced cast development between the genders. It is just disappointing to see a show with a pretty ensemble cast not give the just due to one gender specifically.

Overall the show may not be something that is truly memorable as it does not necessarily leave a distinct impression, but it is unquestionably enjoyable to sit through. It is definitely not the most ambitious of shows, but Tari Tari cannot be questioned for mailing it in. The show is a great testament to the idea that something does not have to be unique to be enjoyable. Its enjoyment starts with the earnestness of the intent, and ends with the quality of execution, both of which Tari Tari puts on full display.

The Rating: 7

Reviewed by: Reckoner

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