Tari Tari ~ Review
“A heart-warming slice-of-life that shows us what music can do”
Ah music… the splendid sounds that pass through our ears and makes us feel different emotions… I’m sure you are one of the many billions of people who love to listen to music. Music has this wonderful power to not only make us feel, but to also connect people together and sometimes, even change lives (fyi, music just so happens to be another one of my many passions besides anime). Well, this anime will show you just what music, and love for music, is capable to do to a group of people.
Tari Tari revolves around a group of high school students who have all lead separate roads until this point in time; it is the last summer of their high school lives, a perfect time to make memories that will last forever in their hearts. Five high school students (from left to right in the above picture: Wakana, Wien, Taichi, Konatsu and Waka) decide to create an ensemble group and perform in front of the school. As they experience difficulties along the way, the strong bonds that each have with music – and most importantly, each other – lead them to understand the importance of music and friendships during one the most memorable moments of their lives.
The series is mostly centred around drama/slice-of-life, making a heart-warming little tale of friendship and music
The series consists of 13 episodes, with the series airing during the Summer 2012 anime season (July 2012 – September 2012). The series is animated by P.A. Works, who are known for their well-acclaimed slice-of-life series, Hanasaku Iroha, as well as other great series including Another and Angel Beats!.
The series contains many talented voice actors who, not only make a great performance in their voice acting, but also contribute to some of the OST’s in which the characters are singing, displaying talented vocal and harmonization skills. Some of the notable voice actors include Takagaki Ayahi who voices Wakana (and is also known as the voices of Satsukitane Mikako from Sora no Otoshimono and Mizukoshi Saki from Natsuiro Kiseki), Seto Asami who voices Konatsu (and is also known as the voices of Chihaya from Chihayafuru and Takatsuki Yoshino from Wandering Son) and Hayami Saori who voices Sawa (and is also known as the voices of Aragaki Ayase from Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai and Haqua from The World God Only Knows II).
It’s great to see such talented voice actors making an appearance in this series (I mean it definitely helps if the voice actors can also sing; especially in a series where music is one of the main genres), and these voice actors should be more well-known in my book. In fact, I think this series was overall very under-rated; although it is a basic drama/slice-of-life, I still believe it deserves more credit than it should have (the opening and OST for this series is brilliant). But I mean it did have to stand up to other great series during its airing season (such as Hagure Yuusha no Estetica, Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate and Sword Art Online). But in the meantime, watch this series if you haven’t yet already; its great.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 4/5 – Highly Recommended
Final Score: 8.5/10