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Tari Tari episode 1 – A drinking straw holds a thousand words (Scamp’s take)

Must not spend…entire post…comparing to….Hanasaku Iroha…oh fuck it, Hanasaku Iroha season 2 is here. Besides, it’s not like PA Works are making any effort to distinguish this from HanaIro. Even the character designs are basically the exact same. Except Tari Tari doesn’t have any curly hair so therefore is clearly the inferior anime. Also doesn’t have Ohana’s mum, and therefore loses the main reason that anime was any good.

Something I specifically praised HanaIro for back in my review of it was how well the comedy was played. It wasn’t obnoxious and tried to point all the jokes out to you, just in case you were a total moron. It let the characters act themselves and the comedy came naturally, almost as background gags that never get commented upon. Tari Tari does this too, largely (well, entirely) because of its main character. She’s a lot like Ohana in that regard. She performs a lot of actions absent-mindedly that make for amusing viewing. It’s such simple stuff too, like bouncing on the spot in her enthusiasm as she waits for her friend to respond to her. Or there was her responding to another friend’s questions by making silly squeaking noises with her drinking straw. Even the yelling her thoughts into a blocked up sink was pretty hilarious. Yes it’s a carbon copy of Ohana except without the awesome hairdo, but I liked how they did Ohana’s characterisation too, when she wasn’t being all melodramatic.

That all said, what happened in this episode? A teacher was pregnant and some dude was from Vienna and she’s angry so setting up a music club or something. I absorbed absolutely nothing from the events of the episode, which probably explains why any enjoyment I got came from purely superficial elements like funny drinking straw noises. It’s horrendously striking next to Humanity as Declined how utterly banal this setup is (although I guess any anime would seem rather safe and by the books next to that anime). The writing was bland, the characters were unengaging apart from the main character having cute little quirks. The setting is some boring usual highschool.

What are you trying to sell us with this episode Tari Tari? That you’ve got a totes kawaii girl as your lead? Do you think that’s really enough to get us to watch more?

…I’m gonna check out the next episode…

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  1. Adamar
    Posted July 2, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    It’s the simple things that get you hooked.

    …Why is this tagged under melodrama, pre-emptive tagging?

  2. Kiseki
    Posted July 2, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Uh-uh. They aren’t the same. The character designs in Hanasaku Iroha are superior thanks to Kishida Mel.

    Aww I was half expecting you to call this “Ing Ing” instead.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 3, 2012 at 10:04 am | Permalink

      So Kishida Mel’s touch was to add curly hair?

      Best character designer ever

    • Posted July 3, 2012 at 11:46 am | Permalink

      I thought about pointing that out, but you were first, I miss Kishida now that even Atelier series dumped him :(

      • Kiseki
        Posted July 3, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

        I wouldn’t say “dump” since he was only for the Arland series…? Similar to how Gust had different artists for different series in the past (for the most part). I’d put Mel and Hidari on the same level anyway except for Hidari being the quiet guy and Mel being…Mel.

  3. luffyluffy
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    No thanks

  4. Anonymous
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    This isn’t nearly as funny as Hanasaku Iroha was. I really hope P. A. Works isn’t going to pull a Kyoani on us and stop animating original series in lieu of high school comedies about cute girls doing absolutly nothing.

  5. Nebulous
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    “What are you trying to sell us with this episode Tari Tari?”

    Mind reader?

    That’s exactly the thought that remained through my head. What are they trying to sell? Who are they trying to sell to? I don’t like to be easily offended, although I am easily annoyed and Tari Tari definitely set me off the wrong way. The line between cute and creepy is a very, very fine one – when you stare at a the hem line of a bouncing girls skirt. Is the intent of titillation, in that case I despise it, or in some show of “cuteness” in which I hate it but begrudgingly accept it? Should it matter? The only thing I’m left with then is to try and see what is being sold to determine whether it has any merit. We have the existence of 2 males in the cast, which automatically puts it in a high note vs Iroha (despise the show btw) but at the same time I am still seeing it all point to being a show driven by ‘cute’ girls doing ‘cute’ things, using the men as inedible decoration.

    Iroha itself was killed by something else though really, it’s constant need to over-dramatise and stretch every aspect it had. This first episode already shows that same failure here. The guy who doesn’t understand Japanese culture (ugh) is so inept it’s stupid. There is no subtlety at all, and it doesn’t seem to want any. The Badminton guy is the only person in his club so he is already entirely defined by that. Then there is the main character who clearly can’t pay attention for 2 seconds, but will somehow lead this 5 man group to astounding success as it turns out they are all godlike at singing. Eugh.

    Not to be a total Negative Nancy, I’ll say what I would really impress me in one of these shows. Non-judgemental drug use. Tobacco, Alcohol included. I highly, highly doubt teenagers can’t get hold of that sort of stuff in Japan, especially in these sort of stories where the child is practically raising themselves. I don’t mind if the other characters object mentally, but I don’t want to see negative outcomes or the typical “bad girl” look. I want to see a normal, likeable character, who happens to like to get smashed on a friday night. Enjo Kousai is another alternative – again, she’s nice normal, nothing “broken” about her, but is rather liberal and likes expensive things. When I see characters like this then I know that I’m not watching condensed trash with artificial flavourings to make it palatable.

  6. Posted July 3, 2012 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    I liked this too oddly enough.

  7. Anonymous
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    I think Iroha gave me enough of this setting to last me a lifetime.

  8. Posted July 3, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    It still surprises me that you find something likable from HanaIro and Tari Tari. I would assume that you would place these into your bin of moe kawaii uguu shows you dislike

    • Scamp
      Posted July 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

      They’re not really moe though, are they? They’re s’life dramas. Which fair enough isn’t really a genre I’m normally into, but HanaIro anyway has enough good directing and writing and little clever bits to it that I can get into the non-drama parts

  9. Adrian
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    The story of an optimistic genki girl who tries to make friends with a cynic unfriendly girl, while asking her Hime Cut friend for advice. They’ll eventually join with a cool dude who is addicted to his job/hobby and a harmless polite guy who came from another place. Together, they must prevent their special dream/place from collapsing.

  10. Daniel
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    “The writing was bland”
    I think you should learn 日本語, I suspect shows like these get destroyed in translation. The writing was great and the characters were believable.

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