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…