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Yuru Yuri and Tari Tari Double Trouble First Impression Concessions (Inushinde’s Take)

Since both Yuru Yuri Two-Eighth-Notes and Tari Tari have two repetitious words in the title, and since both have left me feeling either lukewarmly positive or brimming with dispassion, I saw it only fit to cram the insubstantiality of the two in one big post. Enjoy!

Yuru Yuri Two-Eighth-Notes

What’s the greatest joke in the world? If your answer is “lesbians” or any variation thereof, then Yuru Yuri is the show for you, and you’ve already watched, dissected, and defended the first season while gorging yourself on rum raisin ice cream, and nothing I can say could convince you not to do the same with Yuru Yuri Two-Eighth-Notes. And you know what, go for it if you already know it’s your cup of tea, but I hope that the following can persuade any indecisive readers to avoid it.

My biggest problem with Yuru Yuri is that, more often than not, it’s virtually identical to every other four-koma adaptation featuring four cute girls and a cast of side characters that bring the regulation amount of quirkiness to the table. Every once in awhile though, often at the least appropriate times, it has to make the characters flail and scream, “HEY, WE’RE LESBIANS! GET IT? GET IT? GET IT? LAUGH! WAAAAA LESBIANS!” It’s totally unnecessary, which isn’t good in a show that’s supposed to be about fucking yuri.

I tolerated the first season because it had a sort of awkward charm, meandering with little sense of purpose, almost as if it didn’t expect to actually become popular enough to earn a second run. The second season opened with “HOLY SHIT, PEOPLE ACTUALLY LIKED THIS, I CAN’T BELIEVE IT” before reverting to its boring “pseudo-lesbians are funny” spiel, ruining what little appeal it had for me. Some of the jokes worked, but most fell flat when not just reduced to banal conversation, given their tendency to either shamelessly recycle or reference one-off jokes from the first season.

That’s about all I can say on such an insubstantial show, so to summarize, it’s pretty much the same as the first season but with more of an irritating swagger. I hope I can convince others not to bother with it, but it’s not like I can actually physically stop any of my readers from giving it a shot if their morbid curiosity gets the better of them, like it did with me.

Tari Tari

Much like Yuru Yuri Two-Eighth-Notes, you already know if you’ll enjoy Tari Tari or not. If you feel that P.A. Works’ problematic habit of keeping characters within rigid cells of character development is overshadowed by the meticulous attention to detail in their animation, then you’ll likely enjoy the ever-loving hell out of it. If not, then not. The writing’s decent for P.A. Works and the characters themselves are thus far more distinctive than Hanasaku Iroha’s moeblob pick n’ mix, but there’s little else that Scamp hasn’t already said that I can further elaborate on. It doesn’t feel like a failed attempt by robots to pen a comedy script, but neither does it do all that much with what it has.

If I had to choose one of these two to recommend, it’d definitely be Tari Tari, but there are most assuredly better shows that have yet to come out. Still, communicating through sucking on a straw beats out awkward references to lame jokes any day of the week.

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11 Comments

  1. Taka
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 4:41 am | Permalink

    Ugh. I love reading an opinion of a show that insults the audience of said show, poignantly encourages others to stay away rather than allowing them to watch and make their own opinions, and doesn’t even have the decency to be funny. Implying you want to physically throttle anyone who enjoys Yuru Yuri is hilarious.

    • Inushinde
      Posted July 6, 2012 at 5:10 am | Permalink

      I edited out some of the more vitriolic sentiments, since I never meant for anything to be taken as resentment toward Yuru Yuri’s audience, but otherwise I think I adequately explained why I don’t like it without resorting to baseless insults.

      Again, if you like it, more power to you, and I know I probably made a mistake if I gave off the impression that I want to throttle you for doing so. Of course if you still feel embittered, there’s nothing I can do to change that.

    • Posted July 6, 2012 at 5:15 am | Permalink

      Isn’t “allowing others to form their own opinion” exactly what reviews aren’t supposed to do? The purpose of reviews are to save people time by giving them the opinions of people they respect/tend to agree with, so they don’t have to waste their time watching a show they probably won’t like anyway.

  2. Mr.RR
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    @Zork Yeah to a point. However, no two people have the exact same taste all the way down to the core. Even someone who is very like you may like something you hate or vise versa.

    Now they are used to help base your decision, but they are not used to decide for you. You are human and have the ability to make choices on your own.

  3. Someone Else
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    Sorry if this is unrelated but…PLEASE STOP PUTTING (WHOEVER TAKE) in the title, really annoying. Let the By: *insert author name here* at the top of the post page indicate the writer.

    Unless that’s because it’s a first impression post. Please confirm

    • Inushinde
      Posted July 6, 2012 at 6:20 am | Permalink

      Yeah, it’s a first impressions thing, so we can keep everyone’s thoughts somewhat easier to sort out at a glance. It most likely won’t extend past that, so I’m going to ask your patience for just a little while longer.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 6, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

      Just to add, the reason we’re doing this for first impressions is because sometimes we’ll write about the same show. In the future we might collab, but for now this is what we’ve I’ve decided on

  4. luffyluffy
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Ugh, several of my friends watch YuruYuri and i skipped out on the first season so noooope. I must admit, it’s hard to take my friend seriously when she goes from “Reinhard is mai waifu best kaiser only kaiser” to indepth talks about particle physics to “I LOVE YURUYURI TOSHINO KYOOOUUUKO”

    • Inushinde
      Posted July 6, 2012 at 7:42 am | Permalink

      It really isn’t that terrible of a show, I just don’t derive any enjoyment from it whatsoever past a few minor running gags that I can’t even remember. Though to be fair, Kyouko is the best of the bunch.

  5. Posted July 6, 2012 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    The drum student in me want to pronounce it “Yuru Yuru One-And”.

    • Inushinde
      Posted July 6, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

      Damn the sequel for having such a vague suffix!

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