12 Days of Christmas: A Choir of Unity – Day V
On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love for anime gave to me…
5 fun choir members
4 gigabytes of data
3 lovely flowers
2 sides of consciousness
And a wish-granting rock.
Tari Tari is produced by P.A Works, who had previously made high-quality anime like Another and Hanasaku Iroha. Having similar atmospheres with the latter, it can’t be helped that Tari Tari is being constantly compared to it, a show which is indefinitely superior then Tari Tari, but by it’s own, Tari Tari is a great, fun and heartwarming show.
Tari Tari starts with Konatsu, having problems with the current choir club and wanting to open up her own choir club in the school. She forced her good friend Sawa to join soon after that, both Taichi and Wien joined due to some special circumstances, and last but not least, Wakana, who had only been helping them on the sidelines, officially join the club after coming to terms with her past.
“For Wakana Sakai, who had started studying music, it’s time to face the tragedy that made her abandon that path. For Sawa Okita, it’s about her dreams of riding professionally. And for Konatsu Miyamoto, it’s about bringing her friends together through the magic of song. Can something as simple as the formation of a chorus club really help solve the hurts and pangs that come with growing up? Can music bring people together despite their differences?”
The MAL synopsis above touched on the question that whether or not music could bring everyone together. It was already a wonder how the five main characters could actually join together since they are so different, Wakana had a trauma that made her wanted to avoid singing if possible, Sawa, dreamed of becoming a jockey, and Taichi is the sole member of the badminton club who had exactly no knowledge in singing and Atsuhiro aka Wien, is a newly transferred student who barely understood Japanese customs. When put it like that, it was quite amazing for Konatsu to be able to put together a group of varying individuals like that.
I like the last few episodes where the the theme of bringing everyone together with music is taken on a literal sense. Tayoru, the principal of the school, was forced by his superiors to demolish the school to make way for newer buildings, just right before the culture festival, destroying the hopes and dreams of all the students.
The “Choir and Sometimes Badminton” club decided to make a stand, and perform regardless of the situation, previous people who were in conflict with them before lend a helping a hand to them, most notably Naoko and the Vocal and Wind Instrument Club, collaborating with them on their performance in order to make this a memorable festival despite the circumstances. It was quite a heartwarming scene.
Tari Tari is a fun-filled journey, detailing the life of five teenagers at it’s apex. To me, both Tari Tari and Hanasaku Iroha has their ups and downs; both supremely good anime in their own rights, but both has their respective flaws. Either way, Tari Tari’s simple entertainment and heartwarming presentation will be sure to garner your interest.