Those Snow White Notes

Alt title: Mashiro no Oto

TV (12 eps)
3.91 out of 5 from 1,842 votes
Rank #1,307

When Setsu’s grandfather died, so did Setsu’s “sound”—his unique creative spark. Grieving, he goes to Tokyo to find himself…but manages to become totally, literally lost on his first day. Only a chance meeting with Yuna—aka Yuka, the hostess—saves him from being robbed. At first glance their lives seem totally different, but they’re both striving for their dreams—hers, of being an actress, and his, of developing his talent with the shamisen—and it could just be that life in the raucous, unfeeling urban sprawl of Tokyo could just be what binds their fates together…

Source: Kodansha

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Desolate

Episode 1

Desolate

Apple Blossoms

Episode 2

Apple Blossoms

Sudden Downpour

Episode 3

Sudden Downpour

Spring Dawn

Episode 4

Spring Dawn

Playing Together

Episode 5

Playing Together

Homeland

Episode 6

Homeland

Tuning Fork

Episode 8

Tuning Fork

Snow Flurries

Episode 9

Snow Flurries

Wind From the Mountains

Episode 10

Wind From the Mountains

Memories

Episode 11

Memories

Those Snow White Notes

Episode 12

Those Snow White Notes

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vudujuju
4

Those Snow White Notes delivered on the notes, but not much else. Wild Ride Gone Wrong  Though it started and ended on a wild ride, Those Snow White Notes has a whole lotta nothing in between. The story with our protagonist Setsu, who moves to Tokyo to get a fresh start after his grandfather dies. The first episode spins a whirlwind of drama, with each scene progressing quickly to a ridiculous and unpredictable conclusion. However, the show continues on a completely disconnected thread and morphs into a sleep inducing school life anime. Toward the end, the drama picks up with more out-of-left-field twists, but at that point my checked-out brain could barely register them. Replace "sound" with "plot" Music performances The shamisen performances so clearly outshine the rest of the show that they need to be judged on their own scale. They contain compelling character development, drama, visuals and music - all elements that the remainder of the show sorely lacks. Each character has their own playing style, which expresses their personality. These styles were complemented by colorful representations in the visuals. Additionally, the improvisational nature of the shamisen meant that performances could evolve from beginning to end. This allowed for dramatic tension and development within a single performance. These performances were the main reason I stuck with the show. My only criticism stems from the sound director playing background music and performance music simultaneously during commentary or an accompanying flashback. Clashing tracks do not serve well in a music anime. Thankfully this only occurs a couple times during a later episode. Useless characters Let’s do a bit of math. We have Setsu, our main character. Now there are three (arguably four) shamisen competitors of importance. Then we have the three (arguably irritating) school friends. Then we have Setsu’s brother. By the way, there’s also Kamiki Seiryuu (a famous shamisen player), Umeko, and Kamiki Ryuugen (the father of a competitor), who all retain importance throughout the show. How many of these characters does this show invest me in? Well, besides Setsu… none. The large cast of minor characters seems to serve as “Setsu’s audience” but if even the show acknowledges you have a duplicate character, you have a problem. They look at each other and think "Cute." Conclusion This show had so much potential, particularly in the initial fast pace and usage of shamisen. Lastly, I want to acknowledge the performances done by the studio musicians*, who captured such a variety of styles and made me really enjoy the instrument. If only the rest of the anime was as captivating. *I assume it was the Yoshida Brothers, who are credited on the OP but I’ll edit once the soundtrack album is released.

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