@flyingmouth interesting that we both say the anime doesn't really need to be anything other than what it is and others here say it does. It just tells me that they're not into this type of show. Carole & Tuesday is an anime about two girls who love music in a world that is subjected to its corporate overlords' auto-generated twisted visions of music. Directed by someone who's goal was to make that type of story happen. So, what does that require, if the focus of the entire anime is music? It requires music. Watanabe could have framed it any way he wanted, really. He could have gone more abstract, with a story whose message wasn't so clear cut, or he could have gone for a super in depth story with the deepest most down to earth characters ever with existential and societal struggles portrayed perfectly to reality and really went into what makes them tick and explored the nuances of their psychology. But that would have been completely unnecessary for the purposes of: MUSIC. The story beats are very good to this purpose. I don't see what anyone's talking about there, everything seems to happen naturally and it's structured well for the story. Everything besides the main theme if explored well is just a bonus. For example the little robot thing writing a music video- that was a shitty one, because it completely distracted from the reason the show is entertaining and places it all on a couple of one-off characters that will never be important in the long run. Besides the one thing good about it I could say which is, it gives us more insight on mars technology culture. The rest of it was very good because it all focuses on the connection between the characters, the world, music, and the directions they're all going in. C&T get a manager who is a former part of a now very different music industry who wants to bring back what he loves about music, and to that end he wants to help these girls who get it to succeed and win out over the tops of the roboticized mars music industry. Now I can't imagine what part of that needs much more than what it already has. It would just be unnecessary to add anything else. What we do have to supplant the theme of it is the idea that the "magic" of music can come from anywhere, from either of these two characters carole, a girl living in that high tech/retro slums world who wants to survive long enough for her music to be heard and tuesday, a girl living in the upper class who runs away from her aristocratic family to be free to write her music. The two meet and obviously are made for each other, one writes lyrics, one writes tunes. Everything Watanabe needs to make this theme fully explored in-world is there and they're handling it well. Dude even leaves a lot of clues around and subtle visual storytelling as to how the girls both feel about it, the situations they're in, even developing their adversaries pretty well. As for them being generic characters, again, that's a criticism that's hard for people to grasp when they haven't been in a medium oversaturated with the kind of characters that are being called generic, so it's a criticism that I couldn't give less of a shit about. Having hardly seen any characters like these two, it's like, okay you can think that but this explanation of your problem with the show does nothing for me. The two have distinct personalities. They're both pretty humorous and their chemistry is sweet, Carole being the more weighed down by reality one of the two (slightly) in that tuesday shows more impulsiveness and ambition. Tuesday's excitable at times but reasonably, but they're both pretty chill all things considered. Callbacks to tuesday fucking fainting that one time? Carole is more sassy, and less emotional. So using that short description of their contrasts as characters, along with their designs, I can't think of many other characters I've seen who are like them, they have a lot of uniqueness. They aren't typical protagonists from what I've seen of anime. Their roles can't be filled with another character that already exists and have the same feel. Plus we have a whole other cour to explore these girls. Now that's all well and good if your only goal is to judge a car by what's under the hood, and since we know this car runs well now we can look at the fuckin' chassis. The anime is presented brilliantly. It's emotional, it looks dazzlingly beautiful, the music is great, character designs are unique and stylish, the world is really pretty and creative with its marsy mix of outer space cowboy bebop style slums and high tech futuristic metropolis, just as I would expect to see on a fully populated mars with a thriving music industry- and it all comes together in a way that's, and forgive me for stealing another catchphrase, but: pretty wizard. Lastly Lots wrong with that. And you're misinterpreting flying's point. Saying that because something that's the type of thing you aren't into, the director could have done better. No. The director could have done it differently. It would have been worse any other way.