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Tari Tari

Aug 6, 2014

TariTari makes for a quick, gripping watch for a slice of life show.  Packed with character development, internal and external conflicts, and a lot of touching moments, it delivers in many ways that other slice of life anime fall short.

TariTari is about a group of students entering their last year of high school coming together to celebrate music and sometimes badmitten. It's about their struggles to find themselves and to be accepted as they are.  

Without including spoilers, it's tough to describe what makes it so good.  Where the series starts and where the series ends feels natural and a little bittersweet. It's easy to become attached to the characters because they are relatable on every level.  They each have their own desires, aspirations, and quirks that are easily associatable to people we know.  It's this type of development and relatability that makes TariTari so likable and memorable.

My only complaint about the series is in the character designs.  Several of the characters had the same face.  For the first few episodes, I had to continuously remind myself that one girl has pigtails and the other doesn't because, other than a slightly different hair color, they look and (for the most part) act essentially the same.  Oddly enough, the supporting cast had a variety of character designs and unique attributes but the main cast looked flat and uninteresting.  Maybe that was part of the draw?  To make them look as average as possible?  

If you're looking for something with a lot of feels, this is definitely the right show for you.  I'd compare it to a more somber and slightly more melancholy version of Love Live School Idol Project with all the caffine and sugar removed.

10/10 story
9/10 animation
10/10 sound
9/10 characters
10/10 overall

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