Tari Tari: Final Review

Managed to finally cram the last few episodes of Tari Tari and now I’m kicking myself for putting it off for almost a week. Truly, a beautiful ending to a beautiful series. I stand by my initial statement of “It’s K-On!, but with music”, except I want to add “and backstory”. Much like the ending of K-On!, I hated to see Tari Tari end, but cheered it on through the final episodes. Leading to an ending I hate to love because it means no more Tari Tari.

While none of the characters (except maybe Wein) really stand out to me, the group as a whole leave an impression that’s hard to compete with. The Choir and Sometimes Badminton Club was just a ragtag group of individuals who were dragged into a project to spite a vice principal who turned out to not be so mean-spirited after all. As the group learned the meaning of music in people’s lives, the character stories expanded beyond the main 5 to include almost everyone teacher and parent in this music-loving town. And as the story progressed, I ended up hating the spineless principal more than the ice queen of a vice principal (maybe because I was more sympathetic to her towards the end).

As serious as the characters took music, there was always time for comedic interjection. I absolutely loved the Market Rangers, Red Ranger Wein is now my favorite superhero, but the whole scene with Wein reclaiming Konatsu’s stolen possessions helps to show just how important music is the lives of the characters while developing them steadily throughout the whole story.

If I have any complaint with Tari Tari, it’s that the ending left a sign of stories to come. While I feel the series has come to a reasonable, well established ending, I get the feeling it’s left open for future seasons which I don’t think would fare very well. Part of the interest in Tari Tari is seeing the 5 high schoolers developing closer bonds together where they used to be simply classmates, leading to an experience none of them could’ve imagined possible as they overcame obstacles and kept true to the music they love.

Tari Tari had a strong set of character backstories and development with a plot that moved with the characters instead of a set, determined goal. Though slow at times, the events around the high schoolers were strongly written. The animation was nothing short of brilliant never seemed to slip.

Final rating: 91

Tari Tari – BeldenOtaku’s Photobucket

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2 thoughts on “Tari Tari: Final Review

  1. I suppose you are lacking comments, so I may as well add one.

    While I did enjoy Tari Tari for the fact that the story didn’t drag on and Mari Okada wasn’t there to insert some of her fetishes and emasculation, it wasn’t 100% perfect. I was kind of disappointed by the lack of development with the male characters (Wien only got one episode or rather, one and a half while Tanaka only got several minutes). Also, the villains are kind of lame, but still… I think this show deserved more episodes compared to Hanasaku Iroha as they only cover the surface.

    Aside from that,one of these days, you should check out True Tears… that has a bit more love triangle drama, but it’s good (aside for the fact that I only watched 6 episodes because of time constraints).

    • Agreed, I wanted more Wien as well. (Though I’m not wanting more) Tanaka could use more time as well.
      Might have to add True Tears to the watch list and talk to you about it thereafter :3

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