Kicking off the summer anime season with “Tari Tari”, a new series I decided to watch based on its promotional video which made it look like the type of slice-of-life show that’s right up my alley.
With a basic plot premise of five high school classmates coming together to form a new vocal club, “Tari Tari” might at first glance sound similar to “K-ON!” but the first episode quickly dispels such ideas as they’ve actually not much in common at all.
Could not shake a feeling of nostalgia while watching this first episode as “Tari Tari” feels quite familiar to another series created by studio PA Works. From an explicit homage with the school choir signing ‘Reflectia’, or rough similarities in the uniforms to the general atmosphere, it all felt quite akin to “True Tears”.
Though “Tari Tari” most reminded me of “Hanasaku Iroha”, its animation style more closely resembles that PA Works’ show, together with the overall mood that suggests a coming of age slice-of-life story focused on a small group of characters.
Animation in this opening episode is very good, near flawless even. Undoubtedly the clos resemblance in visual style to “Hanasaku Iroha” and “True Tears” is due to the fact that Sekiguchi Kanami who adapted the original character designs for “Tari Tari” was also responsible for the animation character design adaptations of both “Hanasaku Iroha” and “True Tears”.
Energetic Konatsu is voiced by Seto Asami, who previously voiced characters like Chihaya in “Chihayafuru”, Yoshino in “Hourou Musuko” and Lan in this season’s returning show “Rinne no Lagrange”.
Sawa is voiced by Hayami Saori who voiced characters like Ayase in “Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga nai”, Kou in “Wagaya no Oinari-sama”, Musubi in “Sekiei”, Yuuno in “MM!” and also voices Sachi in this season’s “Sword Art Online”.
Wonder how much we’ll see of the strict assistant principal Takanashi as she’s voiced by Tanaka Atsuko, who also voiced Caster in “Fate/stay night” and Claudette in “Queen’s Blade”, but also one of my all time favorite characters, Motoko Kusanagi from “Ghost in the Shell”.
Having started with a good first episode, have high hopes for this show and am quite anxious to see what it will turn out to be. Will it be mostly heart warming slice-of-life like “Hanasaku Iroha” or will it surprise us by becoming more serious and add drama like we saw in “True Tears”? Can’t wait to see!