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Episode 09:

TARI TARI   09   01 TARI TARI   09   02 TARI TARI   09   03
TARI TARI   09   04 TARI TARI   09   05 TARI TARI   09   06
TARI TARI   09   07 TARI TARI   09   08 TARI TARI   09   09
TARI TARI   09   10 TARI TARI   09   11 TARI TARI   09   12
TARI TARI   09   13 TARI TARI   09   14 TARI TARI   09   15
TARI TARI   09   16 TARI TARI   09   17 TARI TARI   09   18
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TARI TARI   09   25 TARI TARI   09   26 TARI TARI   09   27
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TARI TARI   09   31 TARI TARI   09   32 TARI TARI   09   33
TARI TARI   09   34 TARI TARI   09   35 TARI TARI   09   36

「白くなったり 赤くなったり」 (Shiroku Nattari Akaku Nattari)
“Turning White and Turning Red”


Ah, after 10,000 year’s I’m free! It’s time to conquer Earth!
Alpha! Rita’s escaped. Recruit a team with teenagers with attitude!

Shame on you if you didn’t get that reference by the way, cuz’ ya’ll gonna be missin’ out on a lot this post if you didn’t. Because this week on Power Rangers TARI TARI, we got a new group of teenagers with attitude taking up the reigns and answering them 5-4-1 emergency calls. And as expected, Wien finally gets his time in the spotlight, not only for TARI TARI, but as the vaunted Red Ranger. Comin’ in the rear we got Taichi as the White Ranger (TIGER POWER“), Wakana as the Pink Ranger, Sawa as the Veggie Green Ranger, and Konatsu as the Yellow Curry Ranger. The new cast is a bit unorthodox, having three female rangers on the cast rather than the usual two, but I’ll take that anyday. Their humble abode? The Western Shopping District! Because like the store owners said: “nothing beats honest effort“. Well, I mean, I would stay there too if they were paying me 30000 yen for 5x 10 minute shifts a day for a weekend… Anyway, we sadly don’t get to see the rangers dialin’ in their 3-3-5 morphin’ sequences yet, but we’ll rectify that next episode.

Moving on, I reckon that’s enough references for now, so let’s get to it.

As mentioned before, Wien begins his gradual movement into the limelight this episode, and we find that not all’s what we expected it to be. For one, the person he sends his letters to is actually not related as previous expected, but rather a close friend. I guess it doesn’t make much of a difference, but what does is the fact that Wien finds out his letters haven’t been delivered due to Jan moving away at some point. As a result though, we see just exactly why he has the seeming obsession with the Ganba Rangers, as they symbolize the person he wants to be to Jan: the hero that inspires hopes and dreams. Because, remember that “tomorrow doesn’t come because the sun rises in the morning fools. It rises because people keep hope in their hearts”. (YEAH!)

In ways, it’s a kind of typical childhood fantasy for the most part, something that a lot of kids have thought about (well, at least the hero part) at some point. But as childish as it seems, I just can’t find it in my heart to brush it off as some delusional thing not worth buying into. And well, it’s because I love the idealistic nature of the concept. The fact is, Wien clearly knows at this point the world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows, but he still strives to be a hero nonetheless because he understands the abstract symbolic importance of having a hero to look up to. I could go into a whole thing about this alone, but for now, let’s just say that the bottom line is we learn a lot about Wien this episode. And they’re things that seemingly make him perhaps the most mature member of the group at the moment, which is something I hadn’t really expected. But hey, this series seems to love throwing those, and I ain’t complainin’.

And this goes into the other major aspect I wanted to mention today: the fact that this episode throws us a different way of focusing the limelight. See, the other episode involving a focus on a specific character, gave that character a bulk of the screen time. What this episode does instead, is manage to show the obvious focus on Wien with only slightly more airtime than the other characters. And it’s amazing, not only because the series shows it can easily shift in presentation style and still maintain the quality, but because of how it does it. It’s not just some bullocks way of modifying screen time and adding more dialogue or something. Rather, what they did, was take the theme of heroism, and subtly weave it into the episode. You can tell a lot of aspects relate to Wien without having him in the picture and others get their equivalent time in the spotlight too. Just great to watch.

See, there’s Wakana’s continued struggles with completing her mother’s song. We still get to see that, as well as the continued awesomeness of her dad too. And we also get a bit of a sample into the mindset behind writing music as well, as it’s revealed that Wakana’s mother usually does things on the spot, using that moment of inspiration, rather than forcing it. What’s even better is how the series subtly suggests that while her mother did it that way, it doesn’t mean that’s the only right way to do it. Some people may find that better, some people may find forcing themselves to do it better. There’s no right answer and it just reminds me so much of when I was struggling to write my novels back then. Also regarding Wakana, let’s not forget this priceless scene

Continuing, we also get to see Sawa and her continued dilemma, as the others attempt to look for other horse related careers for her. In the end, we get the revelation that she could theoretically just raise horses, but she just “can’t be content with others riding the horses she raised”. And the thing that’s notable about this, is how I’ve felt exactly the same as her at one point, except regarding my love for fighter aircraft. I figured I’ve love making planes, but the big problem was that my airsickness/motion sickness, as well as regulations, just wouldn’t let me ride in that same plane I made. And the thought of not being able to do so with something I made myself, was something that made it impossible for me to chase that as a profession.

All in all, I really run myself out of words discussing this series. There’s so much to like despite the on-the-surface plain premise and for me, there’s just so much connection to my life in it as well. I’ve watched many slice-of-life genres in the past, but only TARI TARI has given me that sense of connection to it all… that sense where I can really relate to the characters.

Author’s Note: Apologies for the delay. Took a bit longer to piece together all those references, so the post wasn’t quite ready by the time the site came back up. Figured I’d delay it for a double post to get a better, more complete post for this episode than the half-arsed one I had at the time.

 

Episode 10:

TARI TARI   10   01 TARI TARI   10   02 TARI TARI   10   03
TARI TARI   10   04 TARI TARI   10   05 TARI TARI   10   06
TARI TARI   10   07 TARI TARI   10   08 TARI TARI   10   09
TARI TARI   10   10 TARI TARI   10   11 TARI TARI   10   12
TARI TARI   10   13 TARI TARI   10   14 TARI TARI   10   15
TARI TARI   10   16 TARI TARI   10   17 TARI TARI   10   18
TARI TARI   10   19 TARI TARI   10   20 TARI TARI   10   21
TARI TARI   10   22 TARI TARI   10   23 TARI TARI   10   24
TARI TARI   10   25 TARI TARI   10   26 TARI TARI   10   27
TARI TARI   10   28 TARI TARI   10   29 TARI TARI   10   30
TARI TARI   10   31 TARI TARI   10   32 TARI TARI   10   33
TARI TARI   10   34 TARI TARI   10   35 TARI TARI   10   36

「萌えたり 燃えたり」 (Hou Etari Moe Tari)
“Crashing and Burning”

It’s another great episode to conclude the Ganba Ranger/Wien arc this week, with fun and games and a healthy dipping of serious development to add to the flavor.

Wien takes the lead as well as any Red Ranger would, coming out by himself to start things off in the Shopping District. The others are a tad bit reluctant, but of course there’s Konatsu there to just summon out that extra burst of energy to get everyone else to join in. And it’s pretty fun to watch to say the least. There’s the whole nostalgia factor going for it, especially for someone who was a big fan of Power Rangers back in the day, with a deeper message about heroes and justice to go along with it as well. Things don’t go all fine and dandy though, as there’s always someone who has to ruin the party. I knew the man on the bike looked out of place/suspicious, but I didn’t think he’d actually bother trying to steal our lovely Curry Ranger’s bag! WHAT A CREEP. Wien gives him a nice chase (understatement of the year) and takes a bit of a beating as a result, but keeps true to his words: “A true hero doesn’t have the choice to give up”. The rest of the group join up in time, and it’s justice served.

Moving to a more serious side though, it’s nice to see the rest of the group rally around Wien in terms of continuing the Shopping District gig even though they were told to stop, as well as embracing the roles with a similar enthusiasm to him as well. That sense of comradery, or like Wakana said few episodes back: feeling of “knowing someone cares”, really demonstrates the importance of being there for someone and how important a great friendship is. It sounds corny, it’s used a lot, but the fact remains that there’s a lot of truth to it. As much as you want to do something yourself, there are things you can only do with the help of another, and times where you just need someone to listen… and TARI TARI does one of the better depictions of this theme in recent history. The dynamics are just superb, and it’s a pleasure to watch, week in, week out. Wien doesn’t get as much of a dramatic story arc as Sawa and Wakana did, but the fact its so different, yet packs a nice punch, shows how well the creators have been able to create different scenarios and weave them together.

And what a masterful weaving it is, as not only does Wien get to have his moment in the spotlight, we get the somewhat more subtle build up involving Wakana’s quest to complete her mother’s composition as well. Wakana finally approaches the Vice-Principal for advice, and I’ll admit I was surprised at her response, as she gives us another great set of quotes in a series full of them:

“It’s because you’re not enjoying yourself. You can’t do it if you think you “have” to. That’s work. A song is something that flows naturally from the depths of your heart.”

And it just shows how much she loves music, to the point where she maintains a tough (even harsh) exterior to ensure people reach their highest potential. But more importantly, the developments highlight just how much she was impacted by the death of Wakana’s mother. There are just few things worse than hearing the words, “I was glad to see you one last time… because it seems I’m not going to make it” from your best friend, and I’m just really surprised that she managed to hold in the tears at that point. It’s something I know I wouldn’t have been able to do if I were in her position, that’s for sure. Heck, I found myself getting somewhat emotional just watching this scene!

Looking forward, it seems like there are bigger issues start coming into play as we approach the White Festival and the final episodes of what has been the best new series of the season. But before I let ya guys and gals off for the week, let’s have a chuckle at some of the more comedic/awesome scenes of this episode:

  • It’s all fun and games until the guy strains his back. But no worries, we have replacements.
  • Wakana owning the Vice-Principal: “Don’t you think going back on something you’ve already approved is extremely unprofessional?”
  • TRIO OF AWESOMENESS.
  • Konatsu thinking of selling her greatest treasure to raise cash for the White Festival. A HNNNGG moment if I’ve ever seen one.
  • Full-length images: 32, 33.

     

    Preview

    TARI TARI   10   Preview 01 TARI TARI   10   Preview 02 TARI TARI   10   Preview 03
    September 3, 2012 at 10:15 am
    24 comments »
    • September 3, 2012 at 10:27 amold giza

      • September 4, 2012 at 5:55 amEuzio

        omg nostalgia max!

    • September 3, 2012 at 10:51 amKF

      This story killed me! Episode 10 was so hammy I had to make sure I didn’t laugh too hard or I disturb the neighbors. I love this show.

      TQ

    • September 3, 2012 at 12:04 pmfragb85

      No mention of the awesome cameo by the great, hotblooded Hiyama Nobuyuki as Ganba Red? That’s epic win right there.

      Speaking of epic Wien this arc cements the fact that Wien is my favorite character. For a minute it seemed he would take the same depression spiral of the last arcs when he gets Jan’s letter back. But nope, he promptly releases his GAR, gives the gods of angst the middle finger and embraces the entire superhero shtick. Then he promptly chases a thief’s bike ON FOOT and tanks a beating form a grown adult. Rarely is there a goofy nerd that can practice what he preaches. Manly as f***.

      I also like the fact that Konatsu was easily swept away by Wien’s enthusiasm. She’s a natural on GAR too.

    • September 3, 2012 at 2:16 pmEmD

      I am extremely disappointed this post does not have a screencap of Wien standing with the sunset behind him.

      • September 3, 2012 at 4:34 pmBass.EXE

        Here you go, pal. And I even got rid of the water mark, just for you
        http://i.imgur.com/Q3pwq.jpg

        • September 3, 2012 at 11:31 pmEmD

          Thank you based Bass

    • September 3, 2012 at 3:26 pmRyuuzaki21

      okay, why am i watching this again?

      oh, for more ohana and minchi, oh wait..

    • September 3, 2012 at 5:23 pmNhelraios

      Oh god, dat Wakana singing out of her vocal range. <3

    • September 3, 2012 at 6:47 pmstarss

      POWER RANGERS WTF!!!

    • September 3, 2012 at 7:52 pmCybersteel

      Damn so GAR!!! Wallpaper for sure!

    • September 3, 2012 at 9:30 pmKinny Riddle

      Anyone notice how Sawa has such a nice figure that she actually ripped her ranger costume when changing into it in episode 9? XD (Amazing how the girls’ managed to patch that up that it’s unnoticeable by episode 10)

      Oh and episode 10 sure was campy, in an epically good way. lol
      Our “heroes” (perhaps bar Wien) knew the whole thing was cheesy, but they were enjoying it, that’s what matters. Wakana even purposely sang in a high pitch just to add to the cheesiness.

      Everyone knows Takagaki Ayahi (Wakana) can sing, being a member of idol group SPHERE, though here she demonstrates her versatile vocal range with that incredibly high pitch singing.

      • September 4, 2012 at 12:17 pmHighway

        Well, I’m not surprised it ripped, she’s wearing a boy’s costume instead of a girl’s costume. When she mentioned in episode 9 that her costume didn’t have a skirt, I had assumed she meant all of them, but it was just hers, as Wakana’s and Konatsu’s both have skirts.

      • September 5, 2012 at 10:15 pmSherylfan

        Yeah Wakana was awesome, going the extra distance with the high pitched voice, I was lol so hard. That and wien GAR moment was just awesome.

    • September 3, 2012 at 9:47 pmUkiyaSeed

      My god, those homemade suits look like from the ones from Go-Onger (Google it, show has a lot of prominent anime VAs) while the TV show suits are the ones from Maskman (a Sentai show from the 80′s that features elements such as love story and betrayal… also cross dressing)!

    • September 3, 2012 at 10:44 pmsatey

      power rangers doing yet give next year megaforce season (with big all rangers battle)

      hmm looking so far i think so plan to check series in my post-summer season watching.

      • September 5, 2012 at 2:22 amUkiyaSeed

        > Waiting for Megaforce

        Ha! Japan already did it last year and it’s called Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger. They even have a movie that features 199 Heroes in one big battle, 2 battleships and 33 giant robots in one amazing final battle.

        Here’s the movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ciBSWm3Kv4

        • September 5, 2012 at 9:14 amCybersteel

          Is the all Kamen Riders VS Super Sentai released yet?

    • September 3, 2012 at 11:12 pmnero9112

      Wien sure has a tendency of tackling people on bikes.

    • September 4, 2012 at 2:35 amTingster013

      Wien doing the power ranger action make me feel so embarrassed all the time, totally reminded me of the same actions I have done shamelessly!!! Go for it Wien!!!

    • September 4, 2012 at 5:52 amAkago

      Woaahh i’m so speechless

    • September 4, 2012 at 8:40 amRiilme

      now I wonder whether the next episode will focus on Taichi or not, given that there are only 3 episodes left.. (will Konatsu get her own arc?)

    • September 5, 2012 at 11:08 pmsomesilog

      GO GO GANBA RANGERRRRS

    • September 6, 2012 at 10:05 amGreg

      I wonder if they are planing to tear down the school or rebuild it. There were some guys at the end with road/building measuring tools.