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OP Sequence

OP: 「Dreamer」 by AiRI
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「飛び出したり誘ったり」 (Tobidashishitari Sasottari)
“Running and Inviting”

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too excited the moment I opened the first episode of TARI TARI. Most of it probably came from Divine’s less than excited opinion about another slice-of-life anime from P.A. Works with a premise that on paper sounds about as fun as playing with a dead cat. However, by the time the credits started to roll I was a little shocked by how strongly the show really grabbed me in. I can’t put my finger on it just yet, but something about its quirky premise combined with its (for the most part) lighthearted characters create something that feels pretty amazing.

And by amazing, I mean creating something that feels a bit different than the standard “girls doing whatever girls” do type of show. Seeing how this is P.A. Works, I have faith that they’ll fix some of the problems they had a few seasons ago with Hanasaku Iroha. While it may have been a good attempt at trying to do things a little differently with an original story, it did have its faults — especially with how slow the story moved during crucial moments. But it’s been nearly a year since then and I see a lot of good things over the horizon. With only 13 episodes to tell its story, I have faith that TARI TARI will be able to skip all the fluff and deliver the hard hitting, emotional story that I know P.A. Works can create.

But what good would that be if there weren’t characters who could deliver this amazing story I’m looking for? Luckily, it seems that both the characters and their seiyuu seem to have everything under control. Not only do we have a fairly diverse cast of characters who all have their own little quirks but I can’t think of anything negative about any of them. You have the hard headed Konatsu who’s leveled out by the fashionable Sawa; Wakana, the girl who has a deep dark secret which is just waiting to be revealed; and the two guys Taichi and Wien, one of whom seems to be reading a terribly out of date book about Japanese culture. Plus, instead of the bad guy being within the group it seems that the Vice Principal will round things out and fill that role quite perfectly with that attitude of hers (Even though I’m fairly certain that somewhere down the line, we’ll get to see how she’s actually not a prick and cares a lot for her students)..

As it stands, I’m really excited for what TARI TARI has to show us. With seiyuu who sound amazing when they sing and a group dynamic that seems fresh to say the least, things are looking really positive. Let’s hope that the next two episodes manage to capitalize on it and take it to a whole new level!

P.S. It’s my birthday today! YAY!


ED Sequence

ED: 「潮風のハーモニー」 (Shiokaze no Haamonii) by 白浜坂高校合唱部 宮本来夏(瀬戸麻沙美)& 沖田紗羽(早見沙織)(Shirahamasaka Koukou Gassyoubu — Miyamoto Konatsu (CV: Seto Asami) & Okita Sawa (CV: Hayami Saori))
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July 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm
  • July 8, 2012 at 2:39 pmBeedle

    I kept replaying this scene over and over again for the past week…

    Happy Birthday Takaii!

    • July 8, 2012 at 2:57 pmTakaii

      ME TOO! I love it <3

      • July 8, 2012 at 2:57 pmTakaii

        And Thank You!

      • July 8, 2012 at 10:12 pmZeross

        Same, but will now switch for a scene in ep2 wich i wont spoil here =D

      • July 11, 2012 at 12:17 amfullmetalmya

        Happy Belated Birthday, Takaii!

        Ditto, I can’t get enough of that last scene. Konatsu really won me over with that determination of hers. Awesome first episode.

  • July 8, 2012 at 2:45 pmelmaton04

    I had low expectations for this show as well and it took me by surprised.

  • July 8, 2012 at 2:46 pmSalbazier

    Sawa is so awesome :3

    It’s a nice thing to hear the choir at the beginning of the episode singing that true tears song (forgot the title). It bring back memories, especially since I’m currently rewatching true tears

    • July 8, 2012 at 2:54 pmMrRei

      Reflectia by Eufonius…

      True Tears PV

    • July 8, 2012 at 9:16 pmAoihoshikage

      I nearly choked on the apple I was eating when I heard Reflectia sung by the chorus. Then I remembered P.A. Works did True Tears, which is one of my favorite animes. Looking forward to this show!

    • July 9, 2012 at 8:01 amestron

      I was surprised when I heard them singing that too, in a good way because I liked that song.

    • July 9, 2012 at 8:20 pmjackxu

      I also noticed that the seiyuu who played Noe in True Tears plays Wakana here in Tari Tari.

  • July 8, 2012 at 2:48 pmPerlaNemesis

    Happy Birthday, Takaii! And I’m very happy to hear that you like Tari Tari. ^^ So far I’m loving it. <3

    • July 8, 2012 at 2:58 pmTakaii

      Thank you! <3

  • July 8, 2012 at 2:52 pmeman

    Sawa is a snappy dresser.

    • July 8, 2012 at 3:20 pmMrRei

      So lady like.. I’d send someone like her some flowers just for looking cute. :)

  • July 8, 2012 at 3:08 pmBenz

    I just love this part during the op


    she so cute like a cowgirl.

  • July 8, 2012 at 3:25 pmKaka

    At first the whole package did seem a little too generic, similar to what I felt when Hanasaku Iroha first aired. But turns out the characters’s personalities are very realistic and honest so I have my hopes up for this show :)

  • July 8, 2012 at 3:26 pmCrook

    Why do I always feel awkward myself when I watch awkward moments?
    Anyhow, happy birthday Takaii, awesome that you still took your time to write this :)

  • July 8, 2012 at 3:51 pmc2710

    Omedetto danjobi takaii = D

    I must say, i’m quite happy with the ep. Though a few Shots of the school reminds me of Angel Beats. I love the character designs though my favourite would be this girl for the fashion sense > http://randomc.net/image/TARI%20TARI/TARI%20TARI%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2031.jpg

    WRT the song that the choir was singing, I didn’t realise that it was Reflectica… Gotta go watch it again.

    • July 8, 2012 at 5:06 pmkuroishinigami

      The right word should be Otanjyoubi Omedetto, but I guess takaii should understand the intent I guess lol

      Anyway, takaii-sama, happy birthday!!!

      • July 8, 2012 at 7:52 pmc2710

        RAR! ahahaha!

        so THAT’S how you spell it! thx!

  • July 8, 2012 at 4:13 pmSilivious

    She reminds me of Sonico with those headphones….XD

  • July 8, 2012 at 4:14 pmP Ko

    I really like the art/animation for this. Tis very pretty.

  • July 8, 2012 at 4:29 pmKumakaori

    Ennnnh, I dont know if I came in with high hopes, or what, but I was less than entertained by this first episode :/. Hearing Reflectia was FREAKING AWESOME. That one teacher, er the VP? Is a total asshole D:. Our MC is adorable, I love anime that concerns music, so I want to like the series… I’m a sucker for archery so it was fun to see a bit of that. The Tenkousei… can I smack him? I really want to smack him >.<;;;.

    I've just got bad vibes that all my attention isn't on the MC, and it's going to be less than fun to watch :/. *sigh*. I'll give it another week or two, but I'm just not confident I can enjoy this series :(…

  • July 8, 2012 at 5:14 pmSushiGoKart

    I really enjoyed this show as well! I loved the pregnant teacher, she was really funny and down to earth. She does a lot to really ground the cast. I’m hoping this can really be the Anime version of glee… I’ve said this before xD

  • July 8, 2012 at 5:48 pmpetitorenji

    Yep, yep. Very pleasant stuff here. Very good set / char designs and animation quality.
    I’m just praying for that Vienna transfer dude to not turn into a gentlemanly cliche. That blonde girl is starting to transform into Chitanda / Haruhi (her high enthusiasm, stubbornness, and let’s-create-a-new-club obsession): I’m hoping the similarities stop there.

    I’m actually more interested in that music instructor. She’s more like the real ones that we have here in the states for high school (or any competitive-level choir) music teachers.

  • July 8, 2012 at 6:27 pmstarss

    Oh my. The animation in this show looks really good, from the thumbnails!

  • July 8, 2012 at 6:43 pmDaExterminator

    Gawd I love the show already.

  • July 8, 2012 at 7:03 pmSerapita

    Happy birthday Takaii!

    About the show, well, since I like Hanasaku Iroha, I have high expectation of the show. I will reserve the judgment til after 3rd-4th episode but it’s looking good so far. I really like the art direction of PA works in this and Hanasaku Iroha but I can’t put it into word about why… it looks.. soothing?

    • July 8, 2012 at 7:51 pmchamelean75

      I agree, this show is very “soothing”. It sort of makes all the worries go away, a bit like the feeling I get from watching K-on!

      • July 9, 2012 at 1:28 amSerapita

        Yeah, I mean just look at the ED where Konatsu and Sawa shake their body like that. It really makes all my worries go away.

  • July 8, 2012 at 7:50 pmchamelean75

    I must be one of the few who was actually looking forward to this show. I’m really enjoying it so far. The second episode is even better than the first episode.

  • July 8, 2012 at 8:08 pmTingster013

    I enjoyed this episode very much. To me, it will turn out better than AKB0048, but it is still the first episode so there is will be more to look out for…

  • July 8, 2012 at 8:49 pmNhelraios

    *reads PA Works in the frontpage*

    There goes another show on my watch list. Damn, it just keeps adding up. I also very much liked Hanasaku Iroha so I doubt this’ll disappoint.

  • July 8, 2012 at 9:20 pmClick

    The key to Tari Tari’s success is going to be consistency. 3 out of 5 (Angel Beats, Another, Hanasaku Iroha) have had major consistency issues, especially in the latter halves.

  • July 8, 2012 at 9:42 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    congratulations!!! but i’ll take the dead cat…yeah i’ll give it more than 1 ep

  • July 9, 2012 at 12:21 amBabu

    I like this show, more then i thought… And happy b-day :D

  • July 9, 2012 at 12:30 amJason Isenberg

    PA does it again

  • July 9, 2012 at 4:27 amjoeshen

    No epic birthday bundt cake for you this year.

  • July 9, 2012 at 5:50 amqwerty

    Seriously PA art is just too good, the detail and designs that aren’t completely generic. A lot of it does remind me of HanaIro, the three girls here kind of have the same feeling as the three we had there but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Can’t wait to see more. Even if it doesn’t turn out to be the best of the season I still think it’ll be a show worth watching all throughout.

  • July 9, 2012 at 5:54 amMike


  • July 9, 2012 at 6:03 amKinny Riddle

    Happy birthday, Takaii. Now get your arse moving and churn out them blogs faster next time for this show and Hyouka as well. I do wonder if you’ve been possessed by Houtarou and his energy-saving tendencies of procrastinating over blogging. lol

    With episode 2 already aired, it would have been more energy-saving for you to release two at once.

    Anyway, yes, the premise looks promising, with another show featuring the “optimal formula” (which I’ve mentioned in the Kokoro Connect thread) of 3 girls and 2 boys.

    Konatsu drives the story with her cuteness and energy, her BFF Sawa (with hawt figure and trendy clothings) acts as her moral support and voice of reason. Wakana is the (tsundere?) girl with sad secret. Wien is the eccentric outsider, and finally there’s Taichi in the “Kyon role” – aka the Generic Guy.

    And being PA Works, the scenery pr0n is stunning as usual. And this time it’s brought back character designer Sekiguchi Kanami and composer Hamaguchi Shirou, who have both worked on Hanasaku Iroha, this should be something to look forward to.

  • July 9, 2012 at 6:04 amKinny Riddle

    Viral video showing how Konatsu epic-failed in last year’s recital.


  • July 9, 2012 at 10:03 amD-LaN

    Happy late B-day Takaii. I will surely check this out after I fin my test!

  • July 9, 2012 at 10:15 amEsque

    God, it’s been four years since I last heard ‘Reflectia’ by Eufonius. So awesome, it brings me back to True Tears!

  • July 9, 2012 at 12:27 pmCherrie

    Haven’t been in IRC or Skype recently, but happy belated takaii =) I saw it pop up on my Skype! Yay! Hope you had a good one ^^

  • July 9, 2012 at 8:25 pmWhee

    happy bday!

    y i already love tari tari-
    founder/president of badminton club with 1 member forever alone.
    that’s exactlyyyyyy me.

  • July 10, 2012 at 2:33 amexia

    Loved true tears, and I have a feeling I will like this show too.

    Sort of reminds me of k-on but with actual plot and actual worries, which is a WAY step up over generic moeblobery.

  • July 11, 2012 at 3:03 pmtra-


    Was wondering… The scene just before the above (the 2 girls) looks very similar to the ‘strict teacher’ here and Sakai’s mother in the part before the OP. If that’s true, they will probably wrap some sort of plot around that some time down the future.. intriguing..

  • July 13, 2012 at 12:02 pmSoraNoKaze

    Happ late B-Day Takaii