「集ったりあがいたり」 (Atsumattari, Agaitari)
“Gathering, Struggling, and…”
I don’t say this very often, but I think I may have been completely wrong on my assumptions about TARI TARI. For some reason, I had this hope that P.A. Works would build off of the mistakes they made with Hanasaku Iroha. Which was far from a bad show — it was just one with a lot of inherit problems with things like its pacing and how it handled the buildup of really important scenes. And seeing how TARI TARI is only one-cour long, I never expected that the second episode would have such horrible pacing. And unless my download was corrupted, which it wasn’t since I decided to download two other copies just to triple check, everything felt like it was in fast forward as soon as we passed the middle of the episode.
I mean, I don’t mind when the writers try trying to plow through things when it’s warranted but we’re only on the second episode! And compared to the beginning, which I thought was really good since it gave the characters time to make their impressions, I didn’t understand why the latter half of the episode went as fast as it did. Besides the lack of emotional appeal since everything was literally just thrown at us, it felt like a cheap attempt to bring Konatsu and Wakana closer together. Essentially, what could have been a really great way to start the series ended up feeling like a complete let down.
However, the first half of the episode was probably one of the most easy-going and enjoyable starts I’ve seen in a slice-of-life. While my personal favorite moment definitely goes to Atsuhiro “Wien” Maeda for mistaking gyuu-don for sukiyaki, there was this strange synergy that I really enjoyed between the girls. Most likely coming from the lively Sawa who seems to be the most positive person in the entire group. And while we’re talking about her, I just want to point out that she’s quickly becoming my favorite character. She has a great sense of style, the height to rock it, and a really positive attitude that managed to charm the supposedly unfriendly Wakana. What more could you ask for?
At the end of the day, I’m still holding out hope for this show. Even though my attention was misdirected toward the thought that the performance would be the climax of the show, an interesting mystery has popped up in its place. Just why the hell is everyone so interested in Wakana? Besides having an affinity toward the piano, just what is she hiding? From the flashbacks to the attention she garners when no one is looking, I’m hoping that it gets fleshed out a bit better than the performance was.
P.S. Did anyone notice how Sawa knocked Konatsu’s ice cream out of its cone when she grabbed her and Wakana? That wasted ice cream…