「怒ったり 踊ったり」 (Ikatta ri Odotta ri)
“Angry and Dancing”
Chances are you’ve had that one moment where you just so happened to stumble upon a friend you haven’t seen in awhile. Maybe you’ve even had that one moment where you randomly met someone who changed your life completely. For the members of the Badminton & Choir Club, that chance encounter comes now, in the form of the Condor Queens. As expected though, the musicians (and the stalker!) from last episode were more than meets the eye, as they turn out to have a past intricately linked with not only Konatsu’s, but also Wakana’s. The result? An amazing amount of character development and one of the most enjoyable episodes of the season.
First off, we have some major developments with Konatsu, who we find grew up with her grandfather dancing (SHE’S SO CUTE!) to their music. Understandably excited about meeting her childhood idols of sorts, she ends up cancelling practices in order to talk with them, and even ends up giving up her festival stage to them too! And well, these developments just really demonstrate what kind of person she is: spontaneous, overly excitable, and not really the kind that likes thinking about things before doing them (not that we’d have it any other way!). And we see the many problems she causes as a result as well: Sawa getting angry for the first time all series, the loss of their stage for the festival, and what looked to be the downfall of their club in general. But with flaws and the realization of one’s mistakes, come maturation and the inevitable chance at redemption. And with a few great quotes from the Condor Queens pushing her onward (“”You’ve got a song you can only sing, with the people and feelings you’ve got now.” and “Go back to your stage.”), we see Konatsu starting to develop as a person in general, as she realizes her mistakes and quickly tries to make amends for it.
Sure, she has to be rescued by Wakana, who’s able to secure another stage… but from her comment later when the Condor Queens ask if she wants to go out with them for an encore (“No, thank you. The stage we have is ours, even if it’s a small one”) definitely demonstrates development, as well as the fact she understood the meaning behind the Condor Queens’ quotes… That things you want won’t come to you by chance. You have to seize it yourself with your own effort. And that there are things you can and should do now, that you won’t be able to do later.
Next up, we have the key revelations regarding Wakana, whose mother helped compose the Condor Queens’ greatest work. There’s not much development here per se, but we do find out a bit more about the kind of person her mother was, as well as a clear linkage between why she ended up dropping music and her mother. Her quote of her saying “she doesn’t have the talent” despite the fact she obviously does… just hammers in the latter and gives us a little look at the mental struggles she seems to be fighting through now that her mother’s no longer here. In the end, it’s probably inevitable she’ll end up picking back music before the series is all said and done, but it should still be an amazing ride to see how she ends up overcoming her inner demons… and well, it seems like the first step towards that comes in the form of the letter Wakana’s mother wrote to the Condor Queens years ago.
Moving on, we also get some small developments on the other characters as well. We get to see Sawa’s first experience riding horses, as well as the fact that even she will get angry depending on the situation. We see Atsuhiro’s manliness and dedication to his friends when he tackles down “the stalker” via jumping from a taxi. And we see Taichi’s belief in his friends when he changes his mind about wanting to do the encore with the Condor Queens.
And all in all, it’s just a spectacular episode. At the core of every slice-of-life are the characters and this time, we get nothing but quality development and insight into all of them. And even better, TARI TARI‘s also able to weave an enjoyable and layered story filled with the light hearted aspects the genre’s known for, while mixing more complex aspects at the same time. Really, the show’s just a fun to watch, and it just continues to demonstrate why my choice for TARI TARI as the surprise of the season during the Spring end of season podcast wasn’t as crazy as some people thought! 😀
Animated GIF: 09 (Something I stumbled upon randomly).
Full Lengths: 13
「捨てたり 捨てられなかったり」 (Sute Tari Sute Rarenakattari)
“Throwing Away and Holding On”
It’s been in the works for awhile now, but this week on TARI TARI, the focus is on Wakana. And gosh darn is it an episode full of revelations. Not only do we get the reveal that both Sawa and Wakana’s mothers were originally in the Choir Club with the vice-principal, but we also find out exactly why Wakana is how she is now. And as it turns out, it’s mostly because of the regrets and guilt she harbors following the passing away of her mother. Her regret at not being able to say simple things like “I’m sorry” and “I’m leaving now”. Her guilt at being so frustrated about the coming exams that she didn’t take that chance to compose a song with her mother. And the realization that she missed out on her only chance to do so, as well as the chance to sing with her one more time. And well, now that that’s cleared up, it’s really no surprise why she dropped music in the first place, as I can see many others in real life who probably would’ve done the same thing.
But in the end, it turns out that wasn’t even one of the bigger developments this episode, as Wakana reactions to these memories really hit the emotional heartstrings. Giving away the piano her mother used to use, as well as most of her music collection… She ends up trying to get rid of everything relating to her mother and music, to the point where she even gives up the “whale” that her mother made for her years back. And darn it, did I spend practically all episode mentally screaming at the monitor hoping she wouldn’t do it. I mean, it’s perfectly understandable why she did it… but it’s clear it’s something she’ll regret later on. I’m just hoping it ends up being something that makes her realize her need to go back to music and stop running away, rather than falling into the depths of despair… which would be unfortunate considering the pace and developments in the show so far.
Regardless though, it sure seems like next episode will give us some semblance of a conclusion towards the Wakana “arc”, and I know I’ll be watching to see how it works out. On that note, it was nice to see Atsuhiro getting more and more used to Japanese culture with his “Ganba Red” routine, as well as Konatsu’s usual antics involving her cheering for Taichi at the tournament. He loses ultimately (HOW DO YOU LOSE WITH TWO CUTE GALS CHEERIN’ YOU ON THE SIDELINES LIKE THAT!?) but we get to see some of his prior motivations that led to him playing the sport in the first place (a particular person he admired who also went to Shira High). Also, it gives us some nice interactions between Sawa and Taichi, the former whom expresses a desire to become a jockey. I can’t help but wonder if they’ll end up together by the series’ conclusion…
「笑ったり 想ったり」 (Waratta ri Omotta ri)
“Laughing and Remembering”
I don’t know if I’m just going soft or something, but quite a few episodes recently have gotten me teary eyed. And well, this was one of them. I mean, I foresaw the regret Wakana would have at throwing out everything related to her mother and music, but actually seeing her realize that… was just something else altogether. Combined with the fact that her father predicted this as well, and made sure to save the piano and the whale keepsake… now that was just amazing. But no! That’s not all! Because they just had to top it off with the fact her father also kept the preliminary music to the song her mother was planning the compose with her AND a new version of Kokoro no Senritsu. And as a result, by the end episode, I was done. Done. Emotionally spent, practically bawling, and sitting there with this really stupid smile on my face.
And that just showcases how much of a winner TARI TARI has been, to the point where I’d argue it was one of the best shows of the season, period. I don’t know how more people aren’t watching this, but I guess that’s another topic altogether. Either way, this episode was a darn masterpiece and one I’ll definitely remember for quite awhile. There’s just so much in this episode (in addition to the moments I talked about above), that I mean, I’m just speechless on how to talk about it at the moment. I mean, this is like the apex of series of this nature, giving us a seamless, perfect mix of light-hearted moments, lovable characters, and a simple story told in such a way that it just hits the right notes on your emotional heartstrings. To top it off, it has some very enjoyable music, great animation, and just… wow.
Regardless though, despite my speechlessness… I feel like I have to at least try to talk about some of the other key moments this episode had, because I wouldn’t be able to give it enough justice otherwise:
And well, that’s a wrap I guess. I could go on all day, but alas, the post is already probably longer than anything you’ve ever read on RC… so… yeah. But, phew* Nothing like the feeling you get after completing something as big as a triple post! But hey, we’re all caught up again here on RC, and I hope you’ll join me again next week.
ED3: 「心の旋律」 (Kokoro no Senritsu #06 ED ver.) by 花江夏樹, 瀬戸麻沙美, 早見沙織, 高垣彩陽, 島崎信長 (Hanae Natsuki, Seto Asami, Hayami Saori, Takagaki Ayahi, Shimazaki Nobunaga)
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