Well, played Tari Tari. You’ve managed to end-up being one of my three favourites for the allegedly lacklustre Summer season, despite the obvious flaws in your writing and direction. Isn’t it ironic that I liked how you ended out; unlike with how I found the ending for Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate, an anime whose plot and script writing is solid, fluid narration, and voice acting is incredibly mood-setting.
Back to Tari Tari, the finale was everything what I expected of the series. I wouldn’t say this episode was entirely predictable, though, and the finale is the most favoured of all the Summer anime finale I’ve seen. Heck, this series even bested Binbougami-ga! Is this because of my low expectations for the series? No, my ratings for series are independent of my personal opinions of them. Is the art quality dependent on my expectations on a series? Is the voice acting dependent on my expectations on a series? Is good writing dependent on my expectations on a series? One answer to all of those questions is a “no” and it’s illogical if you try to argue that my findings on a series is based upon my expectations. This series is one proof of how I’m fair with series and how I have a standard in making my judgements. Yes, I liked how the series ended, even if it did so in a highly-idealistic sense. While the principal got sacked after they made a small stand-off against the school owners, the entire musical went on, with the collaboration of the favoured choir and Konatsu’s choir. In the end, all of them moved on with their new lives; Konatsu got invited to a club, Sawa got enrolled in a foreign school to continue her dream, Taichi now trains harder to be a great Badminton athlete, Wakana is now pursuing a Music course, and Matsuhiro finally found Jan’s new address.
It is indeed a heartwarming finale. The only disappointment this series gave me was it’s really implied in this episode that Taichi developed feelings for Sawa, and that there was no Sawa x Konatsu passionate exchanges in the finale. Anyway, that’s the yuri fanboy me speaking, and I know this nibble of mine won’t matter to most audiences.
Episode Entertainment Factor Rating (EEFR): 100/100
Like I’ve said countless times before, this series is absolutely not flawless. There are several flaws in this series like the underwhelming sharpening and detailing, or lack, in the character designs despite using the animation and background art techniques we saw in P.A.Works’ Angel Beats! and Another. There’s also the generic lay-out and direction during the first few episodes. Thankfully, it improved well during the middle of the series. Another critical flaw of this series is that the character development for other characters like Taichi, Matsuhiro, and Sawa aren’t as convincing as the ones we see in Wakana and her backstories. Still, those flaws doesn’t pull this series down. How the series manages to make a considerable depth for the characters through drama along with slice-of-life narrative approach to make a plot with lots of great music and life’s lessons manages to make this series shine in it’s own way. Let’s give P.A.Works a hug for the effort, Tari Tari is definitely better than Hanasaku Iroha.
Overall Entertainment Factor Rating: 96/100
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