Anime Recommendation: Tari Tari

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Sometimes, it is the random discoveries in life that often end up being the most enjoyable. Tari Tari this anime season happened to be one of these out-of-nowhere-but-I-absolutely-ended-up-loving-it kind of shows for me. It is literally an anime series about a group of high school students who are brought together by music. Surprisingly, it ended up being of my favorite series to watch in the past few months.

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Plot (from the wiki)

The story centers around five Japanese high school students who are too young to be called adults, but who no longer think of themselves as children. Wakana Sakai once took music lessons, but she withdrew from music after losing her mother. Konatsu Miyamoto is a positive-thinking girl who loves singing and spends time after school at the vocal music club. Sawa Okita is a spirited archery club member who dreams of becoming a horse rider. Taichi Tanaka is a chronically late badminton team member who lives with his college student sister. “Wien” just transferred into Wakana’s class after 12 years abroad in Austria. Music brings Wakana, Konatsu, Sawa and the others together into an ensemble during their last summer in high school.

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I don’t consider myself a music buff by any means, but I was very captivated by this series from start to finish. It is a kind of series that has an enjoyable appeal if you give it a chance. I strongly emphasize that I am not very musically inclined, and yet I just found myself really getting into this title’s plot and all.

Tari Tari has an excellent art style, great music, strong characters … it really does have a lot of great qualities to make it worth your anime-watching time. It really caught me off-guard how an anime story revolving around a group of students and their music could be so interesting.

I highly recommend Tari Tari. :)


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“Dreamer” by AiRI.

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Lyrics by JpopTime.

Kanji Lyrics
胸の奥が高鳴る
熱い声に気付いたら
スタートラインは君の目の前にある
まだ見えない道でも走り始めればいいさ
あきらめるよりも素敵だと思わない?

いつも不安はすぐそばで
駆け出す想いを締め付けるけれど
今を越えて歩き出す
未知なる未来(みち)に光を
初めてを繰り返し 掴み取れ明日を

そうさ僕達は無限の夢抱きしめ進むのさ
輝いてる 自分を信じたい
立ち上がる力に最大の愛をこめて
思うまま旅立とう
新しい世界の中へ

Romaji Lyrics
Mune no oku ga taka naru
Atsui koe ni kizu itara
Sutaato rain wa kimi no me no mae ni aru
Mada mie nai michi demo hashiri hajime reba ii sa
Akira meru yori mo suteki dato omowa nai?

Itsumo fuan wa sugu soba de
Kake dasu omoi wo shime tsukeru keredo
Ima wo koete aruki dasu
Michi naru michi ni hikari wo
Hajimete wo kuri kaeshi tsukami tore ashita wo

Sousa boku tachi wa mugen no yume daki shime susumu no sa
Kagaya iteru jibun wo shinji tai
Tachi agaru chikara ni saidai no ai wo komete
Omou mama tabi tatou
Atarashii sekai no naka e

English Translation
If you notice the voice at the back of your heart
That is welling up with passion
The start line is right in front of your eyes
Even if you still can’t see the road, just start running
Don’t you think that’s better than giving up?

Even though your fears are always right beside you
Holding back your will to dash out
Let’s go beyond the present and start walking
On the unknown road of the future, try again and again
To grab the light, the first experience, to grab your tomorrow

Yeah, we’ll hold on tight to our endless dreams and move on
We are shining and we want to believe in ourselves
Gathering our strength and getting up, with our greatest love
Let’s start off our journey, follow our hearts
And step into the new world

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