|laceblade (laceblade) wrote,|
@ 2013-01-01 09:03 am UTC
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|Entry tags:||anime, anime: pretty cure, anime: tari tari, anime: yawara|
I'd added Tari Tari to my Crunchyroll queue a while ago, I think solely based on the preview image. I watched the first two episodes AND LOVED THEM.
This is a recent series which aired during 2012's Summer season in Japan.
The characters in Tari Tari are high school students attending a school that emphasizes music and performance arts.
The art & backgrounds are flawless.
Miyamoto was formerly part of the school's vocal music club, but she messed up during a performance last year and now the director won't let her sing, lest she ruins her classmates' chances for the future (scouts frequent their performances, apparently).
Miyamoto loves to sing, though, and decides to start her own music club so that she can.
Her homeroom teacher and the principal become supportive when she decides to include her classmate Sakai, who plays piano but hasn't really been into music lately.
Miyamoto has a friend named Okita who's in archery club and rides horses. There's another student in badminton club who's been showing around "Wien," a student who lived abroad in Austria until recently and is not familiar with a lot of Japanese customs.
Miyamoto has to spend a lot of energy getting her friends (and her brother's friends) to join her new club. She reminds me a lot of Rachel Berry with her tenacity: "I don't want to give up before I've even tried!"
There's even a Sue Sylvester-esque character who keeps trying to shut down their club, although she's nowhere near as entertaining to watch as Sue!
This show gives me a lot of feelings similar to those when I watch Glee when it's on its game.
I'm very eager to watch more!
Prior to starting Tari Tari, I'd idly watched about 4 episodes of Pretty Cure (also available on Crunchyroll). This is the first season: Futari wa Pretty Cure.
Nagisa and Honoka are kind of polar opposites (one is a popular member of the school's lacrosse team; one is a shy member of the science club).
The premise is kind of hard to take seriously: the girls transform into magical girls with fake cell phones, which contain two animals named Mipple and Mepple who were exiled from the Garden of Light: their home - yeah.
At 49 episodes, I'm not sure of the series's ability to keep me engaged with these two characters.
It's kind of impossible not to make comparisons to Sailor Moon. I think Sailor Moon has better character designs, and the additional characters make the show much more watchable, imo.
The sound quality of this show is awful - I'm not sure if it's the show's fault or Crunchyroll's, but it's definitely the worst I've listened to on Crunchyroll.
If it ever becomes easy for me to try watching other seasons of Pretty Cure (which have more characters), I'd really like to do so. For now, I'll probably still watch episodes of this first season while standing around in the kitchen waiting for things to cook, etc.
My mom gave me some money to place an order with RightStuf for anime, and one of the series I got was Yawara!: A Fashionable Judo Girl. It was only $10 for a 40-episode series, which I originally assumed was a misprint.
The premise is that Yawara's grandfather was a well-known Judo-master about 30 years ago.
He's training her in secret to totally pwn at the Barcelona 1992 Olympics (this anime started airing in 1989).
Yawara has no interest in winning the Gold Medal or a National Merit Award. She'd rather go shopping or find a boyfriend.
I've only seen two episodes, but despite Yawara's assertions that she'd rather be doing other things, she still trains in judo at home, and has no problem using her judo skills to stop burglars, etc.
I'd been warned against a few things in this show, but I tried it because it's based on a manga by Naoki Urasawa, one of my favorites. Thus far, I'm glad I did.