[Review] Arcana Famiglia episode 3; I didn’t know this was a Slice of Life anime!

It’s kind of weird that all the characters look so badass, but the storyline is… relatively normal. I mean, the first episode got me all pumped up to see some Arcana power action in the big tournament, but then episodes 2 and 3 switch genres into Slice of Life! The mood, plot, and gags are all very, well, slice of life-y. It’s not that I mind it, but with everyone suited up all the time, I really want to see some action in this anime!

The character development in this episode was fantastic. Now, we can link Butler, Creepy Cyclops, and Hungry Hungry Hippo together (Luca, Debito, Pace), which makes the character cast that much easier to remember. Liberta and Nova get their moments, and now Nova’s not just a broody guy, and Liberta’s not just some kid who can’t control his powers. It’s probably just the hair colors, but they remind me very very very slightly of Sasuke and Naruto. But seriously, I liked the character development in this episode so much that I’ll even go so far as to say it redeemed the terrible character introductions in episode 1.

What was most interesting to me in this ep was the mysterious new kid on the island, Elmo. I liked him immediately, even though it was kinda hard to take him seriously after he said his name was Elmo. The episode ended rather suddenly after he disappeared into the rain, but Mr. Dark Glasses (sorry, forgot his name and too lazy to go look for it) looked up at someone off-shot, so I guess we can assume it was Elmo? Gosh, I wanna know more about this kid than any other character right now. Like, why hasn’t any of the other children seen him around? Why didn’t he join the other kids at the party? Does he have a crush on Felicita? (because it sure seemed like that was what he was talking about with that whole i’ve-never-felt-this-pain-in-my-chest-before talk)

Crossing my fingers for some action next week.

Episode rating: 7 / 10 (Good)


[Review] Tari Tari episode 3; Badminton vs. Choir!

Oh my gosh, I didn’t expect to be so interested in every episode of this anime when I started watching! This episode, the guys play badminton against the girls in a game to determine which of their clubs will get 5 members to officially form – losers have to join the winner’s club. It didn’t actually matter, since Miyamoto planned on making a club with both choir and badminton activities no matter which side won in the end, but it was still a really fun way to bring our main cast together!

So far, the most interesting character to me is Sakai, who has a little mystery behind her character. Sakai’s approached by a weird foreigner in this episode, and cripes does her English need work. This must be related to her mother, but we’ll have to wait until next week to know more. We also find out this episode that Sakai’s mother used to be in a choir club at the school, and was apparently so amazing that she changed the principal’s opinion of music entirely. Thank you, Sakai’s mother, for getting the principal on the side of our main characters, because that bitchy vice principal just won’t let up. The vp has some mystery behind her too, and we might sympathize once we find out why she’s so stuck up when it comes to music, but for now she’s a major pain in the ass.

Also, with the guys joining the girls in the choir club, the ending theme changed! So far every ending song has been different, so does that mean this will continue on? If so, I think it’s a great touch to change up the songs for an anime centered around music. It’s so sad to see Sakai sitting by herself when the other four are… sitting close to each other, but still divided between the guys and girls. It’s a great representation of the current character relationships, and I can’t wait to see them finally sit together as a happy group.

Episode rating: 7 / 10 (good)

[Review] Tari Tari episode 2

Running with no clear destination in mind, just like the plot?

Woah. What just happened?

Episode 1 ended with the 5 main characters meeting up together, in a collision-of-fate way, and I was sure that those 5 would make up the choir club. I mean, come on – there’s 5 characters, and a club needs 5 members to form? I was just thinking that this was the most obvious plotline in the world when instead, they start talking over each other, and then the guys split from the girls and don’t reappear for the rest of the episode. The choir club actually gets made up of the Miyamoto, Sawa, Sakai, Miyamoto’s brother, and a few other random characters who aren’t important.

At this point, I was still sure that Wien and Mr. Forever-alone-playing-badminton would eventually come and join the choir, but then all of sudden, it’s the day of the big recital! Wha- I… what happened? I thought that the whole plot was going to about preparing for the recital, trying to get accepted to perform, and sorting out Sakai’s problems in the meanwhile, but we’re only on the second episode and the recital’s already here? Where’s the story going to go from now, and how are the two dudes supposed to fit in?

It felt like a final episode, especially when the credits were shown during their singing. There were even resolved conflicts, like Miyamoto overcoming her stage fright and Sakai getting involved in the club. Part of me really thought the series was going to end after this second episode!

I’m just not sure what to think. I thought it was going to be A to Z, from starting the choir club to the big recital performance, but now what? The guys will reenter the story but maybe stay unconnected to the choir club, and with no idea of where this is going, I just hope the plot won’t fly all over the place.

Episode rating: 7 / 10 (good)