Am I the only one who’s creeped out by this whole story with Wakana’s mother?
She seems to believe that Wakana could never want to do anything else other than make music. Like mother, like daughter.
Now, I’m not going to blame the mother for this. After all, when she was alive, Wakana did enjoy music. At this point, it was perfectly reasonable, even commendable, for her to encourage Wakana’s interest in music.
Now that Wakana has grown older, however, her interest in music has faded. But her mother’s presence remains. Wakana has become haunted by her mother’s ghost. She can’t get rid of the piano or quit the choir club because she is pegged with guilt. She is imprisoned by her own past, and by her mother’s foreboding promise to “never leave her alone.”
If I were writing this anime, I would lead Wakana to the conclusion that her mother simply wanted her to be happy. That’s why she hid her own illness, after all. Music is a means to the mother’s wish, not an ends.
But somehow, Tari Tari reaches the opposite conclusion. Wakana’s mother taught her to love music. By choosing to set other goals for herself, Wakana is throwing away her mother’s gifts and dishonoring the dead. Wakana ought to dedicate her life to following in her mother’s footsteps, even if that isn’t what she truly wants to do.
To me, this is inauthentic and imprisoning. Wakana is trapped in her childhood. Her mother’s death leaves her unable to grow.
But why is the show focusing on Wakana anyway? Wien and Takana are so much more interesting. Despite being strong-armed into joining the choir club, they are currently the most enthusiastic and dedicated members. What caused this transformation?