Tari Tari 07 — Hey Kids, Relax!

I just can’t take Tari Tari seriously when it has lines like this: “Most people in our choir club are seriously thinking about their futures. I hope you don’t mess things up for us.”

Come on kids. You can’t seriously think your choir club experience is going to matter next month, much less next year or in five years? You’re taking things way too seriously.

Speaking from experience, I was in high school marching band. Marching band is a big deal where I lived, there were all these competitions. Our band directors were really gung ho and serious. They tossed around all these slogans: “Practice makes perfect! Remember the process! To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late! Yada yada yada!” Music was serious business.

Except the vast majority of the students didn’t buy the crap they were peddling. Only a few people seriously expected to make a career of music, or even continue playing their instrument after high school. The vast majority were in it just for fun. (And if we’re going to be honest, the ones who wanted to do music professionally were in it for fun too.)

But these kids in Tari Tari seriously think starting a rival choir club is going to screw up their future? Come on. No one’s going to remember anything about your concert a few days later. Don’t take yourselves so seriously.

They aren’t the only ones taking things too seriously though. Our heroes are also freaking out about their future, and philosophical questions like “Where have I come from, and where am I going?”

These kids are in high school. They have plenty of time. What are they freaking out about? I had no idea what I wanted to do in high school, and it worked out okay.

Now I blame the high schoolers, but Sawa’s dad is just as bad. If your daughter wants to do horseback archery, well, she’s insane, but why not? She’ll have the rest of her life to work at a crappy government job. He says she’ll need to take care of her family, but she doesn’t even have a family yet. Relax, dad.

I’m not sure how stripping is supposed to resolve the situation. Actually, never mind. This is pretty much the story of St. Francis.

Francis was a rich kid, but he had a vision telling him to build the church. So he took some things from his father’s shop, sold them, and gave it to a priest. Francis’ father was not pleased. So he took his son before the local authorities to teach him a lesson. Francis’ father said that he had given Francis everything he owned. So Francis took off his clothes, gave them back to his father, and left town naked and singing.

Of course, Sawa doesn’t actually go through with it.

And now she’s fallen off her horse. I’ve only ridden a horse a few times, but how is this even possible? Staying on the horse is not particularly difficult… and it’s not like the horse tripped or anything, she was just sitting there. Well, whatever.

At least this is an improvement over the silly Wakana drama.

10 thoughts on “Tari Tari 07 — Hey Kids, Relax!

  1. Well,parents in Japan and China always think a lot about their children’s future.In fact,a great number of eastern teens choose their job by their parent’s thought,just like Sawa’s dad.I can’t evaluate whether it’s right or not.Because the situation between the east and the west is quite different…

    1. Yeah, it is a different culture. I don’t think the conflict is over choosing the same job as your parents though— Sawa’s dad said she didn’t have to take over the temple. He just wants her to take a profitable and stable career path rather than horseback archery. It’s understandable, but I think he’s worrying too much about it. She’s still in high school. She still has plenty of time to figure out what she wants to do, I don’t see why she needs to go grab a government job right away. When he was in high school, my brother said he wanted to be a professional skateboarder. He turned out okay.

      1. In most China and Japan parents’ mind,a government job is more safe and stable than some other jobs,without the risk of being made redundant.They think it’s good for their child.In fact,more and more Chinese student want to find a government job after graduating because the fierce competition.You know,China has the largest population in the world…

        1. Yeah, government jobs are seen as stabler and safer here as well, although with the Republicans trying to eliminate government entirely that is becoming less and less the case…

      1. I don’t think Sawa’s dad is quite that hardcore. He just wants her to have a stable job, not become the best at everything.

  2. Re the choir: In general I fully agree! If I remember correctly, though, it was explained back in ep. 1 that the choir in Tari Tari Highschool is an “elitist” one, so to speak, and was the starting point for some musical careers.

    Re Sawa:

    I didn’t get what career Sawa is actually aspiring to. In one of the last ED’s she was shown as a jockey. If that’s what she wants to do she can diet as much as she likes but would still stand no chance. Further, I was surprised when her father complained in this ep. that gambling is not a proper job. So does she intend to do horse betting instead of horse riding? In any case, horse mounted archery seems not to be connected to either (except that it has to do w/ horses).

    The archery dress looks pretty cool, though. I’ve seen a few good pictures of girls in this outfit on some Japanese tumblrs lately. Maybe this is a trend and we’ll have an archery anime in the near future?

    1. I thought she wanted to do horse mounted archery as a career. I think a jockey is just anyone who rides horses, not necessarily for races? Not sure about this though, don’t know much about horses except for the few times I rode them… I think what her father meant is that becoming an athlete is a gamble because she might not succeed.

      Archery anime would be interesting. Lots of anime have the archery outfits actually, like F/SN and Melody of Oblivion. The horses combined with archery are much rarer though, don’t think I’ve ever seen it before. I think in Utawaremuno somebody or other had that same horseback archery outfit with the prominent quiver though.

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