Tari Tari: Episode 3

The key person with the spotlight in this weeks episode had to be none other than Taichi. Here, we get a quick flashback on the time when he use to be bullied until his over sister saved him. This probably gave him the viewpoint of standing up for himself and doing what he wants to do for his own goals. With that event, his dream is to become a professional badminton player for a national team or going solo. A big dream in his part, but with no members other than himself, there was no way for him to continue playing in the nationals unless his assembles five people to play with him, even if it was going to be by name.

The same can be said about Konatsu. With nearly every one of her brother’s friends and recruits leaving her since they were only there to be sing for the competition in the first place, Konatsu has no one by her side except for Sawa and Wakana, who apparently was also going to hand her a dismissal slip but never got the chance to hand it in. Since both clubs were in a dilemma, Kontasu asked Taichi to be on his team, but chose not to, since he has his own goals in mind. Konatsu challenges him to a badminton game where if they win, he joins their club. However, if Taichi wins, they are to join his. The situation gets worse when all three of them decide to serve a shuttlecock at the same time, which was clearly a disadvantage on his part. Atshuhiro tried to help Taichi out, but with the numbers stacked against them. Taichi was destined to lose. So goes his dream into becoming a professional badminton player. However, Konatsu reveals a club sheet having the name “Choir and Sometimes Badminton Club,” as if she planned this all along. Konatsu should be grateful she has such a lenient principal. I’m sure a majority of schools would look at the name of the club and laugh at it. Yet, there is something about this group that makes it special. In fact, the principal himself is willing to bet that something amazing is going to happen right before them in this odd circle of five.

Speaking of oddity, Wakana finds herself in a bind in her own right as she comes across a middle-aged Spanish-speaking man who seems to know her from a keychain and her looks. Of course, due to the language barrier, Wakana does not know how to respond. In fact, Wakana thinks he is speaking English so she responds as such, not knowing that he cannot understand English, much to both of their confusion. Sadly, due to his actions, he is branded as a stalker, even if all he wanted to do was “reunite” with her. By that, I mean that he probably knows her mother, who has a striking resemblance to her. The principal himself knows her mother quite well, as she was his student when he was a teacher. It was through her that he changed his ways on what music was to him and rethought his whole music perspective. Normally, not many people can do that, as they are sometimes set to one goal with a possible back-up view. For him to have this views re-organized, Wakana’s mother must have had a major influence in his life.The question now becomes how that man knew her mother, and what was it that he wanted to say to her.

Speaking of oddities, Atsuhiro continues to amuse me with his lack of Japanese culture understanding. That was certainly and odd way to leave someone after seeing them in a bikini. When he stated that he saw some badminton games before, I wonder if he truly meant in (in other words, if he possibly mistook the sport Taichi was talking about). Also, I wonder exactly what book Atsuhiro is reading to learn how to sing. Obviously, opening one’s mouth wide with a dropped jaw with a lot of space inside the mouth helps, but Atsuhiro either takes it too far or is quite serious about being a part of the team.

A summer music festival is to be held at a beach villa where Saya works at. This could be a great opportunity for Konatsu and her group to show everyone what they are made of. But when Saya, Konatsu, and Taichi sing the school anthem, two musicians easily improvise with them with the instruments they have. If they can do that so well, can Kontasu’s choir really be a shining star in the long run?

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