With a few days left until Christmas, we focus on a girl who helped saved the last cultural festival from those vulture capitalists in Tari Tari. (Image Source)
Believe it or not, I enjoyed Tari Tari a lot mostly because Mari Okada wasn’t there to screw everything up with her shenanigans of emasculating male characters. While this show largely maintains the production staff from Hanasaku Iroha, I thought it was an improvement even though it’s a shame that most of the focus was on female characters compared to the male counterparts.
Towards the end of the show, they kind of went overboard by canceling the White Festival and make the villains look like those vulture capitalists from Bain Capital. However, that is beside the point since the person who brought the “Choir and Sometimes Badminton” club together and made the play possible despite strong opposition from the villains is of course Wakana Sakai.
Believe it or not, Wakana comes off rather cold in the beginning because of her unresolved feelings for her mother, Mahiru after she died. She used to get along with her because of her cheerful personality and passion for music. Sadly, she started to become harsh towards her as she gotten older. As a result of her grief, she basically have her father toss away the piano and music that her mom wrote, although he didn’t actually threw it away. Underneath it all, she forgot the promise that her mother made about making a song dedicated for her own daughter.
Thankfully, she got better once her father told the truth about Mahiru’s illness and that she worked on that said piece with notes up until her death. Surprisingly, with support from her friends, Wakana was able to get out of her depression. In turn, she provided some kind of hope and support to her friends when they felt down, especially after the bad guys tried to ruin the Cultural Festival. Moreover, she is becoming more like her mother and even convince Naoko to teach her how to compose music better. No matter what, it’s obvious that Wakana embraced her mother’s dream and wants to carry on her legacy. Coming from a person that has played music as a hobby, I think she has a bright future ahead.