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The Best of Us, The Worst of Us, The Lot of Us: Carole and Tuesday

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For as much initial interest as there was in the show, it feels like “Carole and Tuesday” got tossed aside rather quickly. This is to say nothing of the quality of the show. After all, most who finished it thought pretty highly of it, if the cumulative score on MAL is anything to go off of. Rather, the subject matter of the show was something new for both Shinichiro Watanabe as well as anime fans in general.

This is not to say that Watanabe and those who enjoy his works have not experienced social commentary in the past. Pretty much all of his shows have that, especially one of his most recent works before “Carole and Tuesday”: “Terror in Resonance,” which followed the story of two would-be high school age terrorists trying to reclaim their lost lives in any way they can.

Carole and Tuesday,” though, is a much different breed. While it certainly starts out as a in much the same way as his previous work, vaguely alluding to the social ills of the present day, by the second half it turns into a straight up modern allegory about current U.S. politics, doing very little to hide it.

At the center of this Allegory are the show’s main characters, Carole and Tuesday, who serve as representatives of both the most well off and the least. Of the former, Tuesday is a young girl who wants to play music, but whose politician mom sees it as a waist of time. Realizing that she likely will not be happy in her current situation, Tuesday decided to run away from home, taking a suitcase full of clothes, her guitar, and a dream.

In the middle of downtown Alba City, Tuesday runs into Carole, an immigrant from Earth who wants to make it on Mars, but cannot seem to keep a stable income, and who is only able to stay in the city due to the generosity of a random old man renting out his storage room. The two meet on a bridge, at which point they start making music together, and then immediately run away as they get chased down by a cop.

The two of them mostly get along throughout the series, and they spend the majority of the first half in their honeymoon phase, trying to get their career of the ground and just enjoying making music. However, the second half of the series turns up the drama to 11, as it becomes less about Carole and Tuesday themselves and more about what each of their backgrounds represent.


Tuesday’s mom, being a prominent politician, decides to run for president on a platform of limiting immigration and restoring Mar’s greatness. Sound Familiar? Not wanting Carole to think ill of her, Tuesday decides to keep this a secret. However, Tuesday is not the only one.

While Carole does reveal to Tuesday that she is an immigrant, she fails to mention that she came illegally, which causes her to worry about the prospects of Tuesday’s mom getting elected. The two eventually find out about the other’s secrets, but ultimately work things out. The show ends with a big musical number featuring most of the cast which serves as a celebration of Mar’s diversity and talent.

Something that upsets me about the ending of the show is the sort open-endedness of it, and the way it seems to imply that if people just come together and talk about things that they will eventually come to understand each other. While I do think that is true for certain people, it does not reflect the reality of U.S. politics, and comes across more as wishful thinking.

Though it certainly highlights the gullible nature of Trump through Tuesday’s mom and her criminal campaign manager, it feels like it is unwilling to make a systemic critique, and lays the blame on individuals instead. The real world problems the series highlights are not going to be solved by making music and holding charity events. Do not misunderstand, it is important to highlight these issues and the way demagogues scapegoat various groups as a way of cementing power. It just feels as though their was a missed opportunity to come to a more radical conclusion.

My own political persuasions aside, how do you feel about “Carole and Tuesday,” both the characters and the show as a whole? Let me know in the comments.

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Carole and Tuesday Episode One Reaction

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Alright, so mini-rant before I talk about the show. I’ve avoided talking about some of the seasonal shows because they have been picked up by Netflix, and have not had an opportunity to watch them. This is because, as an American, I don’t have access to any of their anime simulcasts, which, tbh, is really annoying, and I still have not a modicum of an idea as to why they don’t do this. Point being, I didn’t want to have to pirate anything so I just didn’t watch them. But, at this point, since Netflix has just decided to not to give me or anyone else in America, I just found another way. I still will not promote pirating myself and don’t agree with it, but in this case I don’t blame anyone who does. Anyway, onto the show.

Music in anime is often something that gets explored solely through idol shows like Love Live or Uta no Prince Sama, or otherwise serves as a more cohesive aesthetic like in Samurai Champloo. However, Carole and Tuesday seems to be taking a much different approach to its musical based story.

Set in the future on Mars, where most music is produced by big companies and AI, the show follows two main girls. Tuesday is an upper class girl who’s parents forbid her from playing music, and who, because of this, decides to run away. Meanwhile, in the city of Alba, Carole spends her days trying to find steady work in order to eek out a living in the big city. The two cross paths when Tuesday hears Carole humming and playing her piano on a bridge. The two run away from a cop and meet back at Carole’s place, vowing to take on the world and make music together.

If there is one thing I have learned about the anime industry over the course of my talking about it, it is to trust in the quality of a Watanabe, and Carole and Tuesday certainly does not disappoint. The show’s opening episode brought a lot of things to the table.

The first thing it brings is its excellent animation and color pallet. The city of Alba specifically is colored in a way that makes it exactly as Carole describes it, “a city where nobodies come to be somebodies.” In that way it is very much like the New York City of Mars, serving as a beacon of hope for the tired and distraught. The character designs for both of the main characters are also incredibly cool, especially in the way that they both reflect the characters backgrounds. Tuesday, coming from a more privileged background, wears a fancier dress, while Carole, having nothing to her name other than her keyboard and her pet, wears a simple pear of overalls.

There is also the character of Angela, who seems to serve a contrast, and who seems to be a potential rival to the girls in the future. Angela is a model who is looking to break into the music business, and who does so with the help of Mr. T, a heavy-hitter in the mars music business, who tells Angela that most of the successful musicians in recent history have been AI.

Definitely the most notable scene in the first episode was when Carole and Tuesday started playing music together, at first messily, but then slowly coming together and making a beautiful song.

Overall, it was a great first episode and I definitely excited to see what the rest of the series brings.

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This Week in Anime: Fireworks, Mitsuo Iso, and More…

I’m becoming really bad at doing introductions for this series. You guys know the deal already, I give you some of the more important stories of the week and make sure you are all caught up.

New Anime

A couple of new animated productions have been announced for this week.

Young Again in Another World Light Novel Gets Anime Adaptation

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The popular light novel series “Young Again in Another World” has officially received an anime adaptation, according to the show’s official Twitter account. The show will be directed by Keitaro Motonaga, or Jormungand and School Days fame, and will have a script written by Takamitsu Kono, along with Touko Machida, Koujiro Nakamura, and Chabo Higurashi.

“Young Again in Another World’s” story focuses on 94-year-old Renya Kunugi who, after dying, meets a girl who claims to be god. The encounter leaves Kunugi with an 18-year-old body and new powers he must use to survive in an all-new world.

Mitsuo Iso Reveals New Anime Project

As a Key Animator, Mitsuo Iso has worked on many projects beforehand, including Neon Genesis Evangelion, RahXephon, Cowboy Bebop, and Fooly Cooly. Aside from animation, though, Iso had also previously sat in the director’s seat during his work on Dennou Coil, a critically acclaimed sci-fi anime about the future of augmented reality, back in 2007.

Now, Mitsuo has revealed a new project: Extraterrestrial Children

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According to Iso, the show will focus on a group of kids that get stranded in space and must rely on the technology around them to survive. He wanted to “portray a story of a group of children thrown into that environment as if it had actually happened.” There are currently no other details as the release of the show or its production, other than its character designer being Kenichi Yoshida or Eureka Seven fame, and that studio Signal.MD will be handling the animation.

New Trailers

New trailers have also been released to highlight some upcoming premieres

GKIDS Releases English-Subtitled Trailer of Fireworks

Preceding the film’s North American release on July 3rd, GKIDS has released a two minute, English-subtitled trailer for the latest animated feature from Studio Shaft: Fireworks. The trailer reveals a bit of the story of the film, showing a young Norimichi Shimada trying to help his classmate Nazuna Oikawa run away from home. Norimichi comes across a strange orb they may help the two on their journey to run away from home.

Adult Swim Releases Dubbed Trailer for FLCL Progressive

Ahead of its release on July 2nd, Adult Swim released another trailer for the sequel to Fooly Cooly: FLCL Progressive. The trailer features many of the show’s new cast of characters, including the second season’s main lead Hidomi, as well as old favorites such as Haruko. The second season will primarily center around Hidomi’s role as a new weapon in the war against Medical Mechanica.

Article Shoutouts

In this new sub-segment of this week in anime, I will be writing about interesting articles that I have read during the week, including from other fellow bloggers, so consider this a sort of weekly round-up. This week, we have two articles, both that were featured on Crunchyroll.

Cultural Mashups in the Work of Shinichiro Watanabe

In this article, Skyler Allen focuses on one of the things that makes Shinichiro Watanabe’s work so interesting: Cultural mashups. He uses both Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo as examples, talking about the unique aesthetic combinations formed by the combination of these cultures, as well as the reimagining of universal truths found in each show.

An Interview with Mitsuo Iso

If you hadn’t gotten your fill of Mitsuo Iso just yet this week, then you are in luck. YouTuber The Pendantic Romantic sat down with Iso this week to discuss a variety of things, including his work on previous shows and why he has officially retired as an animator.

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