Ever since Shinichiro Watanabe directed some of the best anime out there such as Macross Plus, Cowboy Bebop, and Samurai Champloo to name a few, I’ve always tried to keep up on whatever he’s working on next. I had heard about this 2019 anime series some time ago, and now thanks to Sentai I got to see it with their Carole & Tuesday: Complete Collection Blu-ray set. Featuring awesome music and songs, and loads of fun characters and drama, it’s another hit for Watanabe and his fans.
Taking place in a futuristic universe that reminds me a lot of Cowboy Bebop’s setting, we enter the lives of two young ladies, Carole Stanley and Tuesday Simmons, who both have a dream of playing music they love and sharing it with the world. Coming from two, completely different backgrounds with Carole being an orphan and Tuesday leaving her rich heritage behind, the are fated to meet and team up to be the best musicians they can be.
There will be plenty of competition out there as most music in this future world are created by AI programs. So any musician that’s making tunes the old fashioned way are always fighting an uphill battle. Regardless, Carole and Tuesday do their best to keep pushing ahead despite problems and obstacles in their way. And it’s that perseverance and their charm that will keep viewers glued to their seat until the last episode’s credits.
If you’re read some of my previous anime reviews, you’ll know I’m a sucker for slice-of-life shows. Add in some cool, humble and fun characters chasing a dream and you got me hooked for sure, which is exactly what this series does. I was always looking forward to what the ladies had planned for their next big song or how they were going to overcome whatever problem came their way.
I also enjoyed some of the normal and extremely eccentric characters and their songs throughout the series. One of the groups went off to become a popular clip on YouTube thanks to making a ridiculous yet catchy bop comprised of nothing but curse words (Google ‘Galactic Mermaid by Mermaid Sisters’, just make sure you have headphones on).
The series looks and sounds great on Blu-ray which is always a plus for a music-driven series to have Dolby, high-definition audio. There’s also a nice set of special features to go over such as the standard clean opening and closing animations, some fun animated shorts, a few extras that go behind the scenes of making some of the parts to the series, some music videos, a couple of original Japanese promotional videos, and more.
The Carole & Tuesday: Complete Collection is yet another hit from Shinichiro Watanabe as it has a little something for everyone. Great music and characters, and plenty of drama and emotion-filled moments will have you loving the songs, dancing, and singing its praises.