It’s been a while since I wrote anything about anime, but that’s mainly been because most of what’s being released right now is either continuing episodes, or just not that good.
There is one except to that, unfortunately, it’s an anime that’s not easy to find in the US. That exception is “Carole and Tuesday”. The story is set on a terraformed Mars at some indeterminate point in a future where most creative work is done by AI’s. It starts with a chance meeting between two very different people.
Carole is a child of poverty and hardship, a young woman who’s earliest memories are of being in a refugee camp without her parents. From there, she is shipped off to Mars, where she grows up in group homes with other orphans. She lives in an attic over a shop, working odd jobs and busking for what she can make.
Tuesday, on the other hand, is a child of wealth. Her family is so rich and powerful that she has no clue how to survive in the outside world. She wants for nothing material, but her family treats her as a failure due to her poor performance in school. Desiring to make a life of her own, she runs away from home. Her destination is Alba City, the biggest city on Mars.
It is there that she hears Carole playing a melody she composed, and is so struck by it that she begin writing lyrics. It is the thing these two different young women share, a love of music. It draws them together, and when Carole offers Tuesday a place to sleep in her attic, she accepts.
They flesh out their first song that night, and on an impulse, sneak into a concert hall the next day to play it on a grand piano. Only a few people are in the hall: a security guard who Carole knows and bluffs her way past, some people giving the hall a final cleaning before a performance that night….and the roadie for the performer who will be doing the gig. What they sing is this, an example of the music composed and performed for this anime:
The roadie, who had started shooting a video when the girls went on stage, along with every person in the hall, stops in amazement. They get interrupted by another security guard who chases the girls off, but when the roadie posts his recording of their performance to social media, it become popular, and the young women begin the voyage to becoming professional musicians.
The most recent episode is #10, and so far, I am quietly amazed by both the music this anime features and the story it tells. It’s listed as a co-production with Netflix, but they aren’t currently offering it in the US. You can find it online, such as at:
Or you could try this link:
Where ever you find it, watch it, because this one is a good one.