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✩#132 – ANIME/MANGA REVIEW: Carole & Tuesday✩

I find it so funny that I posted this on a Tuesday…

I am beyond excited to review this Netflix series. I knew about it for a while but for whatever reason, I didn’t watch it right away. But once I started, I binged it. I could not put it down.

Synopsis
(from MyAnimeList)
It has been 50 years since mankind began its migration to the terraformed Mars, where they live by in the comforts of advancement in AI. Carole lives in the metropolis of Alaba City, working part-time by day and playing keyboard by night. Tuesday has run away from her home in Hershell City to escape the grip of her wealthy family, and instead hopes to pursue music with her acoustic guitar.

After a fateful encounter, the two decide to perform music together. Up against the AI singers that dominate the music world, the two of them believe that together they can convey their feelings through their songs. Will hard work and luck be enough for the duo to create the biggest miracle that Mars has ever seen?

✩Review Summary✩

Plot/Story: 10/10
Bones Studio is known for producing some really deep and powerful shows and movies. Cowboy Bebop, Fullmetal Alchemist, My Hero Academia and Eureka 7 (which is next on my list to watch) are just a few titles they have under their belt. Carole and Tuesday is no exception to how amazing their work is.

One of my favorite themes in anime, video games and even books and movies is having a dream and fighting for that dream. Whether it’s personal or one for all, it just gives me chills. Especially when the other characters that were met along the way help in accomplishing this dream. It shows the power people have when they work together to accomplish something. And when others join, they don’t do it for any reward, but rather to do what’s needed.

They did this beautifully in the series. Carole and Tuesday are just two young women who want to make music because it brings them peace and allows them to convey messages they can’t otherwise say. The series also brings in a lot of real world topics which are so relatable right now. But instead of fighting hate with hate, the girls combat it all with compassion and music.

Animation/Design: 10/10
This anime is GORGEOUS. Each character, scene and animation is so beautiful to see. When each character sings, it doesn’t just look like the character is opening and closing their mouths. It really looks like they are singing the words.

They don’t really go into what happened to Earth and why they colonized Mars, but you can tell the huge difference of the two places with how pristine and utopia-like Mars is. It really feels like this is the future.

Self-driving cars, machines you don’t actually have to touch to use and even how the concerts are done. It’s not all like how the future used to be envisioned with flying cars and robots. Even the A.I. still looked like animals.

Characters: 10/10
The character visual designs were actually pretty normal. Everyone looked as they are now. No one looked like they were from outer space or anything. But there were so many different types of people represented in the series. It really made me happy to see that.

Carole and Tuesday had such amazing chemistry, especially as the series progressed. You just always hoped for the best for them and that something would finally work out for them. Even though the story was about them, they were no different than you and I. I think that’s why they kept the human designs so simple. The creators wanted you to connect with them and to be able to relate to a lot of what they went through.

Even the other characters who the girls met along the way. You reacted to them how the girls did. But they never stopped caring about any of them. And soon, you came to be fans of the other singers as well. I know I did.

And when it came to certain characters that rubbed you the wrong way, you disliked them and wondered if they would face justice. Because hearing about the bad guy getting away with things just because they had power and money is always frustrating. I feel like they touched a lot upon that in the anime.

Audio/Soundtrack: 10/10
Being a series about music, you can definitely expect a ton.

Opening:
#1: “Kiss Me” by Carole & Tuesday (Nai Br.XX & Celeina Ann) (eps 2-12)
#2: “Polly Jean” by Carole & Tuesday (Nai Br.XX & Celeina Ann) (eps 13-24)

Ending Theme:
#1: “Hold Me Now” by Carole & Tuesday (Nai Br.XX & Celeina Ann) (eps 2-12)
#2: “Not Afraid” by Angela (Alisa) (eps 13-21)

The opening and ending themes set the mood for portions of the series. It started on a more upbeat and happy-go-lucky story and got more serious as it went along. Could they be related to actual songs and artists? Maybe. As I found out that there’s a song by Eminem called “Not Afraid” and there is a singer-songwriter named Polly Jean Harvey. But it would be a pretty cool musical tie-in if it is.

Insert song:
“After the Fire” by Nai Br.XX & Celeina Ann feat. Lauren Dyson (ep 22)
“All I See” by Marker Starling (ep 15)
“All I Want” by Alisa (ep 10)
“Army of Two” by Nai Br.XX & Celeina Ann (eps 13-15)
“Beautiful Breakdown” by Nai Br.XX & Celeina Ann (ep 20)
“Breathe Again” by Alisa (ep 13)
“Bulldog Anthem” by Kazuma Kudo (ep 8)
“Crash the Server” by Denzel Curry (ep 20)
“Dance Tonight” by J R Price (ep 8)
“Day by Day” by Nai Br.XX & Celeina Ann (ep 16)
“Galactic Mermaid” by Yūri Kuriyama (ep 9)
“Give You the World C&T ver.” by Nai Br.XX & Celeina Ann (ep 16)
“Give You the World” by Jessica Karpov (ep 16)
“Gravity Bounce” by Madison McFerrin (ep 10)
“La Ballade” by Maika Loubté (ep 9)
“Lay it All On Me” by Nai Br.XX & Celeina Ann (ep 21)
“Light a Fire” by Alisa (ep 12)
“LIGHTS GO OUT” by Alisa (ep 19)
“Lonestar Jazz” by Denzel Curry (ep 21)
“Lost My Way” by Nai Br.XX & Celeina Ann (ep 11)
“Love Yourself” by J R Price (eps 10-11)
“Message in the Wind” by Nai Br.XX & Celeina Ann (ep 19)
“Milky Way” by Madison McFerrin (ep 9)
“Miserere Mei, Deus” by Marker Starling (ep 15)
“Mother” by Voices from Mars (ep 24)
“Move Mountains” by Alisa (ep 5, ep 9)
“Never Die” by Singman (ep 8)
“Round and Laundry” by Nai Br.XX & Celeina Ann (ep 3)
“Someday I’ll Find My Way Home” by Nai Br.XX & Celeina Ann (ep 5)
“The Lonliest Girl” by Nai Br.XX & Celeina Ann (eps 1-2, ep 12)
“The Tower” by Alisa (ep 23)
“Threads” by Eirik Glambek Bøe (ep 12)
“Threads” by Nai Br.XX & Celeina Ann (ep 18)
“Unbreakable” by Lauren Dyson (ep 6)
“Unrequited Love” by Thundercat (ep 6)
“Whispering My Love” by Nai Br.XX & Celeina Ann (ep 8)

The rest of the soundtrack are songs sung by the singers in the series. I was happily surprised at how catchy and listen-worthy they are. Like, these are songs that could be played on the radio and I would listen to them all day. Not to mention that they are all in English, except for “Bulldog Anthem” by Kazuma Kudo which is actually an opera rap fusion. But regardless, this has to be my new favorite soundtrack for an anime series.

Final Score: 10
Would I Recommend?
Absolutely! I laughed, cried (which I don’t do often over anime) and cheered. They bring in real world topics touching upon society, politics and the music industry. How it doesn’t matter what type of background you have, if you have a dream you’re willing to fight for to come true then that’s all you need.

I have been recommending this series to a lot of my coworkers already. If you ever had a dream or felt lost in life, this is definitely the series to watch. I really want more and don’t know if there will be. But here’s hoping for another season!

Catch Carole and Tuesday on Netflix!


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