Carole & Tuesday is back for round two, with this week’s episode, ‘Born to Run’! I don’t have to tell you guys how excited I was to dive back into dulcet melodies of this delightful musical anime. The winds of change are blowing and with them come new opportunities to shine for the dynamic duo!
Still riding the high from their first official jam session, Carole and Tuesday decide to play their song on a bigger stage breaking into the Martian Immigration Hall. Unbeknownst to them, Roddy an AI tech records the whole performance and uploads it to the web where the two become a viral sensation! Their video attracts the attention of a washed up music producer who sets his sights on the two up-and-coming singers. Meanwhile, Tao is molding Angela into the next AI star with his own unique training regimen.
Opening/Ending Theme: Both the opening and ending themes for Carole & Tuesday are sung by the singing voice artists for the protagonists Carole and Tuesday (Nai Br.XX and Celeina Ann) and they are phenomenal! In this week’s episode, finally features the opening theme, ‘Kiss, Me’ a slow pop duet from the series’ main leads. It has a bit of a love song vibe to, but when accompanied with the gorgeous animation of Carole and Tuesday walking along the streets of the city, it feels like something you’d see in a music video. Of course, the ending theme, ‘Hold Me Now’ makes a repeat appearance and it is a fun pop duet between the series’s main leads!
Opening Narration: Each episode opens up with a bit of opening narration about the miracle of 7 minutes, which we assume is a performance Carole and Tuesday will put on at some point in the future. Directly following that, the narrator gives a brief recap of the previous episode, highlighting key events.
Rich Girl Problems: Tuesday comes from a wealthy family with butlers and maids, the whole nine. So, she’s not used to doing things like household chores. When Carole asks her to clean up the apartment while she’s at work, Tuesday makes a bit of a mess of it…
THE MUSIC: What’s a music anime without music, and Carole & Tuesday proves right out the gate that it can deliver on the tunes! Both Nai. Br.XX’s (singing voice of Carole) and Celeina Ann’s (singing voice for Tuesday) steal the show with their amazing vocal talents. The first song the girls sing together The Loneliest Girl l is a delight for the ears, both as an instrumental melody and when they add lyrics to it later on in the episode. The harmonizing is superb and I love that the songs are in English, A++ work!
Themes and Trivia
Born to Run: Is the third studio album by American singer and songwriter Bruce Springsteen as a last ditch effort by the artist to finally produce a commercially viable mainstream hit. Most remarkable about the album was its use of the ‘wall of sound’ technique, which utilizes the architecture of a recording studio to create an unusually dense orchestral aesthetic.
Michael Jackson: Tao asserts that his computers can mimic any song from any artist. One of the artists he mentions is American singer, songwriter, and dancer Michael Jackson. Known as the King of Pop, Jackson is one of the most prolific American musicians and regarded by many as the greatest entertainer of all time.
Daft Punk: Another artist Tao mentions is French electronic music duo Daft Punk who are known for their unusual robotic costumes as well as their unique sound. Their music combines a number of genres and techniques including, funk, techno, disco, rock, and synthpop.
Cyndi Lauper: When Carole and Tuesday are listing off their favorite things, Tuesday mentions that her idol is American singer/songwriter Cyndi Lauper whose career has spanned over 40 years. She is known for her distinctive glam rock image and impressive four-octave vocal range. Her song ‘True Colors’ (the episode is named after) it was a number one single.
Episode 2, ‘Born to Run’ keeps the momentum going as Carole and Tuesday take the next steps in their musical journey. After crafting their first song, the girls are itching to sing it on a real stage, so they sneak into a local music hall and put on an impromptu performance for the on-site staff. Their music catches the attention of Roddy, an AI assistant who records their performance and posts it on the web. The song becomes an overnight viral hit, which mirrors the beginnings of real world musicians like Justin Bieber, who attained his musical success after posting a video on YouTube.
There were quite a few heart-to-heart moments between the girls that really play up just how great their chemistry is with one another, it definitely gives the series more of a slice-of-life feel. The music is a big part of Carole and Tuesday’s journey, but, what gets us invested are the girls themselves, their pasts and motivations are what draw us in, the music is just the cherry on top. Carole’s various part-time jobs, her past in the orphanage, these are the things that give her music heart, the same can be said for Tuesday, whose sheltered life gives her singing soul. Their experiences feed into their music, helping them stand out from the AI heavy music scene in Alba City.
This week, we see firsthand just how unique Carole and Tuesday’s sound is from everything else on the market. They have this folksy, homegrown feel to it that resonates with you. While the loud and flashy AI heavy DJ scene, we even get to see one such performance from one of the city’s biggest artists, DJ Ertegun, and the whole thing feels like a giant rave with its flashing strobe lights, loud techno beats, and screaming fans. The focus is put on the experience, and not the music, whereas, the girls’ performances let the music speak to you.
Giving Music the Human Touch
This week’s episode delves deeper into the music scene, giving an inside look at the lengths some people will go through to attain stardom. But, in a world full of artificial music, Carole and Tuesday bring a human touch to music scene that is already resonating with audiences. Episode 2, ‘Born to Run’ builds on the foundation set by the first episode, delivering soulful sounds and a whole lot of heart!
I’ll be back next week with another Carole & Tuesday review, but in the meantime, be sure to check out MANGA.TOKYO’s other amazing Spring 2019 reviews!!
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Carole & Tuesday
Spring 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast