Tabimachi Late Show is a short form anime spanning four episodes. It holds to the themes ‘goodbye’s and journeys’, giving the anime a sombre feel. I will rate this show based off of 5 sections with each section getting a score of 1-5. The overall score will be out of 25 total points!

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Art

Tabimachi Late Show uses a sketched out style of art. It isn’t very clean looking, but I feel like it fits well with the stories it’s trying to tell. A big point throughout is that nobody is perfect, and that’s reflected in the character designs.  It works for a short form anime that is under 10 minutes long. I don’t think it would’ve worked for anything longer.

The characters don’t need to show complex emotions throughout the story. Everything they are feeling is simple and the animation relays it well. Anything flashy would have just taken away from the experience.

Rating – 4/5

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Voice Acting

Currently the show is only out in Japanese. The cast was very well thought out in my opinion. I feel like sometimes it’s harder to cast for a show that it really down to Earth compared to casting one that is crazy and full of unbelievable story plots. Every character had their own unique personality, fears and goals; the VA’s helped bring them to life beautifully. Every character felt real, like you would see them walking down the street one day.

They were able to express the perfect amount of emotion through their voices. It helped tie together the individual stories that each person was trying to tell.

Rating – 5/5

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Story

Each of the four episodes tell its own story. The four are not connected at all except for the overlying theme, goodbyes and journey’s.

You follow 1 – 2 different people in each story line. In episode 1 it’s a young chef about to start a journey towards perfecting his craft.

Episode 2 follows 2 high school girls who never got along. It explores the regret one feels when things don’t go the way you planned.

The third episode is my favorite. I won’t spoil it because it has a decent twist at the end, but it really pushes the ‘goodbye’ side of the creator’s plot.

The final story shows you that no matter how long it’s been, you’re never too old to embark on life’s great adventures.

Each plot line was unique and incredibly well written. They managed to get their point across in a short amount of time in a way that makes sense.

Rating – 5/5

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Character Development

Despite the fact that this is a 4 episode, short form anime, the writers were able to pack an enormous amount of personality as well as development into almost all of their characters. Each episode goes through a crucial moment in these peoples lives and it shows how they’ve grown from their decisions. It’s the kind of writing that makes you feel something for pixels on a screen.

Rating – 5/5

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Music

Unfortunately this is the one area I feel the show slipped in. Yes, you don’t need great music to make a good story. But it doesn’t hurt to have some. Whether or not Tabimachi late show had good music is something I can’t tell you. I can’t remember it well enough to judge. That, however, is in and of itself a good indicator that the soundtrack wasn’t a high priority.

Rating -1/5

Well, that’s all I have to say about this anime. If you have some time to spare and want to see a heartwarming and heartbreaking show, I would recommend you watch this.

Total Rating – 20/25

Thank you so much for reading and I hope this review helped you decide whether or not you’ll be giving Tabimachi Late Show a try!

 

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