As of April 2019, Netflix has been the exclusive host to Shinichiro Watanabe’s latest hit, Carole & Tuesday, the story of two young ladies from Mars who come from different backgrounds but share the same dreams - becoming big shot musicians. At the same time, we are also told the story of Mars’ top celebrity, Angela Carpenter. So, what is it about this anime and why you NEED to watch it?
It Could Be Connected to Cowboy Bebop
While only three episodes have been broadcast upon the drafting of this article, beyond the Shinichiro Watanabe name, there are some qualities that directly suggest that this series could exist in the same universe as Cowboy Bebop. For starters, the story takes place not merely on Mars but on Alba City. For those of you who may not know or remember, Alba City happens to be where the Cowboy Bebop movie, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, takes place. In episode 3, it is also shown that the currency used is this series happens to be the woolong, the same currency used in Cowboy Bebop. Other than these two pieces of information, it is easy for fans to conclude that this series could in fact be related to Cowboy Bebop.
But if we’re wrong, then hey, we’re wrong.
A Story With Relatable Characters and Themes
When you watch Carole & Tuesday, you see that no matter when and where, people are working hard to make their dreams come true. When you see these two characters bond, viewers can relate to them and their relationship. It doesn’t matter where you come from. If we focused more on what makes us similar as opposed to what makes us different, then we could easily make friendships in the way the titular duo has achieved. Tuesday comes from an affluent political family and was raised in privilege, and Carole grew up in foster care until she aged out and has been on her own since.
Despite their major differences, it didn’t stop them from instantly becoming friends. Carole & Tuesday shows that we can all get along regardless of the circumstances we were born and raised in. This anime realistically demonstrates that everybody has dreams and that they have to work hard to make them come true. Tuesday may have been born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but she still shows that whatever it is that she wants, she knows it’s not going to be handed to her and that she still has to work just as hard as everyone to achieve that.
Use of Social Media
Between the broadcasting of Cowboy Bebop twenty years ago and now with Carole & Tuesday, the world and our perceptions of what the future holds have changed. If there is one factor that has defined that change, it is certainly the introduction of wireless devices such as smartphones and tablets, and social media. In this anime, it’s still possible that in the next 10 or so decades, we’ll still have social media platforms such as Instagram, which is emphasized in this series. Thanks to social media, all kinds of artists can easily connect with audiences now more than ever, and this anime does a great job of portraying that quality and how such present technology can still be beneficial in the future.
Not only can artists promote themselves, maybe a fan or somebody passing by watching a performer take a video or picture of someone’s performance, puts it on their social media site, and through their site, it can go viral, which was beneficial to Carole & Tuesday in episodes 2 and 3. In the old days, you had to get gigs at local lounges and clubs and hope some big name manager was in the audience. While that is still in practice today, social media has made a difference and we’re positive that it’s here to stay for the long run thanks to this anime. As for human life on Mars, we can thank Elon Musk for that in the next decade or so.
It is obvious that the music of this series is the heart and soul of this anime. Through Carole & Tuesday’s songs, we can see that they connect not only their bond but also connects the audience to the series. Their first song, The Loneliest Girl, is obviously a metaphor of Carole & Tuesday’s lives before they met. They were both lonely in their own ways and you see how that loneliness and their dreams bring them together. The opening and ending themes are respectfully uplifting and share the messages of working hard and making your dreams come true.
Granted it may not be action packed and full of adventure but Carole & Tuesday still offers something that is enriching and fulfilling. Through their brief journey so far, we can learn about the true value of friendship and what it means to reach other people of all backgrounds. Famous Taiwanese performer Jay Chou once said that music is universal and this anime excellently demonstrates that. Even in the original Japanese versions the songs are performed in English and we’re positive that all audiences can connect to them, and that is ultimately why you NEED to watch Carole & Tuesday.