Anime inclusion, anyone? Fresh on the heels of Cannon Busters comes Shinichirō Watanabe’s Carole & Tuesday. With the anticipation that’s been building since early this year, most are probably wondering if it’s worth a watch.
Here’s a few quick reasons why you might be interested:
If you’ve seen any of the artwork from the series, you already know that it’s led by a young, Black female musician by the name of Carole. And she’s not alone! The cast showcases a variety of Black men and people of color, leaving all the stereotypical imagery at the door. You’ll find them in roles as lead, supporting, and background characters. There’s even a character that looks just like me, literally!
If there’s one thing we enjoy as much as Black characters, it’s the Black talent behind them. Not much information has been released about the English dub’s cast, but a few known and up & coming black artists have lent their vocal abilities to the musical side for both the subbed and dubbed versions of the show. Carole’s singing voice is provided by newcomer, Nai Br.XX. There are also vocal appearances from the eclectic bassist, Thundercat, and Madison McFerrin, daughter of the legendary Bobby McFerrin.
L to R: Thundercat, Nai Br.XX, Madison McFerrin
Most people will probably come into this expecting a whimsical, musical adventure. Well you can expect that and more. Prepare your funny bone and your feels! Studio Bones highlights the ups and downs of struggling musicians determined to have their music heard by the world. You’ll experience sneaking into venues, tense contract negotiations, sabotage, and even the everyday struggle of wondering how to pay the bills. If you’ve ever watched a season of American Idol, I’m sure you’ll get a kick out of Mars Brightest.
Tune in August 30th on Netflix for Carole & Tuesday, and let us know what you think! Also, don’t forget to join our Facebook Group to participate in weekly anime discussions 🙂
-Kevin Richardson, Director of Interactive Media Design for Urban Anime Lounge
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