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Set 50 years after humans have colonized the planet Mars, our story starts with the very sheltered and innocent Tuesday running away from home and heading to the largest city on the planet, Alba City. Once there she quickly learns that its not an easy place for a girl with no plans.

Carole is a young woman barely making her way in the city, and has just lost her job, again. With nothing left to do she begins playing her keyboard and singing on a bridge, where a disheartened Tuesday happens to also be and the two girls instantly connect over Carole's song.

Carole & Tuesday is a Japanese anime series produced by Studio BONES that airs on Netflix. It was created and directed by Shinichiro Watanabe of Cowboy Bebop fame. The show began airing for 24 episodes on Netflix Japan April 10th, 2019. The first 12 episodes will be released on Netflix worldwide on August 30, 2019.

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Tropes present in the work are:

  • Aerith and Bob: It's right there in the show's title. Most of the cast have perfectly ordinary names, but Tuesday?
  • The Alcoholic: Gus is introduced barely conscious at a bar.
    • Amongst Joshua's many issues, being so drunk off his ass that he can't perform seems to be common occurrence.
  • Alliterative Name: Gus Goldman, Spencer Simmons and Katie Kimura.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Carole seems to be of African descent while Angela could either be African as well or Latino, maybe both. This trope is quite prominent, as Alba City is very cosmopolitan and the colonization of Mars might have blurred a few "racial" lines.
  • Amicable Exes: Gus and his ex-wife Marie, while have grown distant, are still friendly with one another. Marie believes in Gus' assessment that Carole and Tuesday are something special, willing to work for Gus on the promise he'll pay her back and referring the two to her current girlfriend for costumes. When Marie tells Gus she plans to remarry, he tells her to find happiness this time, baring no ill will.
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  • As You Know: Invoked, and then subverted.
    Tao: 99% of all modern hits were created by A.I.s. I suspect you knew that already, though.
    Angela: Hadn't the foggiest.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Angela's casual clothes show her navel. Crystal's performing outfit shows her midsection too.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Tuesday may be the sweetest girl there is, but when Ertegun insults their music without even bothering to listen to it, she calmly burns the letter and sets off the sprinklers in his house. Even she is surprised by the way she reacted.
  • Birds of a Feather: Carole and Tuesday couldn't be more different in appearance and background, but their love of music makes them bond almost immediately.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Tuesday's mother Vanessa, a powerful politician, advocates a campaign based on kindness and understanding while being cold and controlling at home.
  • Bi the Way: Marie was married to Gus, but now she's remarrying to a woman. The way Marie describes the situation to Gus, saying that she "didn't understand herself" and feels like she's "finally found her true self", it's also possible Marie was always gay and her now-fiancée was her Closet Key.
  • Broken Pedestal: Downplayed, as there wasn't much of a pedestal to break in the first place. When the girls pay a visit to famous DJ Ertegun for a collaboration, he immediately looks down on their music without even listening to it. In retaliation, the two set up a fiery prank before quickly making their escape.
  • Butt-Monkey: Episode 4 is hard on poor Roddy, who's not only forced to dance for the music video (which he has no talent for), the luxury car he borrowed from Ertegun gets utterly wrecked and his beloved limited edition robots get destroyed by IDEA. He's also the one who recommends IDEA to Carole and Tuesday in the first place, and by the time he realizes it's a scam, it's far too late.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The Mermaid Sisters' song Galactic Mermaid is one of these to the tune of a barbershop quartet number. It gets them quickly eliminated from Mars' Brightest.
  • Cool Shades: Afraid her family would recognize her on TV (even though her performance isn't televised), Tuesday wears a pair of shades Gus burrowed from another contestant during their audition for Mars' Brightest. She ditches the shades later though when she actually does appear on TV.
  • Cute Machines: Carole has her alarm clock, Ziggy. He looks and acts like a northern white-faced owl (including making himself thinner when startled) so he's treated more like a pet than an appliance. Subverted with IDEA, who looks and sounds very cute but whose personality is closer to an evil spawn of Bender.
  • Character Blog: In addition to having an Instagram account in-universe, Carole and Tuesday have one for real as well.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Joshua has blonde hair and dark skin, which fits with his eccentric artist image. Crystal also seems to have tanned skin and blonde-green hair.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Cybelle asks Tuesday to form a duo with her after the Mars Brightest contest, and Tuesday is too nervous to immediately refuse. When she does say no, Cybelle takes this as a cruel betrayal on Tuesday's part. In vengeance, she leaves a birthday present full of dry ice that burns Tuesday's hand, which is going too far even if the transgression wasn't imaginary.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The opening theme is performed by Carole and Tuesday in their singing voices.
  • Dramatic Wind: Parodied in Episode 4. While shooting the duo's first music video, IDEA takes them to the top of a crater, hoping to get footage of them standing at the cliff edge, complete with dramatic wind. Instead, it's so windy that the pair can barely stand up straight, let alone play their instruments, and IDEA himself gets blown away.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Tuesday's long dresses are clearly inspired by the "casual lolita" style. She might only wear this style though because that's what she is used to wearing for most of her life, and not to make an actual fashion statement.
  • Foil: Gus and Tao, while both musicians' managers, are opposites in just about every way. Gus is a heavyset, enthusiastic older man, Tao is a slim, emotionless young man. Gus is a jaded alcoholic who's been out of work for years, Tao is a modern acoustics technician in popular demand. Gus prefers old-fashioned songs and wants to promote Carole and Tuesday for their authentic music, Tao prefers his A.I.-manufactured songs, and forces Angela conform to them.
  • Foreshadowing: At the start of Episode 4, when Roddy suggests having the IDEA AI create a music video for the duo, you can see on its store page that it only has a 1-star rating over 2000 reviews. None of the protagonists notice this, though Carole is suspicious of the cheap price. IDEA turns out to be a scam artist.
  • Former Child Star: Angela Carpenter is a former child star and model who intends to break through as a singer. According to herself, Dahlia used to be one too.
  • Formerly Fit: Marie shows Carole and Tuesday a picture of a younger Gus, who was quite thin and good-looking back then.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": One of Carole's part-time jobs involves fake-crying at a dead guy's funeral to give the impression there are plenty of people missing him. This being Carole, she sees a butterfly land on the priest's head and bursts out laughing like a madwoman.
  • Generic Cuteness: Carole and Tuesday are supposedly rather plain-looking girls, but you wouldn't be able to tell this by their character designs.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: Carole is a dark-skinned girl with black hair while Tuesday is a white-as-snow blonde with freckles.
  • I Call It "Vera": Tuesday's precious guitar is named "Hummingbird". That's because it is a Gibson Hummingbird.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode is named after a Western rock or pop song. A full list of song references can be found here.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When Marie tells Gus that she's remarrying, he's surprised but neither jealous nor upset, and simply wishes her to find happiness with her wife.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Ertegun rejected and dismissed Carole and Tuesday’s music without listening to it, dashing their first option of making it big. It’s only appropriate that they accidentally wreck one of his cars for their failed first music video, which was supposed to be their second option.
  • Little Miss Badass: As a little girl living in an orphanage, Carole head-butts and flying kicks a bigger boy who was being mean to her.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Carole was born on Christmas Day.
    • Roddy's name sounds like "roadie," which he is, being a sound technician.
  • Mood Dissonance: Played for Laughs in-universe. Episode 4 has the team shooting a Zombie Apocalypse-themed video (amongs other things)… for "Hold Me Now", a light, peppy pop number. To the surprise of no one but themselves, the result is… lackluster to put it gently.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: One of the auditioning singers in episode 7 bears a resemblance to, and sings a lot like Vitas.
    • Similarly, GGK is a shameless (if loving) interpretation of FKA Twigs, and fans have taken to calling Crystal "Space Beyoncé" for good reason.
  • Not So Different: In spite of how Carole and Tuesday seem to be total opposites in looks, fashion style and upbringing, they become best pals almost instantly based on their shared love for music and surprisingly compatible personalities.
  • Parental Abandonment: Carole was abandoned in a church as a baby and has no memories of her parents. It turns out her father, Dann, was in prison for a Crime of Self-Defense, and her mother passed away shortly after giving her up. Carole meets Dann in episode 13, but he does not tell her who he is until the following episode.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Gus and Dahlia indulge in this, complete with extremely fake smiles, after Mars Brightest gives Angela and Carole and Tuesday record deals, forcing them to be around each other more.
  • Product Placement: The show is sponsored by Gibson and Nord, so naturally Tuesday's acoustic guitar is a Gibson (a Hummingbird, to be precise), and Carole plays on a Nord keyboard. Instagram is also visibly used, rather than a Bland-Name Product version, and appears to be identical in look and function to the present day, in spite of the scifi setting.
  • Reality Ensues: At a concert, standing in for a musician who for whatever last-minute reason is unavailable to play will not be received well by the audience, who paid to see them. Carole and Tuesday learn this the hard way when they try to stand in for Joshua, as they get ruthlessly booed off the stage by angry audience members.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: IDEA the robot director not only drinks beer like a human, it also likes to take baths and watch television. It also happens to be a scam artist.
  • Rotoscoping: The music and dance numbers were performed by real people before being rendered in animation, allowing for fluid and realistic movements.
  • The Runaway: Tuesday leaves her affluent life because while she has everything she could want, her family will not allow her to be a musician.
  • Running Gag: As of episode 3, Carole and Tuesday have had to run away from three separate locations. Even Carole notices it after they escape from Ertegun's mansion.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Spencer manages to track Tuesday down in Episode 5, but after seeing how happy she is performing, he can't bring himself to tell their mother where she is.
  • Shared Universe: Carole and Tuesday possibly takes place in the same universe as Cowboy Bebop and Space Dandy as the currency is also woolongs. The former moreso, due to Carole and Tuesday's setting of a colonized Mars in the future, in Alba City no less.
  • She's Got Legs: Carole, while being more of the tomboy compared to Tuesday, often shows off her long legs by wearing hot pants, usually combined with Zettai Ryouiki.
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  • Singing Voice Dissonance: In episode 6, the deep, booming voice of Hiroki Yasumoto is replaced by the high-pitched, honey timber of bassist Thundercat when Skip's song starts.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Tuesday is one of the sweetest, most polite girls ever, but she's painfully naïve and knows next to nothing about cleaning or cooking. She admits to Carole that, before coming to Alba City, she assumed everyone on Mars lived as well as she did.
  • Stylistic Suck: The music video IDEA makes for "Hold Me Now" in Episode 4. Carole, Tuesday, Gus, and Roddy pitch about a dozen different concepts, without even knowing what song the video would be for; IDEA just mashes them all together without even trying to make something coherent out of them; and then it proceeds to execute every one of those concepts with laughable ineptitude. Unsurprisingly, IDEA turns out to be a scam artist, and the resulting video is scrapped - but not before we get to see it in all its hysterically-bad glory.
  • Surprisingly Good English: For the Japanese original dub, all of the songs are performed in English by native speakers.
  • Technician vs. Performer: An underlining plot of the series, with Former Child Star Angela as the Technician who uses A.I. technology and current trends for music, and Carole and Tuesday as the Performers who really just want to make music together.
  • Translation Convention: As all written language is in English, and Alba City is patterned as a futuristic New York City, it can be assumed that everyone is actually speaking English, not Japanese. This is further proven in that every song including the OP and ED is sung in perfect English.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Carole is the Tomboy and Tuesday is the Girly Girl.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: Angela's story is largely unrelated to Carole and Tuesday's at first, its not until episode 8 that Angela even meets the two.
  • We Need a Distraction: In order to let Tuesday escape from her house, Roddy makes a ruckus at the gate. It works when the gates open and Tuesday gets out while the robots electrocute Roddy and the security guards tackle Gus, allowing Carole and Tuesday to get away.
  • Write What You Know: In-Universe, the lyrics of "The Loneliest Girl" are clearly about the girls' own feelings and their meeting.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dahlia has purple hair, which is her least outstanding feature. Marie has violet hair, although it seems to be dyed and Crystal's is a combination of green and blonde. Pyotr has mint-green hair while Catherine also has lilac hair.
  • Youthful Freckles: Tuesday, the less worldly of the duo, has faint freckles on the bridge of her nose.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Carole tends to wear Grade A, which she combines with hot pants.

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