「森島はるか 後編 タビダチ」 (Morishima Haruka Kouhen – Tabidachi)
“Morishima Haruka, Second Chapter – Departure”
Sometimes in love, you’ve got to make…a huge leap of faith. *Ba dum tssh*
I can safely say that once again, Haruka and Junichi’s pairing have exceeded expectations. The guts, the subtle conflict, the sneakiness of a twin cousin! At first, I had my doubts that Haruka could pull off the same surprises her first arc executed. I set my expectations low when I began watching the first season (it’ll be another game adaption…), but then episode four came and set the bar higher. However, without the aspect of “fairy unknown series”, would Haruka’s surprises work a second time?
Yes. Although the kinkiness makes Haruka famous, it’s the surprises that actually make the arc good. That precise moment when Junichi stood up (I was in school hallway mind you), I said quite loudly, “Oh shit, he’s not…” before I self-constrained myself to avoid any further dirty looks. However, after calming down from the excitement, I realized it wasn’t just the fact that there was a surprise, but that Junichi was the one to pull it off.
Previously it was observed that Junichi and Haruka had begun to switch roles, but this episode went farther as to actually follow through on this swtich. Yes, the two still retained their original personas, but when it mattered most, their reversal of roles stuck. Although this development style was seen in Rihoko and Kaoru’s arcs, their resolutions were not as grand and unpredictable as the last four minutes of this episode turned out to be.
The end of Haruka’s arc didn’t feel like the end of a series of six episodes, but rather the end of Amagami as a whole. With all the characters present and the cumulative applause, it certainly felt more like a finale for the entire series rather than just Haruka’s story. That’s what makes me happy about this ending in general, is that right here, I can come away feeling—well, that’s for next week ^^.
If you were in my shoes, you’d agree that writing a final impression after this episode would be a fitting end. However, it turns out we have one extra hot springs episode to go (previously it was thought it’d be Blu-Ray only), and it just wouldn’t be fair to leave out one episode that could surprise! Hold your voting urges for best arc until next week!