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「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!

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March 24, 2012 at 3:18 am
66 comments »
  • March 24, 2012 at 3:19 amKarofact

    This episode sucked.

    • March 24, 2012 at 3:25 amZanibas

      Clarify? I want to see the dissenting opinion justified out of curiosity O.o

      • March 24, 2012 at 5:38 amDjalaal

        Just out of random curiosity huh?

      • March 24, 2012 at 6:17 ama42

        I wouldn’t go so far as to say it sucked, but I do agree this wasn’t a good concluding episode. Your review kept mentioning surprises, but the ending was obvious once Haruka mentioned the history of proposals and how she always dreamed of it last episode. In that case there needs to be other elements to make up for the lack of suspense, and this episode didn’t do that. There wasn’t much humor, the bath/negligee scene was just infuriating (totally reverted any of Junichi’s character growth), and the Europe thing was completely transparent. Of course cliches get predictable, but when there’s good execution that can still make cliches fun and interesting. The execution of this episode was very lacking in my opinion.

      • March 24, 2012 at 7:54 amZanibas

        The surprise wasn’t in the inevitable marriage proposal, but in the execution, which I thought was pretty darn good.

        Also, the negligee scene didn’t revert any development he had because honestly, his character wasn’t developed in this arc until the last few minutes. Yes he’d have these random confessions, but overall he was always immature about his relationship with Haruka until he finally goes ALL IN and puts his entire high school life on the line.

        But of course, I thank you for putting basis towards your disagreement rather than rushing to post first :3.

    • March 24, 2012 at 10:31 amWilliam

      I have to agree I’m not sure I liked this episode. I thought the confession/proposal at the end was nicely done and executed, but I just don’t like the whole “coerce him to propose” theme undergoing the whole episode..

      Then again I’m not a 15 year old kid watching this.. And I’m at the age where I need to start thinking seriously about stuff like this.. La Sigh..

      • March 24, 2012 at 11:48 amHegent

        There were ups and downs in this episode but then I cant really say its bad. Overall i thought this was a good episode. We do know that Haruka is going to get married to Junichi, so no spoilers there. Its the mere fact that it was executed perfectly that made this episode a gem. I was even giddy about Junichi’s proposal- we expected it.

  • March 24, 2012 at 3:25 amOni

    Junichi had balls of steel to ask that in front of everyone

    • March 24, 2012 at 2:45 pmMrRei

      I’m guessing people thumbs up your comment after imagining something they wouldn’t want to see.. :\

      • March 25, 2012 at 1:49 pmanri

        Well women don’t get embarrass as much as a men especially when it comes to marriage proposal if they given a choice they probably want the whole world to know on live TV.

  • March 24, 2012 at 3:26 amRakkyo

    lol Morning Rescue…

    You’re killing me Zanibas

  • March 24, 2012 at 3:33 amDr Froooooooooooodo

    hahahahahaha

  • March 24, 2012 at 3:33 amc2710

    all hail juinchi and the courage to confess infront of the school!

    anybody noticed how flustered the teacher was?

  • March 24, 2012 at 3:49 amJ-Luke

  • March 24, 2012 at 3:51 amdeafvader

    1. I got the feeling Zan is female.
    2. This episode was predictable after Haruka said she would be leaving for England.
    3. I am not sure whether Tachibana or Issei said the more manly speech, but I give issei points for not being cliche.

  • March 24, 2012 at 4:43 amJhacks

    I think 2 shows this season spoil me too much that I find AmagamiSS+ episodes is slightly lacking.
    Nisemonogatari for the kinky erotic scene that pushes the boundary to its limit and had me saying to myself “I just had the weirdest boner”
    and Ano Natsu for the romantic and that “Aww…….. So Sweet!” moments that make my manliness level drop to the level of “I don’t want other people see me acting like this.”
    But in the end, even though I find the last part of this episode a Lil corny and cheesy, I still have this huge smile in my face when he actually confesses and kiss in front of everybody. So balls to you Junichi.

  • March 24, 2012 at 4:43 amBreedo

    After seeing the whole thing the animation was a noticable improvment over the original series. Consistent and good quality throughout, unfortunately the flashbacks illustrated that in some scenes lol. What a great job they did with each character. It totally feels like you could have played 6 instead of 4 in a row without skipping much of a beat. Great job and worth the wait!

  • March 24, 2012 at 4:43 amMrRei

    One word.. “physics“!!

    • March 24, 2012 at 8:08 amBeedle

      Tsk, tsk! You all seem to forget the High Jumps during PE! Obviously, Haruka’s just applying what she’s learned >=D

      But yeah, this episode was incredibly sweet and felt like a ‘true end’ for Amagami. I always expected Haruka’s arc to be awesome but damn!

      And I second Amagami Season 3 Dx Do so want; hopefully one will come but will now focus on the other girls. So need Hibiki-chan and Sensei arc…….

      Kudos again to Junichi; what a man! He’s really stepped up his game this season!

    • March 24, 2012 at 10:38 amBeedle

      Tsk, tsk! You seem to forget high jump practice during PE! Obviously, Haruka’s just applying what she’s learned >=D

      But yeah, this episode was incredibly sweet and felt like a ‘true end’ for Amagami. I always expected Haruka’s arc to be awesome but damn!

      And I second Amagami Season 3 Dx Do so want; hopefully one will come but will now focus on the other girls. So need Hibiki-chan and Sensei arc…….

      Kudos again to Junichi; what a man! He’s really stepped up his game this season!

    • March 24, 2012 at 9:34 pmThe Moondoggie

      Double post Mr.Bard…

      And why are you asking for physics when Haruka obviously used the Power of Love to jump that high…?

      • March 25, 2012 at 3:42 amBeedle

        Yeah =S My internet died on me while posting the first one so I thought it didn’t go through.

  • March 24, 2012 at 4:54 amMrTerrorist

    Junichi speech to Haruka was the most sweetest and heartwarming thing i seen. And when he told her he loves her and propose to her on that podium, i went wild, screaming like a fangirl(actually more like a fujoshi who just saw Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner kissing each other! lol).

    And then she ran there, accepted his proposal and kiss him. My heart went “Awwwwww” and i cried seeing that. That was the best scene of this season.

    Now, next week, Miya and the female casts of Amagami are going to the Hot springs!

  • March 24, 2012 at 5:01 amCroos

    Good alt-text as always zan. Morning Rescue!!

    Zanibas, Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 24, 2012 at 5:06 amsinkingmist

    • March 24, 2012 at 5:44 amCroos

      nice. wwwwww

    • March 24, 2012 at 5:45 amCroos

      nice. wwwwwwwwww

    • March 24, 2012 at 6:03 pmLuminus

      LOL hahaha Good one sir!

  • March 24, 2012 at 5:12 amIzay

    Teacher Arc? Yes, teacher arc! World God Only Knows got one, Amagami should get one too!

    • March 24, 2012 at 8:02 pmMrTerrorist

      Thankfully, the PC-exclusive Tech Gian version of Amagami has a teacher arc including Hibiki.

  • March 24, 2012 at 5:31 amNhelraios

    Wow, Kudos to Junichi for pulling off something as ridiculous as that, I gotta admit though he looked pretty cool there.

    That teacher should get her own arc. Seriously.

  • March 24, 2012 at 5:37 amDjalaal

    Why would anyone choose dinner or a bath over Haruka? I know I wouldn’t!
    For MY mental stability, please DO wear that negligee Haruka!

  • March 24, 2012 at 5:43 amNymphetamine2791

    Greatest freakin arc in the series. When Junichi confessed it was so climactic. Slamming his hands on the podium, finally calling out Haruka’s first name, confessing his love in front of the whole school, and on top of that proposing. That episode alone just bumped up my rating for this series.

  • March 24, 2012 at 6:53 am0927123

    Dat Happy END!

  • March 24, 2012 at 7:00 amUnajuuphile

    Ah..’twas a good episode…

  • March 24, 2012 at 7:03 amThe_Magus_Killer

    Zanibas, there is no such thing as too much Morning Rescue. It keeps away despair, witches, and the occasional contract-hungry incubator.

    Kudos to Junichi for that confession in front of the entire student body. Kudos to Haruka for “that leap of faith.” I am now wondering how she bent the laws of physics to jump that high, unless singkingmist’s theory that Haruka has Spartan Blood in her veins is true. XD

    My wishes for Amagami:
    1. Season III! Season III! (Yes, I want more Amagami)

    2. Arcs for Morishima Sexy Jessica, Kurosawa Noriko, Takahashi Maya-sensei, Tanaka Keiko, Kanae Itou (no, not that Kanae Ito), Yuzuri Ruriko, Manaka Hiba, and Tsukahara Hibiki-sempai (I want the last one to come true that badly, and I know the rest her fans do so as well).

    3. Give Umehara Masayoshi some love by pairing him with a suitable girl from the supporting cast. The “Ultimate Love Martyr” and “Bro Of The Year”-awardee deserves it!

    4. Maybe a live-action series/live action movie of Amagami (featuring an original story)? If Thermae Romae (which only had 3 episodes) got a live action movie adaptation, surely Amagami deserves one too?

    P.S. When Haruka leapt at Junichi, I bet the rest of the student body got a good look at her panties. Hehehehe…

    P.S.S. I’ll imitate Junichi and confess to my love interest at her graduation.

    • March 24, 2012 at 7:50 amRyudo

      Do record your imitation of the scene, and be sure to show us all on YouTube. :)

    • March 24, 2012 at 8:20 amMediafag

      Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 24, 2012 at 7:10 ambelatkuro

    As Enzo explained how Haruka was able to do that leap of faith:
    “The power of love, Baby…”
    ;)

    Junichi has best be prepared after that proposal. Doubt the teachers will let this slide. Let’s not forget Ayatsuji’s wrath hohoho. But if he has balls to propose then he’s fine.
    Great job Junichi. You the man.

    One more episode? Yes.
    Onsen episode? Yes please!
    No Junichi? Me want now!

    Needs a Riza arc too.

  • March 24, 2012 at 7:19 amRayyy

    お帰りなさい、あなた。ねえ、あなた?いろいろ胃準備できるけど、どうする?ご食んする、お風呂する、それともワーターし?

    never imagined haruka saying that junichi is one lucky guy!

  • March 24, 2012 at 7:24 amQwerty1

    A hot springs episode should be fun… but I can’t help but feel disappointed that, barring a BD extra, there was no love for Risa this season.

  • March 24, 2012 at 8:11 amMasterDragonKnight

    Hard to believe, but Jessica is even more of a tease than Haruka.

    It must run the family.

  • March 24, 2012 at 8:17 amBenigmatica

    I kinda admit, this is the best ending ever that outmatched every heroine’s ending of Amagami combined!

    Still, I’m feeling that Risa is becoming yandere after Junichi’s epic marriage proposal… Oh, and Queen Tsukasa is getting angry because Junichi made his speech gone too far.

  • March 24, 2012 at 8:32 amMediafag

    Random thoughts:

    …Maya spagetti’ing over Junichi and Haruka’s little PDA was comedy gold!

    …I just noticed, why do “Bros of the Year, All Years” all look like? See Umehara and Andy from EVOL, for example. They both look the same, and they even have the same speech patterns. If it weren’t for the fact that they’re on different shows, I would’ve sworn they were brothers.

  • March 24, 2012 at 8:47 amLightnDark

    Favourite alt texts for this episode:

    23: Nice catch!

    34: Dat grin.

    14: What’s with the madoka references, still golden though.

    Captions for 30: Going by her current trajectory she will actually hit the stage with her stomach!

    Best episode out of the 12! 13 might win best arc though it’s going to be a tough one :)

    • March 24, 2012 at 10:48 amBenigmatica

      That’s right, it puts every ending of both seasons to shame!

  • March 24, 2012 at 12:11 pmSoiyeruda

    For what it was, I think this episode was done well. The ending felt over the top, which is something Amagami SS is though not in a overbearing manner. Easily the best arc of the second series.

  • March 24, 2012 at 1:22 pmKurisu Vi Britannia

    Haruka was my favourite in the first. I may have not got round to watching this yet but I can assure you it hasn’t changed!!!

  • March 24, 2012 at 4:12 pmSirMuffin

    DAT LEAP.

    Morishima-senpai. Half-man, half-frog. But 100% sekushi.

    • March 24, 2012 at 6:03 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

      Hey, she had a lot of practice playing leapfrog, remember? lol

  • March 24, 2012 at 4:22 pmX

    Junichi YOU ARE THE BOSS! If only you replaced Shu in Guilty Crown and that show would have been saved! I am so glad I watched this after watching the end of Guilty Crown cuz that certainly made me feel better!

  • March 24, 2012 at 4:28 pmHiro

    Quite the graduation ceremony huh. I’m pretty sure this is one memory every one of the seniors will actually remember. xD

    http://randomc.net/image/Amagami%20SS/Amagami%20SS%20plus%20-%2012%20-%20Large%2033.jpg

    Sensei’s jealous??
    By the gods, I will get up on that stage and ask her to marry me too lol
    Just kidding…or am I? Heh <3

  • March 24, 2012 at 4:42 pmMissingnomer

    That was great, this episode was amazing. I think I might get emotional….Okay, time to watch the episode =)

  • March 24, 2012 at 6:07 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    Jessica is the Remon/Ichigo of Amagami SS now, ufufufufu~ alongside Miya’s Nishishishi~! XD

    Obvious Risa cameo next to Rihoko and Kanae (same class after all).

    Of course, we get trolled in the beginning. Seriously thought that we were getting some flash-forward scene that’d have them suddenly reminiscing about Junichi’s proposal, only for it to turn out to be them just roleplaying again, lol.

    Of course, one of my favorite parts was Juncihi’s head meeting the table during the whole nightgown scene, lol. Every time, right when he gets the guts to peek/look/etc, too late! XD

  • March 24, 2012 at 8:41 pmFaint Smile

    In the first season, my two favorite arcs were Haruka’s arc followed by Ayatsuji’s arc.. But for this season I think it would be Ayatsuji then Haruka.. Though overall I guess I still like Haruka.. ^_^

  • March 24, 2012 at 9:46 pmjustin

    i wonder if there is going to be a third season ? the story with each girl after marriage ? never mind, it’s the concept of happily ever after……

  • March 24, 2012 at 9:54 pmKiria

    I can only say this was the cutest, sweetest arc of all! Even better than Haruka’s first! She was always my favorite and they really pulled it off as a finale ^o^ Kudos to this ending!

  • March 25, 2012 at 9:12 ampokpokza

    predictable but I love wedding screen and Haruka is soo sexy.

  • March 25, 2012 at 1:56 pmanri

    I just wonder does scenes like these happen in real life at all?

    I know we all see it in TV, anime, movies and stuff, but does it really actually happen in real life? Has anyone actually done this or experience seening ppl propose like this in front of hundred of ppl?

    I know some ppl do it in a resturant and stuff but in front of a stadium with hundred of ppl in a different matter.

    • March 25, 2012 at 8:33 pmSoiyeruda

      It largely depends on the couple though I’d attribute Junichi’s proposal to something akin to asking someone out to prom, since they’re in high school.

      Having also been to various stadiums to watch sports, I can say I’ve seen a few wedding proposals. It’s not unheard of.

    • March 25, 2012 at 8:49 pmThe_Magus_Killer

      Here’s one of those wedding proposal stories at the Philippines’ Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where thousands pass each day: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/news/news/view/20090213-189060/Early-Valentines-Day-drama-at-NAIA

      So yes, it does happen in real life. *without the girl leaping into the air, of course*

  • March 27, 2012 at 1:14 amLectro Volpi

    First Junichi:

    http://randomc.net/image/Amagami%20SS/Amagami%20SS%20-%2003%20-%20Large%2001.jpg

    Second Junichi:

    http://randomc.net/image/Amagami%20SS/Amagami%20SS%20plus%20-%2012%20-%20Large%2026.jpg

    Yes, there was change and I never noticed.

    Last time I gave my “Lectro Volpi Accademy Award” to Haruka´s arc but I am not so sure this time… This time it goes straight to Kaoru´s Arc! Yes! We won!

  • March 27, 2012 at 6:27 amZhinvu

    Juunichi you brave and lucky son of a gun…I salute you oh awesome one for that massively GAR proposal. You and the lovely Lovely Haruka deserve each other.

  • March 27, 2012 at 6:27 pmnagi

    aww Zanibas, no alt+texts anymore?

    • March 27, 2012 at 8:34 pmZanibas

      They’re there, don’t you worry ^__^. I don’t know why they aren’t appearing for you :(

  • March 28, 2012 at 12:23 pmewok40k

    well, many have said it before but I will add to the choir:
    NEEDS HIBIKI AND SENSEI ARCS!! PREFERABLY ONE WITH UMEHARA!