「エースなんて必要ないの」 (Eesunante Hitsuyounaino)
“There is No Need for an Ace”
I. Love. Beach. Volleyball. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
For an anime that revolves around a sport that we all typically associated with another franchise that revolved around a certain fighting game franchise, I’m glad to see that Harukana Receive is a really fun show that also happens to be about Beach Volleyball.
So, for its first episode, I think Harukana Receive did a great job at translating the first few chapters of the manga into anime form. Giving us a good amount of time with our main characters Haruka and Kanata, I loved how we were able to learn a lot about their personalities through just a few simple scenes. As an extrovert-introvert pair, it was rather nice to see each of them string each other along.
That said, this show is supposed to be about beach volleyball and boy was I glad to see the show demonstrate that it can give us well-animated, fun to watch beach volleyball. That and I think there was definitely a lot of charm in how the story is playing up Haruka’s journey from being a complete novice to (what I’m hoping for) a powerful player. Tack on the obviously unexplained issue between Kanata and Narumi and there’s enough story here for way more than just a single 12-episode cour. Hopefully all the story elements will get enough time to mature and give us a story that a show like this deserves.
At this point, it’s tough for me to really say much since I had the pleasure of previewing this show. However, what I can say is that I think the anime adaptation thus far has been a surprisingly fun experience that has really added another element to a show that I came in knowing I would enjoy. You have an underdog story, childhood trauma, and a variation on a sport that’s enjoying a successful run with more than three seasons under its belt. That and I love how the show isn’t overflowing with ecchi moments since there’d be so many opportunities to do so.
If you’ve made it to this point then I think you probably agree with me that this show is one that has the potential to be a contender for shows you use when a friend asks, “What’s a good sports show to watch?” So while it remains to be seen just how far this show can go, I think it has a good chance to be a great one.
P.S. Rasmus Faber does the music for this show and it’s freaking great. Also huge shout out to Stilts-kyun for capping the show while I was out at Anime-Expo — and yes tall girls rock.