OP: 「FLY two BLUE」 by 大空遥（優木かな）、比嘉かなた（宮下早紀）
「昔の自分を取り戻したいって思ってる」 (Mukashi no Jibun wo Torimodoshitaitte Omotteru)
“I Want to Return to my Former Self”
The writing in this show is so damn cheesy — but I still love it.
With the ever important three-episode rule in effect, I must say that I’m rather impressed that Harukana Receive managed to keep me interested even after I realized after the second episode that this wasn’t exactly the show I was hoping for. That said, let’s dive into this week’s episode real quick before giving my thoughts on the show as a whole.
I’m not a big fan of how the story is handling Kanata’s trauma, but after giving it the benefit of the doubt and truly throwing my full attention at it, I can actually get behind how dumb it all is. From her perspective as a previously powerful Beach Volleyball player who got wrecked by genetics, I can sympathize with the notion of not wanting to accept the cards she was dealt. Be it running from her problems or refusing to change up her play style, I could totally see myself acting in a similar way to Kanata if I were in her position. Toss in the guilt she feels for abandoning her promise with Narumi and it all starts to fall into place rather easily. So, even with my minor gripes about the cheesiness of it all, I’ll give it a pass since there’s just enough charm to really sell it.
So, with the third episode closing things out on Kanata’s trauma and moving us into tournament territory, I think Harukana Receive has a good chance of turning into a really fun show. That said, I think it all will boil down to whether or not the show is able to turn Beach Volleyball into something that’s fun to watch. Compared to something like Haikyuu, it definitely feels like there’s some kind of oomph missing from the matches we’ve seen thus far. Luckily I think we can chalk that up to Haruka being a beginner and with a lot of grunt work of setting the “foundation” out of the way, I’m hoping we’ll see a shift to more intense matches that really help sell the intensity of the sport.
In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll hopefully have a great episode on our hands. That and hopefully the budget for animation will shift to actual animation instead of stylized breaks (which I love, but is slowly starting to grow old). See you guys then!
ED: 「Wish me luck!!!!」 by 大空遥（優木かな）、比嘉かなた（宮下早紀）、トーマス・紅愛（種﨑敦美）、トーマス・恵美理（末柄里恵）