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OP Sequence

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.

General Impressions

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 Sequence

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)

July 21, 2018 at 1:25 am
  • July 21, 2018 at 2:46 amShiranaiHito

    Huh, Japanese rule of thumb.
    Foreigners in anime, they often then not be females, blond, blue eyed and busty with perfect spoken Japanese.
    I assume the twins are Americans?

    • July 21, 2018 at 3:46 amWorldwidedepp

      Well, they could also be from France.. or their direct Neighborhood.. New Zealand or Australia. an country where many Japanese emigrate. That would explain their “perfect” Japanese

    • July 21, 2018 at 4:44 amNork22

      Well it’s set in Okinawa, and there’s a US based down there. There’s a 90% chance that their mother is American.

    • July 21, 2018 at 8:50 amBakapooru

      Okinawa, many US military bases, red/white/blue bikinis means likely Americans to me.

  • July 21, 2018 at 3:49 amAngelus

    Yeah, it’s a bit dumb so far, isn’t it. Still, now we have the angst out of the way I’m hoping it will shape up as I’d rather not have to watch it just for Haruka’s butt.

    And we finally got the OP and ED this time, but neither of them sound at all like Rasmus Faber. And strangely he’s not credited on the OP/ED CD singles pages on CD Japan or Amazon either. For anyone not familiar with his very distinctive style (at least, it was distinctive up to now), try this medley:

    He usually writes for Japan Victor or one of its subsidiaries (like Flying Dog), but this time I noticed it’s Kadokawa doing the music so maybe it’s a conscious decision on his part to use a different harmonic style.

  • July 21, 2018 at 5:08 amHenrietta Brix

  • July 21, 2018 at 6:42 amPanino Manino

    Is Kanata dumb?

    • August 1, 2018 at 7:37 amSierra 117

      Are you?

  • July 21, 2018 at 6:58 amGoukenslayer

    this anime is shaping up to be just like beach stars granted this series pulls in the flashbacks cards

  • July 21, 2018 at 7:34 amstarss

    The hell have the OP in the THIRD episode what the hell!!!!

  • July 21, 2018 at 7:40 amOne Pinch Man

  • July 21, 2018 at 8:59 amBakapooru

    I definitely don’t buy Kanata’s issue. If you love the sport as much as you say you do, you would do everything possible to stay involved. I know people who played almost every day to just being an organizers of tournaments. After I wore out my shoulder (and got old), I still help a friend coach his middle school team once in a while, Well… I guess you can rationalize that she’s just a kid, but everyone will eventually get old and can’t play anymore. In conclusion, I’ll still continuing watching simply because it’s volleyball.

    I like how they’re drawing the net in front of their faces. The way they didn’t do that in Haikyuu! drove me nuts.

  • July 21, 2018 at 9:06 amBakapooru

    A couple more thoughts: if you don’t have the physical tools, you have to just work harder and become that “scrappy” player that does all of the dirty work (like baseball’s “utility” players). Can’t really do that in beach vball, but I mentioned in another post that I think the 6-player version is just as fun.

    A point is a point!! Unless you can hit OVER the block, you have to use every tool in your toolbox to get the point! I can believe she just learned that. She wants to win, right? Too stubborn.

  • July 21, 2018 at 12:26 pmSonic Firestorm

    Folk are overthinking the series: it’s a Manga Time Kirara adaptation, which means that the emphasis is on fun above everything else. Quite honestly, I think Hanebado is better suited for discussions than Harukana Receive is.

    • July 24, 2018 at 1:13 pmyoloalchemist

      IKR! Where’s the discussion on Hanebado! when we want it.

    • July 25, 2018 at 6:04 pmCss

      Yes, it is a Manga Time Kirara Adaptation but It’s Manga Time Kirara Forward, a magazine from the Kirara line that isn’t limited to 4-koma and have manga with different styles/focus. You’re not wrong that it’s not Hanebado but Harukana isn’t like other kirara adaptations either because of the magazine where it’s published.

  • July 21, 2018 at 6:04 pmRenaSayers

    Kanata’s trauma, forgive me for being rude but I don’t think this “trauma” is much of a dilemma as Kanata makes it out to be. Considering the title, all I see is Haruka’s experiences being on a team.

    So I guess the title is saying Haruka Receives Kanata’s concerns of being a short volleyball player and servers a heaping pile of positivity back at Kanata.

    They are on the same wavelength…


  • July 21, 2018 at 8:56 pmArche

  • July 22, 2018 at 11:01 amtheirs

    Funny how it seemed like Haruka already knows what those hand signals are, but doesn’t know about a pokey.

    What’s wrong with Claire’s swimsuit? Can’t figure out why Emily was so embarrassed about it. Hers doesn’t look that much different:

  • July 23, 2018 at 4:24 amonion warrior

    I give no care for Kanata’s dilemma at all; sure, she was an ace player before this, but i know its frustrating she didnt get to grow taller like most of her volley friends…perhaps her “growth” got stuck because of her parents’ death??? idk, does that make any sense? Poor Kanata, but tall or not, its the charisma that makes it worked.

    Im loving the girls here, they’re totally selling their bikini bodies all over the place XD and as much as i hate to admit, i gotta say…where are the men in this island (except for grandpa lol)

    Still, i wanna see the other folks in this anime too…i wanna see the height comparison :D

  • July 23, 2018 at 12:29 pmweasl

    Perfect anime for Japan melting into the ocean this summer!

  • July 23, 2018 at 12:52 pmWorldwidedepp

    I think i stick with this Anime

    But let me give some advice as “fine tuner”

    - You surly still know the Dance Anime from the earlier past, right? Did they focused so much on the Boobs or Ass of the Females? So be careful not to overuse this on this anime here. It’s about the Sport not the Boobies and Buds of the players, right? I mean some spice is good and healty, but to not turn this into the main dish

    - Sometimes the size of the CGI Ball is “complicated”.. the perspective of the ball change here and there, but overall it’s all green… Keep going, just do not lose the focus of the “main sport item” of this Anime. It’s like the Horses in an Horse anime.. right?

    So, i think i join this Anime

  • July 24, 2018 at 10:33 amWorldwidedepp

    Also… I think i have an Idea why this Girl “run” away
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • July 31, 2018 at 1:21 amStranger

    I retract my previous statement about the fanservice in this show being almost non-existant.