「アンタの心が折れるまで」 (Anta no Kokoro ga Orerumade)
“Until Your Heart Breaks”
Fighting jetlag and getting back to an almost normal schedule, here’s last week’s Harukana Receive!
While I really enjoy this show, something that’s been really irking me as of late has to be Kanata’s insistence on using the same move over and over even when it’s not working. Looking back to two weeks ago when Kanata put herself in an incredibly depressing position by getting blocked time after time by a taller player, it was nice to see her embrace a new tactic that could effectively get her attacks over the block. That said, it blows me away that now that the “Pokey” has become her attack of choice, it’s the only thing she’s using. If anything, should she have learned by now that there’s more than one way to tackle a problem? Honestly, this wouldn’t normally get me all that mad except when there’s no one taller than her trying to block her out, why isn’t Kanata varying up her attacks?! God, the more I think about it the more it bugs me since this seems like a prime opportunity for her to try and vary up her play style.
That all said, I must say that the cheery personalities of Haruka and Kanata are doing wonders in alleviating all this extra stress that I’m feeling from watching them play. Because at the end of the day, this isn’t your typical sports show and Beach Volleyball seems to have a lot of nuances that the show is trying to touch on without throwing too much at us. Hopefully this means we’ll get a bit more of a payoff as the matches we see get drawn out longer.
At the end of the day though, it’s tough to say how I feel about this show. It had its ups and downs and I’m hoping we’re about to hit the end of this somewhat downward trajectory as the show bounces back up to even greater heights. Luckily I think a majority of the foundation has been laid and all that’s left now is for Haruka and Kanata to unlock their potential as protagonists of a freaking Beach Volleyball anime. Based on how this week’s episode ended though, it looks like we’re in a great spot to see something amazing happen with Haruka and Kanata’s backs against the wall.
In any case, I’ll see you guys next week (or rather in a few days)! Thanks again for dealing with the tardiness of these posts — jetlag has been killer and I don’t know how you jetsetters deal with it. See you later!