「これが私の気持ちです」 (Kore ga Watashi no Kimochi desu)
“These are My Feelings”
After a short delay due to PAX West, here’s last week’s Harukana Receive!
Boy, was this week’s episode literally everywhere. From the animation to the story, there were definitely moments where I was genuinely concerned about where things were trying to go. Starting with the good (or rather what I enjoyed), I really appreciated the story going forward with its mini time skip. By giving me a somewhat believable reason behind Kanata and Haruka’s sudden improvement, it felt like we were coming into these last few episodes with a lot of ammo in terms of getting to see some cool beach volleyball moments. Toss in their even stronger sense of camaraderie and you had me nearly salivating at the thought of them taking on their closest rivals Claire and Emily. However, along the way, there were definitely a few issues that we can’t ignore.
The largest of which were the Aragaki sisters. As a new pair that appeared as a stepping stone for Kanata and Haruka to overcome, I was really disappointed with how the story tried selling their story to us. Not only were they completely stripped of the right to take on the Thomas sisters because of “unlucky” bracket placement, but it just felt bad to see them get completely shut out when they were a pair that should have been able to at least keep up with Kanata and Haruka. That said, I get what the story was going for and at the end of the day we got to at least meet new characters who managed to serve a purpose greater than just being bodies to stare at. However, I feel like there’s so many other ways the story could have used these two to really create a situation where we could become more invested with the show — like I don’t know, maybe have them actually play against Claire and Emily?
At the end of the day though, this is a show that revolves around Kanata and Haruka and I think this episode made that clear. If I were to make a guess for what’s coming up in the near future, I’m really hoping that all the creative brainpower and whatever money this show received for production gets thrown into last few episodes since I still believe there’s a chance for things to really turn around and give us one last hoorah before the season comes to a close. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week (or rather in a few days). See you then!