「だから私たちは、かけがえのない一人を選ぶ」 (Dakara Watashitachi wa, Kakegae No Nai Hitori wo Erabu)
“And That’s Why We Choose our Irreplaceable Partners”
I don’t know how Harukana managed to do it, but I don’t think we could have asked for a better finale.
General / Final Impressions
Unlike most posts where they get a dedicated final impressions section, I think I’m going to throw everything together into one giant amalgamation of feelings since that phrase perfectly describes this week’s episode. An episode that was literally a giant amalgamation of feelings.
Starting with the best part first, I’m shocked how emotional I was throughout the entire episode. Because as I’m sure we’re all aware of, this show has definitely had some shortcomings when it comes to telling an engaging story. However, after throwing some seishun (feelings of youth) into it, everything turned around real quick. So quick in fact that the steady flow of tears coming out of my face could barely keep up with all the different things going on. Honestly, I think a lot of us come into shows like this for the tear jerking moments associated with the high stakes of competition. And if there was one thing that Harukana Receive proved to us, it’s that even with all of its various issues, this show knows what it takes to push our emotions to an 11.
Switching things over to the characters, I think everyone has had enough time to really show us just what they’re made of — except Akari. As a character who was introduced super late into the season, I was basically expecting her to be a background character who was there to help push along whatever elements the story needed at the time. Instead, we were given a cheery character that served as the foundation for this fantastic finale. Looking back at it, I think one of the biggest reasons why I was feeling so emotional was the thought of all of our characters breaking up as friends. Because as much as I want to believe that friendship will “overcome” whatever challenges are there, you can’t deny that being defeated by someone you’ve hand trained can be, at the very least, bittersweet. Toss in the fact that all of our characters are high school students who haven’t really experienced the outside world and I wouldn’t have been surprised if Claire just straight up disappeared after that moment with her and Emily at the beach. Thankfully Akari was hard at work on the sidelines making sure that everyone could stay together and I will be forever thankful for her hard work.
At the end of the day, I don’t think there’s anyone out there who would say that Harukana Receive was a fantastic show. There were a lot of cuts to save on animation, the story could get awfully bumpy, and the motivations driving the characters could sometimes get lost in-between all the fanservice. All that said, I think that as a whole, this show managed to accomplish what it set out to do. For a show revolving around beach volleyball, it managed to not devolve into a smoldering pile of fanservice and instead gave us a fun story about growing up while experiencing the youth of high school.
Thanks again to everyone who’s kept up with the posts! It’s been fun reading the comments and I really appreciate it. Boy, wouldn’t it be great if we got a season two that had more money dedicated to it? A fan can dream, right?
In any case, I’ll catch you guys around when the next season kicks off! Be sure to take a peek at our newly released Season Preview to figure out just what you want to watch!