If you really loved me you’d be a creepy stalker!
Oh those two crazy kids! The final chapter in the Haruka arc ends in a manner most befitting the two characters. While not quite the epic kinky of last week, Haruka and Junichi come together in that crazy, but adorable, but crazy, but adorable, but crazy manner that has been the hallmark of their relationship thus far. The day starts off fairly normally, with Junichi summoning some of Patrick Colasour’s luck in running into Haruka near an arcade, then talking in the park where Junichi was stood up. But on Christmas Eve, Haruka pulls off a brilliant total victory, a setup so transparent that she had to have been using it to tease Junichi.
My, what a great pun there Junichi. にしし。
More roleplay already, Haruka?
Lovely? Seriously? You sure you’re not 1/4 Engrish, not English?
She even named you, Junichi, how do you feel about that? And she compares him again to a dog, this time to her deceased pet. That aside, it was kind of a nice setup that had them talking at the park and remembering what happened a year ago. I’m thinking that in each arc it will be each girl the same day at the same location, but they would have said different things to Junichi and thus shaped his reaction so that we have a different ‘What If?’ version of Junichi each arc.
At the end of their talk at the park Junichi asks Haruka out for a Christmas Eve date, and he’s turned down. But fear not, as it is only because Haruka’s grandparents will be visiting Japan, so instead he is invited along to their get-together. This would all become a pretense when Haruka’s grandparents cancel their trip, but like the playfully manipulative girl she is Haruka seizes the opportunity to play with Junichi for awhile first. Since he ran to meet her she wants him to clean himself up before meeting her grandparents…by taking a swim in a hotel pool and riding the waterslides with her. After she’s had her fun with him there she tells him that they’re an hour late for their plans, and then disregards it to Junichi’s shock. And then she tells him that it would be a shame to waste the room that was already reserved. Not only that, she announces her intention to stay in the room and goes right to taking a bath while Junichi is left bewildered by the pace of things out in the living room.
Oh there’s just so much to work with here. Perhaps “you’ve been a bad boy Junichi, you need to be punished.” Nah, something else. How about “bad dog! Roll over like the lowly animal you are!” Yes, that’s the ticket!
Oh this isn’t more roleplaying, Haruka has moved on to LARPing.
Oh jeez, this episode just laid it on thick with the flag tripping. But it all proceeded according to Haruka’s design.
Waste not, want not, Junichi.
Meanwhile the rest of the characters are at the school festival, including my dear Ayatsuji Tsukasa. If the panning from one girl to another at the start of the OP is indicative of the order (so far it is), it looks like I’ll have to wait until the end of the series for her arc.
Junichi waits outside while Haruka bathes wondering how to act when she comes out in a towel upset that he didn’t peak at her. That he DID NOT try to peak at her. Oh Haruka, you so crazy. Apparently she wanted him to as a sign that he likes her and thinks a relationship with her can work, and she breaks down into her weaker, confidence-lacking self in front of him. While Haruka has been taking the initiative for most of this episode, leading Junichi into her high class love nest, now it’s his turn to act boldly. They really are just perfect for each other, one rising to the occasion when the other slips, and Junichi confesses all his feelings over again and with more strength. Embracing her he tells her that he wants to be with her forever, and how the rest of the night goes is left to our imaginations. And then we get a brief Amagami: After Story set 10 years later. Now married, we see Hibiki talking to Haruka in her kitchen while Junichi makes his cheesy entrance brandishing his police badge for what’s implied to be the millionth time. And Haruka eats it up still, laughing and holding hands and obviously still madly (emphasis on the mad, for the both of them) in love. They’ve become an adorably mushy couple ten years after, even if it might be a bit too sugary sweet for Hibiki to watch.
Jeez, Junichi why can’t you be a creep?!
Junichi looks more like he’s taken a powerful attack in Yugioh than someone in a romance series. He should have screwed the rules, he’s got Haruka!
DDDAAAAWWWW crazy, crazy love!
Hibiki knew from the start and offered the counsel and solutions to help them along from the shadows. I hearby award her the Oberstein Order of the Velvet Glove for her efforts in supporting Junichi X Haruka.
One has to wonder if he got into police work because Haruka wanted some handcuffs and a police uniform. Though I suppose all the roleplaying helped him with undercover work. Also, as a trenchcoat wearing detective does this mean the puppy was trying to emulate Jett ‘The Black Dog’ Black?
DDDDDDDDAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWW! BEST END!
Happily ever after.
Final Thoughts: - Well that was a fun time. Junichi and Haruka really went well together with their quirks and odd habits, and it wasn’t just that they fell into their interactions. Both of them, and especially Junichi, put in a lot of effort to make things work. Plus they had Hibiki to help things along at just the right moments as well. It could be downright hilarious to watch them, but it somehow never really felt outside the realm of reality. You really could imagine people like them interacting like they did. Surely odd, but not beyond reason.
- The ending was certainly cute, and I really enjoyed the ten years later part at the end. Hopefully each arc will have such a denouement. Overall the last episode didn’t have the impact of the previous one, but it would be hard to top that and have an ending to the story at the same time. I wasn’t blown away, but I came out of the experience feeling satisfied with how it ended.
- Next arc is Kaoru ‘Sex Hair’ Tanamachi, a character who I know has been eagerly awaited by many viewers. It’ll be interesting to see how the reset is set up, and I’ve mentioned at least twice now in my posts that I’m speculating that Junichi reacts differently to being stood up, drawing different lessons and becoming a somewhat different person because of this. I can’t really see it being done all that differently without the show getting repetitive. How exactly would puppy dog Junichi manage to suit all six girls?