I am a sucker of sports anime, I think I already mentioned this before. LOL. It’s one of my favorite genres of all time. So seeing 2 very very interesting sports animes in the line-up last season, indeed I was ecstatic. But for now, I am going to do a quick and simple review of the lesser intense sports anime, Harukana Receive.
I enjoyed watching this series. It’s definitely a good anime to watch in summer.
Harukana Receive is an anime focusing on the sport, beach volleyball. I don’t think there’s ever an anime like this before (the closest one is Haikyuu), so I was quite eager to watch this one. In some ways, the anime is pretty much what I expected it to be, a slice-of-life sports anime.
The story is quite simple and generic, but it works. It’s simplicity made it compact and solid. It also makes you focus more on the growth of the characters. I think my only problem of the story was its slow pacing in the middle of the series. The story was progressing well in the first few episodes, but it fell flat at the middle, which resulted to alot of people dropping this series. I don’t blame them, I did struggle on those episodes as well. It does pick up the pacing again in the last few episodes when it focused on the tournament.
To be honest, the pacing issue in the middle of the series if written on paper would looked okay, but it needed a bit more spark into it to keep us, viewers from boredom. Well, that’s just my take on it. Let’s move on.
The characters were really likeable.There growth as characters well the real driving force of the series. Each one of them are Best Girl, in their own way. I can’t really choose who I liked more, but the ideal one would be Haruka. But nah, I love them all.
PS: I love the YURI undertone of the whole series. I totally dig it.
One of the best assets of this series was their interesting animation. The animation overall, looks really good. It doesn’t look cheap or stiff, its really animated well. They also animated the tournaments in real detail, which added alot of spice in my enjoyment to the series. At one glance, the designs of the characters looks solid and nice, but I’m abit freaked out of their eyes though. Especially Kanata’s, its like she’s looking directly to my soul. The fanservice of the series is mild and not so in-your-face, which I like.
Overall, the anime is a decent sports anime. It’s not one of the best out there, but its good. It delivers what its made to do and did it well. Even with some bumps and disappointments in the middle, it was still an enjoyable watch.
That is all.
Thanks for reading!