After finishing this episode I could only think, “WHY HARU WHY U CRAY”. But my head has cleared now enough to clarify that I liked this episode a lot, despite how confused I am. Unlike the previous episodes, it left me feeling excited and anxious for the next. It’s a huge step from previous antics of cutesy boyfriends fishing together and being touchy-feely; and, best of all, we’re actually getting somewhere plot-wise, even if the place we got to leaves us more in the dark than in episode 1!
Just after his triangular halo snaps, so does Haru! But what does it all mean? Has Haru shown us his “true” nature, as Akira put it (meaning he’s a evil)? Or, perhaps, Haru is going about his mission in the wrong manner? (Which wouldn’t be surprising…) Honestly it’s hard to see him as the enemy, especially when Yuki mentioned in episode 1 that the four of them saved the world, but there are some things that elicit some pointing out.
△ Haru = Bad △
- He has a gun that controls people. Of course, the first few episodes focused on how he shouldn’t use these, but an unregistered alien coming to Earth with a mind-control device? Usually that’s when the Men in Black come in, right? Also, during the control the person’s memory is blocked out–memory manipulation…
- Forcing/manipulating Yuki into fishing. Yuki didn’t get the idea of fishing on his own, didn’t he? And why won’t Haru and his sister tell him what kind of fish he has to catch? Could it be… a dragon fish? >:O (I feel stupid for not thinking of this before…) Perhaps Haru & Coco wanted Yuki to fish up the dragon so it could once again wreck havoc and spirit away – kamikakushi – humans!
- Coco – whom we will assume is on the same side as Haru, for now – basically prays to the dragon statue and leaves an offering. That seems awfully… fishy *ba dum tsssh*
- He’s cute. Kind of. Well, as mentioned many times before he’s more annoying than cute to me, but if he were really bad then he’s either a good actor or that halo of his represses the evil until they’re able to get the fish he & Coco are looking for. He seemed to genuinely care for Grandma, though.
- Yuki mentioned in the narration that the four of them saved the world. Even if Haru is bad somehow at the moment, he (and his sister?) would have to switch sides somehow.
- “This is where we meet after a hundred years!” – Could Haru actually be… THE PRINCESS? (Or: related to the princess, reincarnation of the princess, being possessed by the princess or someone else) Then again, being the princess doesn’t necessarily mean you’re good…
- Haru’s hand shaking. Perhaps it was possession, and realized what he was doing was wrong and tried to fight it off. But he probably would have done that before shooting his BFF Yuki ;; Or, he kind of came to himself – from being possessed – during his face-off with Akira since he’s usually frightened of Akira, hence the shaking. Why is it that Haru & Coco are afraid of Akira, anyway?
- Before the ED, we see the fishers from the beginning of the episode out in the ocean at night, dancing the Enoshima dance, just like Natsuki and Yuri, but Haru doesn’t seem to be there. Perhaps the temple or the priest might be involved in some crazy dragon-worshipping cult?!
- I’m running out of things to say…
But if Tsuritama’s good for anything besides boys being cute, cool animation, and character development, it’s bringing up a noodle load of questions with no answers. Maybe next episode it’ll delve more in detail about what the hell is going on, or what’s going on with Haru (the whole ordeal seems to have a weakened his “heart,” if he has one), and get the plot really going. Or, maybe it’ll step back for one or two more slow, cutesy episodes before everything goes to shit, which I would absolutely hate but could imagine happening. Their beloved grandma is back, and with the party going on everything is hunky-dory… for now…
ps. I hope you guys like cat balls