Tsuritama 12: Haino Haino Hainoooooooooooooooo!
It’s all come down to this: Yuki, Haru, Natsuki, and Akira are pitted up against the Sea Dragon and if they lose, not only is the world screwed but a nuke controlled by Duck will most certainly fuck up everyone in that area. However, when Yuki’s line gets cut, will Haru have to use himself as lure or does Yuki have a better plan to save the day? Find out on this last episode of Tsuritama!
We begin with Haru saying farewell to everyone as he plans on using himself to swim far away and have the Sea Dragon follow him. No matter how much Yuki doesn’t want him to leave, Haru still claims that he has no other choice but to go out and put his body on the line.
Meanwhile, Joushi (that’s the name of the weird dude from Duck) apparently is a mid-boss as he has to report to a big boss and begs him to hold off on the nukes to save “Yamaaaaaaaaa-da”. However, the big boss claims he can’t go much longer and won’t hesitate to launch himself some fireworks.
After those 5 minutes of “goodbyes” pass, Yuki has a sudden lapse where he realizes that there is a way to save Haru as he recalls the classic tale of the Enoshima Sea Dragon.
He stops him to tell him that instead of having to lure him away from the island the old fashioned way, he gets to be the bait on Yuki’s fishing pole as the two gods in the myth were both involved in capturing the Dragon but both had different roles: one was protecting the fisher in some way, possibly by being a part of the Dragon (Coco) and one who acts as lure. Haru is the lure.
Step 1: Tie your lure to your line. Make sure not to tie them in a practical, safe, and secure body part like the wrist or the feet. Instead tie it around their neck because suffocation is a major turn-on for Sea Dragons.
Step 2: Make them have a bait on hand for your lure to bite on. You should do this not only because it will give the Sea Dragon double the incentive to go after your lure, but because it’s so darn cute.
Step 3: Brainwash all of your cohorts to focus their maji love 1000% on catching the Dragon, because no one wants an itchy nose or sweaty palms jeopardizing the fate of the planet.
Step 4: The final step is to have your lure run across the peer and leap as you steer the flying lure into the bait ball where the Sea Dragon is located. Don’t worry about gravity though, because your lure has the ability to glide in the air for a good 30-45 seconds.
Using these steps, you could be as awesome as these guys and fish out the massive Sea Dragon and save the day as well as everyone under it’s spell before Duck nukes are launched.
Of course, Duck was never going to launch those nukes to begin with since Joushi had full controll of the nukes and he was too busy having faith in Yamaaaaaaaaaaa-da’s fishing skills. The pay-off is pretty big too as we get to see his eyes under his glam rock glasses for the first time.
We also see that Coco has gotten over being imprisoned within the mass of the Dragon rather well as her and Haru carry the Dragon that they were trying to catch this whole time.
The dragon it seems is a fish just like them, and by fish, I mean a very tiny angelfish.
This won’t cut it for Akira as he uses the high-powered blow dryer to reveal that the fish alien that had threatened humanity this whole time was the most adorable bishounen ladyboy alien in the galaxy, Urara.
In a tremendously happy scene, Haru, Coco, and Urara go back to their own planet as they wave everyone farewell from their technicolor UFO as they fly across Japan.
6 months later, alot happens within the social sphere of Enoshima as Priest Heihachi includes the boys’ fishing trip in their faith’s canon.
Natsuki’s family is well-off too as his father keeps his store and doesn’t turn it into a cafe, his new wife is now preggers, and Natsuki is in America bass fishing alongside his new grown out hair.
Akira is in another coastal town where he gets to do all the FEEEEEEEEEESHing he wants, but now Tapioca has a lover.
Speaking of lovers, Ayumi and Misaki got married, but love is truly temporal in this lifetime as the honeymoon period has long since departed.
As for Yuki, he is humbly sitting through class as he flirts with his classmate Erika. However, fate ends up steering him a different way as a certain alien pops into class.
Yuki tries to be like Haru and get him to go fishing with him less like a friendly invite and more like the creepy guy at a nightclub trying to get in someone’s pants by offering them drink after drink.
After the credits, we get one more appearance from a beloved character because one of the new students was late. And it was glorious as the class was on queue with repeating Haru’s classic “BOKU HARU! UCHUUJIN!”.
Overall, I’m very pleased with how the series wrapped up. Aside from the padding of Haru’s “1st farewell”, it was a great final episode for a great series. It was odd that they hinted at the message that everything dies someday so we have to bloom the best early on and yet there isn’t any losses, but I feel that it was for the best to have it end on a high note. In fact, it would feel as if everything before it had no reason or meaning if the creator went on a homicidal rampage with the cast.
For the most part, Tsuritama’s bread-and-butter was it’s character interactions and relationships and within the span of 12 episodes, we watched each of the boys overcome their inner adversaries and become their ideal selves; Yuki felt pressure just by having to interact with someone but after getting accustomed to his friends, he is warming up to the idea of hanging out with people, Haru has a better grasp at empathizing with humans instead of forcing his way into their business, Natsuki’s temper and contempt for his father dissipated along with the shame that went with his “Fishing Prince” nickname, allowing him to get back into the sport he loves, and Akira has learned to put more trust into other people rather than strictly taking orders for his own fulfillment. Even the side characters such as Ayumi and Joushiro have their time to shine as they get their stories and happy endings wrapped up with ease.
Even if the story wasn’t the most complicated or complex work in Kenji Nakamura’s library, it was certainly one of the most engaging works he’s directed with an artstyle that just pops at you especially with a great setting like a coastal town, unforgettable music from Fujifabric, Sayonara Ponytail, and especially the Kuricorder Quartet who did the BGM, and characters who were quirky yet relatable enough to feel for them and hope they make it in the end. The way all of this comes together has made Tsuritama my favorite anime this season (and possibly this year).