Tsuritama 9: You, My Friend
Tsuritama is heading closer and closer to it’s climax as Haru and Coco are ready to take on the Pink Triangle. However, when things take a traumatic turn for Haru, will he resort to driving everyone in Enoshima out of town, or will Duck do that for him as they plan to capture and exterminate him?
We begin with Duck infiltrating Enoshima and people’s homes, demanding that they never use the water in their homes or else they will either be bombarded with their high-powered hair dryers or get turned into one of the Pink Triangle’s victims dancing the Enoshima dance (anyone know how that sea monster learned about that dance when he’s been underwater all this time?).
Akira’s plight is much more diplomatic though as their kooky leader comes to tell him that he insists on taking Haru down and that Akira has no authority anymore since he assumes that he’s so far into his role as a 26 year old student that his priorities aren’t straight anymore.
It’s showdown time though as Haru and Coco are trying to stomach the concept of taking out the monster knowing that they might not be able to return home. With their resolve, they charge at the Pink Triangle to engage in Mortal Kombat.
Meanwhile, Yuki is distraught that he can’t find Haru anywhere in the house. Luckily for him, Kate is there to offer some nuggets of optimism as she said that Haru promised that he would give a proper farewell to everyone before he leaves for his planet or for battle or whatnot.
This optimism is shot though as Haru and Coco have a hard time fighting the monster. Here is where the show really punches you in the gut with sorrow as Coco decides she can’t go on and uses her last bit of energy to propel Haru away before she gets dragged underwater, presumably dying.
What makes this even more heartbreaking is Haru’s reaction to all of this as he looks at his squirt gun and realizes what he must do in order to keep Coco’s thoughts and wishes alive.
In a more humorous scene, the Indian guy holding Akira captive realizes he screwed up big for not bringing a drink with him to cool off the spicy curry. Akira has some safe-to-drink chai tea bottled up and tricks him by putting some sleeping aids in the tea and handing it to him as he chugs it all down. When Yuki decides to leave the house while Kate occupies the Duck dudes with her green desserts, he comes into contact with Akira who is disguised in the Duck uniform.
Akira comes clean about being a member of Duck much to Yuki’s dismay at betraying their trust by not telling each other earlier and stuff. He tells Yuki about Haru being an alien and his purpose of bringing it back to his planet. However, when Akira tells Yuki to stay out of it and leave it up to Duck, Yuki doesn’t trust him at all.
Yuki, however, gets news that Duck has found Haru in his house and sprints on through to see what’s going on. What he sees though might change him as Haru knocks out everyone including Kate with his squirt gun, telling Yuki how much he hates him. He tells Yuki to leave Enoshima which is made easier when he shoots him with the squirt gun as Kate and Yuki wake up on a bullet train to Nagoya.
This all culminates when Haru runs about town shooting everyone he sees with his gun, telling them to leave Enoshima. By the time everyone has been mind controlled and he has dodged all the Duck people, he establishes that he owns this shit and that everyone better leave, akin to when a bandit comes to town saying it ain’t big enough for the two of them.
Even with all of the depressing turnabouts happening and all the people on the island (including Natsuki and his family) being evacuated, there’s still humor to be found as Ayumi-chan defends his rabu’s honor against a douchier member of Duck.
Akira tries to visit Haru again to convince him to leave earth to both let Duck handle things and save himself from the Duck soldiers who want to hunt him down. Haru has different ideas as he continues his breakdown and tries shooting at Akira only for him to fall over on the dock as Haru escapes.
As Yuki and Kate eat Nagoya’s famous tonkatsu (fried pork cutlets), Kate brings up that Haru seemed very troubled before she blacked out and asked her to help him.
Kate uses this as incentive to get Yuki to buck up and head to Enoshima to help him out in his time of need, and give a proper sendoff. Before he heads off, he asks Kate why he brought him in their house in the first place, which prompts her to tell him how much Haru reminded her of flowers and thought that Yuki could use some flowers.
As Natsuki thinks about what he should do, Akira contacts the Duck leader and briefs him on Haru escaping from his clutches. The leader insists that Akira leave Enoshima as he is unfit to handle this situation, but him and Tapioca have a resolve to keep on going to save the island as the episode ends with Akira and Tapioca being glorious bros.
I’ve gotta say this show is getting even better and better. Not only does it manage to remain suspenseful in anticipating the moment that all four friends come together to fish for the last time, but the stakes are risen very high with a tsunami, an alien-extermination squad, and an ominous brain-washing pink triangle looming over the skies. Not only this, but for the first time my eyes starting getting foggy as Coco sacrifices herself to save Haru and his response which is as emotional as it is heart breaking. Next Thursday can’t come soon enough.