The big day has come, but Haru and Chika realizes something suspicious from the thing Kusabe is carrying.
It’s almost up to the big day and it seems that Haru and Chika finds something odd going on with their instructor. Aside from Kusabe breaking his conductor wand, it seems that they are worried that he will abandon the bass band and conduct for Hamatsu Symphony instead given that he was carrying a folder that has their name on it aside from seeing him talk to some people.
While it’s funny to see them follow him up until to the cemetery, it seems that he didn’t intend to abandon the bass band. In fact, it is revealed that he is laying flowers at the gravesite of an important person to him. Although we don’t know if it’s wife or girlfriend, it’s somewhat apparent that he might have given up conducting all the sudden after losing a love one as he might have been focusing too much time on his conducting career.
Aside for that, the final episode was clichéd as the band performed and failed to get gold. It seems that everyone was disappointed. Although it’s nice to see Chika cheer them up, it’s apparent that she was holding back the tears just to cry alone. It makes me wonder if the band will do better if they actually focused on the music rather than on mysteries. Aside from that, it’s disappointing that their performance is replaced mostly by the credits for the episode.
I have to admit that Haruchika is underwhelming. While the show focuses on music and mysteries, it doesn’t seem to do any these things well. In short, it’s a poor man’s version of Hyouka and Hibike Euphonium. When combined, it becomes a disappointment. Probably the only positive aspect is Chika herself since she is a very enjoyable character as she tries to become a cute girl while she hugs Naoko and Miyoko several times. It makes me wonder if she has a thing for girls that wears glasses. Aside from that, it’s not a complete blowout like Glasslip, but it’s just a mediocre show with enjoyable characters minus Haruta of course. ¶