Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time Review

Haruka used to think she was just an average high school girl. Until she got sucked down a well and found out she was the Dragon God’s priestess. Now she’s stuck in another world where war between humans and demons has raged for years with her only defense being eight young men destined to protect her until her role as priestess is complete.

Just what you would expect from a typical shoujo: mostly fighting that implies injury more often than showing it. Once or twice you’ll see a character get cut and bleed, but it remains rather tame. There are a few scenes showing bodies covered in cloths, presumably corpses. It’s not graphic, but it is morbid and thus might shock very young viewers.

Aside from precious few instances of the “illegitimate son” word, this show really doesn’t get ugly in this area. D-mn is the most common curse and even then it doesn’t happen too often.

Another pretty clean break. This show doesn’t really have a nudity issue. Aside from a dancer/enemy who has a bare torso, we don’t see much skin in this series. Heck, we don’t even get bare chested guys. It’s the one cliché this show dodged. Amazing, right?

Alright, we have various creatures as gods, Buddhist monks, youkai, vengeful spirits (aka ghosts) and demons in this show. Now there are implications that the “demons” are just humans with different hair/eye color that are persecuted, but nothing is explained well in this show so it’s hard to say for sure what they were going for. Even the gods and how they work, the powers connected to them and the guardians is left to speculation, which, conveniently enough, allows the writers to pull out whatever trick they need and just “explain it away” later. In other words, there’s a lot of “religious” name dropping going on, but really nothing in terms of indoctrination, or even a basic explanation.
(side note: What was the point of creating a new world with multiple gods and junk when you’re just going to drag Buddha into it anyway? Honestly.)

Personal impression:
I’m not stupid. I know a shoujo title when I see it. Those images they put up for the shows tell all. One chick and a ton of dudes that, to the untrained eye, could possibly be mistaken for women? Yep, that’s a shoujo title. That said, this is by far one of the laziest shoujo shows I’ve come across. Now I don’t use the word “lazy” due to this show falling for every single shoujo cliché out there (aside from lack of shirtlessness in the dudes. Kinda an odd exception for a shoujo title), even when that includes one of the guardians wearing glasses in a society that can’t figure out how to lock a door (who the heck made those things?). Nope, I saw those pitfalls coming. It was the enemies contradicting themselves every couple minutes that made this show a real drag and a half. They say they need x to do y and then proceed to destroy x in the next scene. It’s almost as if the writers were either drunk or half asleep or both. Maybe both. This series has nothing unique to offer, which probably made it a rather boring show to work on. Then again, add some prankster co-workers and a great restaurant nearby the office and it might not have been all that bad.
But back to the show.
….Well, there’s not much more to say. Some of the piano music in the background is nice enough. That’s probably the only highlight though. The opener, ender, and art all taste like every other shoujo piece ever made (the best part animation-wise were the paper fans. Beautiful folding action. Nothing else, really). If this is your first show in this genre it might not seem so dumbed down to you. But if you’ve seen shoujo before, this title not only fails to do anything new, it also fails in making its overly basic script walk straight. It’d be best to seek a fix for a shoujo craving elsewhere. After all, you know nothing will get resolved anyway. And, unlike most shoujo shows that at least imply a proper couple at the end, this show flat out white washes the male interest leaving viewers with no idea what just happened at the end. If you need a fix, this show isn’t the place to look.

(Note: As with many Bandai titles, while the streaming is still supported legally on Hulu, DVD distribution no longer exists in the US)

Personal rating: 10+

Episodes: 26
Languages: Sub
Official rating: Not rated
Genre(s): Fantasy, romance, drama
Company: Bandai USA
Legal streaming: Hulu
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About inrosegalaxy

Raised on everything from Moby Dick to the Star Wars X-Wing books from a young age, it came as no surprise to anyone who knew me that I’d become a literature graduate and avid writer. But my love of a good story wasn’t restricted to the written word in my early years. Star Trek, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and badly dubbed Godzilla flicks helped shape my love of science fiction on screen as well. I wrote my first story while in the second grade. It was a horrifying tale about murdering a fairy-eating dog via a slice of pizza (in my defense, my only exposure to pizza was in the cafeteria and I swear you could legitimately kill someone with those things). I was a special snowflake. Today I write science fiction, fairy tales, Gothic epistolaries, fantasy and anything else that pops into my bizarre and twisted mind. I write new articles for my blog every Tuesday and Thursday. And if you happen to fancy Japanese animation, I also run an anime review blog, RRAR, which updates every Monday.

3 thoughts on “Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time Review

  1. What kind of impudent ripoff of Inuyasha is this? XD

    Although from your description it doesn’t sound like it ever got near to the attraction of Inuyasha (which aside from being funny became quite the excellent show with the last season Inuyasha: The Final Act).

    Thanks for taking one for the team.
    : P

  2. Pingback: Extra: Look down, honey | Risembool Ranger Anime Reviews

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