Aharen-San Is Indecipherable’s final episode throws a tea party for everyone, fully encapsulating just how far Aharen Reina has come.
The following contains spoilers for Episode 12 of Aharen-San Is Indecipherable, “This is a Duel, Huh?” now streaming on Crunchyroll.
Aharen-San Is Indecipherable brings its story to a close in Episode 12, and even if most of the story and its plot twists felt like conventional high school rom-com fare, it does end on a satisfyingly high note. This episode has far more payoff than most final rom-com episodes.
Episode 12 accomplished several things, such as concluding the Oshiro-Raido rivalry and giving Aharen and Raido a solid love confession to launch their romance, but there is still more. Aharen Reina hosted a fancy tea party for all her friends, but this was no ordinary party. It shows how far Aharen has come as a person, giving her one of Spring 2022’s best character arcs.
Episode 12 of Aharen-San Is Indecipherable formally launched the much-anticipated Raido-Aharen romance with a mutual love confession, which is more than most rom-com anime get in their first season — or even at all. Don’t Toy With Me, Ms. Nagatoro!, for example, certainly didn’t go that far in its first season, leaving any potential love confession on the table. Thankfully Aharen-San got a lot of work done in its finale, including pushing its protagonist’s character arc to the next level. Her tea party is the culmination of everything that has happened up to this point.
At the beginning of the story, Aharen Reina was a silent and unassertive kuudere type, a petite girl who couldn’t even make herself heard, let alone understood by her classmates. In that regard, she was a lot like the dandere Komi Shoko from Komi Can’t Communicate. In Episode 12, however, Aharen took a risk and worked hard to host a tea party for all her friends and favorite teachers — or at least, she herself saw it as a risk. What if no one showed up and all her hard work was for nothing?
To Aharen’s relief, all her friends and two teachers arrived, and the party went along swimmingly. For her, though, this is not just a party. It’s like a victory lap that proves how far she has come, and just having the courage to host this event speaks volumes for Aharen’s personal progress. She’s a whole new girl now.
The tea party also proved much more than Aharen’s hospitality skills. As she explained it to her new boyfriend Raido, it took all her courage to host this party, and only recently did she even make enough friends for such an event to be possible. A few months ago, she had no friends except her dandere protector Oshiro, and it takes more than two to party. But over the course of this school year, Aharen found the courage to make many new friends: most of all Raido himself, plus Sato and Ishikawa, among others. She found new joy in her life, and this wonderful tea party is the payoff for her efforts — and Raido is proud of her, too.
Episode 12 ends on this high note, suggesting that even if Aharen won’t become a total social butterfly anytime soon, she is no longer the whisper-quiet girl everyone once knew her to be. She is a transformed person, a braver, bolder and more loving young lady who cherishes all the good things in her life. That means she can look forward to a future filled with friends, adventure and most of all, love.
Aharen empowered herself with her efforts, and the tea party acted as both the payoff and the starting line for a new lifestyle. It’s a turning point in her life and something she will never forget. With the quiet, lonely version of Aharen gone for good, no doubt she will continue to explore the world around her with courage and make many more new memories.
Louis Kemner has been a fan of Japanese animation since 1997, when he discovered Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z in elementary school. Now he’s a bigger anime/manga fan than ever, and is ready to share what he knows with readers worldwide. He graduated high school in 2009 and received his Bachelor’s in creative writing from UMKC in 2013, then put his skills to work in 2019 with CBR.com. He’s always looking for a wonderful new anime to watch or manga series to read.