The notion of human feelings is one of mankind’s greatest mysteries, at least for me. Oftentimes in literature and media, our emotions are perceived as something complex and inconceivable. It was also said that these sensations are what separate us from other species.
In Tsuritama, Haru is a cheerful alien who came to earth to fish. This high-spirited extraterrestrial may look like a normal teenage boy but what he lacks is the understanding of human emotions. He used to give Yuki a hard time while doing the chores and say sorry without meaning it. But as he spends more time with Yuki, Natsuki, Akira, and the town of Eroshima, slowly he started to acquire emotions.
One of my favourite scenes is when Haru was sad as he tried to heal his chest with a band-aid. He surely is broken hearted! I feel sorry that he’s confused why he feels hurt and why he’s sensing it.
There are lots of speculations of why we have feelings. A Darwinian would suggest that feelings are related to altruism which is an evolutionary trait. Haru started to care and sacrifice for the people around him. Like humans, overtime this behaviour became Haru’s criterion for survival and adaptability in Earth.
But wait… Haru is an alien!
Well, a Post-modernist would argue that feelings are forms of social construct. As social beings, we influenced each other, acquired, shared and developed sets of emotions. If we’re to analyse Haru, it is arguable that he developed his emotional feelings because he hangs-out with human beings.
Some say that having an emotion is a human weakness because it shows signs of vulnerability. And some say the otherwise because emotional feeling is said to be a form of language which bridges people and creates camaraderie.
Having said all of these, what exactly triggered the human feelings is still unknown. Haru is becoming a human because he started to feel and act like a human unconsciously. Why and how did this happen? I am not too sure. Even Koko is puzzled why her brother is changing.
I guess that’s just an inevitable part of human individuality and totality. Without even trying, we truly are mysterious beings who are mystified by our own nature.