By which I’m referring to Haruka’s apparent obliviousness to Mitsuki’s confession of love. To be honest, this scene caught me completely off guard as well. When Sakura Trick first concluded, this part bothered me more than anything, it seemingly came out of left field.
After re-watching the series though, I thought through how Yuu and Haruka are and their behavior does seem pretty consistent with this scene. I’ll try to explain that in this post.
First of all, they never officially ‘got together’, at the time, it was something to prove that they were special to each other beyond how normal friends are. They basically just crossed the boundary of ‘normal friends’.
Then there’s this whole thing with Haruka being a real idiot here. Neither of them really understood marriage either. They don’t really understand what they’re doing but just letting their emotions guide them along.
Remember all the talk about being special to one another? They’re very definitely lovers by this point yet they don’t understand their relationship in a societal context; their feelings have outgrown their mental maturity, I guess you could say. In the end, they’re two girls who are discovering love on their own, stumbling every step of the way.
Now, that is not to say the ending was well executed, for one, Haruka seems much more air-headed than conflicted in her portrayal in the anime. It made the scene feel flippant when it actually carried a significant weight for all of them. You can compare with the manga below.
Manga Spoilers Ahead!!
I mentioned that Mitsuki’s confession did have an affect on all of them and I do plan to show you what I meant by that. With spoilers from further in the manga that is. The following events unfold during a return visit from Mitsuki. (Translated by Lazy Lily Fansubs)
On the left:
Yuu feeling insecure over her sister inviting Haruka.
On the right:
What this says to me is that Haruka was partly aware of the gap between their feelings, she knows well enough to be aware of how she had hurt Mitsuki, at least.
TL;DR: They love each other, they just didn’t ‘get’ romance yet.