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Hanasaku Iroha 13 – Satsuki in Summer

Hanasaku Iroha Hanairo Ohana Matsumae Satsuki Okami Manager Jiromaru Nakochi Minchi Tohru Yuuna Tomoe

Faito, little boy!

I honestly would not be against a show all about Ohana’s mother, Satsuki. She’s much more self-confident about herself than her daughter and has tons of spunk and personality to back her up. Just look at the picture up there, wouldn’t it be interesting? And to find out what finally made Kissuiso unbearable for her, wouldn’t that be a treat? But unfortunately, they’re probably going to go over it throughout the rest of the series, which is around 12 episodes, I believe.

Hanasaku Iroha Hanairo Ohana Matsumae Satsuki Okami Manager Jiromaru Nakochi Minchi Tohru Yuuna Tomoe

I'm guilty of something like this as well :3

Also, it’s strange how the flashbacks of Satsuki have Ohana’s seiyuu (voice actor) provide her voice for that character as well. There’s something to be said for familial resemblance, but to have the exact same voice is a bit lazy, though I do have to admit that getting a new seiyuu just for that would have been tedious. Anywho, the whole episode is about Ohana’s mother, Satsuki, visiting the Kissuiso inn for a night. The workers are in a fright over this and expect the worst. However, their worries turn out to be unfounded as Satsuki  Read the rest of this entry

Hanasaku Iroha Episode 11 – Ohana Cries, A Lot

Hanasaku Iroha Hanairo Colors ABC Blooming Ohana

Reminds me of that one song about crying...

If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that all the rain in this episode was caused by Ohana’s tears. Wait a moment, I might be on to something… Regardless of the source of the rain, this episode was (surprise, surprise) focused mainly on Ohana’s pent-up feelings, her efforts to deal with them, and her Ko-chasing.

But before we get to all that emotional turmoil-talk, I’d like to re-direct you guys to this lovely little article. I’m still curious as to who wrote it. :)

Hanasaku Iroha Hanairo Colors ABC Blooming Ohana

"Where were you last night?"

My god, after I saw this scene, I realized that Ohana would make a pretty damn good lawyer. So fearsome is her gaze that even the editor at a publications company goes wide-eyed in fear. Read the rest of this entry

Hanasaku Iroha Episode 10 Review – Seperation Anxiety

Hanasaku Iroha Hanairo Ohana Moe Kawaii

This picture right here gives the illusion that Ohana has long hair and reaffirms all my thoughts that Ohana would look much more kawaii (how’s that Japanophiles?) if she had more hair. And while we’re on that thought, wouldn’t pretty much any character look good with longer locks? You know what, screw that. Jacob Taylor looked like a homoesexual twat with long hair.

Hanasaku Iroha Hanairo OhanaA pressing matter for me, even more important than the plot, is to find out whether or not Minchi drew this face. It shows her taking the marker out, but the scene soon skips to one where Minchi is tucking Ohana into bed. Even Sherlock Holmes would be duped. Read the rest of this entry

Hanasaku Iroha 9 – Ko Fails, Tohru Wins (Kind of)

Hanasaku Iroha Hanairo Ohana, Tomoe, Nakochi

*Cue Imperial March soundtrack*

With all the built-up excitement and tension that Ohana and Ko’s eventual meeting brought about, it was a let-down to see that they didn’t even so much as glance at each other. It was a textbook case of “missing each other by hair’s breadth”. But yet, this week’s episode managed to send a nice little message and was also able to leave me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, as corny as that sounds.

Hanasaku Iroha Hanairo Ohana and Tohru on motorbike

And they rode off into the sunset.... Happily ever after...

At the beginning, Ohana is in the wedding ceremony hall but finds that she’s barged into the wrong one. Desperate, she starts to run around the place asking each and every receptionist if they know a man by the name of Tohru. She gets disheartened and is about to surrender to defeat when Ko calls her. He cheers her up and is in fact on his way to see her at Kissuiso.

Hanasaku Iroha Hanairo Ko calls Ohana

Yelling at the phone won't get you the girl

Yet Ko’s efforts are all for naught since he never gets to see Ohana. To make things worse, he suspects things are hopeless for him when he hears Tohru’s voice in the background during his call with Ohana. He shouts into the telephone only to have Ohana hang up on him. Determined to see her, he calls the inn. However, he’s forced to return to the city when he finds out the Kissuiso inn is fully booked.

Hanasaku Iroha Hanairo Ohana and everyone elseBack at the inn, everything is going well. Tohru starts cooking, Ren gets back his nerve, and Minchi starts to develop as a chef. Along with that, Kissuiso’s creed of serving everyone equally takes a strong hold in all the staff and so, they successfully attend to all their customers. Satisfied each one leaves and Ohana even helps them pack up. While helping an old lady with her luggage, Ohana realizes that the old lady’s daughter is the mystery inn reporter. But she doesn’t need to worry as the reporter leaves with a smile.

Hanasaku Iroha Hanairo Jiromaru does a dance

Here's your weekly does of Jiromaru

What can I say? I love me some Hanasaku Iroha. It’s a lovely little piece of anime that, while not instantly a classic, sure is something that’s going to be fondly remembered. Something that can be applied to real life is the whole idea of just treating everyone equally. And isn’t that something we should all strive for? Ohana’s got it right, if just do it to the best of our ability, then there shouldn’t be any fear of failure.

Hanasaku Iroha Hanairo Revenge of the Nakochi Jiromaru

Revenge of the Nakochi - In theatres June 19

As much as I love this anime though, I can’t say that I wasn’t a little disappointed when we saw Ko go all the way to the countryside only to return back to the city empty-handed. Talk about bad luck. The way things are going, there’s going to be an increase in the chemistry between Tohru and Ohana. And judging by next week’s previews, Tohru and Ohana are going to be all over each other. Then again, the previews are created in such a way that they create excitement. Heck, for all we know, they might have done that on purpose to get us all burning up with anticipation.

And what of Minchi? I reckon that she’s going to be jealous of Ohana to the point where their relationship might be strained. After all, Tohru is clearly keen on getting closer to Ohana and is oblivious to Minchi’s yearning for him. On the other hand, Ohana’s rooting for Minchi to win in her love battle. Where does that leave Ko then? I really have no idea. Ohana doesn’t seem to like him, she calls him and sounds excited when he’s there, but I have to chalk it up to friendship since Ohana never gave him an answer to his confession. Here’s some advice, Ko, m’boy, when you’re in the friend zone, it’s stay there or get out.

Hanasaku Iroha Hanairo Ohana and Tohru in the sunset

Agh, the glare

Hanasaku Iroha Hanairo Ohana falls down

Hanasaku Iroha 8 – Ohana Slated for Tour de France, Tops Armstrong

Hanasaku Iroha 8 Ohana tries for the Tour de France, beats Lance Armstrong

Victorious at Tour de France, Ohana sets her eyes on other races

News just in, Ohana is slated to be one of the cyclists in the Tour de France, starting this summer, June 2nd, 2011. According to qualifying round judges, she happened to beat Lance Armstrong’s amazing cycling feats in terms of time. Amazing for a young girl in a waitress costume. My hopes go out to her and her inevitable victory.

Hanasaku Iroha 8 Cool glasses are cool

Cool megane are cool megane

As if. Sorry, I’m having way too much fun with these false headlines and whatnot. But let’s move onto the real meat of this review, shall we?

Hanasaku Iroha 8 Oh Okami

Oh, Gran-dere, you

I never thought that I would ever see Gran-dere smile, even if it was in someone else’s imagination. But Ohana thought this up as a result of an inn inspection taking place in all of the town’s inns, Kissuiso included. The staff at Kissuiso suddenly get a flood of customers vying to check in. So many customers in fact, that Ohana has to call Nako and Tohru back from their off-days. Nakochi arrives at the scene, ready to help, while Tohru is attending a wedding. Ohana then rushes off in a bike and gets into the wedding hall in order to meet him.

Hanasaku Iroha 8 Ugh, hate this

You can just feel her nagging

Of course, just when things were looking up, Ohana’s grandmother has cardiac arrest and is driven to the hospital. With their support pillar out of the way, Gran-dere’s son decides to bring in the managing consultant from the previous episodes. And as enthusiastic as she is, I can’t get over the fact that she nags like a witch and uses English in the weirdest possible places. Oh, how she grinds my gears.

Hanasaku Iroha 8 opening a door

That moment when you catch your parents...

Either way, annoying managing consultant or not, this week’s episode was a great one. We get to see Ohana developing self-confidence and assertiveness. This isn’t any more obvious than in the scene where she takes charge and calls in all the other workers who were taking the day off. Oh,  don’t forget the scene where she plainly stated her views on the whole inn-customer situation (Take that annoying consultant!).

And you know what? Ko is making an appearance in the next episode, and it looks like he’ll be major part of the plot soon. In the most ideal situation, we’ll finally get to see Ohana confront Ko about her feelings towards him, which is most likely not reciprocal. Man, Ko, if a girl waits that long to tell you about her feelings, she’s probably only a friend. That, or she’s indecisive as hell, and do you really want that? But I’m just nitpicking here. What am I saying? I love Ohana.

As for Tohru, it’s anyone’s guess as to what Ohana saw in the wedding hall. In my honest opinion, this is going to more shocking for Minchi than it will be for Ohana. It’s clear that Ohana doesn’t have a romantic interest in Tohru, though the opposite might not be true. In any case, Tohru himself might be the one getting married or he might simply be attending the wedding with another woman. In that case, he shalt have unleasheth the mighty fury of Minchi.

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