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Hanasaku Iroha Episode 18 – The Little Mermaid (Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, Too)

Anime,Enishi, Episode, Hanairo, Hanasaku Iroha, Jiromaru, kissuiso, minchi, Nakochi, Ohana Matsumae, ren, Review, Satsuki, Takako, Tohru, Yuina, Yusonagi

Why so surprised?

Why so surprised, Ohana? She looks much better in that dress compared to you, and I bet those boys didn’t fail to notice how well-endowed she was. She’s got you beat in several departments, Ohana – sad to say. And even though I just praised Nakochi for being cute and whatnot, she managed to grind my gears in spite of that. Such a shame.

Anime,Enishi, Episode, Hanairo, Hanasaku Iroha, Jiromaru, kissuiso, minchi, Nakochi, Ohana Matsumae, ren, Review, Satsuki, Takako, Tohru, Yuina, Yusonagi

She blushes ...all the time

Hanasaku Iroha chose to select Nakochi as its main character for this week’s episode. And as such, we follow her throughout her daily routine as she dreams of being a mermaid, takes care of her siblings, works, gets paid, and gets hit on. What a day. Or so I would say, except for the fact that it doesn’t mean jack considering she’s to shy to really do anything much in any of those situations.

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Hanasaku Iroha Ep. 17 – Sacred Seven Ep. 4 – Houston, We’ve Got Two Problems

Hanasaku Iroha Hanairo Enishi Ohana Matsumae Satsuki Nakochi Minchi Takako Jiromaru Kissuiso Yuina Yusonagi Tohru Ren Sacred Seven Aiba Ruri Tandoji Alma Makoto Kagami Dark Light Anime Episode Review

Bang!

Treasure this picture of Yuina, folks, as this is pretty much her only scene in this whole episode. She didn’t play much of a role at all this week and her only purpose was to deliver news to Ohana – which she already knew. That being said, it wasn’t only Yuina who was shafted; Ohana, Nakochi, Minchi, and Jiromaru (My precious Jiromaru) were all relegated to the statuses of side characters. Most of the show focused on Enishi’s self-confidence issues and his “blooming” period, for lack of a better term.

Hanasaku Iroha Hanairo Enishi Ohana Matsumae Satsuki Nakochi Minchi Takako Jiromaru Kissuiso Yuina Yusonagi Tohru Ren Sacred Seven Aiba Ruri Tandoji Alma Makoto Kagami Dark Light Anime Episode Review

OH MY NAKO

Hanasaku Iroha Hanairo Enishi Ohana Matsumae Satsuki Nakochi Minchi Takako Jiromaru Kissuiso Yuina Yusonagi Tohru Ren Sacred Seven Aiba Ruri Tandoji Alma Makoto Kagami Dark Light Anime Episode Review

...sets my LOINS on FIRE.

Hanasaku Iroha wasn’t the only show that threatened to turn into a bore-fest, Sacred Seven fell into a ditch this week as Alma, Ruri, and Kagami take part in the school’s efforts to set up the school festival, the hallmark of any school-based show – besides of course, the swimsuit episode. Anyways, the Dark Stone was a joke and didn’t call for a transformation. After all, aren’t those stones expensive as hell? Read the rest of this entry

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 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

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