Hanasaku Iroha: Quick Thoughts
Believe me, I dropped this anime when I first watched it. I find it boring and too mundane. At that time, I was so into gore filled action like Black Lagoon that I couldn’t stand these type of animes.
Fast forward to now, I really liked this anime. Thank God I was able to rewatch this.
Type: TV + Movie
Episodes: 26 + 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 3, 2011 to Sep 25, 2011, Mar 9, 2013
Premiered: Spring 2011
Broadcast: Sundays at 22:00 (JST)
Studios: P.A. Works
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Drama
Duration: 24 min. per ep., 1 hr. 6 min.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Synopsis: Ohana Matsumae is an energetic and wild teenager residing in Tokyo with her carefree single mother. Abruptly, her mother decides to run away with her new boyfriend from debt collectors, forcing the young girl to fend for herself—as per her mother’s “rely only on yourself” philosophy—in rural Japan, where her cold grandmother runs a small inn. Driven to adapt to the tranquil lifestyle of the countryside, Ohana experiences and deals with the challenges of working as a maid, as well as meeting and making friends with enthralling people at her new school and the inn.
Hanasaku Iroha is my type of anime. I can’t believe my old young self actually dropped this.
For a Slice-of-life anime, Hanasaku Iroha had a unique and interesting premise. I can’t really say having a “carefree” mother who ran away with her bf is realistic (never encountered that in real life so I can’t say), but the part when the main character suddenly starts a new life in the countryside was relatable as hell. My dad suddenly went abroad to work, so my family transferred to the province, to be with my relatives from my mother side. And just like Ohana, it was a struggle. It was portrayed well in the anime. People might say this anime is slow and too boring. I know I did. But after watching this for the second time, I realized how stable the pacing was. It wasn’t rush and just let the story unfold naturally.
For the characters, all of them were really likeable, though I admit I wasn’t a fan of Ohana. I find her annoying at first, but I later accept her as what she is. I think my only problem with the characters would be Tsurugi Minko’s voice. No offense to the VA, but I’m not a fan.
I have nothing bad to say about the art and animation, it was a pure spectacle. Knowing that this anime was one of the early works of P.A. Works, I can really see their art style developing. I especially love the background art. It was so realistic and at the same time, so anime. It makes me want to visit the place.
The music didn’t disappoint too. The OP and ED were a delight, especially the OP. The artist, nano.RIPE, just made me their fan with their music.
Overall, this anime was enjoyable to watch. Definitely a recommended anime to watch if you are into realistic slice-of-life animes.
Thanks for reading!