Posted by psgels on 25 April 2011 with categories: Hana-Saku Iroha



This remains annoying: the transfer student introduces him or herself to a classroom and the first thing that every single guy does is annoyingly talk about the cutest girl in school who of course happens to be one of the important characters. It has really gotten old ages ago, and yet anime just keeps pulling it. I mean, I have nothing against there being the cutest girl in school and all, but whenever she’s around, every single guy in school just gets reduced to this annoying fanboy who does nothing other than secretly stalk admire her. Nothing else! It’s a good thing that this show doesn’t have a male lead because that would really have been terrible (you know, the main character being the only one oblivious to her charms and all…).

In any case, this episode showed the introduction of the main character to the local school, so it wasn’t as good as the first two episodes because it dealt with a lot of introductions and stuff that unfortunately appears in a lot of other series. In terms of setting up things, it did its job well though. we’ve got a nice romance around Minko, Ohana’s feelings about her “boyfriend” get developed a bit and Nako also got a bit of her past revealed. It’s definitely not a wasted episode.

The most important thing though: after the previous episode, my biggest fear was that this show would abandon the first two episodes and continue on with these silly stories onward. Thankfully that didn’t turn out to be the case. In that case it was good for a bit of variety.
Rating: * (Good)

8 Responses

  1. notintheface11 says:

    Yes to the last paragraph. I’m hoping that this show is just goofing off sort of like Birdy or something similar, and that it will delve into the real meat of the story later. It started off so well..

  2. psorcerer says:

    Introduction of the “school for demons” in Ao no Exorcist was not so annoying, I presume?
    This is how a typical schoolgirl sees the boys around her: “annoying fanboys”, this is as realistic and believable as it gets.

  3. Sapphire says:

    Although it wasn’t as disappointing as episode 3, this week’s episode was completely average. Nowhere near episode 1. With 22 left, I think we’re in for a lot of mindless little arcs.

    Lucky us for having Anohana, a meaningful slice-of-life.

  4. foamer says:

    i just hope it doesn’t turn into some angsty love triangle coz that would kill it for me D:

  5. sadakups says:

    OMG THE HERON OH SH-

    Seriously though, the episode had some transfer student cliches, but it doesn’t take much from it. It was still much fun to see Ohana being a ditz that she is, and the nerves that she gets when the word “boyfriend” is mentioned.

    I don’t feel sorry for Minko at all, and she should really stop calling Ohana a duck embryo because it does not work obviously.

  6. Inushinde says:

    I thought it was a palatable, if not entirely great episode. I’ve certainly seen far worse.
    But still, I expected a bit more than being told right away “Hey, there’s drama here! Expect drama!”

  7. PocariSweat says:

    Not a bad episode per se, but I fear that this anime may turn into another one of those slice of life/comedies with a bit of drama. It’s looking to be less True Tear-ish and more Toradora-ish as the episodes go on, which personally I am disappointed with as the first two episodes were fantastic.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 01:34 PM)
    @Bam: They’d never allow bringing in toys/games/comics back when I was in school, they thought bringing in such things would make the kids of lower income families feel bad for not being able to afford things.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 01:31 PM)
    @Mario: He’s actually not a big fan of Iranian cinema, he told me before that he found most of it overly depressing.
    Now what you’re talking about there sounds like my kind of film.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 01:30 PM)
    @Bam: I’ll get back into the mainstream blockbusters thing as much as I used to be someday. someday….
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 01:28 PM)
    @Bam: Well, I guess I more brought up the being accused of hipsterism and contrarianism referring to the type of hypothetical person who would never be satisfied with how well you’d defend your opinion.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 01:25 PM)
    Thats the awkward thing though, when casting a superhero role, its difficult to find someone who can get both identities correct.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 01:23 PM)
    Bah implying toxic avenger and Italian spiderman aren’t the best superhero films OmO hahaha!
  • SuperMario
    (Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 08:50 AM)
    Hey Bam, I remember attended a preview on one of an upcoming Iranian animated feature called The Last Fiction. it was inspired by the poem “Shahnameh” and from what I had seen so far, a very stylish, confident and “bloody” work. Expected to be complete in the end of 2017 thou.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 06:37 AM)
    Comic books were super rare and expensive in Iran, being banned and all. Rich kids in elementary would bring them to school to show them off, along with their Ninja Turtles action figures; they looked so cool and I was hella jealous. Me and my brother only had the bootleg Toxic Crusader figures lol
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 06:34 AM)
    @K-off: I didn’t read the comics either. I watched that weird 60s show, and Spiderman and the Amazing Friends, which had Firestar and the ice guy. I know his personality was quippy and kind of a wise-ass, and McGuire looks kinda like a rape victim of sorts. It was a lot better in costume, I admit.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Jun 29. 2016 06:29 AM)
    I mean if we use the term fanboy for whenever someone feels strongly about something, then what’ll we have left for people who LARP and insist to be called by their WoW character names and dress up in gear and persistently speak in fake ‘Ol English?

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