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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  • Bam
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 07:08 AM)
    @Kaiser: I warned you about Eva and what it would ensue. I honestly think the original series is an unfinished mess of hodgepodge ideas, but among the heap of imperfection was a true spark of genius that is worth more than a million cookie-cutter shows that are ‘perfectly adequate’. I also don’t disliked Nasu either, that’s why I used the haters of them as seemingly one group of anti-intellect Shonen fan fodder.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 07:02 AM)
    Wait … wtf? I leave for a bit to drink some absinthe with ‘re m8s and watch few F/Z episodes and they think we’re salty at eachother? And they call us petty? Gimme a break. We get into arguments all the time, but have a level of mutual respect. And then before they use to called us a den of circle-jerkers who just agree wot eachother and enforce our biases. Seriously, wtf?
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 06:31 AM)
    @Mike Unfortunately, I’m thinking about dropping Fuuka. Not that I’m not a fan of Kouji, but this one is just…too uninteresting to me. The drama and characters are almost all uninteresting besides Fuuka, and Kouji killed her off near the start…
  • mike
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 06:05 AM)
    @Kaiser I remember Aku no Hana’s anime adaptation being very controversial, what with the rotoscoping.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:55 AM)
    I always saw aku no hana as more of a trainwreck/dark comedy, the manga at least, first and foremost.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:54 AM)
    @;( I had to motivate myself to read through that series at first because the protagonist was so unlikable.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:51 AM)
    Maybe things helped, but that creative person always existed in these people.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:50 AM)
    I guess what I am saying here is that Anno, Lynch, Jodorsky , Von Trier Gilliam may not have required crazy/drugs to be as creative as they are.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:47 AM)
    I bring this up because I recall my aunt saying that initially she felt if she stopped drinking the creativity would go away, but she ended up being wrong and now claims it was always in her.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Sep 5. 2015 05:46 AM)
    Off topic, but I really meant to bring it up earlier, really really is the creative process truly helped by substance abuse or madness or is it really just always there in certain people before those two things even enter the picture.

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