Posted by psgels on 22 May 2011 with categories: Hana-Saku Iroha

Ooh, this episode was very good! It probably even was the best episode since episode 2, but at the same time it still was nothing like these first two episodes. The key of this episode was suddenly getting a lot of customers to book a room at the same day while three of the staff members were either sick or had a day off. The stress in keeping things running and the build-up of this were really well done here.

On top of that, the added chaos also showed different sides of everyone, and nearly everyone was enjoyable to watch. The only one who wasn’t was that Takako-woman, but she served her purpose in making things even more hectic by focusing on the mystery guests. This is the pace that this series needs to keep up.

This episode was forced, though. It’s one thing for Grandmother to collapse on such a busy day, but Kou also just had the perfect timing. Not to mention that this set-up was perfect again for fueling the Tohru love triangle that I never really was a fan of. That’s one thing that this series still needs to convince me that it’s going to be worth the build-up.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

4 Responses

  1. synkronized says:

    Great episode. The whole everything that could go wrong does go wrong created some fun drama.

    I only saw one thing that felt forced which was the grandma’s collapse, it definitely could have used some foreshadowing so it felt less abrupt. Though I loved the interaction between her and Ohana at the hospital. It felt like Ohana further reinforced to her grandma the fact that she’s far different than her mother.

  2. Joojoobees says:

    I’ll give them credit for seemingly getting the series back on track. It does seem more like it belongs alongside one of those first couple episodes. On the other hand, when the episode ended I didn’t feel excited or anxious, which is a good indicator that I don’t really care that much what happens next. Maybe, as you said, it is because I don’t care about Tohru.

  3. South says:

    I hope this Tohru thing is not as how they are making it up to be…I am still hoping it’s Nako who he is after to make the twist prettier, but Ohana encouraging Minchi this time was like, oh my, this will make Minchi angrier in the future. I believe Ohana will not get a triangle, but more like this will fuel problems with Minchi. I’m sure she’ll get Ko and that she likes Ko, I can’t see her suddenly falling for Tohru of all people, because their interaction wasn’t nice in Ohana’s pov.

    I really enjoyed the episode, though I think it’s pretty out of place for Ohana to interrupt Tohru’s free time -I mean, maybe the wedding is really important to him?- for the inn, when the main chef is the one who needs to shake it. Dunno. I did enjoyed the hasty-atmosphere this episode had. And Nakochi is awesome.

  4. Guest says:

    Just wanted to drop by and say yes! This show seems to be back on the rails and hopefully it’ll stay that way.

    How awesome would it be if Ohana’s accidentally stumbling into her mom’s wedding (to that bozo)? Unlikely, but awesome right?

    Thanks for the always-insightful reviews.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:31 PM)
    I’m trying not to get my hopes up however, given that it wouldn’t be surprising if he gave us another filler chapter like he did with that pointless flashback.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:26 PM)
    I enjoyed this chapter of berserk and it made me immediately think “Finally now we’re getting somewhere”. I have been flicking through older chapters of the manga and wow, this really has turned into something fairly different. Bam is right about Gut’s reason to go to elfland. I think its impossible now to get a satisfactory ending out of berserk though we’ve been waiting too long.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:14 PM)
    The alternative is that Miura wants to bank on this till he dies; can’t blame him cuz you can always bet on black (swordsman).
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:13 PM)
    @Aidan: I think the point was originally to heal Caska (hence Farnese showing hesitation in fear of losing Guts when Caska is back) but then so many people tagged along that I don’t think the party knows anymore why they’re going there, just that they were supposed to. I have said before but I’m sure that either Miura doesn’t know what to do or has serious doubts about the ending.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:52 PM)
    Fairy dust, stargate, riding dragons, ruby slippers…anything to get Gut’s back on track to taking revenge. Miura needs to end this. He’s sick of making it and we are sick of waiting yet he drags the thing to high heaven.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:48 PM)
    It’s been so long I can’t even remember why they were going to elfhelm in the first place. Also was that a one piece joke?
    I like his art but yes, going simpler for moving the story along would be a better idea. Even if he needs to downgrade to the level of one punch man webcomic standards to bring weekly releases.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:14 PM)
    I just hope they teleport back to Midland or something, or ride faeries or whatever, I don’t Gove a damn, just anything but the boat. #NoMoreBoat
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:13 PM)
    The artistry remains incredible, with every frame filled to the brim with details, almost to the point of tiring the eye. It looks great and all, but I wouldn’t mind some simplicity for the sake of more frequent Berserk. I swear Guts’ entourage has grown so numerous and colorful that they’re almost like a traveling circus. I didn’t even remember that Roderick and a whole bunch of other people are also on the boat.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:06 PM)
    I enjoy Rickert but this chapter made me remember how better the story gets when Guts is back in the picture. This was a primer chapter and spent most of its time touching bases and getting the story back on track, and it did that wonderfully and humorously.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:01 PM)
    I was tryna stay spoiler free, but you’re goddamn right they got there! Few months back when Miura got it running again I said I believed that if Guts didn’t get to Elfhelm before the next hiatus then the series will probably never end. I really did feel that way and had little hope, but alas, rejoice indeed.

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