Posted on 30 May 2011 with categories: Hana-Saku Iroha



Okay, so with this episode it’s clear: Hana-Saku Iroha is building up to a love polygon: we have this new girl who likes Kou, while Ohana and Kou still don’t know whether they actually like each other, and while Tohru is likely to start hitting on Ohana anytime soon now, with Minko still having her crush on Tohru. The only one who misses at this point is Nako and the entire picture will be complete.

I’m not the biggest fan of love polygons, as they tend to be really annoying, but at the very least this series is aware of that and therefore is building up things carefully. Plus, if the rest of the episodes will be as interesting as this past arc, then it’ll still be a very interesting series.

It’s a nice and stressful episode for Ohana, and I liked how this past arc created its drama, even though it was a collection of coincidences strangely happening all at the same time. This episode however took that idea and rolled with it, resulting in quite a bit of character development and new sides of characters that we hadn’t seen before. Overall, these were the best episodes of Hana-Saku Iroha since the first two episodes.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

8 Responses

  1. Firechick says:

    A new girl who likes Kou? Where did that come from? The only new girl I know is the one at the place where Kou works at. Or is that who you’re talking about?

  2. gan says:

    You’re jumping to conclusions too soon.The new character barely got 15 seconds of screen time,and I don’t get it how you’re able to tell she likes Kou?
    Overall,a pretty much good episode.I enjoy watching this show!

  3. sadakups says:

    It’s not whether the new girl likes Kou or not right now. It’s inevitable that she’ll have a role to play.

  4. tomphile says:

    ^At the above.

    Even though we don’t know if she likes Ko, it is a possibility. Plus, it’d help shake up the show some more because at the moment, Ko is hopelessly chasing Ohana. After all, she doesn’t see him in a romantic light.

  5. meow says:

    You’re jumping to conclusions too soon.

    I agree, especially about the coworker, although it is likely the producers meant for us to get that impression. However, while it’s possible that Tohru could become attracted to Ohana, I get the feeling that, at the moment at least, he doesn’t see either Ohana or Minko as potential love interests because of their age gap. Tohru is in his mid-twenties, right? While Ohana and Minko are 16? He does seem to notice Ohana but whether it becomes more than just respect and friendship remains to be seen. Weird moments of fanservice aside, this show gives me a retro conservative vibe so I’m betting on a Ohana-Kou pairing, with Tohru having a long-time girlfriend suddenly show up from out of the blue, although they could still pull a Honey Clover on us.

  6. South says:

    I hope the coworker won’t be involved. It’s like not a need at all.

  7. info600 says:

    ^^^

    heck, we need her name and age, just incase she’s (literally) his boss (or something similar)

    *glance @ anime moms…*

  8. Kiseki says:

    “Tohru having a long-time girlfriend suddenly show up from out of the blue”
    …could be the identity of the coworker lol

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  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 08:42 PM)
    @Friend, it’s kinda not especially great but I’ll admit I’m watching all the episodes
  • Kenjeran
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 08:37 PM)
    @Friend Eh, I think the comedy was forced & kinda badly executed (trying way too hard with the character’s quirks). I like it when they focus on the romance.
  • Friend
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 07:22 PM)
    Anyoneelse watching Kawaii Complex Guide to Manors? The first ep was pretty bad, but the jokes piick up and most of the characters are likeable.
  • Friend
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 07:02 PM)
    @Vincemt yup. To be honest, I didnt try much on this chapter. But I can promise that starting next week, the art’ll be more extravagant. I’m going to combine my drawings with CG enviornments to make my life easier X/
  • Vincent
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 06:42 PM)
    @Friend did you really only spend an hour on the entire page? It’d take me days to do that O.o
  • Vincent
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 06:40 PM)
    Thanks for the comic friend. It’s greatly entertaining, and it’ll be a great series to read in between animes.
  • Juno
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 03:40 PM)
    Literally, the tune started playing and I was like, “…I know this song… Where have I heard it before…?”
    And just as the vocals started, I was already singing it. XD
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 10:47 AM)
    Now this is very very good news to me, dark horse is releasing more of Satoshi Kon’s manga in the west, seraphim and opus, I’ll grab anything this guy has worked on. Definitely excited for this.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 10:46 AM)
    Not bad at all not bad songs for the new jojo at all =3
  • gedata
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 10:14 AM)
    @Juno, you aren’t alone.

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