Posted by psgels on 1 August 2011 with categories: Hana-Saku Iroha

An interesting, albeit very annoying episode.

So, I asked for a Nako episode, and I got one. This episode dealt with her shyness, and unfortunately in order to do that it had to have her act like a bit of an idiot The entire episode was about her trying to change herself, with the result that she did a ton of things that she wouldn’t do. It definitely wasn’t bad… but she did get rather on my nerves. The only real criticism I have right now is the random guys who popped up in this episode (they were really annoying in the bad ways…) and that Nako probably is the first who begged her employer not to give her a raise…

This definitely was an episode for the long term of this series: what the next episodes need to do is show how she changed. She really didn’t appear much during the past months, so the shyness also suddenly returned from having been gone for like, what? 10 episodes?

Interestingly though, this episode also secretly fleshed out the rest of the cast when the four girls went shopping and we got to see some unexpected sides of them that we had not seen before. Ohana’s grandmother’s part in this episode was also very strong: the main theme of this series is working, and the end of this episode really delivered on that again.

This probably won’t happen, but what I’d like to see the most out of this series at this point, is a significant time-skip: show these characters as they’ve grown up. What has become of them? How did their character development during the past few episodes change them?
Rating: * (Good)

8 Responses

  1. horrible says:

    “This probably won’t happen, but what I’d like to see the most out of this series at this point, is a significant time-skip”

    god no, and you’re right, that won’t happen, because it’s a horrible idea

  2. Scruffy says:

    I don’t know why but I found this episode particularly annoying. It was like watching an episode of K-ON!, which is not necessarily bad (I like K-ON btw) but it isn’t this show.

  3. Tomtom says:

    Admittedly, this one was a bit boring. I hope the final part of this show will be a story arc and not loose episodes.

  4. Kyubey says:

    “This probably won’t happen, but what I’d like to see the most out of this series at this point, is a significant time-skip”

    Yes, if they time skipped 30 years, Ohana will look like she’s 10 years old.

  5. JimexJimex says:

    I was watching this with my older sister who is currently in full time school plus working part time. By the end of the episode, she was weeping, while having a big smile on her face,

    I’ve never EVER seen her shed tears like that before.

    Gotta re-watch this to ‘get it’.

  6. Aegd says:

    This was much of a growing up episode and of Nako coming to understand herself better. I think it was one of the better episodes, and it was far away from the shallowness of K-ON, since it actually developed Nako as a person.

    This episode also makes clear that Nako has a very different character when she’s at home. She’s very direct and honest and very open with what she thinks. When she is with her friends or work at the inn, she usually takes the back seat and let ohana and the other take charge.

    What Nako learned was that while she is shy at work, she still has the same warm heart and she still cares for her work colleagues and guests, even if she does it in a more indirect way, if you compare how she acts at home with her family.


    If I dare take a guess I would say that she got touched by how Nako tought that she didn’t deserve a salary raise, and how ohana’s grandmother talked some sense into her and told her just how much the guests value her work at the inn.

    She may also feel a personal attachemnt to this because many people, me including, have a very different personality at work and at home. For me who work in sales I was really touched by this episode, because it touches a real issue and I can too often think about how i act around work when I face my customers and how my personality at work is different from how I act in private.

    I just need to say it again. I think this was a great episode that combined comedy and drama in a very good way, and I really dont agree that it was just a “good” episode.

  7. mango says:

    I totally agree with you Aegd. I’m glad to see someone gets why it was so well done. =P

  8. ojisan says:

    Loved it. I’ve not liked Nako-san much till now, except to feel sorry for her when the abysmal episode 3 paraded her for cheap fanservice. Now that we’ve seen her home personality, which was a total breath of fresh air, she’s more like an actual character than a generic shy-moe girl.

    You didn’t like the barbershop-harmony nanpa quartet? Was great!

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:34 AM)
    Ha, the child in me would love to see a film like that I’d imagine, when I was young I was pretty crazy about Egyptian supernatural stuff.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:23 AM)
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:22 AM)
    @Kaiser: yeah, even tho it was his highest grossing movie it managed to brought his career to a stand-still. His next film Gods of Egypt looks like it could be fun, albeit it’s just as much as a CGIfest as I, Robot. Egyptian stuff is admittedly rather intriguing, I remember a 2004 French film Immortel ad vitam that blended that with modern themes that became popular for a while.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 04:50 AM)
    *remove second and
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 04:50 AM)
    @Bam: Regarding dark city, such a shame the director of that followed up dark city and the crow and with Irobot.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 04:41 AM)
    @Kaiser: oh The Celebration- I actually seen that as well, great movie. Didn’t know it was the same director, but thinking back now I can see the similar touches despite the difference in tone.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 04:39 AM)
    @Bam: I’ve seen him in flame and Citroen a WWII resistance/spy film and in Pusher II and the royal affair, bleeder, the door, the hunt.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 04:37 AM)
    @Bam: Thomas vinterbergs a genius, in addition to the hunt he made Festen, a film which gives me the very odd sensation of being depressed and dying laughing at the very same time.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 04:34 AM)
    @Kaiser: I’ve seen The Hunt, he was great in it. I don’t think I’ve seen any other foreign film of him tho.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 04:29 AM)
    @Bam: Mikelson has been in so many good movies outside his English speaking roles.

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