Posted by psgels on 29 August 2011 with categories: Hana-Saku Iroha



Um… people; I just realized something: 1.

That’s the number of currently airing series where both parents of the main characters are still alive. Usagi Drop is the freaking ONLY one who has confirmed that! With Hana Saku Iroha we could thus far still dream that Ohana’s father was some horrible bastard who left his girlfriend as soon as he got her pregnant. What happened to the days of Noein, where parents could simply get… divorced or something? The best thing we can hope for at this point is for Sket Dance’s Yusuke’s father to be a raging workaholic who is never at home or something.

Having said that though: I loved this episode, for a lot of different reasons. First of all: the creators did not wait until the last episode to resolve the Tohru subplot. Tohru now knows about Minko’s crush on him, he won’t be misinterpreting hints from her anymore, and with Ohana totally uninterested in him, it will be a matter of time before his crush on her fades.It’s nice to see all of this happen gradually, but more importantly: the creators had other plans for the climax. Plans that indeed involve dissolving the Kissuiso, allowing everyone to go their own way. It’s the best way for everyone to really shine, and to pack in a ton of character development for everyone. I applaud the creators for going that route!

The characterization for the wedding also was wonderful, making this a really heart-warming episode. Enishi and Takako really came together as a couple here, and the subtle details, like them holding hands were nicely animated as well. Ooh, and Ohana’s mother has finally returned! Next episode she seems to be making an even bigger appearance, which is going to make that finale even more awesome.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

9 Responses

  1. iLeo says:

    I don’t know if you want to call her a main character, but in Penguindrum, Ringo’s parents are alive, and divorced.

  2. Scruffy says:

    About Ohana’s dad .. I do wonder if her mum is not telling all the truth there. There has to be more into her mum’s story as to why she left than just not getting on with her mum, plus Ohana never having seen her grandmother and the intense dislike they showed to her when she turned up makes me wonder if something is still to come out. OK, so how about this for a wild theory. Ohana’s dad is really …. BEANMAN!!! *just kidding*

  3. meow says:

    Haha. Well, Ohana’s mom has been completely in the background so who knows what’s been happening in her life. I imagine she’s just been swamped with work but Enishi and Takako’s wedding came as a surprise to me so there might be even more surprises next few episodes. Pretty glad Enishi and Takako were for real though.

  4. Cholisose says:

    Kyohei and Utao’s mom and dad are both alive in Kamisama Dolls. Not that they’re particularly friendly though. =P
    But orphan protagonists have been a part of stories in general for some time, particularly when the protagonists are young and need to be free to do interesting things / make big decisions.
    And single-parent homes is good for conflict and/or sympathy, I suppose. (And may actually be as common as two-parent homes these days, at least in some places.)

  5. ojisan says:

    My first shoujo fave was Kare Kano – an angst-ridden main character from a happy family with both parents alive – only later did I realize what a small minority she belongs to. When a family is complete, and both parents are active characters (no cardboard moms allowed) than the writers get extra credit.
    It would’ve been cool if Ohana’s dad were alive, having divorced her mom, and her mom (uncharacteristically) didn’t have the nerve to face him again. But instead they hit the trap door lever- oh well.
    Otherwise – so agree with you that they’re pacing the Minko/Tohru story really well -

  6. Aaron says:

    Hey just came across your blog. Thought it was cool the amount of effort and time you’ve taken to write up these reviews.

    Ohana is definitely my favorite character in the series. :)

  7. yajyaj says:

    erm, usagi drop, you remember who her father was? =P

  8. Will says:

    You know, I have the feeling that this series is toying with me. I was expecting for the story to develop the love triangle that was present in the start of the show in a magnificent way. Yet, I can only feel that the solution is somewhat rushed and anticlimactic.

    Really, this series is good at creating drama out of the blue for no good reason. (Last one was the wedding). And now there’s only 6 episodes left. I wonder what they’ll do.

  9. gsilver says:

    Both main character’s parents are alive in Suite Precure, but I guess you’re not watching that.

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 09:14 AM)
    @Bam: Emotional involvement and rewatch value are very important to me in a film, which is my preference for synecdoche over birdman.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 04:05 AM)
    “Firechick, answer: Hell no. And don’t impersonate Bam. You suck at it.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 03:05 AM)
    Yeah guys! Why aren’t you reviewing Go! Princess Precure?
  • Firechick
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 02:51 AM)
    Is anyone gonna review Go! Princess Precure? I hear it just aired.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 11:14 PM)
    Synecdoche is incredibly rich in detail, and keen return viewers can find a lot of things they missed the first time thru. Kaufman didn’t have a single teacup in a shot that didn’t mean something. Pacing is a bit of an issue, but if you notice the passage of time you can see that was deliberate as well. The movie could’ve been livelier, but for a movie about death and decay that would’ve been a bit of a sell-out.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 11:01 PM)
    @Emma: Birdman and Synecdoche have a lot of thematic elements in common, and given that Synecdoche was released in 08 makes me realize that Alejandro González borrowed quite a bit from it; although in the end they are different enough to justify Birdman’s existence. Where Synecdiche was a better written movie, I feel that Birdman was the better directed one.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 04:15 PM)
    And I’d go as far to say this beats out birdman for me by miles.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 04:14 PM)
    The film is a solid mood piece thanks to the in tone cinematography, a great performance from Hoffman that along with his characters drama makes for an emotionally investing film. And before it gets TOO sad theres all those bits of dark humour fitted in there that work out pretty well. This is probably my favourite work by Kaufman currently.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 04:14 PM)
    Well Bam, I had a go of synecdoche there. A bit of a slow burner, near the end slightly drawn out, however that last stretch was forgiven by that bonkers ending.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:23 PM)
    The voice of the main character got kind of annoying though, the dub wasn’t all that good either.

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