Posted on 25 September 2011 with categories: Hana-Saku Iroha



What a wonderful ending. The creators did a wonderful job at adding in some final character development, while the epilogue at the end that showed where everyone ended up at was exactly what I was hoping for. This was really heart-warming, and out of the slice of life endings this season (Usagi Drop, Croisee), this was my favourite.

The stars of this episode were Sui and Ohana. Ohana’s wish-tag, where she claimed to want to be like her grandmother was wonderful. Sui meanwhile, saying goodbye to her memories of the Kissuiso and wanting to pick up being a waitress again. those two things made this ending really worth it. My only criticism: the Kou storyline was cut off. Anime, let’s face it: running into two characters as they are about to romantically confess is a dead horse. Stop beating it!

In the end, I think that the biggest problem with this series is its first two episodes. And don’t get me wrong, they were two wonderful and amazing episodes, but they also caused me to sit with an annoyed face at the subsequent eight episodes. The big reason for that is Ano Hana: the first two episodes gave off too much of an impression that this show would be similar. Anohana was meant to be a romantic tear jerker. Something which it did really well, however during its airtime, Hana-Saku Iroha just couldn’t get out of its shadow. Only now, in the summer season it really was able to show ts worth, and stand out on its own.

I mean, the first half of this series did have its share of charming episodes, but the second half is superior because of how the cast grew. The cast growing together was done wonderfully and gave this series a wonderful closure, even though there were enough points that were rather annoying. PA Works, I applaud you.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

4 Responses

  1. synkronized says:

    I’d agree. I thought the first 2 episodes set the wrong tone for the series. Like you expected a more serious sort of coming of age series from Hanasaku. Instead it took on a more light hearted slice of life oriented series with elements of coming of age.

  2. Myna says:

    Personally, I think the first part of your last paragraph is backwards. I thought the second half was terrible until episodes 23-26.

  3. Scruffy says:

    Wonderful end to the show. I’m glad that they did have the guts to shot down the Kissuiso. It made for a much better ending.

    Also .. the animation was simply stunning. There was one shot near the end where they had a fixed camera that rotated from the front entrance to the welcome desk. I have no idea how they managed to animate that so stunningly. Wonders of CG I guess.

  4. mds says:

    I think that they will save the Kou’s story for… OVA?
    Or second season? I hope not for the latter,though.
    Anyway ,PA Works never did a second season…

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  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 06:47 PM)
    @K-Off Always glad to share a nice read :3
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 06:38 PM)
    Just because someone is smart does not mean they are wise.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 06:21 PM)
    @Realist: What is worrying is that it is the intelligent who seem to make the stupidest and most dangerous decisions.
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    @ninja Lol thanks for linking, glad to see the best and brightest that the Ivy League system churns out: Arrogant, wealthy, white conservative Americans.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 06:16 PM)
    @ninja Yeah, I completely agree. Iraq is a shit hole, and it’s a nation that should be split into their respective ethnic groups immediately. Now, while I can see hostilities and possibly war rising between the hypothetical Shia and Sunni countries, the Kurds will play a crucial role as a mediator, IMO, in such a future state of conditions.
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    @Emma I can’t imagine those women are treated extremely well by ISIS but I have nothing to substantiate that.
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  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 06:12 PM)
    @K-Off But I do think it’s a little unfair to suggest that any aspect of post-invasion Iraq hasn’t been a disaster. I think the death tolls speak for themselves. Not even Saddam killed that many people.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 06:10 PM)
    Ah yes there brides of Isis thing as I’d call it. Read some of an article were otherwise well educated women of middle eastern descent bought into the whole isis ideology and signing up. The article in the paper crudely called them “isis fangirls”
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Jul 29. 2014 06:08 PM)
    @K-Off I completely agree. I just think people need to think more about how instability creates more instability, which, to me, is clearly what happened here. The main focal point of ISIS is clearly Iraq, but they could never have developed to the point of being able to attack Iraq without the instability of Syria.

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