Hanasaku Iroha anime review

Hanasaku Iroha anime review
When her mother runs off with her latest boyfriend, Ohana Matsumae is sent to live with her grandmother, who she has never met nor spoken to. Her grandmother is not pleased to find Ohana on her doorstep, and sets her to work at her Taisho-era (1920s) hot springs inn. It's not a lifestyle that Ohana would have chosen, but she decides not to be discouraged and to make the most of her difficult circumstances.

Hanasaku Iroha, or so should I say: why do I always have the habit of saying Hanasuka instead? Perhaps it is because Hanasaku, behind what was the greatest potential of the spring season, was actually not that well executed. Which is a shame, because still after 26 episodes, I can’t help but admit that the strongest part of Hanasaku was actually the first episode.

It’s been a while since I watched the first episodes, but I do remember the numerous crying scenes filled with sexy tears.

Somewhat of a provocative comment, I believe it is true in away. I actually think that PA actually used all their writing ability in the first episode and then went on vacation for the rest of the series. Certainly, I don’t see why this show had to be 26 episodes when almost half of it was uninteresting fillers. That being said, Hanasaku worked best with its over dramatic scheme than its comedic purpose that is all around not funny at all. It’s not that drama act was necessarily good, but looking at the big picture, Hansuka is sadly nothing more than melodrama that tries to hit your emotional chords. Some may actually argue that this series served as a coming of age for the characters, and mostly Ohana for that case, but I tend to argue that one really needs to suspense his disbelief to actually believe that the character development actually transcended far enough to make it a coming of age.

The characters surely are great and are all different from each others, giving each arc a unique fragment. Well, that is only if you look at the frame of the picture.  Perhaps I was too fond of the first impression Ohana gave in the first episode, but I was remarkably bored to death by the way her character developed during the season.  Of course, I shouldn’t blame it on her, since even more uninspiring characters were able to get some of the spotlight. In other words, a lot of cheesy monologues and mundane life values will be present in Hanasaku Iroha. It’s not that the cast was bad to begin with, it is more about a big lack of substance and bad directing that made the characters completely forgettable. Again, this refers to the fact that 26 episodes was completely useless for this show. Well, in the midst of all this, I believe that there were actually some good characters in the show, most notably Satsuki and Sui for being able to give some background to the back-story of the inn. Still, it was only a needle in a haystack. Gladfully, in contrast of it all, Hanasaku completely nailed the character design.

The artistic value of Hanasaku is actually where PA redeemed itself with all this bullshit. Regarding the characters, the character design for almost all the characters was particularly well done. And I mean this especially for Ohana who probably has the most unique design for a lead characater during the spring and summer season. And while the character design was actually refreshing compared to other anime, the whole beauty of Hanasaku was in fact the background. With a lots of shading and lighting, the scenery is simply eye candy to the viewer. In fact, the scenery was so beautiful, that the area that the anime based itself on became popular after the release of the few first episodes. Perhaps, one should keep the art and animation in mind if he or her plans to watch this anime.

As for the sound and music, the music was rather forgettable. Ironically though, the music they used in Hanasaku was actually more dramatic than the story itself. Of course, the opening songs and ending songs are all typically catchy, but I tend to skip them all anyway. As for the voice acting performance, I’ll have to give credits to that. It is true that I found Ohana to be a very boring lead, but her voice actress made it all up by destroying my complete lack of interest of her.

After all of this, I strangely enjoyed Hanasaku Iroha for its cheesiness and its lack of being serious when it wanted to be. Surely, this show is all about how far can you take all this melodrama crap and I certainly could take it all. If you are one who enjoys it, then I certainly would recommend this show. As for the others, you may as well try it for the artistic value that is almost breath taking in high definition.

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