Ano Hana, episode 10: Were we ever friends?

Fantastic, fantastic episode. Honestly, the direction, the music, the tension, the artwork, everything about this episode was done perfectly. I still don’t dig the everyone can see Menma development, but I forgot all about it while watching Ano Hana this week. Honestly, I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that this was one of the best episodes of any anime I’ve ever seen. Definitely top 10 material.

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New writer alert: Please welcome Lemmi!

I know I’m going to regret proclaiming this, but I think Lemmi will be the last new writer I’ll be taking on for a while. Feel free to parse that language to determine how I could squirm out of that statement. But never you mind, please welcome Lemmi to the team! He’s here because he’s got good taste, writes well, and is a funny dude. –RP

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Hanasaku Iroha 10

I apologize for my absence from blogging Hanasaku Iroha. I’d been busy with preparing for a con. But I’m back to continue the blogging of Hanasaku Iroha.

Through episode 6-9, the show in my opinion has been getting better. Well, episode 6 was kinda a bust, though a bust with cool outfits, but after that the show has been steadily improving. It’s continued with the episodic a story an episode approach, but the series is starting to cover more serious themes. The main problem at this point is they’re still forcing this type of humor into the episodes that isn’t funny. Episode 7, now that was honestly funny, and the humor also served a purpose of developing Tomoe. However when the characters run around being goofy reusing the same jokes over and over just isn’t funny, and is starting to jar with the rest of the series.

There is the semblance of a ongoing story more then just “the day to day adventures of Ohana and gang.” There’s the love triangle between Ohana, Tohru, and Minchi, the health of the grandmother and financial state of the inn being in poor condition, as well as the current theme of growing apart, and overarching theme of figuring out who you are and what your purpose in life is.

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