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.

I found myself enjoying Episode 10 a lot. While the premise is a cliched, main character spends the day sick, the execution of the episode really made it stand out.

First off, the episode really did capture the feeling of being sick (which I am all too familiar with) and slipping in and out of sleep as the day goes by. It was really conveyed well by the abrupt ending of the scenes, and then at one point, glancing at the cloak showing it was still early in the afternoon.

There was also the characters trying to take care of Ohana and make her feel better which was incredibly touching. The author trying to help in his own awkward way, and Minchi including strawberries for Ohana. Minchi ended up really shining in this episode in the end where she told Ohana why she important to her.

Unfortunately, Minchi’s revelation was the only good thing about that scene. Everyone gets tired and cranky when they’re sick, but the “I have no purpose” was too over the top. Though despite the poor execution, the scene, and altogether episode established Ohana’s home at the inn.

Then there was the dream sequence (although was it really a dream? Note the shrine, the little girl, and the fox) with her leaving Kou. The last couple episodes have focused on them drifting apart despite finally communicating again, but it still incredibly sad. Drifting apart is a fact of life, but it’s still a part that is hard to watch.