Hanasaku Iroha 11+12

I apologize for this being late. I’m very picky when it comes to fansubs for this show, I only want to watch Doki’s fansubs. I didn’t want to write my episode 11 post as I was sure 12 was going to released any moment, just for Hanasaku Iroha to be late this week. But here we are.

I’m so glad that this show has stopped messing around for now, and seems to be living up to the potential that is promised with the first two episodes. Hanasaku Iroha is now really good. I just don’t know if it should have taken Hanasaku Iroha so long to find it’s groove or if being P.A. Works first 26 episode series, I should cut them a little slack (answer: I won’t).

Episode 11 did a great job of contributing to the ongoing storyline as well as making for an interesting episode. We return to the relationship between Ohana and her mother. One thing I love about this series is there are so many things that are shown but not talked about, yet still make an impact. One of those instances is realizing that Ohana’s mother never once bothered to talk her daughter from her grandma despite no longer being on the run, yet they never broached this until the very end of episode 12.

I really sympathize with Ohana regarding her mother. Her mother loves Ohana. There’s no question about that. It’s just that Ohana’s mother is far too selfish to put anyone’s feelings before hers if I’d inconvenience or cause her discomfort in any way. I live with a parent that is just like that and unlike Ohana, would never have the guts to stand up to them.

I was expecting a catfight...

I really would like the Kou storyline to come to an end soon. Ohana reached the conclusion that she needed to, but at the same time, it has limped on for long enough. Put the poor storyline (and Kou) out of its misery.

I can finally put my finger on what bugs me about Ohana. She goes in and out of feeling like a real character and being completely unrealistic to me. Sometimes I can relate to her, and sometimes I feel like no one in their mind would act this way. She’s cute though, so that makes her more tolerable.

Tohru obsessively winning plush toys after dragging Minchi around was the perfect light hearted touch in a very serious episode.

Episode 12 leaves us with a very interesting set-up for 13. Mom and Grandmother are to meet while not being on good terms with each other. The flashback back was a nice taste test for what’s hopefully to come, with little brother crying his head off. Another display of the cliche that you have the aspects of your parents which you resent the most. Maybe I just won’t have kids…

More plush toys. They actually look really cute...

2 Replies to “Hanasaku Iroha 11+12”

  1. Somehow…I seem to like these 2 episodes more than past few because it kind of actually features an “arc”. Not that it’s major or anything, but at least it leaves us off with a small cliffhanger at the end of 11 and 12. Hopefully they can continue this type of trend for the next 10+ episodes.

    Anyways, about the story, I was kind of shocked that Ohana’s mom was the person who bad-mouthed Kissuisou on the magazine. Well firstly, I was always under the impression that Ohana’s mom was a light novel writer…which is very far off. Secondly, what the hell? Why would you badmouth your mom’s business. It’s not even badmouthing, it’s just amplifying its weaknesses. Thirdly, she’s such a terrible mom. Maybe she got knocked up and had Ohana. Who knows/cares.

  2. Excellent review, hn elly. 🙂

    Yeah, I also felt that it’s taken Hanasaku a while to really hit its groove, but from Episode 8 on, I think it’s been truly great.

    I also liked the Tohru/Minko bits in this. They were indeed nice lighthearted moments used to compliment the otherwise heavy drama of these episodes.

    I like Ohana a lot, but I do understand your critique of her. She can go over the line a bit at times.

    My take on Ohana is that she has the bullheaded nature of a shoune-esque hero, but inside the body of a moe girl. It’s an intriguing and often very compelling combination, but one that strains believability at times.

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