For a while now, I haven’t watched anything from Mari Okada for a while mostly because the first two episodes of AKB0048 left a very bad taste in my mouth back in 2012 (to be fair, I haven’t watched the Hanasaku Iroha Movie nor Sakurasou either). To me, I feel that her strengths lies in coming of age, love triangle romance and melodrama types of shows, which is one of the reasons why many people liked Ano Hana, Hanasaku Iroha (despite its flaws) and True Tears as the drama is not necessarily clear-cut and the complex character development. Not only that, she is one of the prolific female Anime directors in an industry that is male dominated.
coming of age
It’s a known fact that PA Works is well-known for their original productions. In particular, True Tears, Canaan and especially Angel Beats had garnered a lot of attention. Although their production values are great, the stories get a bit too ambitious mostly because of the length. This eventually caused them to get a bit off track from the original premise as seen with Hanasaku Iroha. (Image Source)
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The night of the Bonbari festival has arrived. With Ko finally making it there, how will Ohana react?
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As the employee’s refuse to surrender, they start to work long hours to win the battle. Meanwhile, Ohana becomes increasingly worried about the changes happening around her. She fears that it won’t be the same Kissuisou inn she knew and love once the festival is over.
[Read more…] about Hanasaku Iroha – Episode 25 – Turmoil and Losing the Kissuisou They Love…
At last, Ohana has confronted her feelings with Ko after he spent some time with Satsuki. At the same time, the employees of Kissuisou are not giving into Sui’s idea of shutting down the inn and taking things into their own hands.
[Read more…] about Hanasaku Iroha – Episode 24 – The Fight to Keep Kissuisou Alive
Takako decides to track down the con artist in Tokyo that ran away and took the money with her last effort to save the inn. Ohana also tags along to confront her mother about her future and of course, meeting her crush, Ko.
[Read more…] about Hanasaku Iroha – Episode 23 – Ko’s Sudden Optimism
With Takako’s and Enishi’s wedding approaching, Minko has yet to resolve her differences with Ohana until now.
[Read more…] about Hanasaku Iroha – Episode 22 – Catfights over “Crushes” and the Uncertain Future
After focusing heavily on the side characters, plot finally returns when Enishi and Takako decides to marry each other. Unfortunately, the planning of their wedding sparks some love triangle drama between Minko, Ohana and Tooru. Poo has certainly hit the fan for sure!
[Read more…] about Hanasaku Iroha – Episode 21 – Love = Double the Trouble
After the intense dispute between Minko and Yuki for not having Omurice on the menu, there is finally a solution within Nako’s obsession of having one for lunch.
[Read more…] about Hanasaku Iroha – Episode 20 – The Great Omurice Compromise
With the school festival coming in a matter of days, Ohana is very excited about her class’s plan to do a Princess Cafè. For Minko, she takes it a bit too seriously…
[Read more…] about Hanasaku Iroha – Episode 19 – Aloof Minko and her war against Omurice