I was wondering why this episode is called balut. Thank goodness my confusion was cleared towards the end of the episode. Although I think it’s quite creative of Minko to come up with such a remarkable term to replace “die”, I doubt the word delivers the intended wrath. Haha.
Warnings – spoilers ahead.
I’m surprised how Ohana can remain so calm when she’s abducted by a questionable man, tied and gagged. I thought it would be much normal if she shows a little anxiety or at least attempting to escape. I guess Ohana isn’t the average girl. She even managed to dodge Jirōmaru all tied up like that. The imaginary scenes following that was unexpected. When the first picture of Nako, Minko and Ohana taking bath together popped up on screen, I couldn’t stop laughing. It’s weird – popping out of nowhere, a scene in which three girls who are not getting along very well bathed together. It didn’t occur to me then the whole thing was just part of Jirōmaru’s erotic novel. Too bad the mood of the moment was abruptly ended by Jirōmaru. The sound effect was dead on too!
The reason why I tweeted I have mixed feelings about this episode is cuz there’re just too much of Jirōmaru and his pitiful thoughts. It kinda affected the whole mood of the show. Despite that, each of his pitiful actions were always responded with Ohana’s witty remarks. That sort of balance things out. Drama, when mixed well with comedy, can be something really pleasant.
Grandma is being really cool in this episode. She carries herself gracefully indeed. She gives smart advices too. No one knows what the future holds. Very true. We will never know what will happen the next second, so the least we could do now is watch more anime! Just kidding. But seriously, it’s a good advice. Since we don’t know what the future has in store for us, what we can do now is to try our best in everything that we’re doing.
Watching how all the workers of the inn helped resolved a customer’s – Jirōmaru – personal problem, I actually thought for a moment that Hanasaku Iroha may actually revolve around solving different customers’ personal problems. Who knows, the series may introduced a variety of “guest stars” and grandma & co. will work things out for them.
There’s quite a number of fan-service shots here as well. It’s not that I hate fan-service, I can tolerate occasional fan-service scenes. It’s just that I don’t want it to be what Hanasaku Iroha is all about. That sort of ruin it for me. I have high expectations of this series as a good drama series with touches of slice of life events.
From how I see it, Hanasaku Iroha is definitely heading towards the direction in which Ohana will be accepted at Kissuisō Inn. Nako has already started to break down her invisible wall she seems to be building between Ohana and herself. It’s only matter of time before Minko starts accepting Ohana wholeheartedly. C’mon, the girl scribbled and scribbled with the help of a dictionary (I think) and a little light source emitting her cellphone! That meant something no?
Just in case you’re wondering when did Minko scribble – this screen grab was taken from episode 2.
Once again, Hanasaku Iroha delivered its beautiful artwork. My favorite scene for this week is this.
Okay, it’s just seawater and stone. But if you watch this part animated, it’s like seeing the real thing. The calming sound of the small waves…nicely done.