It’s been a while since my last Hanasaku Iroha post. I think I have already explained myself but just in case I actually didn’t or you’ve missed it I’ll explain once again. I didn’t drop Hanasaku Iroha. I wouldn’t, in a million years, do that. It’s just that I thought this series is best watched at one go so I wouldn’t feel like throwing rotten tomatoes at Ohana or Ohana’s mother or anyone else who happens to get on my nerve.
Kidding. Seriously, I want to like this series and the drama occasionally feels painfully slow. In order to avoid that, a Hanasaku Iroha marathon is the next best thing.
Alright then. My last post was about how Ohana’s uncle tried to introduce changes into Kissuisō. I’m glad he didn’t give up and still work hard to keep the inn going by introducing all kinds of new ideas. The sad thing is none of his ideas made an impact. In fact, one of his ideas got the inn into trouble. But the guy’s still learning. He lacks the confident that two and the half women of his family has. I hope to see great things coming from him (although I doubt I get to see it animated) simply cuz he has been persevering till this day.
Right. When I started to write this post I never thought of writing about Ohana’s uncle, whose name I still can’t remember, and there it was a short paragraph dedicated to him. If there’s any significant character development over the last 11 or 12 weeks, it’s his.
I thought 12 weeks is long enough to see some smooth, continuous development in Hanasaku Iroha. After consecutively watching all the trailing episodes, I’m not sure if I’ve seen any development in Ohana herself. There are times when I thought I saw she matured a little, and then the very next thing she did was to fall back into the person she was before arriving at Kissuisō. Ohana always act on her instinct. Cuz of that, she always lands herself in unnecessary troubles. Unfortunately, that also means she’s adding more to her worries and her heartbreak each time she sets out on a “mission”. For example, she instinctively headed out to the city to find the writer responsible for giving Kissuisō bad ratings. That action itself caused her more pain than good, I’d say. Pain cuz her relationship with both her mother and Ko took a bad turn and the only good thing that came out of it is that she realized that she likes her current life better than anything else.
Nevertheless, I’m happy that Ohana’s relationship with the staff at Kissuisō Inn is getting better and better each episode. The last time I saw Hanasaku Iroha, Ohana was still trying to get on Minko’s good side. As of now, the three of them – Ohana, Minko and Nako – are becoming really close friends. In my opinion, things will only get better for them even if there’s a love triangle lurking somewhere. Ohana’s relationship with her grandmother has also improved. Grandma is still strict as always but Ohana realized that she’s learned a lot from the old lady and I think she’s starting to like her.
In short, after 18 episodes, Ohana’s a little more confident about who she is. At least, she knows what she wants. Other than that, she’s pretty much still the same Ohana we all know back in episode 1. Is this good or bad?
P.S Ohana’s a very bad singer. It’s either that or she simply chose the wrong song to sing.
P.P.S Oh, and she gets drunk over a few bottles of soda. Amazing!