Hanasaku Iroha 16

Hanasaku Iroha

An episode of Hanasaku… without drama?!

Enishi, in another of his harebrained schemes to revive Kissuisou, invites a producer to make a film at Yunosagi, with the inn as the movie’s main backdrop of course. For once, his schemes aren’t met with resistance by Sui and everything seems to be actually getting in order. By the end of the episode, there’s a full-fledged movie crew at the inn, along with the actresses and director as well. Meanwhile the girls are relegated to being wallflowers in the movie and cleaning up a really old, unused pool that is supposedly the setting of the movie’s climax. Oh, and apparently Enishi was once a director in his university days too.

I’m… not quite sure what Hanasaku is trying to achieve with this episode. Do drama without any drama? I was kinda expecting Sui to say no and then have stuff happen while he tries his darnedest to not back down, with reverse weaboo Takako egging him on about how this would the thing that would save the inn and the entire Yunosagi. Instead, we get the opposite lol. Even Takako was more helpful than annoying. So, you see.. after coming in to this show, expecting a nice helping of angst-filled drama about trying to “shine”, it’s really weird that everything is happening well and we get an episode of happy faces all around.

Then again, maybe they are reserving it all for next week. For some reason, Yuina’s freefalling while Ohana gets shot at. At least that would sound much more happening than this episode. Hell, the only highlight for me apart from Nako (whose character seems to be getting brutally mutilated by the week) was Ren blushing like mad when he replaced the ever-late main actor in his role.

Hanasaku Iroha

Seriously hoping for more next week.


  1. Athos Said,

    July 18, 2011 @ 5:16 am

    Somehow Minko turned into my favorite character.

    How did that happen?

  2. Mitch H. Said,

    July 19, 2011 @ 5:06 am

    Really? I cringed throughout the whole episode. Enishi is so getting set up for a nasty fall, it isn’t funny. Gratuitous Engrish is a total incompetent, how could any production she had juice with be anything but a trainwreck in the making?

    At least we had Nako and Ohana training their very best for their debut as part-timers with Kiki’s Delivery Service. And goofing around in the swimming pool.

    I actually started feeling sorry for Gratuitous Engrish as it dawned on her just how much of Enishi’s use of her… talents was a sublimation of a massive incestuous crush decades in the making. The life just drained right out of her eyes.

  3. bobbierob Said,

    July 26, 2011 @ 6:48 am

    “reverse weaboo Takako”. I lol’d. Hard.

    For all I know, all this movie whatever stuff is just filler. Or maybe a side plot the writers decided to concoct for us. Who knows? I’m just looking forward to an explanation of the “Ohana gets shot” scene.

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