And the curtain closes on Hanasaku Iroha.
In the end, Kissuisou is decided to be closed as Enishi feels he’s not qualified yet to take over the inn, so he’ll be training. Still, everyone promises to eventually return to Kissuisou one day and make it the inn that it was, aiming always for the enjoyment of its guests.
I’ll say, it was a bit of an unexpected turn, but it definitely left a pleasant aftertaste afterwards. After thinking it though, it is probably the best course of action for now, since Denroku is retiring and Sui has decided she’s achieved her dreams (best to leave while ahead, right?). With Enishi and the rest realizing they can’t probably keep it up on their own, as they found out painfully last week, this temporary separation is probably a good way to mark the end of the series and of an era.
Ohana and Kou got their happy ending together too, with Ohana finally confessing to him. Kou finally gets to see the life Ohana has found for her own in Kissuisou, but in the meantime, with the inn’s closure, they get to spend their school lives together first. Will they become the next generation of Kissuisou’s proprietors? I guess we’ll probably never see it, but it would be nice if that happens.
The rest of the cast don’t really get their own closures, but life still goes on for them. Tomoe still loves her waitressing job. Ren is awkward as usual, while Minko and Tooru look like they’ll be together for a while more. Even Jiroumaru’s gotten back on his writer’s feet, but dear god I hope it’s not another shitty erotic novel.
Well, I guess that’s all I’ve got to say about this ending. I’ll honestly admit I’m not sad to see the show end, but it has provided me with a good run over the first half. Sadly, it started meandering in the second half, but thankfully the show got back together in time for a decent ending to it. The ending itself doesn’t really feel like a proper closure to the story though, more like a temporary farewell, which probably suits it better than more final ending.
I’ll come back one day!
Also, yes! nano;RIPE ending song for the win! If I had to name one great thing about Hanasaku Iroha, it’s gotta be the exposure it gave me to nano;RIPE. Looking forward to hearing more songs from them!