Hanasaku Iroha 26

Hanasaku Iroha

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.

Hanasaku Iroha

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!


  1. Saga Darklight Said,

    September 25, 2011 @ 11:58 pm

    This crap is finally over, thank God

  2. Athos Said,

    September 26, 2011 @ 12:10 am

    With all the talk about the future and whatnot, I was kind of expecting a time-skip kind of ending. I think I’m satisfied with this, though. I hope the Heron comes back, too.

  3. Metalsnakezero Said,

    September 26, 2011 @ 1:16 am

    Well that was a nice show and now my life is all fest up!

  4. J3N0V4 Said,

    September 26, 2011 @ 5:47 am

    Somebody tell me I wasn’t the only person hoping she would get hit by a train in the last scene and die. It couldn’t have been just me right….. right? RIGHT!?

  5. AozuAkazu Said,

    September 26, 2011 @ 6:19 am

    Even though this show had it’s downs (second cour, I’m looking at you), the ending at least didn’t leave a bad aftertaste in my mouth.

  6. sdfx Said,

    September 26, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    I want that Heron.

    And I also was liek.. she is gonna get hit by a train oh God.

  7. SnooSnoo Said,

    September 26, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    I stopped watching after the ED changed :#

  8. Louis Said,

    September 26, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

    I was hoping she would get hit by the train.. at least it would have prolonged the series, and would have made it the hell memorable. Overall, good slice of life anime, but it could have been a tad better with a couple more episodes. Magnificent first half, and average second half, with a lovely ending!

  9. ewok40k Said,

    September 28, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

    Everybody finding their places in life was probably best ending possible…
    Satsuki made me LOL when she asked Ohana to write a report about “meeting with Ko-chan”… only to have been one-upped by perv Jirou hiding in the closet!

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