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And the curtain closes on Hanasaku Iroha.

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Hanasaku Iroha 25

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If you’re not gonna save this inn, then I will!

Surprisingly, Nakocchi was the surprise heroine of this arc. If it wasn’t for her feelings about Kissuisou being conveyed out strongly, I guess the inn would’ve imploded on itself (honestly, buffet-style meals?!). Quite unexpected since it would usually be Ohana doing it, but hey this was nice too!

Heck, even Mom of the Year came back and actually helped out with the inn. Least she could do I guess, since it’s almost mostly her fault www. Made for a nice screenshot opportunity too!

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Shijima women sure are strong.

So… now with the danger of Kissuisou being shut down averted, that’s probably most of the drama. One more episode to nicely wrap up Ohana x Kou I guess, and enough time for an epilogue of sorts too. Hopefully we’ll get a proper nano;RIPE song ending too. This episode’s hymn-ish ED theme felt rather out of place lol.

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Hanasaku Iroha 24

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Exactly my reaction when Sui walked in to the bath when the three girls were taking theirs.

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Hanasaku Iroha 23

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Takako sure can pack a mean punch when she is angry.

This turned out to be a “bridge” episode mainly. First, Takako (with Satsuki’s help) and Ohana head to Tokyo to track the swindler producer down and for Ohana to meet up with Satsuki to discuss her future plans after Kissuisou closes down. First part went well and they even had some aunt-niece bonding time and for once Takako isn’t the annoying reverse weaboo she usually is. Guess they finally spruced up her character a little.

The other part of the episode involved Kou meeting Satsuki by coincidence at his part-time place. This somehow led to her bringing him out for lunch and then going back to her office to view the camera test footage of Kissuisou that was taken a few weeks back. The NTR siren couldn’t stop ringing for like half the episode lolololol. Somehow, Kou watching the footage hardens a resolve in him regarding Ohana… which leads to a dramatic fade-out scene of him bumping in to Ohana as she’s heading for her mom’s place. The end.

Well, Kou and Ohana shippers will be happy to note the positive developments accompanying this episode but not much of note actually did happen this episode itself. Aside for the false NTR alarm raised for a while there. Looks like the real meat will be coming in the next episode instead. It just amazes me a little at how they are still dragging things out though.

Oh well, it’s almost near the end. A little more to go!

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Hanasaku Iroha 22

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Oh god, Denroku. What did they do to you?!

I am never inviting Yamakan Jiroumaru to any weddings never ever again.

The good thing about this episode was that Minchi and Ohana’s little romantic feud is finally over, after another fight (this time much more up to true tears‘ standards) where Minchi inadvertantly blurts out her long-standing crush in front of Tooru, who to his credit, quickly explains “it’s not like that” between him and Ohana. I must say though, that was a pretty wimpy way to resolve things, especially after Ohana rejects Minchi’s demands by saying she’s going to only continue her one-sided crush on Kou-chan instead of choosing Tooru. You do know he’s not dead, he’s very willing to go out with you and he’s still waiting for you, right? Interesting tidbit there from Satsuki about Ohana’s dad having passed away 15 years ago though.

Otherwise, the wedding went out without a hitch… well except for Denkako, and poor Tomoe not getting the wedding bouquet. Looks like she’s gonna be single for a while longer, though I wonder if she’s serious about going after Ren-san… ahahaha.

The show’s finally moving to the final arc though, as the episode’s epilogue has Sui springing on her intention to close down the inn after the festival. Preview is also showing Kou-chan appearing again, so I hope the show is going to be back on track after that month or so of meandering about with side characters and what not.

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Hanasaku Iroha 21

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So the bomb finally explodes.

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Hanasaku Iroha 20

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Loli Minchi is cute~

Not quite sure what to say for this episode. It was a nice one, but didn’t really had much to shout about. The dispute between Minchi and the other girl was resolved somewhat smoothly, thanks to Nako and Ohana giving alternative ideas to make omurice. So, in the end… this episode was about multiple ways to cook omurice?

Also, lol, Hiromi cameo.

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It’s almost 20 episodes in and with only a month and a half left, Hanasaku really needs to pick up steam. The show really has been floundering since the beginning of the second cour and I really do hope that the show doesn’t waste the strong first half it had. I always felt that going for two cours for show like this would not be very optimal, and it looks like Hanasaku might be another show to add on that list. Let’s hope it doesn’t get to that.

Next week, is the show going to up the ante finally? The preview suggests that Tooru might be getting married.

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Hanasaku Iroha 19

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Suddenly, the Hime x Hime ending has been triggered…. NOT!

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Hanasaku Iroha 18

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Nako’s time to shine! Or more like her fretting about her inability to talk normally to people she doesn’t know very well, wastefully spending her wages on clothes then have weird-ass imaginations of herself as the Little Mermaid.

Well, it was a good soul-searching episodes, but seriously I think Nako’s quite fine as she is now. Also, it doesn’t seem like she knows how to control her jabs well either… as poor Ohana and Ren-san (painfully) find out. Not to mention it slips out her mouth way before she manages to filter it. I guess it’s probably better she can’t quite talk to strangers well… she’d probably be fired if she did even 10% of what she did to Ohana-chan this week to the customers, lolol.

Still… she really has a wild imagination doesn’t she?

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What

Also, credit has to be given at Yuina’s attempts to make them more like normal girls. Though I can’t quite say that for herself either!

Anyways, next week is the school festival episode. Back to focusing on Ohana-chan after a long while, I hope. She really is the soul of the show after all.

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Hanasaku Iroha 17

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This was my face too the whole time I was watching this.

I’m feeling an equal measure of disappointment and relief after watching this episode. Disappointment from how pointless this last two weeks of Hanasaku were, and relief that it’s finally over for now.

I seriously wonder what the writers were thinking when they decided to spend two weeks on a forgettable side character with the personality of a stick and the presence of a whipped slave boy. I think they were trying to show his character growth, although it ironically made me hate him more than before. Don’t even get me started about his reverse-weaboo crush too.

Okay, enough about this. Let’s all just forget about the past two weeks and look forward to finally getting Nakocchi’s arc. I just hope it’s actually a little bit dramatic this time around…. the show really has been losing it’s touch after the first cour ended. Sigh, this is why I am always worried when I watch two-cour original series’.

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