Ohana Matsumae is an energetic and wild teenager residing in Tokyo with her carefree single mother. Abruptly, her mother decides to run away with her new boyfriend from debt collectors, forcing the young girl to fend for herself—as per her mother’s “rely only on yourself” philosophy—in rural Japan, where her cold grandmother runs a small inn. Driven to adapt to the tranquil lifestyle of the countryside, Ohana experiences and deals with the challenges of working as a maid, as well as meeting and making friends with enthralling people at her new school and the inn. – My Anime List
Based on 20 review scores:
Hanasaku Iroha is one of the best anime I have seen so far, in recent history at least. Lovable, believable characters who change and grow with the seasons and their eventual fate will always make a show endearing and memorable. With a simple yet well-thought out story that ends with a satisfying ending, I don’t think anyone can be disappointed watching this show from start to finish. I highly recommend this series to be watched by everyone as this series has all of what it takes to be a superb example of what an anime should be. So my score and verdict for this series: 5 out of 5 lovely hot spring inn maidens, because such a great show deserves lots of warm appreciation.
Overall this is a really decent coming of age anime that nearly anyone of both genders can enjoy. However I do wish point out. If your not a fan of shoujo/romance or slice of life series then don’t even bother with this anime it’s just not for you. It’s heavily focused on these sub-genres in general so I just don’t want to waste anyone’s time is all. Personally I am really waiting to see how this series ends and I just hope it’s going to have a decent ending. I could go on but that’s all I have to say for this series, if you haven’t decided to watch this series as of yet please re-consider in doing so.
The Foodie Geek
Overall, this was a wonderful show with a wonderful cast, music and animation to back it up. Although we had a few complaints about a lack of closure in the sense of everyone returning to the Kissuiso and minor character flaws, this was one of our favorite shows of the Spring – Summer 2011 seasons. Because of this, it deserves a nice, big, shiny A grade.
Hanasaku Iroha in 26 episodes shows a brief segment in the life of a girl on the cusp of adulthood, Ohana Matsumae, without actually bringing her fully into the adult world. That is of little consequence, as this time in her life becomes a formative period for her, as she undertakes an emotional journey from a seemingly self-sufficient person who is actually cut off from the world around her to being part of a larger group with whom she can truly be herself, upon whom she can rely and in turn be relied upon by them. While the coming-of-age tale of Ohana forms the basis for the story, the real meaning of the show comes from the journey from isolation to belonging, the forming of bonds with other people. It’s about family, not only the family one is born into, but also the one that a person makes for themselves in this life. For in the end, it is family which allows us to pursue the dreams that we have for ourselves. In an anime landscape that is overrun with cookie-cutter erogame adaptations and bland action shows aimed at young teenage boys, HanaIro provided a nice alternative, bringing us a look into a life that while not entirely realistic, was to a great extent believable. This series is highly recommended for anyone who wants to explore what anime can offer outside of explosions and pneumatic body parts.
Hanasaku Iroha is a great show, but for reasons I did not expect. It’s one of the best slice of life shows I’ve seen, with a feel good attitude and subtlety that’s been forgotten in many shows. It does a lot right, and while it may not have the passion that I typically think of when I think of a Mari Okada work, it was still enjoyable, and I would definitely recommend this one.
Passionate And Lazy
Of course, this series is not without faults; the main one being that the story kind of deteriorates in the latter half of the series(around episodes 13-) with a couple of interesting episodes in between. I think that nevertheless you should watch this series for its characters, animation, and story. It was a very pleasant watching experience.
This is a nice heartwarming anime about a girl who has been taught to fend for herself in a situation where she must help others instead. This isn’t only the story of Ohana, but the inn itself as the other people who work at the inn develop as people because of the introduction of a new employee in their midst. The characters are all very strong and well developed throughout the course of the plot. The setting is quaint and peaceful. A lot of humorous things happen along the way. This is the perfect anime to watch if you want to watch something not only cute, but well written as well. This is a fantastic series and I recommend it to anyone who wants a good series to watch.
Overall, I was pleased with the first half of the series. Pleased enough, in fact, that I’m moved to seek out the other half to collect the rest of it rather than simply watch it online. It’s a visual and narrative treat that’s just different enough to feel fresh, and for that reason alone it should be praised. Ohana’s world is easy to get lost in, and comes highly recommended.
It will probably come as no surprise that I love Hanasaku Iroha. After all, I did shell out for the Premium Edition releases, complete with Blu-rays that may or may not have worked in my player. It is one of my favourite shows in recent years, although explaining just why may be a little difficult. It is after categorised as a slice-of-life show. That catch-all descriptive for those anime which presents a set of characters, and follows them through the mundane realities of everyday life, relying on the strength of the characterisations, the writing, the sense of humour, and the quality of the animation itself to make it interesting. Incidentally Hanasaku Iroha excels in all these areas, but the closest analogue in terms of live action would be soap opera, and given Hanasaku Iroha’s tale of day to day life at a hot springs inn, the point of reference UK viewers might be thinking of would be Crossroads. It is the production values, characterisations, humour and writing that elevates the show beyond just a mere soap opera though, and it is really an unfair analogy to make.
I’m a huge fan of [Slice of Life] anime. Hanasaku Iroha has an amazing story. Its so heart warming and very beautiful. The story is about family, friendship, change, love and hard work. You won’t be able to have enough once you start the anime its just beautiful. Specially how different characters blind in together and how they can work together to achieve their own goals. Also, how a place that helped them meet each other hold certain values to those people. I very much recommend this anime, you won’t regret it and you will wonder why did it take you this long to watch it. Its a great anime.
The Anime Man
All in all, Hanasaku Iroha is a very well executed anime series that has been cleverly put together to create a flowing storyline without feeling like you are missing out on anything. With the success of the 26 episode anime series, there has also been an announcement for a full-length movie due to be released in Japan during March 2013. If you are of P.A. Works or drama/romance anime’s, then series is definitely a good watch.
Chikorita 157’s Anime Blog
My Anime List
Hanasaku Iroha isn’t as good as it could have been, but that doesn’t make it bad. If one is able to tolerate the tangents in the storyline then it really is a pretty decent show at its core, and it’s a fairly good depiction of working life in a hotel. That said, at 26 episodes this series really is far too long, and it can often feel like certain events or situations were added only to fill the required number of episodes. Unfortunately the detrimental effect this has on the character interactions may lead to some viewers giving up on the show entirely,
Better than a 3 by far, but I’ve seen stronger 4-star titles…this one is a nice heartwarming jaunt that sadly didn’t live up to its full potential.
Overall Hanasuka Iroha is pretty good. This is one of the best slice of life shows I have seen lately. The themes are something that people all deal with. They are not presented in a stale fashion though. While the show has ups and downs in quality it doesn’t effect the show as a whole. The ending is especially good and better than I expected.
I recommend this anime to anyone who enjoys the a little bit of comedy and drama, It was a fun little anime to watch.
The Nihon Review
Yet, I must admit, sixteen year-olds don’t change the world. They go to school, hang out with friends and work part-time. In such a mundane daily routine, it’s wholly up to the individual to eke out meaning for herself. Ohana’s cheerful disposition enlivens her life and the life of those around her, but I can’t help but feel that there is something hollow about her happiness. It all seems too easy, too sudden, too disjointed. Hanasaku Iroha created Matsumae Ohana, a girl with fears, flaws and problems, and solved them with surgical precision. No mess, no fallout. Hanasaku Iroha becomes, then, a modern-day parable about the transformative qualities of hard work and the virtues of remaining optimistic. Ohana is excellent, but her story has little depth. Hanasaku Iroha’s cheap, inappropriate moralizing robbed it of its excellence.
One thing was brutally obvious about this anime, it was not meant for me. They were aiming to do something with this that was clearly not my cup of tea. It just means I should stick to my random humor and plot heavy stories; Slice of life just bores me to sleep. I sure slice of life fans, like Aria, would love this anime; Same kinda slow paced thing.