Hanasaku Iroha – First Impressions

It’s the start of the Spring 2011 Anime Season! The first series I started was Hanasaku Iroha, which really set the bar high for this season.

Since this is an original project to celebrate P.A. Works studio’s 10th anniversary, I was expecting high quality animation and a compelling story. It delivers on both counts.

The series focuses on Ohana, a high school girl who begins working at a hot springs inn, and lets the viewers see things from her point of view. The way she acts and her personality both feel realistic and is a welcome change from the usual personas found in anime.

P.A. Works really overdid themselves this time. The art is simply superb. I love the obvious attention paid to the character designs along with the detailed backgrounds. Everything from the foliage to the buildings were of a higher tier than what you usually see.

I mostly use only one screenshot in my impressions posts, but a single image doesn’t do the art justice.

This series is a slice-of-life with some drama weaved in as Ohana struggles to overcome the obstacles thrown at her. At a possible 26 episodes, Hanasaku Iroha is already shaping up to be the best series this season.

Rating: Excellent

14 Comments to “Hanasaku Iroha – First Impressions”

  1. adorach says:

    i have to say im looking foward to seeing how this one shapes up i actually just finshed this episode was pretty good

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    Reltair Reply:

    Glad to hear you liked it as well. ^^

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  2. Linz says:

    I watched the first episode after reading part of your review, and I’m glad I did! I really enjoy it thus far. Though I gotta say, Ohana seems quite mature for her age. XD Maybe its because of her already-unusual home life, but I don’t know many 16 year olds who could take that slapping and even say “thank you” without crying their eyes out or running away. I’m gonna keep watching just to hope and see if Ohana’s relationship gets better with everyone. :< Poor kid

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    LordHuggington Reply:

    With an irresponsible mom like Ohana has, I guess she has no choice but to grow up fast if she wants to get things done. >_<

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    Reltair Reply:

    Aye, it was probably along the lines of learn to cook dinner or buy take-out everyday. With no one else doing the chores, she had step up to the task.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yeah, Ohana acts mature for her age probably in part due to her home situation. I’m sure her relationship with the other people at the inn will grow better, although her grandma might take awhile. :<

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  3. phossil says:

    Will add this show to my watchlist πŸ˜‰

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    Reltair Reply:

    An excellent choice! πŸ™‚

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  4. Valence says:

    The art looks great, and everyone has nothing but praise for this show. I’ll watch it.

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    Reltair Reply:

    It’s good to hear everyone likes it! ^^

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  5. tarantella says:

    The animation is amazing and the whole thing looks great, but I just can’t watch this sort of thing. It reminds me too much of the years I’ve wasted.

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    Reltair Reply:

    I wasted a lot of time during my years in college, but oh well. Look forward and leave any regrets behind!

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  6. Yi says:

    The animation is gorgeous. So loving this right now!

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yup, I just watched the second episode. Awesome series!

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