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.