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Posted 4/25/11
This original anime was developed by P.A. for it's tenth anniversary, so it's hard to tell exactly where the storyline is going to go and how the characters are going to develop, as there is no manga to reference. For those who are watching this series and intend to keep watching, for the time being anyway, what is it that keeps you watching?

It doesn't have to be necessarily what you like best about the series, but what are the elements that attract your attention and make you want to watch the next episode?

For me it's the gorgeous animation and the amazing attention to detail that is present in every episode. The background animation of the mountains, the interior and exterior drawings of both inns, and the water sparkling on the ocean are some examples. Even what could be considered "throwaway scenes" such as the utility and laundry room, have a lot of detail in them. I don't know why this is such a draw to me. Maybe because it is reminiscent of the anime produced by Studio Ghibli movies or maybe because it seems to represent the dedication of the staff to this series.

There are many, but the following scenes that stick with me are:
Ohana's head falls forward, after her grandmother just triple slapped her, and a tiny drop of blood is shown on the tatami mat. If you blink you'll miss that little detail.

Nako describes the festival with the lanterns, and Ohana's imagination takes over and she imagines a dazzling road of lights ascending to the heavens , which is reflected in her eyes.

I was just wondering what attracts others who are watching this series to keep watching it.
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Posted 4/26/11
I too noticed that little bit of blood splatter when Ohana bows. I appreciate the detail, and agree the series is beautifully drawn. It's a pleasure to watch. What keeps me coming back are the characters, particularly Ohana, and the story itself. I find myself looking forward to every Sunday for the next episode to see what happens next.
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Posted 4/28/11 , edited 4/28/11
This series is incredible! In Hanasaku Iroha so far the attention to detail in the animation is staggering. P.A. Works has really put a lot of effort into making the visuals on par with that of the average animated film in Japan. Every scene is a feast for the eyes. The music, too, is an absolute wonder. The placement and movement of the music plays perfectly into each scene. Add those two factors to a set of lovable characters. Each one seems fresh and well though out with hidden depth to explore -- even the grandmother is more than she appears at first glance. Furthermore, this story may seem to be a well trodden path but I have a feeling they are going to do it right with this series. In my opinion, this thing is set to be the hidden gem of this season!

I can't wait for more!
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Actually there is a manga, and its because of the manga I'm watching the anime
I'm still hoping for the romance to progress in this(:
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Personally, I was attracted this show because it's an original show with potential and the director. The creative team behind the show can put fresh perspective rather than sticking with established trend of certain manga genres. Sometimes, popular Manga -based anime titles feels like brightly colored comic with animated movements.

Details in both animation and background art direction are just fabulous. It feels like you really want to go there. (I found out that location behind the show is a real place). On animation, I was surprised by subtle gestures and keen observation on life's daily activities.

For creative staff, I was surprised by the name, Masahiro Ando, for the show. In Anime industry and Japanese fans of animation, he has been synonymous with action.

As animator, he drew one of the most impressive action sequences:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4_IORUfM_A

His first directorial show was a movie, "Sword of the Stranger". "Hanasaku Iroha" is total departure from his previous TV series, "Canaan". I love the fact that PA Works animators are trying express the life that they observe in their craft with director Ando guiding the way.

Ultimately, I found the characters are enjoyable to watch in terms of good show. Ohana is a naive teenager, but her outgoing, tough and caring personality makes her fun to watch. I love watching Ohana is learning about the life outside of usual comfort zone that we've seen in typical teenage escapist anime. I love watching her personality and hit-and-miss actions bring light to situations and characters. It doesn't feel jaded at all.


Actually there is a manga, and its because of the manga I'm watching the anime


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Posted 5/1/11 , edited 5/21/11
I can tell you what isn't the reason I keep watching, Minko. I just don't like her so far. Maybe something will change and I'll warm up to her but not yet.

I guess I keep coming back because of the story. Watching Ohana learn and grow has been very intriguing. You also get to delve a little deeper into the characters surrounding her. It's nice not to know what's coming next and I have a feeling that things won't get rushed. This anime seems different from most that are pumped out these days.

It also doesn't hurt that the animation rocks and totally fits the style of the series. The opening song also fits in nicely too.
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Posted 5/4/11
I love this anime (romantic) ...it's an anime that's laid back, thoughtful in my opinion heart warming and my speed I can't wait to see more (^_^)
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What brought me to this anime was the animation design, I love stuff that is more down to earth and realistic with proportions and what not. My favorite type of animation in anime, but after doing research on this anime I found out it was developed by P.A. I've watched all the other anime that P.A. has developed and all of them are beautifully made and the stories are all unique (True Tears, Angel Beats!, Canaan). This developing company is probably one of my favorites.

After the first episode though, it just got even better. Characters are turning out to be awesome and the story is developing in a nice way, unpredictable too. I like surprises and I really have no idea how this anime is going to end and what kind of plot is going to emerge. It's to early in the series to predict what's up. Another great thing is the music, so far the music is just been legit and it really portrays the anime nicely. nano.RIPE does superb. Everything is just five stars for me.

Plus, Ohana is a cutie too. Haha, who can't go wrong with a cute a lead.
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Posted 5/19/11 , edited 5/19/11
There are a few things for me:
-Clean animation - It just catches my eye.
-Interesting characters - they are just like normal people, and their interactions leave me wanting to know more
-The voice of Ohana - I know her from Shugo Chara, and I'm in love with her voice.
-Similarities with my life - I work at a high-end hotel/spa/restaurants/meeting-space/banquet type of place, so I can relate to a lot of what the characters do. Like in the episode with the survivor guys, yeah, we got our special guests that we know ahead of time they are coming and what to expect, and sometimes we are happy because they are good tippers or w/e, but sometimes we are like "awww... Mr. So-and-so and his special last-minute requests for stuff we don't have. We better stock up on all these weird foods." XD
Posted 5/20/11 , edited 5/20/11

Lake_Toya wrote:

I can tell you what isn't the reason I keep watching, Minko. I just don't like here so far. Maybe something will change and I'll warm up to her but not yet.


Minko is nice to watch. Her quirkiness and her determined nature towards her friends and dreams is a good trait.

I like the girls they all look pretty. And I like their friendships and fun times they spend together. That and their attitude towards work. And Ohana's part in keeping people together. I like the Grandma who comes off as real tough but is wise and kind even though she hides it well behind a strictly business persona. I like her perverted son and the perverted old man for being perverted and hardworking even so. I like Nako for her shyness yet she keeps doing her thing and is the prettiest and most full in body .

The characters make this anime. And the animation and anticipation of how things will turn out for everyone keep me glued to this show.
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Posted 5/22/11
I like the characters and that the show has a lot of heart to it without being overly sappy. The animation and visuals make it easy to watch but it's the tone and characters that keep me coming back. With every episode, whether it's focused on comedy or drama, I feel like I'm getting pulled into the lives of these characters more and more.
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i absolutely love the animation. it's amazing <3
there's some humor and a hint of romance, which i really like.
umm.. tohru x ohana LOL xD
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It's the storyline, Ohana, and the amazing animation.
The plot so far is well developed, and it's like we can also learn something from watching this show. I feel that each episode (so far) is also well-paced.
Ohana as a lead is very refreshing, her character and her point of view is not that of your typical average school girl.
The animation is just..amazing. It's detailed and very nice and easy to see. I love the characters design and the background, it's gorgeous.
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Why i keep coming back to this anime. Good question! I'm not very picky but i have to say Hanairo is so amazing! I love how clear cut the anime is. Ohana is a great heroine, she's not typical and she's not different. She's just unique in that aspect. It's hard to place a finger on why she is such an attractive character. Ohana just seems to have a certain depth to her. That certain depth is usually what grabs people to a character. She seems real, to say the least.
The storyline is slice of life. Nothing too dramatic or too chaotic going on. The stoy flows evenly with high and low points. Reminds me of a drama at the pace its going at. I like how the story isn't trying to be too different or typical, which happens to be the norm as of late. So Hanairo is refreshing to watch. You always feel estatic watching hanairo! Definitely attributed to the pacing, art, and details.
A plus for me is how i can feel with the character. When Ohana learns a lesson, so does the person watching. At least that is how I feel. I haven't felt that way watching an anime for a long time. I'm happy to say that Hanairo has a fan for life. I look forward to the episode every sunday.
I hope Hanairo becomes popular enough for a second season!! I don't want it to end! >.<
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I keep watching this anime because I used to work for a Japanese Restaurant. It seems up to this point, most of jobs I have done in my life all involve customer service. Watching this anime, I feel myself become part of it. IT'S ONE OF THE BEST ANIMES THIS SEASON.
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