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Posted 6/10/11
Its a smartly written Anime with a witty and bold character at the center surrounded by a range of characters and personalities that create humorous situations and at times conflicts. This anime so far hasn't shown any signs of being corny or overly emotional. Its more or less "realistic" and a bit slice of life so the themes of friendship, overcoming adversity, family, and possibly love are easily relatable for viewers. Its also well drawn and presented beautifully. I look forward to the coming episodes.
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Posted 6/14/11
well what keeps me watching this anime is Ohana's character, she is hard working, and also the story
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Posted 6/15/11
The latest episode just might have been the best since the first. I have been on the fence but I now I think I am really going to
be hooked on this series.
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Posted 6/22/11
I keep watching it because is different. It's not another romantic and cheesy drama (i like them too) but sometimes we want to change a bit, am i wrong? It is on my Top Ten !
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Posted 6/22/11
Gintama is awesome and all, but I'm very happy that anime like this is still being made. It certainly is a nice change of pace with a great story and believable characters. It's a very charming anime!
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Posted 7/19/11 , edited 7/19/11
Of what I watched so far, it's amazing and I love it and it one of the best anime I have watched this year and for a while. AnoHana was great as well so it has competition, but as I said I am hooked. Really hope this will get released on dvd in the UK.
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Posted 8/8/11
I absolutely love the storyline. A beautiful, hard working young girl; that moves in with her grandmother. I love drama and romance and this anime has just what I look for in a good seires. I love Ohanas personality is almost as if I new her. I'd love to hang with her. Once you fall for the characters its hard to look away.
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Posted 8/15/11
I think what kept me watching was the setting. A lot of animes take place in parts of Tokyo or at high schools/academies and there's stuff you expect from those animes, but I thought the hot spring inn was pretty unique for an anime setting -- although, I'm sure there are other animes set in hot springs. I feel like I don't really know what will happen next because it's a different setting for me and that keeps it fun.

The episode focused on Tomoe really cemented Hanasaku Iroha as a favorite for me. She's introduced as a gossipy head-waitress and I figured she was just there for comic relief or just a bit character, but that episode proved me wrong. That story really fleshed her out and I found myself more intrigued with her than with Ohana and the other girls -- maybe it's because I'm the same age as Tomoe. I hope she gets revisited in a latter episode (I think there's like 7 left, and most likely that might not happen). The first 13 episodes were fun stories and there was plenty of development and drama. I haven't found the episodes starting with 14 to be as compelling. The ones with manager and Takako were decent. Most of the rest seemed to be about slice-of-life, teen drama type stories which don't interest me too much. By far the one with Nakochi is best in the second half of Hanasaku Iroha. I look forward to what the other episodes will be about.
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Posted 9/11/11
The thing that keeps me watching this anime is...LOVE >_______<
I just love this anime and no words can explain how much I appreciate and can relate to the hardships in life (just like Ohana)
I really love Hanasaku Iroha! One of the best animes, ever...
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Posted 9/11/11 , edited 9/11/11
Hanasaku Iroha is an amazing show to watch and continue to watch because of the attention to detail in the writing as well as the animation. I meet people all the time who say "I got this great idea for a story/anime/manga" or whatever, and when you hear them out they always have this flashy concept. But as any good seasoned writer will tell you it's not having an innovative or edgy or controversial or "exciting" concept that will determine whether your story is good (truth be told there are no "exciting" or "boring" concepts in writing), it's what you DO with your concept. How well thought out is your character development. How realistic does your dialogue sound. How plausible are your plot developments and twists, and how do you handle the pacing of it all. The dialogue and interactions between Ohana and Ko alone in their trying to express their feelings and thoughts to one another show a lot of thought went into them. They don't seem forced or canned or artificial in any way. Most of the wannabe writers I know can't even begin to come close to being able to pull off something of that caliber.

This show is a good example of what anime is capable of doing if the people behind the show put their effort into it. Unfortunately a lot of the anime produced these days is becoming more and more like the schlopp that Hollywood mostly produces. It's the "slap it together and pump it out" and "so long as there's a target base of fans willing to shell out money for it, that's good enough" mentality. Maybe this younger generation of writers working in Japan are just like their counterparts here in the states. Maybe they don't read as much as the previous generation did because they've grown up in the video age. Maybe the success of shows like this and (dare I say it ) the passing of bill 156 will encourage the industry to stop resorting to cheap tricks and gimmicks and gratuitous and excessive fan service to make a good show (the little you see in this show is tastefully done and kept to a minimum), and we'll see more quality shows being put out in the future.
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Posted 11/26/11
The reason im attracted to this anime is because of the flow of the stories and how well the characters interact with one another. Also Ohana's character is funny to watch and sometimes i can relate to her lol.
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