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Takako Kawajiri
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Hanasaku Iroha (花咲くいろは?, lit. The ABCs of Blooming or The Colors of Blooming), or Hanairo for short, is a Japanese anime television series produced by P.A. Works and directed by Masahiro Ando. The screenplay was written by Mari Okada, with original character design by Mel Kishida. P.A. Works produced the project as the studio's tenth anniversary work. The anime began airing in April 2011. A manga adaptation illustrated by Eito Chida began serialization in the December 2010 issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine.

Hanasaku Iroha centers around Ohana Matsumae, a 16-year-old teenager living in Tokyo, who is left in the care of her estranged grandmother, following her mother's elopement with her boyfriend. Ohana arrives at her grandmother's country estate to realize she is the owner of a Taishō period hot spring inn called Kissui. She begins working at Kissuisō, at her grandmother's request, but finds herself at odds with many employees and customers at the inn. Initially feeling discouraged, she decides to use her circumstances as an opportunity to change herself for the better and to make amends with her deteriorating relationship with the Kissuisō's staff for a more prominent future.

A manga adaptation illustrated by Eito Chida began serialization in the December 2010 issue of Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine.

The Hanasaku Iroha anime television series produced by P.A. Works and directed by Masahiro Ando began airing in Japan on April 3, 2011 on Tokyo MX. The screenplay was written by Mari Okada, and Chief animator Kanami Sekiguchi based the character design used in the anime on Mel Kishida's original designs. Sound direction was headed by Jin Aketagawa and the music was produced by Shirō Hamaguchi. The anime series is simulcast to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Brazil, and Portugal by the Internet streaming website Crunchyroll. An image song titled "Patricia" (パトリシア?) by Nano Ripe was used for the anime; the single was released on September 22, 2010 by Lantis. "Patricia" was used in several promotional videos for the anime, and another promotional video featured the image song "Yumeji" (夢路?, "Dreaming") by Nano Ripe; "Yumeji" was released on the "Patricia" single. For the first 13 episodes, the opening theme song is "Hana no Iro" (ハナノイロ?, "Colorful Flowers") by Nano Ripe, and the main ending theme is "Hazy" by Sphere. For episodes 14 onwards, the opening theme is "Omokage Warp" (面影ワープ?, "Trace Warp") by Nano Ripe, while the ending theme is "Hanasaku Iroha" (はなさくいろは?) by Clammbon. The song "Tsukikage to Buranko" (月影とブランコ?) by Nano Ripe was used as the ending theme for episode six, and "Yumeji" by Nano Ripe was used as the ending theme for episode eight.

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