In Memoriam – Laura Fontanilla / AnoHana’s Menma and Her Letters

Cosplayer Larry Bear as Menma from AnoHana

Cosplay by Larry Bear. Character: Meiko “Menma” Honma. Series: あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない (We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day.)

Cosplay and tributes work well together when the context of the show relates so closely to what you are paying tribute to. AnoHana for short, this show touches upon the life of a group of friends who lost one of their own early on in their childhood. Inner thoughts and emotional dissections ensue, and we have a rather satisfying ending. Inspired by a true story? Possibly. Laura was a good friend for many years. And though we lost touch for nearly six of them, we were able to reconnect for two more before her untimely passing. This is an open letter about my thoughts on her young legacy from my viewpoint. May she find peace and comfort in knowing that she was loved and will always be remembered.

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Hanasaku Iroha 26 (Final): Budding Futures


This is the episode we’ve all been waiting for. Will Ohana finally muster up the courage to match what her yakisoba plate is trying to tell Ko about her feelings for him? Will either party (Sui vs. za warudo) ever win and will Kissuiso actually close or continue to prosper after the days leading up to the Bonbori Festival? More after the jump to find out!

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Hanasaku Iroha 25: Your Heart’s Like Tofu


Tomoe’s going to have a lot of forehead wrinkles when she grows older. And if the staff of Kissuiso keeps it up with their bickering during such critical times, Sui’s intent on closing up shop on them just might come true in spite of all they’ve worked for.

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Hanasaku Iroha 24: Keep Calm and Carry On


The entire staff of Kissuisou now faces the very real possibility of Inn closure and job transfers. Meanwhile, Ohana confronts both Kou’s feelings once more (in yet another playground) and Sui’s physical collapse as everyone’s lives begin to take dramatic turns in opposing directions.

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Hanasaku Iroha 23: Family Matters


You know the end of a series is around the corner when the creators begin to tie up loose ends with subtle hints and irregularities like Minchi caring about her spinach dish, bringing Ko back into the story, Beanman actually giving good advice, and.. wait, what’s this; Ohana and Takako bonding and teaming up in an attempt to catch runaway Producer-san from a few weeks ago?! I like where this is all going.

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Hanasaku Iroha 21: Say Anything


Burden and struggle; sadness and conflict. HanaIro does it again this week by throwing two of its main characters into fires that neither understand how to put out. And like any good story, their plight presents a tedious dualism – Minko can’t convey her feelings effectively enough whereas Takako seems to be effective in all the wrong ways. Perhaps if we had a bit of a roll reversal and let Minko use butchered English instead and turn Takako’s tsundere switch on, we would have an even more radical (and possibly more entertaining) show.

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Hanasaku Iroha 18-19: Work and Play


Character building’s the name of the game for these past two weeks as each of the girls besides Ohana and Tomoe get the spotlight and a chance to show off their talents for the upcoming cultural festival. But like how all good things must come to an end, so nearly does Minko’s own kitchen committee as she puts up an uncrossable line between work and play that gets the best of those who just want nothing more than to cook their crush’s favorite omurice dish. Drama ahead!

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Usagi Drop: The Manga / Spring & Summer 2011 At A Glance


As much as Rin and Daikichi are engrossed in their respective choices of literature, I decided to pick up the Usagi Drop manga and haven’t been able to put it down lately. Does that explain why some shows on my blog reel are a bit behind, like Sacred Seven and Ikoku Meiro no Croisee? Well, partly.

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