Hanasaku Iroha 26 (Final): Budding Futures

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Hanasaku Iroha 17: Heir to the Throne

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Kissuiso’s big movie break winds up being as much of a fluke as Yuina’s desires to run her family’s inn in the future. Meanwhile, Enishi and Takako get hot and heavy poolside about the mishaps of the deal, the Ohana-Nako-Minchi trio soak up what little soap opera drama they witness at said pool, and Sui actually admits to wanting to act like a mother for a change?! Woah.

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Hanasaku Iroha 16: Action!

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Looks like Kissuiso and staff are set to appear on the big screen at some point. Aside from the Hollywood-esque flair of camera crews and glistening actors suddenly populating the relatively small inn, did anyone else get Spike Spiegel vibes every time Isami uttered a word? I was kind of hoping he’d say “bang!” at least once before one of the shoots.

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