A Hanasaku Iroha Review

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From the beginning, Hanasaku Iroha immediately sets itself apart from other typical shows within the same genres. The show seems to be aware of the tropes and conventions that are usually tied to romance comedy dramas, and so it actively differentiates. Instead of the classic lead up to a love confession, Hanasaku Iroha hits you with one in the first episode, letting the viewer see the aftermath rather than the rising action. When Ohana leaves Koichi without an answer, she changes the fish out of water scenario that would be the first act. Continue reading

Hanasaku Iroha and Dodging Expectations | The Movie Arch (Episodes 16-17)

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Hanasaku Iroha is a great anime that does a lot of peculiar things to set itself apart from the genres it’s tied to. Be it slice of life, comedy, romance, or drama, this show knows when to avoid classic tropes, and when to playfully indulge in them. The movie arc is a clear example of the evasion of narrative tropes, taking a somewhat familiar setup and giving it a much more subtle and unexpected conclusion instead of a simple but contrived ending. Continue reading