Hanasaku Iroha

Hanasaku IrohaHanasaku Iroha is a slice of life anime about a young city girl forced to move to suburbs to work as a traditional Japanese inn’s serving girl.

Given the fact that I usually hate slice of life shows, I enjoyed Hanasaku Iroha a lot more than I thought I would. I was really pleased that they ditched the usual school-setting and introduced viewers to some mechanics of traditional Japanese inn business, while also giving a glance at the more exotic cultural part of the country.
Positive: Negative:
Great character designs
Most of the emotional tension is concluded in an underwhelming way
Likable characters
Some build-ups eventually go nowhere
Good emotional moments regarding teenage crushes and dysfunctional family
Some things happen without any buildup whatsover
Gives insight into the workings of a traditional Japanese inn

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