Hanasaku Iroha – 04
「蒼鷺ラプソディー」 (Aosagi Rapusodī)
“Grey Heron Rhapsody”
This past week I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine. We were sort of arguing about our favorite shows of the season. His was Anohana and mine was Hanasaku Iroha. Can you imagine how heated that conversation got?
After last week’s fun-filled conclusion to what I consider the first arc of the series, I was curious what kind of turn this show would take. Then I remembered that the whole school aspect hadn’t even begun yet! Not only that but the whole romance angle returns with Ohana having some free time to think about just how she wants to deal with Ko.
Apparently coming from Tokyo makes you some sort of star in Japan. I guess you could compare it to someone moving from upstate New York to some small urban town in the Deep South — sort of like a big culture shock. While I can’t imagine any school where openly expressing your stalkerish intentions out loud wouldn’t warrant some strange looks, who would have thought that Minko would be one of those popular girls? It was a little unbelievable at first but it was pretty eye opening watching her turn down a guy so easily (and quickly). But if you’re looking for someone more strange then Minko, Wakura Yuina (Tomatsu Haruka) would be your girl. After she blew away my expectations speaking with a Kansai dialect, I was so depressed when she admitted that it was a fake accent. But I suppose when you’re the next in line to run the largest inn in the area, you can do just about whatever you want.
Between Ohana and Ko, I’m not sure exactly how things are going to play out. For those of you who haven’t experienced the feeling of not knowing how to phrase what you want to say, I’ll tell you that it sucks. I can clearly picture myself in Ohana’s shoes — retyping the same message over and over trying to figure out the right combination of words to express my true feelings. The fact that she’s trying so hard to find that perfect response sort of illuminates her feelings toward Ko. While she hasn’t publicly accepted it and loses all her nerves when someone mentions the word “boyfriend”, it feels like she does have some sort of feelings for him. Maybe there will be some sort of amazing message about building relationships somewhere along this trip.
With two new angles already playing, I never expected to see another love problem emerge so quickly. Who would have thought that Minchi would take the spotlight so quickly? Besides learning the origins of her nickname, what does she see in Tohru anyways? While she finally showed a little bit of her girly side when she got infuriated by Ohana (of all people) blurting out the name of her crush, it was a huge surprise to see Tohru ride off with Yuina. It’s like P.A. Works wanted to up the OMG factor by letting Minchi’s crush on Tohru blow up in a single episode. Now I don’t know about you but Minko hasn’t been one of my favorite characters. However, after this past episode, I can’t help but feel bad for her now that she has to deal with a rival for Tohru’s heart. Sure Yuina might have zero feelings for Tohru and this could just be a huge misunderstanding (I’m assuming it’s not), it would really suck to be in Minko’s shoes right now. Watching the person you like getting snatched from right in-between your fingers is something no one should experience but happens all too often.
With a new problem in place, I’m rooting for Ohana and Minchi to hopefully start to patch things up with each other. Like Ohana said, girls seem to get along better when they have a common enemy. While Yuina might not be an enemy she effectively became the catalyst to hopefully bring these two girls together. Why can’t next week come already!?