Hanasaku Iroha – 14
OP2: 「面影ワープ」 (Omokage Warp) by nano.RIPE
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「これが私の生きる道」 (Kore ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi)
“This is My Way of Life”
With tons of relationship problems building back at home, it was pretty slick of P.A. Works to somehow utilize the infamous beach episode to transition away from Ohana and the love triangle she’s dealing with to giving Yuina the proper introduction that she really deserves. Ever since it was revealed that she was the heir to Fukuya which is in direct competition with Kissuiso, I’ve thought that it’s pretty interesting how two people who should be fighting each other somehow managed to become really friendly. Up until this episode I’ve chalked it up to Yuina’s easy going attitude but after certain events, I think I may have been completely wrong.
Instead of just being a popular girl who lives an easy life, I think there’s probably a whole ton of emotion hiding underneath Yuina’s vast knowledge of dialects. Remember, we’re talking about the girl who is never down and is always trying out something new. Those looks that she gave Ohana when the notion of working at an Inn came up or the times she looked dumbfounded when Yousuke nearly popped the question were all things I wasn’t used to seeing coming out of the always happy Yuina.
As we’ve seen just how difficult it can be when you’re the daughter (or granddaughter) of an Okami, it’s pretty crazy how different Ohana and Yuina’s difficult are. Until now, I never thought of the idea of arranged marriages or how one might be forced into doing work that doesn’t interest them. While an arranged marriage probably isn’t the worst thing in the world, it scares me to think about how horrible it’d be to do something you don’t like for the rest of your life.
Which is why I was so impressed when Yuina decided to suddenly jump out of character and start saying things you’d never expect to hear from her. The most care free character in the show giving delinquents a good verbal spanking and turning down Yousuke all in one fell swoop while leaving everyone speechless? Plus it managed to leave a huge cliffhanger for next week to start on! I don’t know about you but I was expecting Ohana to run over and offer to work for the inn or something but the ending sequence kicked in too quickly.
Even though next week’s preview didn’t really provide too much information it feels like things are only going to get more serious. With Yuina being one of the few people who haven’t gotten a proper introduction, I’m excited to see what makes her tick. At the same time, isn’t it nice how other characters like Nako and Minko are still showing up and doing their own things? Whether it’s swimming or avoiding people who are trying to ask you out, it manages to bring another layer to this already awesome show.
ED5: 「はなさくいろは」 (Hanasaku Iroha) by クラムボン (Clammbon)
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