Hanasaku Iroha – 20
「愛・香林祭」 (Ai – Kourin Matsuri)
“Love – Kourin Matsuri”
If only Minko could have just done what she did last episode. Unlike other anime where a fight between two people in High School turns into an epic battle, I was a little shocked and surprised with how fast relationships were mended this week. As I walked into this episode believing that Minko was stubborn as a mule and wouldn’t allow someone else’s request because it conflicted with her own interests, I wanted to eat my own words as the episode played out.
Besides being completely wrong about taking on the responsibility of leading the cooking team just to impress Tohru, I was thoroughly impressed with how everyone handled herself this week. Instead of continuing the argument that started last week, it was unbelievably mature how they handled Nako’s random request for omelette rice.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I was under the impression that Minko was a bad cook. It was probably a combination from back when Ohana made food for the entire staff when things got a bit hairy in the kitchen and all the scenes of Minko messing up while skinning that radish. But watching her cook that omelette and slice it open perfectly really wowed me. But most importantly, it made her point that cooking real omelette rice was impossible. In an actions are louder than words situation, I still don’t understand why she couldn’t have just done this last week!
But instead of just ending it there, Ohana’s ability to bring up the idea of an alternative to omelette rice managed to bring the perfect ending to what started as a really hopeless situation. I’m sure that the cooking team could have done it without her help, but isn’t amazing how Ohana’s touch manages to fix all the problems around her? I’ll be damned before I let someone make fun of her “never give up” attitude.
With only six episodes left, the preview for next week’s episode had my mind racing through all the different things that could happen. As I kept rewinding the first few words about someone getting married (I thought it was Tohru, but as I kept listening I was getting less sure) followed by confirmation that Tohru does have feelings for Ohana, it feels like the drama-storm we’ve been looking forward to is on its way. I have no idea how P.A. Works is going to incorporate Ko, the girl who’s crushing on him, and the new bonds between all of the main characters into all of this; but I better shed some tears by the end.