Hanasaku Iroha – 22
「決意の片思い」 (Ketsui no Kataomoi)
“A Determined One Sided Crush”
I don’t know how to describe this feeling, but throughout this episode I was surprised with how long it felt. I can’t even remember the last time I instinctively had to check the seeking bar since I was afraid the episode was ending! Be it from the amount of story they packed into this episode or from different disputes finally getting resolved after nearly 22 episodes in; I was very content with the cliffhanger we were left with.
I should have figured that something was afoot when Takako was so energetic about her wedding preparations. Not only did I not consider how ambiguous last week’s ending could have been, but I think I missed a lot of different clues that were shown throughout this arc. Then again, hopefully you readers out there were just as caught up as me with Ohana and Minko’s constant fighting.
Like any normal fight between friends, it’s just a matter of time until someone pushes the boundaries too far. Seeing how Ohana could probably endure Minko’s foul mouth and stinky attitude for a lifetime, it wasn’t too surprising to see that knocking the wedding dress out of Nako’s hands was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. But instead of feeling out of place, that fight felt like it should have came ages ago.
While I would have liked to watch Ohana bash some sense into Minko’s head, Tohru’s response to Minko’s outburst probably did just as much if not more damage than a bash to the head would have. As dense and unromantic as Tohru is, it’s good to see that his heart is in the right place. And even though he admitted that he does have some feelings for Ohana, it made me remember a funny quote I heard recently. It was something along the lines of liking someone and doing nice things for them doesn’t necessarily mean that you want to date them! Essentially, the closest thing to that feeling I can think of is probably the bond that an unrelated or “made up” older and younger sibling would share. You love each other, but not in the literal sense.
But boy, after such a fired up first half, I thought things would be over before Enishi’s wedding even started! After confirming that there was still quite a large chunk of the episode left, I was floored after watching nano.RIPE’s Kimiko not only appear in the episode but actually perform at the after party! I don’t talk about the music in a series very often, but I am a huge fan of whenever an anime really incorporates the songs into the animation. Just like how Kyoani made Nichijou’s opening sequences follow their opening songs, I loved how P.A. Works subtly placed the Kimiko in the episode.
When Okami revealed that she intended to close Kissuiso after fourty odd years of running it, I couldn’t believe that everybody was wrong about last week’s ending. Since I’ve never considered the thought that Okami would close Kissuiso instead of continuing its legacy, it puts my imagination in a pretty interesting position. Will Ohana try to stand up and continue running Kissuiso? Or will she take this chance to finally kindle the fire to her one-sided love and hopefully make Ko her boyfriend? All questions aside, no one can argue that Ko is finally getting re-re-integrated back into the story next week.
ED6: 「ハイリープ」 (Hairiipu) by nano.RIPE
Watch the 6th ED!: Streaming ▼