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Yozakura Quartet – Hana no Uta – 09

OP2 Sequence

OP2: 「kid, I like quartet」 by UNISON SQUARE GARDEN

「 ロクノイチ 前」 (Roku no Ichi Zen)
“One of Six Beginning”

Well, I guess that finally answers the question I’ve had since the start of this anime season: How was Hana no Uta going to incorporate the Hoshi no Umi OVAs into its narrative? Simply by not bothering itself with all the fuss and opting to jump past the entirety of the story arc. What little bit of acknowledgement cames in the form of a special insert by the OVA’s OP to replace the standard opening, along with a snappy sizzle reel of the 3 episodes special from its start to finish. While I can’t say this was an unexpected outcome, I confess I was personally hoping for something like this to happen as well– much as I enjoyed the OVAs the first time around, there’s a certain dreariness in being forced to re-watch old content when I just want to get to the new stuff. It’s been some two years since the Hoshi no Umi OVA but the minute-and-half long recap was a snappy refresher to bring this old guard back up to speed with the story, as well as great job at reminding me just how awe-inspiring that Zakuro fight was. (For the record, can I just say I would love to see a HD rerelease of the OVAs at some point as well? I swear they are baiting us with that recap.)

But I can understand, this decision is not going to do a lot of favors for the virgin crowd experiencing Yozakura Quartet for the first time in Hana no Uta (Although I have my reasons to suspect that this is probably the minority within Hana no Uta’s viewership). Much like last week’s wrap-up to the Mayor election arc, this first half of the episode serves largely as an mini-epilogue to Hoshi no Umi and prominently features hanyou necromancer Kuromaki Zakuro (Mizuharu Kaoru), the primary antagonist of the Hoshi no Umi storyline and the first of Enjin’s youkai hunters allies to appear. I’m in completely unfamiliar grounds with the series at this point since I never got this far with the manga, so I’ll just say that the complete 180 in character taken by the cleansed Zakuro, with her soft-spoken personality, is one hell of a dramatic shift from the deranged nutcase I remembered from Hoshi no Umi. If you haven’t seen the OVAs yet chance are you won’t be getting as much out of the Zakuro feature as you could, and I can only make guesses about how relevant this story arc will be to the rest of the series. It’s not that the greater picture would be lost on the viewers though; Zakuro paints the perfect picture of a newcomer to Sakura New Town with her awkward reintegration into Rin’s surrogate family and the town community (with yet another head-balancing gag?) while a segment with both Kotoha and Shinnozuka sheds significant light on the context of the Hanyous. Given their origins –humans being struck by daemonic powers, which seems to be a bizarrely frequent occurrence– and the apparent rarity of untuned Hanyous (most can’t be completely cleansed and have to be tuned) there does seem to be some foreshadowing relating these halflings to the melding of dimensions; not the mention with the emphasis unique position within Sakura New Town, and the fact that all the youkai hunters are Hanyous as well, Hana no Uta might just address this point before it wraps up.

Are we really getting only one cour though? It’s truly a shame, because it seemed to me the story has finally hit a good stride after spending most of the season in an extensive prologue. With the melding dimensions finally brought to the narrative forefront, we’re really getting to see the story get a strong push in a multitude of directions. There’s the ongoing issue with Akina’s refusal to use his power for its parallels to the absoluteness of death, resulting in his stalemate with the Elders on this matter. Enjin is finally making significant splashes in the plot and his clashes with the cast are typically the show’s strongest moments thanks in part to his loose-cannon personality, though his actual motives are still far from being made clear– I just can’t buy that he’s doing all he is out of some revenge plot. And here we are stunningly made aware that the Elders aren’t just scheming old has-beens; in an overwhelming display of power, we see old man Iyo (Kiyowaka Mutamu giving an immense amount of presence to the role) effortlessly deflecting all of Enjin’s attack and Shidare quickly subduing him with power of scie-…uh, I mean, omyoudou. If you ever thought the Elders were throwaways in the plot, this stunningly directed sequence –Kudos to Ryochimo for another spectacular display yet again– ought to cement their position as one of the major players. The ending scene with the giant crater seems to suggest that their powers reaches quite extensively, and if it really does end up in Enjin’s hands, the results ought to be game-changing.

And of course, How could I not make a mention of Juri’s Frankensteiner? While I don’t really have much of an opinion on fanservice in general, I really have to give credit to the show for its depiction of fanservice. It really is rare that I see fanservice that never feels distracting or exploitive to me, especially given with the way the show casually throws it out repeatedly.

Author’s Notes

There is another Yozakura Quartet OVA that’s releasing alongside the TV series as well, Tsuki no Naku, with the first episode out earlier in the month. I’m told this takes place after the Hana no Uta arc though, so I’ll only be checking this out after the TV series wraps up.



December 6, 2013 at 9:21 pm
  • December 6, 2013 at 9:57 pmShiden

    I love how they compressed the entire OVA into the OP. XD

  • December 6, 2013 at 10:03 pmInanis

    wow yuri o.o
    just wow..

    lol that necromancer, she truly does change gears.

    PS: whats with that skeleton.. i mean.. that look on its face.. (and the 2 rabbits on the moon hehe)

  • December 6, 2013 at 10:37 pmHutch Hutchenson

    Dat Zakuro tho

  • December 6, 2013 at 11:16 pmTez

    So the nurse is also a Street Fighter?

  • December 6, 2013 at 11:29 pmbaseone

    Luckily I’ve watched Hoshi no Umi before this. Some of my friends were like “OMG did they cut something off?!?”

  • December 6, 2013 at 11:56 pmRockmanshii

    Good news, actually there’s a bluray of the three Hoshi no Umi OVA that got released, the 26th of July.

  • December 7, 2013 at 12:02 amSDFGS

    you would think the virgin watchers would get the message already that there’s OVA’s. I mean they would have at least googled the show once and found out about them unless the strictly just watch the episodes…then I say…WTF? But yeah, glad they did cut it off because if we’re going to even go into the Yuri arc well…there wasn’t going to be anymore time if the Zakuro arc was shown.

    • December 7, 2013 at 12:24 amSDFGS

      I meant Juri. But yeah, I have to say, the animation team really is top-notch for this series when it comes to the fighting.

  • December 7, 2013 at 12:04 amewok40k

    I am – and probably not alone in this – perfectly willing to train with nurse Juri, despite all of the pain probably involved!
    Also, the elders… nothing says badass like octogenarian effortlessly swatting out powerful attacks with his pipe!

  • December 7, 2013 at 2:43 amKF

    The fanservice here is enough to give me nose bleed.


  • December 7, 2013 at 5:20 amlorenzo

    Although I have my doubts about how they adapted certain scenes (the overall feel is very different from the manga, mostly because of the characters design; but the animation is indeed great), I think they did a great job adapting something like 50 chapters of the manga in 12 episodes. Yet, a pair of episodes at the beginning were anime original, and I think they could have used them instead to adapt an arc (Walking Pilgrimage) that is quite important.
    The Tsuki ni Naku OAVs adapt a really cool arc of the manga (well, actually more like a main arc + a side episode), I suggest you watch them after Hana no Uta.

  • December 7, 2013 at 5:44 amc2710


    Asobi… Really????

    Not that I’m complaining but no gif of it?

    Needs more shots of the hottest nurse ever!

    • December 7, 2013 at 11:05 amIalda

      Here : http://i.imgur.com/K7gxNro.gif

      It ahnihilates all the interest of Juri’s mini-skirt, thought.

      • December 8, 2013 at 1:17 amewok40k

        you, Sir, have my thanks!

  • December 7, 2013 at 1:39 pmExinjeru

    This is the start of the actual Hana no Uta arc, which I’m assuming will fill out the remaining episodes.

    Tsuki ni naku is not right after Hana no Uta, so while it takes place later, they can pick up where they left off in a new season if they need to.
    Tsuki Ni naku however will take a year to come out, Episode 2 is scheduled for February and episode 3 in October.