Category Archives: Hanasaku Iroha

12 Moments in Anime 2011: Hanasaku Iroha and How to Make Boys Watch Cheesy Chick Media

[Fourth Moment: Madoka’s Mom Tells It How it Is] Girls, moé, nudity, in that order so it seems. Growing up around an extended family that is outright matriarchal (think Summer Wars) I had no problems orbiting around a female locus … Continue reading

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Sayonara Hanasaku Iroha: An Essay in Images

Hanasaku Iroha would be nothing without its excellent production values. The quality of its illustrations, and animation elevate its content to become something worth noting. It’s not one of those shows that has pleasing character designs that are largely wasted … Continue reading

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Hanasaku Iroha Didn’t End With Yunosagi Exploding in an Atomic Mushroom Cloud, Nor Became a Staging Point of an Alien Invasion, But That’s OK. The Finale Was Fitting.

[SPOILERS, expect them] I said I would be satisfied with the greatness of this show 5 or so episodes prior to the finale. It didn’t matter how it chose to end it. In the end it both did and didn’t: … Continue reading

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Minko’s Bind: Hanasaku Iroha 21

I’ve detailed how the exploitation of Minko in Hanasaku Iroha can be exquisitely enjoyed in my previous post. The narrative however cockblocked me in the succeeding episode: all that buildup for a ridiculously painful ritual of adolescence was utterly dissipated … Continue reading

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The Joys of Watching Minko Suffer: Hanasaku Iroha 19

This is sadistic, therefore perverse, and I do feel guilt for it. No I don’t mean the cheap perversion of ogling the rich fanservice Hanasaku Iroha serves. I mean deriving utility and indulging fascination for the almost always thwarted and … Continue reading

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