Hanasaku Iroha 02

Within a few minutes, we learn that Ohana’s mom is even more terrible then she seemed in the first episode. Well, not exactly terrible. She’s more of a self-centered and negligent mother who appears to rearrange her life to make room for her daughter’s needs. What she says to her daughter is harsh, and she’s so cheerful as she says it.

Funny thing is, while Ohana’s grandmother may be incredibly strict and cold, I’m sure she’s a lot more reliable then Ohana’s mom. After all, the lady has the discipline needed to keep the inn running, and that includes constant dedication to the job.

Within episode 2, the picture begins to form as why Ohana is failing to be any help at the inn. Her mother taught her not to rely on anyone else, so Ohana rather then ask anyone else, tries to figure out by herself what needs to be done, and then tries to do it herself. Except the inn works because it has a precise way of way doing things, and everyone being in-sync with how things are done. With Ohana doing whatever instead of finding out the ropes, she’s upsetting the order that makes things run like clockwork, and causing more harm then good.

The two of you barely know each other Ohana. She's going to think you're coming on to her.

This is exactly what Ohana comes to realize over the course of the episode, and that she’s going to have to open herself and rely on the others if she has any hopes of surviving at the inn. Realizing is the first step, actually doing so may be easier said then done. Ohana also finds a healthy way to vent her frustration and anger at the other girls by simply cooking the foods they don’t like.

In this episode, a little is revealed about the other girls, although the still remain mysteries. I’m left to wonder about Nako, who’s lack of information ended up causing Ohana to make another blunder and serious trouble for the inn. Was that a vindictive action on her part, or does she simply have trouble talking to others? I still have mixed feelings if Ohana’s covering her was the right thing to to do or not. What Nako did seriously hurt the inn as a whole.

Minko’s revealed that despite all her hard work, someone who messes up in the kitchen frequently. We’re on episode 2, and she’s gotten in trouble twice for botching things. I really want to see her story in detail, but I’m guessing she’s stuck in a frustrating position where she wants to be a cook, but isn’t good at the basics.

The ending to this episode was an intense one. How quickly things change. One moment I’m laughing at Ohana reading the draft and not understanding what she’s found is smut, and the next I’m recoiling in horror, hoping the series doesn’t go in that direction. I’m not comfortable with molestation or rape and would personally find that really upsetting, as well as a tad too depressing. It’s not as if this anime is short on depressing circumstances for our main character as is.

17 Replies to “Hanasaku Iroha 02”

  1. YAY Friendship!? Even thou Ohana forced them to listen, but that worked for me! Guess grandma isn’t so bad huh? That probably wont last to long anyway hahaha

    Fun episode still blown away by the animation so good! Kind of wish they didn’t have a preview at the end kind of kills the suspense for the next episode.

    Also it’s bad to say die! to the DRIVER you are going with him >.>

  2. Phew!
    I was actually grateful that Ohana managed to become closer with Minko and Nako. I thought that the little feud that Minko and Ohana had was already getting a little stale, as Minko didn’t really have a pretext to hate Ohana so much. As for Nako, I’m not exactly why she’s like that with Ohana, but in some ways it seems pretty annoying. Despite having said that, I guess it sort of makes the characters seem more realistic and show that each character is “unique”.

    Anyways, I was actually quite shocked by the last few moments of this episode. I’ll definitely be looking forward to what happens next week!

    1. “Minko didn’t really have a pretext to hate Ohana so much.”

      Actually, I think she probably does have a reason. I think Minko (I really like that name, BTW) has a crush on the obnoxious junior chef. Hana makes her angry by pulling up her onions (again, probably related to her crush on the jr. chef), and by getting her slapped, and by being a better cook — not just that, but getting praised by the junior chef.

      I’m not trying to defend Minko, because she is acting like a bitch, so screw her. I’m just saying, I think her motivation is pretty clear.

    1. I’m not sure what it is, but I think it’s happened to me before where the “white box” doesn’t come up and you can’t see a single word with the darker background. But see how much people like you guys: They keep coming even if they can’t read your reviews!

  3. Watching this, I couldn’t help but notice further resemblances to Spirited Away, past superficial synopsis similarities. While there hasn’t been character growth on nearly such a scale yet (Which would be simply astounding), a few shared elements have manifested themselves.
    While most of these are the daily happenings in the inn (Unreasonable patrons, getting a rough handle on the cleaning, not quite understanding the etiquette at first glance, etc.), there are quite a few resemblances that are more than a result of the setting.
    It isn’t a bad thing so far, but I hope those similarities aren’t fallen back on too often.

    Aside from that, I like how Ohana’s upbringing is influencing her performance, and how she keeps trying and failing to work based on those values instilled in her.

    1. Huh. I wonder if this, and the similarities are normal things you run into when running a bathhouse. We having nothing like that in United States, or even anything similar that I’m aware of.

      1. I don’t think there’s anything like that here. Nothing that’s so ingrained in our culture, anyway. I mean there are all sorts of day spas and spas that double as hotels, but that’s as close as we get here.

        I’ll be keeping an eye out in later episodes for further resemblances, but there were too many in the second episode to be just a coincidence.

        Unrelated, lovin’ the icon.

  4. “People are not to be trusted.”

    I just want to say that that is BS. If you are telling that to a kid because they gave away their marbles and now their “friend” won’t give them back, fine. But saying that to cover because you blew off an important commitment is pure BS.

    It also is VERY like her mother (that is Hana’s grandma); basically Grannie takes her work so seriously that she ignores basic human responsibilities, like being warm to her granddaughter, or just being reasonable with her employees. Hana’s mom is so into her work, she seemingly forgets about her responsibility to her daughter.

    1. Ahh: That’s a good catch. The hand-me-down-workaholic-attitude. I guess Ohana’s the generation that will change all that – and maybe even bring change to the generations before her! I think the great thing about Ohana is that, while she may not necessarily understand what “hard work” is yet, she’s quite capable of it, and with such a great attitude as she’s got, she’ll achieve the balance between work and life that perhaps her mother and grandmother never quite got a handle on.

  5. Pretty good episode, this one. I liked that this episode wasn’t just a collage of Ohana failures – she’s actually pretty capable with some jobs, but has some issues that keep her from being a good employee this far. I also liked that Ohana ended up calling both Minko and Nako for exactly the reasons that they kind of annoyed me this episode; both girls are still pretty big question marks, but the show seems to acknowledge that and I think it’s going to address them both in greater detail from here. I don’t know where the show is going from here on, but I’m definitely going to watch and find out.

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