In the season preview, I had this pegged down as a potentially interesting series. I couldn’t think of any reason necessarily why, but from a studio that produced Angel Beats and Canaan, I certainly didn’t expect the highlight to be the writing quality. Yeah I know it’s not the animation studio in charge of the writing, but studios tend to work together with the same writing staff for their projects. Have the brain dead crew who wrote Canaan really produced this?
Hanasaku Iroha feels like it’s a modern adaptation of a famous piece of literature. Something like a Japanese Pride and Prejudice. It’s ridiculously well written and manages to be funny be simply being clever, rather than be funny by pulling gags, which is a very difficult feat to pull off. The scenario also feels like it comes from a Japanese Jane Austin. Young woman leaves her not-exactly-responsible mother to live with scary grandmother, who then proceeds to inadvertently cause everyone there to dislike her. I’ve read books like this for English class. It’s pretty weird to then see that same atmosphere transferred into a moe anime. It does try to pull pretentious metaphors with the main characters monologues, but that’s the only part of the writing I don’t like. It hasn’t quite grabbed me fully as of the first episode, because I’ve yet to care about anything beyond the script. Neither the characters nor the setting have grabbed me in anyway, but it does have 26 episodes in which to do that in.
It also lacks…something…I don’t know, I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it lacks something. Heart? It feels rather similar to Summer Wars, but doesn’t have the same soul that movie had, is that the problem? No, that’s not quite what I’m looking for. It lacks energy? Nah, not that either. What is it then…
Anime. It doesn’t feel like an anime. Again, this is back to the literary novel adaptation feel it has. It’s an odd complaint and I’m not even sure if this would qualify as a negative point against it. Despite it’s obvious anime exterior, there’s something very different about the core of this episode to any other anime I’ve seen, yet I can’t find the words to describe. The fact that I couldn’t find any tags out of the 463 I currently have to fit this post says enough about Hanasaku Iroha’s originality.
That said, I can’t leave this post tag-less.