Given the fact that I usually hate slice of life shows, I enjoyed Hanasaku Iroha a lot more than I thought I would. I was really pleased that they ditched the usual school-setting and introduced viewers to some mechanics of traditional Japanese inn business, while also giving a glance at the more exotic cultural part of the country.
|Great character designs||
Most of the emotional tension is concluded in an underwhelming way
Some build-ups eventually go nowhere
|Good emotional moments regarding teenage crushes and dysfunctional family||
Some things happen without any buildup whatsover
|Gives insight into the workings of a traditional Japanese inn|