Hanasaku Iroha Episode 1 – First Impressions
Well, Spirited Away has finally been adapted into an anime; no not really, but it does have a bitchy old lady who runs a bath house where the main character is forced to work. Hanasaku Iroha is about a girl named Ohana, who lives with her loser mom and spends her days hanging out with Kouichi, who obviously wants to bone her, but it’s the rules of anime that lead characters can’t read into anything that could potentially be romantic. So, one day, Ohana’s mom and her fat boyfriend decide to run away together, because the boyfriend is in debt (so legal). Instead of actually taking responsibility as a mother, her mom dumps her on her Grandmother, whom she has never met. Just think of the Grandmother as Ohana’s Yubaba. There are a bunch of other characters introduced, all who seem to have preconceived notions about Ohana. Also, there’s another bitchy girl who hates Ohana because she doesn’t understand the concept of work, or something stupid like that. I’m actually looking forward to watching this; I very much like character driven works, and I can’t see this series going anywhere other than that route. Also something I thought was strange is that this is a 26 episode series, and I can’t really conceive how they can fill up that many episodes worth of stuff, but who knows, they may surprise me.