Hanasaku Iroha Ep04

Written by Crosse

25 April 2011


In this episode we see a bit on the complexity on the relationships between people as Ohana starts a new trimester in the local school.

We get a glimpse also of the rival Inn on which the heir to that inn is also their classmate. The subtle difference between Ohana and Yuina (the rival inn’s daughter) is shown as Yuina takes things in stride. (well, assuming Ohana gets to inherit the Inn)

We also see here that Minko is popular with the guys– she gets a lot of confessions (and love letters for that matter), and she efficiently turns them down, mentioning the qualities of the guy she wants.

This episode also explores a brief background of the characters. Nakochi gets also a brief history as she explains to Ohana her nervousness with others, and her goal of being able to express herself more.

The importance of close friends giving each other nicknames is also explored here, with the three trying to give each other nicknames to call each other. In Japan it is customary for people who are close to each other to call each other by nickname; although it is a luxury afforded only to those who have been close enough to the person, it is an insult if the right to call one in his/her nickname earned.

The complexity of relationships is also taken up, with love interests being mashed up together. With Minko liking a guy who likes another girl who is their classmate and rival, things do get messy. Small world? Yep, possible; given the setting of the anime, you would like only a few people in the village.

Looking forward to see what happens in the next episode.


I would whistle like that too Jiro-san! :))


LOL sports anime reference! :))








They don’t get transferees from the city that much I think. It happened to me last high school :))


LOL someone’s daydreaming.


They say girls can smell if one is already in a relationship. HOHOHOHOHOYEAH.


What a way of getting out of a situation :))


Hmmm is it true?


She was spot-on.



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