- Title: “Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms For Tomorrow ~ ” Volume 1
- Series: “Hanasaku Iroha“
- Creator: P.A. Works
- Genre: Comedy, Drama, Slice-of-Life
- Format: Premium Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Set
- “When Ohana’s mother flees with her boyfriend to avoid paying his debts, Ohana is sent off to live with her grandmother, who owns the hot spring inn, Kissuiso. Upon arriving, Ohana is put to work at the inn. Thrust into a life where the customers always come first, she struggles to find her place at the inn and fit in with her fellow coworkers.” – Amazon
- 2 DVD, 2 Blu-ray disc set (Episodes 1 – 13)
- Full Color, Hardcover Artbook (Approx. 11″ x 7″)
- Publisher: NIS America
- MSRP: $69.99
- Purchase: “Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms For Tomorrow ~” Volume 1 – Premium Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo (Amazon)
- Rating: 4 star
- The first half of this entertaining slice-of-life series has plenty to offer fans of lighthearted coming-of-age dramas. “Hanasaku Iroha’s” tale of a young girl finding both happiness and self-worth through hard work and friendship is quite enjoyable despite the show’s heavy reliance on common anime tropes. Whether it’s the tsundere kitchen assistant, a mother with lackadaisical parenting skills or the erotica-writing pervert, practically every anime character stereotype is represented within the walls of Kissuiso. Thankfully, despite “Hanasaku Iroha’s” lack of creativity in the character department, the story itself makes for an interesting way to pass the time due its humorous situations and heartwarming moments.
The Premium Edition release of volume of the “Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms For Tomorrow ~” series is a Blu-ray/DVD combo set that comes in an illustrated album-size slipcase along with a thirty-six page hardback art book. The included artbook not only contains a large assortment of character designs and set pieces, but each art piece is accompanied by comments from the artists who worked on the series. In addition to the various the plethora of design comments, the book also includes several pages worth of interviews that expand on the show and the hard work that went into its creation.
With its pleasant mix of light drama and humor, with just a touch of romance, “Hanasaku Iroha” is a good series filled with small moments of laughter and charm.