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Impressions: Hanasaku Iroha Ep. 5

Spoilers ahead, you probably shouldn’t be reading this if you haven’t watched this episode.

On “A Tearful Chef Romance” Minko is acting meaner than normal because of what she saw last week—and Ohana takes it upon herself to go “rescue” Tōro from his new place of employment at the rival end. Meanwhile we learn how Minko came to work at the inn, and why she likes Tōro. Once again, drama is everywhere and although the ending is satisfying, there’s some foreshadowing that suggest things will get more complicated.

Minko still needs to calm down; she’s my least favorite character. I get it, the guy you like has a new girl and “left” for a new job, but that’s no reason to be mean to Ohana. This is why I don’t feel sorry for her and I don’t care if her and Tōro ever hook up. There’s no excuse to walk around like you hate the world—even if you think your life sucks at the moment.

The flashback that showed that Tōro is the reason she’s working there was well done, now we understand why she likes him so much. If it weren’t for him, she wouldn’t have a real shot at fulfilling her dream to become a chef. Still, she needs to stop acting like Ohana can read her mind. The moral here is—speak up, say what’s bothering you, explain your feelings, and don’t attack someone for trying to treat you better than you deserve to be treated.

Ohana just can’t walk away from someone in need, so she decides to run over to the other inn and get Tōro back. It’s what I’ve come to expect of her, although this time she should have gotten her facts straight. Tōro was only filling in and isn’t dating Yuina; he was only giving her a ride. Ohana looked like a mad woman, yelling and being restrained. How embarrassing…

About that foreshadowing I mentioned at the beginning, I think the scene between Ohana and Tōro was hinting at something. Now that it’s confirmed that he’s not dating Yuina, it leaves the door open for him and Ohana to have a thing. I only say this because he’s always teasing her, so it wouldn’t be far-fetched if he were in to her. Hopefully this happens when Minko is starting to get close to her, yummy—I can already taste the delicious drama.

All appears well in the end, Minko tells Ohana to call her Minchi, and then tells her to write what she wants to be called. Which shows she’s grateful that Ohana went through all that trouble to make her happy. Also Kō finally gets a reply to the text he sent. Sadly, he’s too busy sleeping atop a magazine, hmm; the image in that magazine looks familiar. He might pay Ohana a visit at some point, more foreshadowing, or my imagination running wild? Who knows, you’ll have to wait and see.

Rating: 4.5/5

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