Spoilers ahead, you probably shouldn’t be reading this if you haven’t watched this episode.
On “Bark at the Night” Kissuisō gets a 5/10 review—this sends Ohana over the edge, and she goes to Tokyo to track down the person responsible. Meanwhile Ohana’s mother makes a comeback, and it’s not what you’re expecting. Of course this wouldn’t be Hanasaku Iroha without some drama involving young love. Kō isn’t exactly waiting around like a lost puppy for Ohana; apparently he’s caught the eye of his female coworker. Hmm, this isn’t going to end well.
Ohana’s mother sinks to a new low; she’s the one that gave Kissuisō a low score. Not only is it a business owned by her mother—it’s a place she hasn’t been back to in years. How can you properly review an inn without taking one step inside? The answer is simple, you can’t! And this is what Ohana is trying to get across to her.
Ohana sitting outside her mother’s job with protest signs was awesome; you have to love her determination. Actually, you can call it stubbornness, and it’s a trait that most of the women in her family share. Her mother is worthless and stubborn, why would you let the girl you gave birth to sit outside and protest? Her grandmother is stubborn; she doesn’t even care about the score. Then there’s Ohana, I don’t have to explain anything about her.
This episode highlights my only real issue with Ohana—she’s completely clueless when it comes to love (like most teenagers). Kō confessed to her and she chickened out, but now that there’s another girl moving in on her man, she doesn’t know how to handle it. She also sees what kind of monster she really is for leaving Kō hanging, since it’s essentially what he did to his coworker, and Ohana thought that was unfair. Talk about the Kettle calling the pot… purple?
The best scene is the last one with Ohana running and crying in the rain. This “meltdown” is something that needed to happen. Forget the inn and other people’s problems for a second, it’s time for her to handle her own. The Kō things need to be resolved, and the drama with her mother must come to an end. As far as Kō goes, I’m not even sure if I want to see him with her at this point, she’s postponed things so long; he deserves to be free of his feelings for her.
Last week I wasn’t impressed as much as I normally am, but this episode makes up for that misstep. It was perfect and reminded me why I started writing about Hanasaku Iroha. Okay, I just found out this anime will go for 26 episodes. Wow, I wasn’t aware of that, which is silly on my part since I’ve been writing about it for the past 11 weeks. In a few of my earlier post I mention the plot could feel rushed since it’s only 12 episodes, that was a huge mistake on my part. Oh here’s the rating…