Last time on Hanasaku Iroha, Enishi had been ripped off for a bunch of money by some shady filmmaker. People seemed to think it was a big deal, but the landlady didn’t think it was a big enough deal to stop it, so I dunno if it’s actually going to cause a huge impact in the day-to-day workings of Kissui Inn. Maybe it will, maybe they’ll have to shut down and Ohana will have to go work for the rival inn and we’ll get a bunch of episodes with the rival inn heiress in them! Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Let’s have our hopes dashed in episode 18 of Hanasaku Iroha.
…thirty minutes pass…
That's kind of a personal question, don't you think?
Another minor character’s episode, like the one we had with Tomoe way back when. And like the one we had with Tomoe, it was excellent. Nako is more of a central character in the show than Tomoe is, so it’s kinda surprising that they took this long to flesh her out. She was never really obnoxious or anything (she’s too quiet to be obnoxious), but it’s nice to have a little more background, to know that she’s not just shy because the authors thought a shy character would be nice, but rather she’s shy as a defense mechanism, because when she speaks up she puts her foot in her mouth and says casually insulting things. After getting yelled at a few times, you’d certainly learn to keep your head down around people unless you could trust them to forgive you, like Ohana.
Ohana has a tendency to put her foot in her mouth too, though, enough so to make Minchi label her “hobiron”, and that’s never driven her to shyness. I guess she just bonborus right through any awkwardness she creates, with her fast-talking Tokyo glamor. Maybe she sprinkles her conversation with invented words as a defense mechanism, because if people aren’t sure they understood her, it’s harder for them to take offense.
I feel sort of bad for Nako now. She doesn’t like her shy self, and wants to change, but nobody wants to let her. If she got a job at the inn in order to change herself, and now the landlady is telling her not to change, maybe she should just quit? I mean, it would be one thing if the moral of this episode was “the way you are is fine, just be yourself”, but in actual fact she was trying to be herself, the true self she can’t show around people she doesn’t trust, and she got yelled at for it. This show has the weirdest morals – yeah, honesty is often a pretty crappy policy, but you aren’t supposed to make a cartoon about it.