Last time on Hanasaku Iroha, Ohana’s school was preparing for its culture festival. Minchi, as a professional chef, was tapped to lead the cooking group for her class’s cafe, but she had very particular opinions on how things should be run (no scrubtier dishes like omelette rice, obviously, that would be an insult to her professional integrity), and so she ended up alienating everybody. Now she has to cook all the food by herself?? Hanasaku Iroha has a history of some pretty weird morals, so I wouldn’t put it past her to actually succeed, serve delicious food that impresses Tohru and makes him fall in love with her, and just generally shows the rest of the class why she felt like her opinion was more important than theirs. The moral of the story is, if you don’t know what the heck you are talking about, don’t argue with somebody who does. On the other hand, Minchi is still sort of a trainee chef, so probably she will just fail as one would expect in Episode 20 of Hanasaku Iroha.
…thirty minutes pass…
That's the sort of question that can hurt a chef's feelings, you know.
Ok, the moral wound up being “sometimes you should listen to other people, if you can explain to each other the reasons for your differences in opinion without resorting to name-calling, you may find that a mutually-beneficial compromise is possible.” It’s a good moral, and even sort of true-ish, but it’s more ordinary than I’ve come to expect from Hanasaku Iroha. Well, I guess a more ordinary show would have had Minchi punished for her imperious nature and force her to Learn her Lesson. She didn’t even end up having to apologize! Despite being basically demonstrably objectively incorrect as to the matters of fact on which she based her original argument! (She should go work for a securities risk rating organization, haha.)
They resolved the fight Minchi was having with the class in the first half of the episode, and that was fun, but the second half sort of just collapsed into inoffensive, modestly enjoyable mush. People painting paintings, standing around a big fire, flirting with each other, whatever. They had the chance to advance Minchi/Tohru, but they just let it go by. After all the time they spent hyping up him going to the culture festival to see Minchi (but maybe actually to see Ohana instead!?!?), I’m surprised things passed so uneventfully. I guess the way Ohana acted when serving him Minchi’s love-love omelette rice is sort of evidence that she’s not mutually interested in Tohru? Or that she’s repressing it, which of course she would be, given that Minchi is her good friend and that would be a serious betrayal. So it’s not evidence either way, and nothing’s been advanced. Well, I’m used to it.