This amazing anime continues to impress as we reach the half way point.
Here’s my review!
They’re an official club, they’ve got their quasi-clubroom, an adviser, and the determination to dance the yosakoi. Yes things are moving along well for them as they put the festival as their end goal. Now that I look at Hanayamata more, the similarities between it and Love Live are growing; before there were things that made me think “yeah that’s kinda like Love Live”, but now I’m really starting to realize that they’re a lot more alike than I thought.
Before I continue down this path, no, I’m not comparing the two in anyway; I’m just stating that Hanayamata has very similar qualities to it much like Love Live has. Plus if I was comparing the two, Love Live obviously wins because of Maki.
Right then so in this ep we’ve got a few key events that carry through till the end. First up Hana, Naru, Tami and Yaya are trying to think up a club emblem. They’re first pass at it wasn’t too good, none of them except Yaya’s really stood out. Sadly though, Yaya, being tsundere as hell, tears up her page rendering it useless; damn it Yaya, yours was actually pretty good.
We also see s bit more of Naru’s home life as the ep opens with her father talking about how much she’s changed recently. Haha I bet all father’s must be like that when their daughters are in their teenage years. I also thought it was neat that we saw a few seconds look at Naru’s mother as well. Notice her age is 39, but is crossed out and the number 17 is replacing it?
So after asking her father if she’s been acting differently recently, Naru gets her idea for what that club emblem should be from his response. Whether he’ll know it or not, he helped her out, even if it didn’t seem like it to him. Hana, Tami and Yaya all approve of the emblem and it’s not official. The good news continues as Hana has arranged something special for the club, their first event!
But their hopes are dashed right away as Sally shoots down this idea of Hana’s. Honestly Sally, you’ve gotta take your job a bit more seriously. After putting the pressure on her, the girls are able to come to an agreement with the teacher: they can take part in the event if they can prove their yosakoi skills to her and all get over 80% on their upcoming tests.
Once again this is where I’m getting these Love Live vibes as in Love Live they had to get over a certain score on their tests to proceed with things. Tami passes with 94, Yaya takes second with 92, Naru barely makes it by with 81, but Hana fails at 72. Oh boy, now what? Taking the matter back to Sally, they’re rejected as Sally cracks down on them, holding fast to the rules.
One day after class though, while helping Hana with her Japanese work, some of the other girls in their class approach them and ask to see some yosakoi after they notice Yaya holding a naruko. Hana jumps at the chance to dance (no pun intended) and the classroom is cleared and the four of them set up. Yaya, still being tsundere, doesn’t take part of the actual dancing, but rather opts out for manning the narukos instead. Nice, Yaya, nice.
Keen ears will pick up the song played in this part is a piano version of the OP. Usually most of the time I love when the OP or ED gets the piano treatment and this time was nothing different. I can’t wait to get the OST (more so now) as that was a really awesome track there and I wonder if it’s just the TV sized OP that has the piano version, or perhaps the full OP gets the piano version. Whatever the case is, this was a nice part as the song was really good but also this is the first time seeing Hana, Naru and Tami all dance together.
Unknown to them at the time, Sally has been watching over their performance and now seeing their hard work in action, she has a change of heart and allows them to take part in the event.
So the secondary event happening in this ep revolves around Yaya and her band; they’ve preparing for the audition in the past few eps, well now the day of the audition has finally arrived. We see the band at the venue as they nervously wait, we see them on stage before all the stone faced judges, but we never actually seem them perform. In the end though, they sadly didn’t pass and the eps ends on that note, Yaya staring shocked at the piece of paper with their results. Damn… so close too!
So 6 eps into this anime and I love it! The music, the cute girls, the art, the similarities between it and Love Live, it’s just a whole bundle of awesomeness and I’m eagerly awaiting the next ep on Monday.
A random thing I noticed in this ep was that the computers in the school office seem to be running Windows 7 or possibly 8. You can see a really good angle in this shot here:
So if you’re watching Hanayamata, what are your thoughts on how it’s been going so far? Love it? Hate it? Favorite character? Thoughts about what’s to come? Let me know in the comments below!
So there you have it, Hanayamata ep 6. I’m really loving this anime so far as each ep just get me more excited for it. Once again, if this is one you’re eagerly following, what are your thoughts on it? Love it? Hate it? Fav character? Thoughts on what’s to come? Let me know in the comments below!
Up next I’ll have my weekly reviews of Rail Wars and Glasslip. Not sure what order they’ll be out, but they’ll be out. Ugh, just the thought of reviewing them…. no fun. So before we get to that, lets take a look at what to expect next week from Hanayamata.
I’ll cya in the next post!
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