Ohana Matsumae has been working at Kissui Inn as a waitress for a while now. However, she realizes that she is starting to lose her desire to sparkle, having grown accustomed to the routines of her job. As this was a desire she had when she first moved to the inn, the realization bothers her. While having Yuina Wakura—Ohana's classmate, friend, and the daughter of rival Fukuya Inn's owner—under her as an apprentice, Ohana stumbles upon some old archives that mention her mother, Satsuki. Ohana does not know much about her mother, but these archives could shed some light on her past.
Besides learning more about her mother, it is business as usual at Kissui Inn—though with a couple of challenges to test Ohana and the staff of the inn.
SYNOPSIS OF THE ANIME: HANASAKU IROHA MOVIE: HOME SWEET HOME
The Hanasaku Iroha Movie: Home Sweet Home is a beautiful slice-of-life anime movie that deeply explores the development of its main characters. Nostalgic, emotional, and encapsulating, this film dives into the complex relationship of Matsumae Ohana with her mom as well as her commitment to Kissuisō, the traditional Japanese inn she works for.
The story revolves around Ohana who is sent to live with her grandmother at the Kissuisō inn because of her mother’s problem with a rumored boyfriend. Here in the inn, she starts a new life by working as a waitress while learning the hardships and challenges of adult responsibilities. Best of all, the ‘Home Sweet Home’ movie enriches the TV series by compiling Ohana’s memories and experiences that she shares with the staff at the inn.
MY REVIEW OF HANASAKU IROHA MOVIE: HOME SWEET HOME
1. Story Line and Plot
The storyline of Home Sweet Home surpasses expectations. As a sequel movie, it beautifully bridges gaps left in the anime series, especially on the relationship between Ohana and her mysterious mother. The subplot involving Hana’s mother and her resistance to the rigid traditions that have bound her family for generations was a thoughtful addition, providing fresh excitement into the mix.
2. Characters and Development
In terms of character development, Home Sweet Home adds layers to its well-loved characters. Ohana’s evolution is captured magnificently through her struggles and eventual maturity. The evolving relationship between Ohana and her estranged mother gets a spotlight here, expertly dealing with sensitive topics on family dynamics without becoming too heavy-handed.
3. Animation and Cinematics
Animation-wise, P.A. Works has nailed it yet again. Captivating scenes with stunning background visuals and well-framed cinematography capture the classy and tranquil environment of the traditional inn. The details are simply breathtaking, making the viewing experience very immersive.
4. Should You Stream, Rent, or Buy?
If you’ve been a fan of the series, purchasing Hanasaku Iroha Movie: Home Sweet Home should be a no-brainer for the sake of completeness of your collection but also because it takes root in the central story and expands it in a manner that feels rich, heartfelt, and authentic. For those new to the franchise, I’d recommend renting or streaming it first to see how it meshes with your viewing preferences. This beautiful coming-of-age tale is both remarkable and thoughtfully reflective, making it a must-see for any anime enthusiast.
In conclusion, Hanasaku Iroha Movie: Home Sweet Home adds a new depth and charm to the original series – a heartwarming tale exploring the bonds of family, the journey toward maturity, and the sweet pains of growing up. You would not want to miss out on this captivating gem!
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