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[[caption-width-right:333:Left to right: [[{{Tsundere}} Minko]], [[CoolBigSis Tomoe]], [[PluckyGirl Ohana]], [[GenkiGirl Yuina]], [[ShrinkingViolet Nako]].]]

Sixteen-year-old Ohana Matsumae is a mildly happy-go-lucky but pragmatic girl who dreams for drama in her typically normal life of school alongside her best friend Koichi "Ko" Tanemura. One day, upon coming home, her eccentric mother Satsuki decides to send her to live with her estranged [[RaisedByGrandparents grandmother]], Sui Shijima, while Satsuki plans to [[ParentalAbandonment flee their apartment]] with her boyfriend after he racks up substantial debt in ''their'' name. Ohana tells Ko, who confesses his feelings for her, but their relationship grows awkward when Ohana is too surprised to respond and Ko runs off without telling her goodbye.

Ohana's mood soon brightens, only to get quickly get dashed against the rocks when she finds out that Kissuiso, her grandmother's hot springs inn, doesn't quite live up to her fantasy as her unfeeling grandmother quickly puts her to work, she runs afoul with coworker Minko "Minchi" Tsurugi, and each of Ohana's well-intentioned gestures towards Minko end up with not-so-pleasant results.

Despite this, Ohana tries to not let the circumstances get her down as she works hard in her new environment.

''Hanasaku Iroha'' is a [[Spring2011Anime Spring 2011]] AnimeFirst series from studio Creator/PAWorks. It was eventually followed in March 2013 by a movie, ''Home Sweet Home'', which tells the story of Satsuki's teenage years, as read by Ohana on an old logbook, detailing her deteriorating relationship with her mother and a fateful meeting with a young photographer.
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!This series provides examples of:
* AbusiveParents: Ohana's mother abandons her and her grandmother works her like a dog. Subverted in that Sui actually works her no more than she does everyone else (and like everyone else, is chastised if her work is not up to snuff), and pays her well enough for it, judging by Ohana's reaction to her paycheck.
** [[spoiler:However, Sui always put her work before Satsuki.]]
* AccidentalPervert: Enishi, who accidentally gropes his niece Ohana after they bump into each other.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Episode 3 is one for Jiroumaru, Episode 7 for Tomoe, Episode 13 for Satsuki, Episodes 14 and 15 for Yuina, Episodes 16 and 17 for Enishi (and to a lesser extent, Takako), Episode 18 focuses on Nako, and Episodes 19 and 20 for Minko.
* AdultsAreUseless: Satsuki flees with her boyfriend and leaves Ohana to stay with her grandmother.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Ko liked Ohana for a long time without the latter knowing. Minko likes Tohru without the latter knowing. Tohru develops an attraction to Ohana without the latter knowing. And Ko's female co-worker, Igarashi likes him, but it is unrequited.
** As of episode 22, [[spoiler: Minko and Ohana have a fight about Tohru and he overhears Minko's feelings. He reveals that he may like Ohana but it is because she always surprises him and he likes to see what she'll do next. He tells Minko that he does care about her and Minko decides not to give up.]]
** [[spoiler: Finally subverted between Ko and Ohana by the last episode: she confesses her feelings to him, and they seem to have [[TheyDo gotten together]].]]
* AlliterativeName: Sui and Satsuki (before she changed it)
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Ko towards Ohana.
* ArmorPiercingSlap:
** Ohana's grandmother Sui slaps Minko because Ohana brought Minko's futon outside to air-out and it accidentally fell on two customers and inconvenienced them. Ohana demands that she gets slapped too because it was her fault, and her grandmother slaps her ''[[RuleOfThree thrice-fold]]''.
** [[spoiler:Ohana delivers one herself to Jiromaru [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan after his failed attempt at suicide]], telling him he does have talent in writing because he told something about herself that she didn't even know--that she wanted to "shine."]]
** [[spoiler:Sui delivers multiple slaps to Enishi for panicking about Satsuki's visit.]]
** [[spoiler:Enishi tries to slap Takako and she intercepts and slaps him instead]]
** [[spoiler:Takako gives him another one in episode 25 to [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan snap him out of his misjudged beliefs]] when the inn gets into chaos.]]
* BeachEpisode: Episode 14.
* {{Beat}}:
** Someone asks to see Beanman, and Sui responds with this.
-->'''Sui''': "He just left with his son."
-->'''Tomoe''': "I'm sorry, he just left with his- *beat*
-->'''Tomoe''':(to Sui) Son!?!?
* BishieSparkle: Yellow stars and a golden aura surround Ohana and Nako, complete with WingdingEyes, after witnessing Tomoe enthusiastically hosing away the survival gamers in the outdoor onsen.
* BishoujoGenre
* BlandNameProduct: Several examples include
** Satsuki owns a laptop made by Parasonic.
** [=WcDonald=]'s is a fast food chain equivalent to [=McDonald=]'s.
** The sewing machine in episode 21 is named "Jinger".
** A guest use handycam named "Canan" to record blooming flower in episode 18.
* BreakTheCutie: What passes for ComingOfAge in this show.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The manga's fourth chapter starts with Ohana fearing that she's fired "already by the fourth chapter".
* BookEnds:
** The first opening credits start and end with Ohana stopping to gaze at a passing butterfly.
** Ohana's first task in Kissuiso was to [[SprintScrubbing cleans the inn hallways]], guess what was [[spoiler:the last thing]] she did [[spoiler:before leaving Kissuiso]] in the final episode?
* BoundAndGagged: [[spoiler:After discovering his original draft, Jiromaru abducts Ohana and restrains her. Ohana ends up giving him advice, and realistically her cleave gag doesn't keep her quiet and she quickly works it off.]]
* TheCameo: Kimiko, the singer of the group nano.RIPE (who perform both openings and some endings for the series) makes an small appearance [[spoiler:as one of the guests to Takako and Enishi's wedding.]]
* CaptainErsatz: Minko and Tohru favorite manga Teppei is
* CaptainObvious: In Episode 7, Ohana and Nako talk to Tomoe about their first run-in with the survival gamers:
-->'''Ohana:''' "Survival Gamers?"
-->'''Nako:''' What are they?
-->'''Tomoe:''' People who play survival games.
-->'''Nako:''' No, for starters, I was wondering what "survival games" are ...
* CatchPhrase: Minko's "Just die" to Ohana. She also ApologisesALot. Minko changes her "Just die" to "balut" after being chided by an angry Ohana.
** Ohana's own catchphrase, 'bonboru'[[note]]'fest it up', Ohana has made a verb out of 'Bonbori' in anticipation of the festival[[/note]].
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Ohana's best friend Ko works up the courage to confess to Ohana after learning that she is moving away, but he runs off and doesn't see Ohana off when she leaves town because of her confusion and lack of an answer to said confession.
* ChivalrousPervert: The survival gamers are ultimately this. Even though they stalk girls at the inn paramilitary style, and try to peek on them, it never develops beyond that.
* ComingOfAgeStory
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Ohana's way at getting back at people is to cook their [[DoesNotLikeSpam least favorite foods]] and force them to eat it.
* CoolBigSis: Tomoe inadvertently becomes this to Nako and Ohana when she tries to get herself fired.
** Also Nako herself.
* CurtainClothing: Ohana makes some in Episode 22.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Two out of four. Creator/AkiToyosaki and Creator/HarukaTomatsu (Nako and Yuina, respectively) are both part of Music/{{Sphere}}, the four-girl band that sang the first ending theme.
* [[DontYouDarePityMe Don't You Dare Pity Me]]: Minko doesn't like it when Ohana tries to help her.
* DisappearedDad: Ohana's dad [[spoiler:died when she was only a year old.]] Satsuki had many flings after she got widowed, but, as she told he daughter, she never really got over the loss of her husband. (Point is that she still uses the surname "Matsumae" instead of her maiden "Shijima".)
** Satsuki and Enishi's dad (Sui's husband and Ohana's grandfather) is long deceased before the story began.
* EpunymousTitle: The title translates to, roughly, "The [=ABCs=] of Blooming a Flower." ''Hana'' means "flower," and the story is about the coming of age of a girl named O''hana''.
* EveryGirlIsCuterWithHairDecs
** FlowerInHerHair: O''[[MeaningfulName hana]]''.
* EvolvingCredits: From Episode 4 on, [[spoiler:Jiroumaru]] is included in the opening credits with the rest of the inn staff.
* EvilMatriarch: The initial interpretation of Sui.
* FanService:
** Episode 3 has both a justified example (Ohana's [[ImagineSpot imagining]] of Jiromaru's H-novel) and a straight one (a lingering shot of [[SexySoakedShirt Nako soaked through her clothes]]).
** Episode 6. {{Qipao}}. That is all.
** Episode 18 also counts, everytime when Nako imagined herself as a mermaid, and fitting room scene that led to Ohana's [[ACupAngst envy]].
* FlowerMotifs
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble:
** The Cynic: Minko
** The Optimist: Ohana
** The Realist: Nako
** The Apathetic: Yuina
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Yuina is sanguine, Ohana is leukine, Minko is choleric/melancholic, and Nako is phlegmatic.
* FreudianExcuse: Ohana's initial refusal to rely on anybody stems from the many times her mother disappointed her by not following through with her promises.
* GenerationXerox: Ohana's estranged relationship with her mom, Satsuki [[spoiler:is similar to Satsuki's relationship with Sui.]]
** Both Satsuki and Sui found TrueLove but are currently widows.
* GenkiGirl: Ohana, Satsuki and Yuina.
* GratuitousEnglish:
** Takako Kawajiri is a constant offender of this.
** Used by the survival gamers in Episode 7.
*** Tomoe shouted a quote from a scene in an old war movie she watched from earlier in that episode at the survival gamers right before hosing them at the inn's onsen:
---->'''Tomoe:''' Okay, baby! Get some!
** Ohana has a few of her own. In episode 14, when trying to remember the meaning of Minko's "Balut" insult, she mutters "lonely".
* HandsOnApproach: Tohru shows Minko the proper way to make a skewer this way.
* HimeCut: Nako.
* AHouseDivided: Happens in episode 24 in wake of Sui's announcement that [[spoiler:she will close down Kissuiso after the Bonbori festival]].
* InSeriesNickname: "Minchi" for Minko and eventually "Nakochi" for Nako.
* JerkassFacade [[spoiler:Ohana's mother and grandmother. Taro Jiroumaru.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Tohru and Takako.
* [[IHaveNoSon I Have No Daughter]]: Ohana's grandmother's has disowned Satsuki. Her treatment of Ohana might be seen as an extension of this, until one realizes she treats all her workers with the same strictness. [[spoiler:She also privately acknowledges Ohana as her granddaughter with satisfaction.]]
** [[spoiler:However she did personally cook for Satsuki, when she stayed at the inn. She also made it no secret that she'd prefer Satsuki to succeed her ]]
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Realizing this is the conclusion to Enishi's character arc.
* LostInTranslation: Minko's new insult for Ohana, "balut"--or rather the Vietnamese term, "hột vịt lộn"/"''hobiron''"--stands for "'''''ho'''nto ni '''bi'''kkuri-suru hodo '''ron'''gai''" ("truly, shockingly out of the question"). The official [=CrunchyRoll=] subtitles totally drop this and preface the already-present comparison of balut and Ohana by stating Minko's notes read "smelly and ugly".
** Another one in episode 23: [[spoiler:The 'black tea' pun is lost on those who don't know the Japanese word for black tea is [[FreudianSlip kocha]].]]
** A third, and another pun in episode 7: the discussion on survival (contracted to "[[GratuitousEnglish saba]]") gamers is interrupted briefly by Minko, carrying a [[VisualPun large, clearly labeled crate full of mackerel]] ("saba"). This camera cut just looks completely random without that understanding.
* LoveDodecahedron: It appears the series is going in this direction with [[spoiler:Yuki->Kirito->Minko->Tohru->|Ohana<->Ko<-Igarashi.]]
* LoveTriangle:
** [[spoiler:Minko likes Tohru, but Tohru appears to be dating Yuina.]] Subverted in Episode 5, [[spoiler:as Tohru was actually lent to Fukuya for a little bit since they were short on chefs and Yuina just wanted to ride his motorbike.]]
** As of Episode 6, a new one is sprouting, as [[spoiler:Tohru]] seems to have become smitten with ''Ohana''. This won't end well. [[spoiler:It surprisingly gets resolved well in Episode 22, with Ohana determined keep her crush on Ko and plans to confess to him, Minko determined to keep her crush on Tohru in hopes of dating him one day, and Tohru admitting that he likes Ohana but won't do anything about it and while he doesn't feel the same about Minko, he does acknowledge her feelings.]]
*** Ko's co-worker crushing on Ko isn't helping things either.
* [[spoiler: MaybeEverAfter: Applies to both Ohana and Ko, and Minko and Tohru.]]
* [[spoiler: MayDecemberRomance: Satsuki met Ohana's father when she was in high school and he was already a photographer in his 20s.]]
* MeaningfulName: The title itself says it all.
** In ''Home Sweet Home'', we get the confirmation that Ohana's name was inspired by the Hawaiian word for family.
** Kissuiso [[spoiler:literally means "(An inn) to please Sui". It was her husband's personal wish to make Sui happy with the inn during the years when they were just starting it.]]
* {{Meganekko}}: Igarashi.
* MoodWhiplash: Episode 2 ends dramatically with the implication that [[spoiler:Ohana]] is about to get raped, or at least attacked, and Episode 3 even starts with panting and grunting sounds, implying that she is indeed being raped, only to suddenly drop the drama and turn into a comedy when it turns out her kidnapper is harmless and incompetently trying to tie her up with her helpfully telling him where to tie the knots.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Sui's super speed bathing and cleaning.
* NaiveNewcomer: Ohana. Due to her {{Wrong Genre Savvy}}ness, she had certain ideas of how things at Kissuiso would be. She was quickly proven wrong.
* {{Nosebleed}}: Not for the reason you would think; Ohana simply has a sensitive nose. Also a BilingualBonus, as the word 'hana' in Japanese, whilst meaning flower, is also the word for nose.
* ObliviousToLove:
** Ohana was oblivious to Ko's feelings until he confessed to her.
** There are subtle hints that Minko likes Tohru scattered throughout the first few episodes, [[spoiler:which is tragically confirmed in Episode 4.]] He seems largely oblivious to this.
** Tohru eventually develops feelings for an oblivious Ohana. Minko, on the other hand, seems suspiciously aware of this.
* ParentalAbandonment
* PluckyGirl: It's a Shijima [[ItRunsInTheFamily family trait.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: Tomoe drops '''this''' in Episode 7 in the Crunchyroll sub, as part of her plan to get fired to the survival gamers:
--> '''Tomoe:''' Wake up! Up! Up! Drop your cocks and grab your socks, ladies!
* RealPlaceBackground: As shown [[http://infinitemirai.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/kanazawa-ishikawaga-home-of-hanasaku-iroha/ here]].
* RedOniBlueOni: Ohana and Minko. Tohru and Renji.
* SailorFuku
* SceneryPorn
* SeizaSquirm: Considering the setting of a traditional Japanese inn, this sitting form is common. The opening credits show Ohana getting a cramp in her foot as she gets up from seiza.
* SentOffToWorkForRelatives: Ohana's mother runs away with her boyfriend and sends Ohana to live with her grandmother who owns a {{ryokan}}. And then the grandmother forces Ohana to ''work'' there. At first it seems somewhat cruel, but grandma's point actually was to not make Ohana privileged over other people who work there.
* SexySoakedShirt:
** Nako gets her clothes wet in episode 3 and it's played for fanservice.
** Takako gets her clothes soaked in episode 17.
* ShipTease: [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters Where do we]] [[LoveDodecahedron start]]? As far as ep. 17 it would be: Ko/Ohana, Ohana/Tohru, Tohru/Minko, Ko/Ko's co-worker and Takako/Enishi [[spoiler:The last pair [[TheyDo got married in the end]] ]]. And a couple of minor examples.
** Minko/Ohana anyone? Yuina even lampshades it.
* ShipperOnDeck: Ohana for Minko/Tohru. [[spoiler:Ironic as Tohru seems to have a crush on Ohana.]]
** [[spoiler:Sui and Satsuki both support Ohana/Ko.]]
* ShoutOut: [[FullMetalJacket "If they run they're survival gamers...if they stand still they're well-disciplined survival gamers!"]]
** On episode 20, there is a poster at the culture festival [[TrueTears showing Hiromi, and there are some students wearing the uniform of that school.]] There's also a concert [[Anime/AngelBeats held by a girls group very similar to GirlDeMo]].
** In episode 24 Jirou's manga is based on {{Toriko}}.
** In ''Home Sweet Home'', Ohana surprises Minko while she's making a bento for Mana, and asks if she's based it on a [[{{Franchise/Pokemon}} Hokemon]], but Minko replies it's a ''Anime/PrettyCure''. The hairstyle of the character resembles [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madoka]], though.
* ShrinkingViolet: Nako.
* ShyFingerTwiddling: Nako does this as she nervously shows Ohana around the hot spring inn.
* SiblingYinYang: Satsuki and Enishi
* SickEpisode: Ohana catches a fever in Episode 10.
* SickeninglySweethearts: [[spoiler: Enishi and Takako act this way when they break the news of their engagement, surprising everyone. Subverted as soon as they drop the charade when they realize they can't afford a complete wedding ceremony.]]
* SleepCute: Ohana and Minko in Episode 12. And when Minko falls asleep in class in Episode 25, some of the boys relish a look at "the princess' sleeping face."
* SliceOfLife
* SoundtrackDissonance: For some viewers, the Catholic-esque choir and pipe organ during the panorama of the Shinto Bonbori Festival at the end of Episode 25. Probably not used ironically, since the music fits the uplifting, spiritual atmosphere of the festival perfectly, but some viewers find the difference in religious and cultural motifs jarring.
* SpringtimeForHitler: Tomoe deliberately attempts to anger the survival gamers and get herself fired, but everything she does only makes their stay more enjoyable.
* SprintScrubbing: How Ohana cleans the inn hallways. Sui as well back when she was younger.
* TheStoic: Minko and Ohana's grandmother Sui.
** NotSoStoic: Whenever Ohana says or does something that [[BerserkButton pushes Minko's buttons]], such as pulling the plants she'd grown, having mistaken them for weeds, and asking for her supervisor--who was yelling at her--[[DontYouDarePityMe to go easier on her]].
* ThemeTuneCameo: Ohana hums the opening theme while she is in the bath in Episode 7.
** Then the second season opening theme in Episode 19.
** Yuina sings the Episode 8 [[spoiler:and Episode 26]] ending theme in Episode 14.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Yuina has been known to do this.
* WeddingDay: [[spoiler:Takako and Enishi's]] in episode 22.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: [[spoiler:Sui is content with her decision to shut down Kissuiso, feeling she has allowed her workers to pursue their greater goals; Denroku is happily retired; Enishi and Takako, having felt they aren't yet ready to run Kissuiso, decide to train in the meanwhile; Jiromaru is back to writing his novels; Tomoe becomes a waitress elsewhere; Nako becomes a swimming instructor; Ren becomes a cook at another restaurant; Tohru and Minko get to spend more time together; and Ohana moves back to Tokyo with Satsuki, after she finally confessed her love to Kouichi at the festival.]]
* {{Workaholic}}: It's a Shijima [[ItRunsInTheFamily family trait.]]
** Also Minko.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Ohana constantly talks about living dramatically and arrives at her grandmother's hot springs inn, feeling as though she is in a movie. However, the beautiful girl who resembles a fairytale character and extends her hand out to Ohana tells her to die, and Ohana's grandmother -- who Ohana assumes will be like another elderly lady giving out candy -- throws her a bucket and washcloth instead.
* YouShallNotPass: Watching a sergeant play this out in an old war movie inspires Tomoe to do something about the survival gamers for Ohana and Nako.
* ZettaiRyouiki: The school's uniform, especially Nako's.
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