Characters / Hanasaku Iroha

The characters of the anime series Hanasaku Iroha:
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    Ohana Matsumae 
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Age: 16
Voiced by: Kanae Ito

The main character. Ohana moves from Tokyo to her grandmother's hot spring inn Kissuiso after her mother Satsuki runs off with her boyfriend, leaving a huge debt in their name. Desiring drama but claiming to be pragmatic, Ohana resolves to work hard in her new environment after discovering the Kissuiso isn't what she thought it would be.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: For Ko twice in Episode 13 — to her mother and grandmother, and later to herself; in the latter case she decides to not chase after him for the time being. After being honest with her feelings in Episode 22, she plans on confessing to Ko after Enishi and Takako's wedding.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She explodes at Minko and Nako — the former for telling her to "die," and the latter for constantly running away — forcing them to tell her their least favorite foods.
  • Big Eater: Subverted and Played for Laughs. She's forced into becoming one in Episode 20 to taste-test Minko's Omelete Rice. With obvious results.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: She'll often use Minko's to someone who annoys her.
  • Break the Cutie: Has been subjected to this a few times, especially in Episode 1, when many of her expectations about the inn gets blown up in her face spectacularly. Fortunately she can cope well, and as such she has, time and again, gotten out of such situations changed for the better.
  • Chaste Heroine: Due to her inexperience and obliviousness when it comes to love. Subverted in Episode 13, as it turns out that she does have feelings for Ko.
  • Cry Cute: You know it's pretty serious stuff when even the upbeat, optimistic Ohana finally breaks down in tears.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father isn't around, meaning either he's dead or divorced from Satsuki, since she took his surname but currently has a boyfriend (who she later dumps). Episode 22 reveals that he — whom, as it turns out, Satsuki loved dearly — died 15 years ago.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Her idea of coping with people she doesn't like is to cook a dish with his/her most hated food, then she'll write why she hates that person in said food.
  • Drunk on Milk: She's not very good with soda and can get drunk with it, as shown in Episode 13.
  • Generation Xerox: Her strained relationship with her mother mirrors Satsuki's own strained relationship with her mother.
    • And she wants to be like her grandmother.
  • Love Hurts: In spite of her above inexperience with love, she starts to feel love's sting when she sees Ko with his co-worker Igarashi.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is Ohana Matsumae, which means "flower" in a polite tone. Her homeroom teacher notices it, when he meets her. Ohana also means "family" in Hawaiian, and her father chose it with this meaning in mind.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When she gets mad at Tohru and tells him to "die," copying how Minko acts towards her, she quickly realizes how hurtful her words are (and it nearly got them in a car accident because they were distracted) and apologizes, as she doesn't want him to literally die.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Enishi and Sui notes her resemblance to Satsuki. Hilariously lampshaded in Episode 12 when Tohru becomes friendly with Satsuki, and Minko wonders if he is attracted to older women or just their family.
  • Supreme Chef: She has been cooking since she was in preschool.
  • Tareme Eyes
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Is slowly becoming this with Minko.

    Minko Tsurugi 
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Age: 17
Voiced by: Chiaki Omigawa

One of the workers at Kissuiso and is usually seen helping in the kitchen. Minko has a rocky first start with Ohana after the former catches the latter pulling out her plants, as Ohana mistook them for weeds. In spite of her harsh personality, Minko is a capable and hard worker.
  • The Resenter: Towards Ohana.
  • The Runaway: She ran away from her parents, who refused to let her become a chef before graduating high school, but thanks to Tohru — the only person in Kissuiso who gave her a chance to work — she can pursue her dream.
  • "You're Not My Type": Played completely straight when a boy at school confesses to her. She then takes it a step farther by explaining exactly what her type is (Tohru), completely crushing the guy's hopes. However as of Episode 14, he's at it again.

    Nako Oshimizu 
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Age: 17
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki

Another employee at Kissuiso and a waitress. Nako is friends with Minko, who she nicknames "Minchi," and is very shy.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Episode 18.
  • Be Yourself: Sui gives her this piece of advice at the end of her spotlight episode.
  • Buxom Is Better:
    • Lampshaded by Minko when she and flat-chested Ohana wears the same dress.
      Minko: I never realized how sexy that dress was.
    • It gets funny when Nako tries on the wedding dress Ohana made for Takako. It's so tight the back can't be zipped shut (the looks on Ohana's and Yuina's faces after realizing this are priceless), and Ohana concedes that they need Minko for this.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Nakochi."
  • The Nicknamer: Apparently aspires to be one. After brainstorming several nicknames for Minko and settling on "Minchan," she chokes and calls her "Minchi," which sticks.
  • Odango: While working at Kissuiso.
  • Promotion to Parent: She is seen taking care of her siblings while her parents argue about child-raising.

    Yuina Wakura 
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Age: 16
Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu

Ohana's and Minko's classmate (and Nako's schoolmate) and the daughter of Kissuiso's prestigious rival, Fukuya. She is, along with Minko, considered one of the prettiest girls in school and enjoys popularity with the boys. She has a habit of affecting various accents to amuse herself.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She cleans the Fukuyo's baths — the very first time she worked in her life — because Yosuke once said that he'd rather marry someone like Ohana than her because the former likes working at a hot spring inn.
  • Hidden Depths: She turns out to be far more perceptive than her appearance suggests.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Yuina-hime" (ie. "Princess Yuina").
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Fakes one on Ohana's first day at school. She fakes a different accent every time she meets with Ohana.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: She can get really touchy-feely with the other girls from time to time.
  • The Rival: Subverted in that she is on friendly terms with Ohana, but gets briefly jealous of her when Yosuke suggested he wants a wife who loves working at an inn (like Ohana). She appeared to be one towards Minko when the latter witnesses her leaving with Tohru on his motorbike, but again subverted when it turns out that she just wanted a ride on his motorbike and nothing more.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Inverted. She's introduced as a quirky, yet nice airhead; but later episodes show that she can also be very blunt.

    Tomoe Wajima 
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Age: 28
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto

Head waitress of Kissuiso. Tomoe loves gossip and wants compensation for the sharing of it.

    Koichi "Ko" Tanemura 
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Age: 16
Voiced by: Yuuki Kaji

Ohana's best friend from Tokyo and is affectionately called "Ko-chan" by her. Ko confesses to Ohana upon learning that she is moving away.

    Satsuki Matsumae 
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Age: 38
Voiced by: Takako Honda (adult) and Kanae Ito (child/teenager)

Ohana's mother and a novelist. Satsuki runs off with her boyfriend after he gets into debt and leaves Ohana with her grandmother, who she does not get along with.
  • Big Sister Bully: Enishi mentioned that she used to bully him in the past.
  • Cool Big Sis: But in Episode 6, he also admits to Ohana that she used to cheer him up just as their mother used to for no reason.
  • Generation Xerox: Sui and Enishi note the strong resemblance between mother and daughter. It also turns out that her strained relationship with her daughter mirrors that between her and her own mother.
  • Happily Married: Her conversation with Ohana about how she still has feelings for her late husband, Ayato, seems to indicate that their relationship was this. Home Sweet Home eventually reveals that she truly fell in love with him because he is accepting of who she is, Warts and All.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Just like her daughter, this desire is a root of her conflict with her mother, feeling she's getting nowhere stuck in Kissuiso.
  • Jerkass Fašade: She may be neglectful of her daughter and has a job she doesn't agree with, but she genuinely does care about Ohana and works hard at her job in spite of it.
  • Parental Betrayal: Her negative review of Kissuiso is seen as a betrayal to Ohana, who decides to drag her to Kissuiso so she can write a review based on her experience there. It turns out she wants to go voluntarily, and it is hinted that she only writes negative reviews when asked of her by her higher-ups.
  • Really Gets Around: Implied during her teenage years. Subverted, as it turns out she only had eyes for Ayato.
  • Sailor Fuku: In her teenage flashbacks.

    Sui Shijima 
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Age: 68
Voiced by: Tamie Kubota (elderly) and Takako Honda (adult)

Manager of Kissuiso and Ohana's estranged grandmother. Sui carries a cold demeanor and quickly puts Ohana to work while she stays at the inn. She does not have a good relationship with Ohana's mother Satsuki, and has stated that she had disowned her.
  • Abusive Parents:
    • Makes Ohana work at Kissuiso from her first couple of minutes after arriving and isn't above slapping Ohana thrice as punishment for accidentally disrupting customers. Subverted in that she treats all her staff with the same level of strictness, and are paid decently for their work.
    • And played straight with Satsuki, though because she believes in putting work ahead of family.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Slaps both Ohana and Minko, the latter because it was her futon that fell on the customers, and the former because Ohana demanded that she be slapped as well for dropping it in the first place. Slaps Enishi multiple times for panicking.
  • Bad Boss: Played with. She's not above physically disciplining her employees, but nevertheless she pays them well for their work.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She starts to warm up to Ohana slowly, but the first time she really shows her softer side is in Episode 6, when she's visibly surprised and almost pleased when she sees Ohana and Nako in the old kimonos she designed.
  • Evil Matriarch: Subverted.
  • Four Is Death: Was rejected four times by her husband before he accepted her hand in marriage.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Smokes a traditional Japanese pipe.
  • Happily Married: She and her late husband were this.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Metaphorical example — by shutting down Kissuiso, she allows her employees to pursue their true goals in life, even if it means giving up the one thing she enjoyed the most.
  • I Have No Daughter: Has this attitude towards her daughter Satsuki, though it turns out that she wanted Satsuki to succeed her.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: According to several older customers in Episode 6. And in flashbacks in Episode 21, the audience sees why.
  • Insistent Terminology/They Call Me Mr Tibbs: She demands to be addressed as "Madam Manager" rather than "Mom" or "Grandma" at work.
  • Jerkass Fašade: The only times she shows her softer side is when she's by herself, though she's friendly with Denroku.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ultimately confesses to Ohana that she'd rather shut down Kissuiso than crush her employees' dreams with her own nigh-selfish desire to keep the inn going.
  • No Respect Guy: As revealed in Home Sweet Home, people were initially skeptical of her abilities after taking over Kissuiso from her recently-deceased husband. Thus she strives to improve herself and the inn's services, even if it means becoming borderline abusive towards both her employees and even her own family.
  • Parental Favoritism: Always made it very clear that she would've wanted Satsuki to succeed her in taking over the inn.
  • Pet the Dog: Personally makes Satsuki's favorite food, stewed fish cakes, alongside her dinner.
  • Stealth Mentor: Possibly to Ohana if Episode 3 is any indication.
  • Wham Line: "I'm thinking of sealing the Kissuiso and the logs after the Bonbori Festival this year."
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She looks the part and carries a traditional Japanese pipe but she's a lot meaner than the trope standard.

    Enishi Shijima 
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Age: 32
Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (adult) and Yoko Hikasa (child)

Ohana's uncle and Satsuki's brother, who is, personality-wise, the opposite of his mother, sister, and niece.
  • Accidental Pervert: When he first meets Ohana, he accidentally bumps into her and gropes her butt.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Episode 16 and 17.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Tomoe suggests that the reason he likes Takako is because she has a similar personality to Satsuki. He hastily denies it. It's later revealed that they used to attend college together.
  • Happily Married: To Takako.
  • Lovable Coward: Doesn't have much of a backbone when it comes to Sui, Satsuki, or Takako, and he was quite the crybaby when he was a kid.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Finally gets a break in Episode 16, when Sui gives him a chance to run the inn.
  • The Unfavorite: Sui doesn't hide her preference for Satsuki over him to take over Kissuiso. She changes her tune a bit after he grew some balls and took charge, and later, after Satsuki calls her out on it, saying she should act more like a mother.

    Tohru Miyagishi 
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Age: 23
Voiced by: Junji Majima

Assistant chef at Kissuiso and serves as a strict supervisor towards Minko. Ohana is somewhat intimidated by Tohru's constant yelling at Minko and initially greatly disliked him after having a conversation with him.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Towards Ohana.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Subverted. He is well-aware that Ohana has feelings for Ko and spends the majority of his time in Tokyo with tasting cuisine and playing a sushi crane game to distract himself while Ohana goes to see Ko (at his suggestion).
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In spite of his own feelings for Ohana, he forces her to meet with Ko when they are visiting Tokyo so that she can come to terms with her feelings for him. In Episode 22, he admits to Minko that he does have feelings for Ohana, but he doesn't plan on doing anything about it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He yells at Minko whenever she screws up at cooking, but he also gives Ohana advice — in his own rude way — when he questions her on her self-reliance and is perceptive to the fact that she doesn't have many friends. In Episode 5, he also shows his appreciation for Ohana's concern for him by pinching her nose. He eventually reveals how much he cares about Minko in episode 22.
  • The Mentor: To Minko and a bit towards Ohana.
  • Oblivious to Love: He is unaware that Minko has a crush on him. Until Episode 22.

    Renji Togashi 
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Age: 42
Voiced by: Tarou Yamaguchi

Head chef at Kissuiso.
  • Benevolent Boss: He seems to be one as he frequently stops Tohru from browbeating Minko over her cooking blunders.
  • Not So Stoic: He turns out to work horribly under pressure.
  • Running Gag his stupid fashion sense, accentuated by frequently reading men's fashion magazines during his free time.

    Takako Kawajiri 
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Age: 30
Voiced by: Ayumi Tsunematsu

An apparently wealthy business consultant for the inn who Enishi cannot say no to. She later becomes his wife, making her Ohana's aunt.
  • Tsundere: Seems to act like one towards Enishi in Episode 17.
  • Zany Scheme: For a business consultant, she sure loves dishing out erratic plans to improve the inn's public image.

    Taro Jiromaru 
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Age: 31
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe

A customer (and eventually part-time worker) at Kissuiso and supposedly a famous novelist.
  • Male Gaze:
    • Does a bit of one to Ohana in Episode 1, briefly distracting her and accidentally letting Minko's futon fall on two customers.
    • And she along with Minko and Nako are the main characters in his novel... and it's that genre.
    • Appears again from Episode 8, when he's sent room to room to evaluate which of the new guests might be a hot springs inn reviewer. The room with the two women gets particular scrutiny.
    • This happens again in Episode 13 when Satsuki undresses in front of him and he's Distracted by the Sexy.

    Denroku "Beanman" Sukegawa 
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Age: 73
Voiced by: Cho

Kissuiso's janitor and head of its maintenance section. Denroku is nicknamed "Beanman" because he shares the same surname as a bean-selling company and has worked at Kissuiso since it first opened.

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