Naru Sekiya, on the cover of volume 1.
"How about you dance along with me?"
Penned and drawn by Sou Hamayumiba, Hanayamata
(ハナヤマタ) is a manga serialized in Manga Time Kirara Forward
since June 2011, with five volumes released by July 2014. A 12-episode anime adaptation by Madhouse premiered during the Summer 2014 Anime
season. Simulcasted by Crunchyroll.
A comedy and optimistic slice-of-life story with several middle-school girls for protagonists. No supernatural or mysteries. No ill will. But yes unhappiness. Here's one for starters, Naru Sekiya condemns herself as an unremarkable, average, inferior girl. Even her closest friend would call her a kid for having fairy tales as the only interest. How things get better? That's the story. But Wait, There's More!
Yosakoi, traditional Japanese dance that hadn't an anime or manga made involving it up until.
A Playstation Vita game by Bandai-Namco entitled Hanayamata: Yosakoi Live
has also been announced.
Hanayamata provides examples of the following: