Begining in April 2011, Hanasaku Iroha appeared to be one of the bigger shows this year. Through the first 15 episodes, the show had many ups and downs, but ended on a strong note. After the obligatory swimsuit arc which provided much-needed development to Yuina, the series started to focus on characters rather than an overall plot. This continues into Volume 6, released this past Wednesday in Japan. BDInfo/Photobucket screencaptures album
After a rough patch around episode 5-7, Hanasaku Iroha began a very well executed couple of arcs with episodes 8-9 and 11-12. These two arcs, combined with this volume’s episode 13, ended the first cour of the show on a strong point. Unfortunately, this strong ending to the cour was not followed upon with the two corresponding arcs. And so we begin the low point (IMO) of Hanasaku Iroha with BD volume 5! BDInfo/Photobucket Album
Sorry for the long delay between reviews, all I can say is that it’s been quite busy for me lately. Hopefully I’ll be able to get the next volume’s review up quicker. It comes out Friday, so I should get it really soon. That being said, this volume of To Aru Kaguku no Railgun focuses on the background characters that typically don’t get much focus in many shows.
Volume 6 contains the same extras that the other sets did: the main volume BD, a special CD containing 4 episodes of the radio show in mp3 format, another short story from Index, and another 12 page booklet. Continue reading