Monday, May 23, 2011

Hanasaku Iroha Episode 7--Survival Game

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A much better episode this time around, combining humor with much-needed character development for Tomoe, the head waitress, as the inn deals with a difficult group of customers.

Screenshots
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One of the main driving factors in this episode.

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Regrets?

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Grandma continues to be awesome.

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*rimshot*

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Stalking schoolgirls is serious business.

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Says the person who isn't being chased.


Pedobear didn't teach them camouflage.

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It was going to happen eventually.

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And the award for best death glare goes to--

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I want to quote this line out of context.

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I wonder why these guys don't just play Call of Duty.

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Last week it was China dresses, and this week it's crazy survival gamers...

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And get fired! Yeah!

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I get the feeling that this was Crunchyroll taking liberties with the script again, but man was it funny.

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Well, it would be, if you were dealing with the average customer...

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Inn = army

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Should've gone for a combo move.

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I wonder if Minchi is really that good at cooking or if these guys have gone without normal food for so long that anything would taste awesome to them.

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Time to change strategies.

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This scene reminds me of a different anime...

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Quoting Scarface might have worked better...

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And going out with style.

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Sniper no sniping!

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Took out a squadron and gained the respect of her juniors. A good day.

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Glad to see that there are no hard feelings.

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And they part as allies.

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If you can survive that, you can survive anything in the waitressing world.

Thoughts
Much better! It may still not be drama, but the combination of character development with humor made this an enjoyable episode. I can't think of a recent anime that portrays the average working woman the way that Tomoe was presented this episode, which was refreshing. And despite the fact that the plot was basically "character attempts to do wrong but always accidentally does right," which comes up a lot in comedy shows, the fact that Tomoe's opponent was a Fumoffu-styled squadron created something really funny to watch. While the end of the episode basically put everything back to normal, I'm glad that we got to see a little bit of her life outside of work, which adds to her depth as a character. Now I'm wondering if the other characters will get this kind of treatment too. Judging by the preview for the next episode, however, the show is going back to straight drama and focusing on Ohana. I'm glad that things appear to be going back on track after last episode's detour.

Screenshots from Crunchyroll.com.

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