studio : P. A. Works
director : Masahiro Ando
serial run : April 3, 2011 - ongoing
total episode : ?
hime's priority rank : 01
zange's priority rank : 01
for starter, hanairo is one of them early spring 2011 entries which started out really, really strong [ extremely well to our liking ], and simply is the best [ of the best ] for this season definitely, as was hourou musuko and puella magi madoka magica last winter. thus once again, another job well done by p.a. works, and for that they certainly deserve to be awarded with our 'two thumbs up and a standing ovation'-worth level of praise, and may such level of awesomeness felt and seen from the first two episodes aired so far to remain intact with the remaining episodes of the series, and that it won't end up a mixed bag much as angel beats ! was then.
story / plotwise, hanasaku iroha caught our very attention head on with what it has in offer, yes it is. and since the two of us here were both avid fans of slice of life series with an underlying drama set to them well our dearest hanairo here easily got itself inducted into our list of utmost favorites, sparing no moment of hesitation at all indeed. +not to mention it is not that often for us to be blessed with such wonderful privilege of seeing a dramatic slice of life series with much realistic drama injected to it; and that, is somewhat a mild rarity to the genre itself lately, and to which we would greatly sought after each time a gem of this kind and quality were to pop up on our radar.
moving on, the animation / execution / presentation aspect of hanairo for one is remarkably magnificent and fluid, with crisp and vivid visual / art and design overall reminiscing the great, handsome quality seen in highly celebrated titles such as eden of the east and durarara !!, just to name a few. and like yumekui merry, i am personally in love with the overall cinematography / visual direction utilized here and there within the series; for they are very, very interesting and were tastefully done - extremely well enough to please the 'artistic camera work' fan in me.