Hanasaku Iroha (花咲くいろは) is a 26-episode anime produced by P.A. Works and directed by Masahiro Ando originally aired from April 3, 2011 to September 25, 2011.
Upon returning from school one day, Ohana Matsumae learns that her mother is going on a moonlight flit with her boyfriend to escape from debt and they are sending her to live with her estranged grandmother in the country. Ohana arrives where to realize that her grandmother is the owner of a Taisho period hot spring inn called Kissuiso. She begins working at Kissuiso at her grandmother's request, but finds herself at odds with many employees and customers at the inn. Initially feeling discouraged, she decides to use her circumstances as an opportunity to change herself for the better and to make amends with her deteriorating relationship with the Kissuiso's staff for a more prominent future.
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|1.||Sixteen Years of Age, Spring, Still Buds
"Jū Roku-sai, Haru, Mada Tsubomi" (十六歳、春、まだつぼみ)
Upon returning from school one day, Ohana Matsumae learns that her mother is going on a moonlight flit with her boyfriend to escape from debt and they are sending her to live at her estranged grandmother's hot spring inn in the country. When her best friend, Kōichi Tanemura, hears of this, he confesses his love for Ohana before running off. As Ohana arrives at Kissuisō, she makes a bad first impression with one of the employees, Minko Tsurugi, before being informed by her grandmother, Sui Sujima, that she is to work at the inn to earn her keep. She is shown around the inn by the head mistress, Tomoe Wajima, and another employee, Nako Oshimizu. When Ohana notices the hard work Minko has to do, she tries to do something nice for her by airing out her futon, but it ends up falling off a ledge and landing near some customers. After Minko is slapped by Sui for Ohana's mistake, Ohana demands to be slapped even harder, though Minko still tells her to 'die!'.
|April 3, 2011|
|2.||Vengeance is a Staff Meal
"Fukushū Suru wa, Makanai ni Ari" (復讐するは、まかないにあり)
Sui instructs Nako to train Ohana to become a housekeeper, though she is quite shy about it. When Nako has to attend to another duty, Ohana, having been taught to only rely on herself, cleans another room by herself, where the author Tarō Jirōmaru is staying. When the staff's breakfast is cancelled due to an error by Minko in the kitchen, Ohana makes breakfast for everyone, though this only serves to irritate Minko further. Afterwards, Tarō complains that some drafts for his story have gone missing from his room which Ohana had cleaned earlier, having not been informed by Nako beforehand. After Sui instructs the others to go to resume their duties rather than search for the draft, junior chef Tōru Miyagishi takes Ohana to pick up some luggage. As Tōru mocks Ohana's ability to take care of herself, Ohana inadvertently tells him to 'die' which nearly causes him to crash. Feeling guilty about it and taking a walk to reflect upon herself, Ohana decides to speak her mind against Minko and Nako, wanting to cook them their least favourite foods tomorrow as payback. The next day, Ohana finds Tarō's draft, which turn out to be erotic stories using her and the other employees as characters, but is discovered by Tarō.
|April 10, 2011|
Minko and Nako discover Ohana has gone missing, as she has been confined by Tarō, who admits he was trying to come up with a sex novel to pay his hotel bill. When he is discovered by Nako and the others, he attempts to make a run for it by stealing one of the inn's vans, so all of the staff get in a car and give chase. They eventually find him at a seaside cliff where he jumps into the sea, but Nako dives in to save him from drowning. As Tarō laments his lack of talent, Ohana slaps him then tells him that, even though his novel is perverted, they showed a side of Ohana she never knew about herself before. Afterwards, they arrange for Tarō to work at the inn to pay off his bill. Renji and Tōru cook up a meal with portable stoves from the back of the car. Their meal has plenty of spinach (Minko's least favorite food) and so Ohana takes the chance to serve Minko a bowl-full of it in place of the revenge meal Ohana had prepared for her earlier. Later that night, Ohana finds notes Minko wrote on devising an alternative insult to 'die', and also receives a text from Kōichi.
|April 17, 2011|
"Aosagi Rapusodī" (蒼鷺ラプソディー)
The first day of the school trimester starts for Ohana, Minko and Nako, and Ohana soon finds herself popular with the other students in the class, including Yuina Wakura, who works at a rival hot springs inn, the Fukuya Inn. As Ohana tries to figure out how to respond to Kōichi's text, she and Nako go to the Fukuya Inn concerning the neighbourhood watch where they encounter a grey heron, before visiting a temple, where Nako talks about how she wants to get rid of her timidness. Later, Ohana learns that Minko actually has a crush on Tōru. As Ohana tries to apologise to Minko about it, they both witness Tōru picking up Yuina on his motorbike.
|April 24, 2011|
"Namida no Itamae Bojō'" (涙の板前慕情)
As Minko continues to be downhearted from the other day, she overhears Ohana, Nako and Tomoe talking with Tarō, who claims Tōru had been scouted by Fukuya Inn. Tomoe reveals to Ohana that it was Tōru that allowed Minko, who wanted to become a chef, to work at Kissuisō. After a failed attempt to get Minko to show her true feelings, Ohana goes by herself to the Fukuya Inn, where she learns from Yuina that Tōru was simply filling in for an absent chef for the day, and she herself only wanted to have a ride on his motorbike. Afterward, Minko allows Ohana to call her by her nickname, while Ohana finally responds to her text from Kōichi.
|May 1, 2011|
Kissuisō is visited by a management consultant named Takako Kawajiri, wanting to revitalize the inn by having the waitresses wear new outfits. However, attempts to dress Ohana and Nako up in new outfits fares badly with the customers. After Takako takes her leave, Ohana's uncle, Enishi Shijima, feels depressed that his efforts to help the inn are always rejected by Sui. As Ohana feels she should do something to help improve business, the janitor, Denroku Sukegawa, takes her to a secret room filled with old uniforms made by Sui over the years. Ohana and Nako decide to give these a try, which proves to be a hit with the customers.
|May 8, 2011|
|7.||All Quiet on the Kissui Front
"Kissui Sensen Ijō Nashi" (喜翠戦線異常なし)
Tomoe is pressured by her mother to attend a marriage interview in a week. Meanwhile, Kissuisō pays host to a group of rowdy 'survival gamers' who take their roleplay very seriously and cause various troubles for the employees. Planning to quit her job and return home, Tomoe decides to try to drive the gamers out and get fired. However, her attempts to irritate the gamers have the opposite effect, responding well to the gamers and making her appreciated by the other employees. As a result, Tomoe decides not to return home as she enjoys working at Kissuisō.
|May 15, 2011|
Ohana learns from Yuina that the Fukuya Inn is to be featured in a magazine, taking on a mystery guest. Meanwhile, Kissuisō gets a sudden surge of customers with Nako and Tōru on their day off, but as Sui prepares to put in her share of the work, she suddenly starts feeling pain and is taken into hospital. After Ohana is told to return to work, she gets a call from Kōichi, who tries to tell her he is on his way to visit her, but she is unable to hear it. Arriving back, the staff, along with Takako, suspect that the inn may be hosting mystery guests from one of the magazines, suggesting that they prioritize their service over the other customers. However, after finding Sui's accounting book, Ohana stands up against her, saying that all customers need to be treated equal. Needing extra support to deal with the large number of customers, Ohana calls in Nako before going off to find Tōru, who is attending a wedding.
|May 22, 2011|
|9.||The Longest Day at Kissuisō
"Kissuisō no Ichiban Nagai Hi" (喜翆荘の一番長い日)
Ohana ends up finding Tōru with the encouragement from Kōichi. He tries to book a stay in order to see Ohana except the rooms were full and he went home. Tōru says that if Ohana thinks he could solve the problem at Kissuisō, then he'll just have to fix it. While Tōru and Ohana travel back to Kissuisō, Kōichi passes by them in the train but does not realise. During the journey back Ohana uses Tōru's helmet and wonders if all boys' hair smell like scent in the helmet. In the end, they pull through and tend to every customer. A woman and her mother were actually the people who were from the magazine and due to Ohana's motto that every customer is equal, Kissuisō received a good rating. The Manager comes back from the hospital at the end. Ohana sends a text message to Kōichi, expressing her gratitude while Kōichi is working. After receiving it Kōichi gets called by one the female workers to help look for something.
|May 29, 2011|
|10.||A Slight Fever
As a result of constantly getting up early to help clean, Ohana collapses with a fever and is told to rest for the day. Tōru makes her some porridge and becomes slightly enamoured by her solemn appearance. Minko starts to become a bit jealous of the attention Tōru gives to Ohana. As various members visit Ohana and tell her to stay in bed, Ohana gets a strange dream where she is at the temple and Kōichi appears telling her to come back, Kissuisō doesn't need her. There is a little girl and a young fox hiding while watching Ohana. This dream worries Ohana about whether the Kissuisō even needs her. However, just as she is writing out a text to Kōichi about possibly going home, Minko and Nako convince her that she's still needed. She falls asleep and finds herself in the dream again where she tells Kōichi that she wants to stay at Kissuisō. The little girl and the young fox can still be seen watching her during the dream.
|June 5, 2011|
"Yoru ni Hoeru" (夜に吼える)
After the Kissuisō gets a scathing review in a magazine, it becomes apparent that all the hot spring inns in the area are receiving poor reviews whilst a newly constructed hotel is being praised. Wanting to get to the bottom of this, Ohana heads to Tokyo to find out who's responsible for the review, which turns out to be her mother, Satsuki. She reveals she wrote a poor review under orders from higher ups, which annoys Ohana, who had been bottling up her annoyances with her. When Satsuki refuses to go to Kissuisō to give her true opinion, Ohana decides to stage a protest. Whilst doing so, she decides to visit Kōichi, only to notice another girl seemingly attached to him. After hearing from Kōichi that the girl, Igarashi, has an unrequited love for him, Ohana feels guilty and runs off into the rain in tears, but is found by Minko and Tōru.
|June 12, 2011|
After spending the night at a hotel with Minko and Tōru, Ohana suggests that they kidnap Satsuki and force her to come to the Kissuisō, with Tōru only agreeing if they take Kōichi with them as well. Whilst Minko and Tōru visit Tokyo's various restaurants, Ohana runs into Igarashi, who tells her that she needs to decide what her feelings for Kōichi are. After she gets a call back from Kōichi, who tells her about how he visited the Kissuisō whilst Ohana was searching for Tōru at the time, Ohana feels guilty and decides not to take Kōichi back to the Kissuisō with her. After joining up with Minko and Tōru, the group goes to see Satsuki, who decides by herself to go to the Kissuisō. When Tōru's asks Satsuki about why she changed her mind, she replies that it's because Ohana reminded her of herself when she was younger.
|June 19, 2011|
"Shijima no Onna ~ Shōshin MIX ~" (四十万の女～傷心MIX～)
The staff members of Kissuisō wait and try to mentally prepare for Satsuki's arrival. Sui places Nako in charge of taking care of Satsuki, while the others speculate on whether or not that is a good idea. Arriving, Satsuki comments on how the inn hasn't changed at all from her years as a child, and criticizes constantly on how everything is done. However, Sui states that, in order to properly satisfy a customer that one must observe them on their first stay to see what that customer prefers, adding that even though it is Satsuki's first stay in the inn, it is not her first time being there. Sui and Ohana work together to make a list of what Satsuki likes. After a night of drinking, Satsuki, Ohana, and Sui all begin to understand each other a little better, and Satsuki leaves the next morning after writing a new, positive and praising review of Kissuisō. Ohana sorts out her feelings about Kōichi and, after a tearful realization, shouts her thanks to him for watching over her and says her farewells.
|June 26, 2011|
Kore ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi (これが私の生きる道)
Ohana's school goes on a field trip to another hot spring inn, run by Yosuke Himawari, who is Yuina's distant relative and her alleged fiancé. They visit the beach, where a boy who was previously turned down by Minko before tries his luck again. Later that night, Ohana and Nako overhear Yosuke asking Yuina if she wanted to come work at his inn when she graduates. The next day, a group of part-timers working at the inn decide they want to quit. As Yosuke becomes irritated by this, Yuina tells him that people will only do things they enjoy doing, declining Yosuke's offer of running his inn.
|July 3, 2011|
Mame, Nochi, Hare (マメ、のち、晴れ)
The inn becomes troubled over becoming shorthanded, but reject Ohana's offer to help out. However, she feels she needs to do something and, after the inn becomes unable to find replacement waitresses, they accept Ohana's help, with Minko and Nako deciding to help her out as well. However, the robotic system that assists with dishes breaks down, so Ohana suggests that they send the customers to have a bath before dinner to give them extra time to set up the tables. As Ohana and the others work on the tables, getting help from the other students, Yuina visits Yosuke and, after hearing that he might want to marry someone like Ohana, decides to break her habit of not working and help him clean the baths. After dinner, Yosuke allows the girls to use the hot springs. As the field trip comes to an end, Yosuke decides to rethink his training whilst Yuina decides to work harder herself.
|July 10, 2011|
Ano Sora, Kono Sora (あの空、この空)
Enishi brings in Tetsuo Isami, a movie producer who wants to film in Yunosagi and use the Kissuiso as a locale for a movie, and to his surprise, Sui allows him to do as he pleases. The next day, the lead actresses are brought in, whilst camera tests are held and Ohana and co. are asked to clean a pool. As work progresses, Enishi laments how he always felt Satsuki was more suited to work at Kissuiso than he was.
|July 17, 2011|
Pūru on Za Hiru (プール・オン・ザ・ヒル)
Satsuki calls Sui, warning her that there might be something fishy about the film crew. The next day, they hear the project has been called off, putting Enishi in a tough spot as he had paid them a lot of money. Satsuki later calls him, telling him that the producer was a scam artist trying to pay off his debts. As Enishi and Takako argue over the incident, they fall into the pool together and reconcile. After Sui explains her situation to the neighbourhood association, she commends Enishi for his defense of Takako.
|July 24, 2011|
Ningyo Hime to Kaigara Bura (人魚姫と貝殻ブラ)
Nako has always been worried about her personality, which falters outside of her home. As Nako gets a larger bonus on payday, she becomes worried that she needs to change in order to deserve that amount. Later that day, she, Ohana, Minko and Yuina go shopping, where she ends up splashing out in the hopes of changing, though doesn't feel she has at the end of the day. The next day, Nako decides to go to work with the same attitude she has at home, but it ends up backfiring against her. When she asks Sui about why she got a high bonus, she explains it was as thanks from a customer who followed her advice, praising her for the personality she has at Kissuiso, which cheers Nako up.
|July 31, 2011|
Dorodoro Omuraisu (どろどろオムライス)
As a school festival approaches, Ohana's class decides to do a Princess Café, assigning Yuina and Minko in key roles, whilst Nako's is put on the festival committee. Hearing that Tōru is planning to visit, Minko decides to take her position in the cooking department seriously. However, Minko angers the other members of the food team when she rejects their request for rice omelette, so Minko decides to do everything herself.
|August 7, 2011|
Ai Kōrinsai (愛・香林祭)
It's the day before the school festival so Minko wakes early, buys the ingredients, and starts prepping with the unwanted help of Ohana. When Nako asks to have omelette rice for lunch, Minko, unfazed, makes a perfect omelette rice dish. Adding Ohana's twist to the dish, they decide to also serve it on the menu of Class 2-A's princess cafe. Tōru arrives and Minko adds a big ketchup heart around his omelette rice. After they see from the class building that the campfire was lit, Minko, Ohana, Yuina, Nako, and her classmate decide to go down and take a look.
|August 14, 2011|
Yomigaeru Shine (蘇る、死ね)
|August 21, 2011|
Ketsui no Kataomoi (決意の片思い)
As preparations for Enishi and Takako continue, Ohana gets a call from Satsuki, who talks about the one-sided love she had for Ohana's late father, and decides to continue her own one-sided crush on Kōichi. Later, as Minko continues her antagonistic attitude towards Ohana, the two end up fighting, during which Tōru overhears about Minko's crush on him. He then comforts her, admitting that he has a liking for Ohana, but still holds Minko's feelings in regard. Minko decides she won't give up on her crush on Tōru and makes up with Ohana, allowing Enishi and Takako's wedding to go smoothly. After the wedding, Sui announces that Denroku is planning to retire from Kissuiso and that his logs, along with Kissuiso, will be sealed up.
|August 28, 2011|
Yume no Otoshimae (夢のおとしまえ)
As Ohana contemplates what she should do if the Kissuiso closes down, Sui asks her to go to Tokyo alongside Takako, who wants to try to reclaim the money Enishi lost. Meanwhile, Satsuki encounters Kōichi, who reveals that he hasn't dumped Ohana and wants to know more about her. Satsuki then takes him to her office where she shows him footage from the cancelled film so he can see how she works at the Kissuiso. Upon arriving in Tokyo, Ohana and Takako manage to locate and apprehend Inashi. Afterwards, Ohana and Kōichi run into each other.
|September 4, 2011|
Rasu Bosu wa Shijima Su (ラスボスは四十万スイ)
After spending some time with him, Ohana invites Kōichi to come to the Bonbori Festival before leaving Tokyo again. As Ohana arrives back at the Kissuiso, they start getting a flood of reservations thanks to a positive review written by Satsuki. However, Sui insists that she intends to close the Kissuiso down after the Bonbori Festival. The next day, Sui takes Ohana with her to visit her husband's grave, where Sui suddenly collapses. Sui explains that she wanted to close Kissuiso down so the others could do what they want. Upon returning to the Kissuiso, the others are at odds with Sui, with only Ohana offering to help out with the Bonbori Festival preparations.
|September 11, 2011|
Watashi no Suki na Kissuiso (私の好きな喜翆荘)
With the growing number of reservations, Ohana grows concerned about the changes Kissuiso is making and the lack of sleep the employees are getting. She is also finds herself at odds with some of the others for siding with Sui. Ohana tells Nako about what Sui told her, who tells her why her opinion differs. Things turn bad for the Kissuiso when Tomoe sprains her ankle on the day before the festival, but Sui and Satsuki arrive to fill in as waitresses and together they manage to make it through the day of the festival. Afterwards, everyone goes to the Bonbori festival.
|September 18, 2011|
Hanasaku Itsuka (花咲くいつか)
As everyone explores the Bonbori festival, Ohana, who now dreams of being just like Sui goes to meet up with Kōichi, finally confessing her feelings for him. After the festival, a farewell party is held for Denroku, where Enishi announces that he agrees to the Kissuiso being shut down until he feels he is talented enough to run it properly. As the Kissuiso closes down the next day and everyone parts ways, Sui sees off Ohana, who promises to return someday, giving her Denroku's log as a keepsake.
|September 25, 2011|