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Taeko Okajima lives a nondescript life in Tokyo performing office duties in the day and then coming home in the evening to listen to her mother’s remarks on the phone about her unmarried status. In a bid to escape the monotony, Taeko decides to visit the countryside she once loved as a child and spend time on a safflower farm run by relations of hers. But her journey awakens memories she thought she had long abandoned, and Taeko must once again decide the kind of person she truly wants to be.
When it's at its best, Hanasaku Iroha manages to echo ''Only Yesterday's'' nuanced, wonderfully poignant and surprisingly subtle story about youth, growing up and making the best of your lot in life. Both works are proof that slice-of-life stories can be so much more than archetypes doing cute things 24/7.
Lonely Kaoru Nishimi has lost count of how many times he has moved schools thanks to his father's naval career. Newly landed in Kyushu, he finds most of his classmates instantly antagonistic towards him and suspicious of his elite background. Only two other students seem not to mind who he is – the infamously abrasive Sentarou and the gentle Ritsuko. Unbeknownst to Kaoru they have a passion for jazz, and they're about to pull him out of his stiff, joyless world into theirs of loose, swinging self-expression. Through friendship and frustration, love and despair, Kaoru will learn that life has a wealth of experiences in store for him!
Both animes are slife of life dramas about a high schooler who is suddenly in an environment they aren't familiar with and surrounded by relatives who don't seem to like them very much. Both main characters are dealing with having absent parents and both deal with it by throwing themselves into a new hobby or career. Iroha is slightly more comedic, but they both have melodramatic tones and focus on love and romance getting complicated.
The brash Hotori Arashiyama is a far from regular girl with the lofty dream of becoming a genius high school detective, but for now she is working at the Seaside maid café to earn some extra money. Unfortunately the establishment itself is deserted and the teen is far from being the epitome of a gracious maid. Enter Toshiko, Hotori’s friend and classmate, whose expertise and passion for maid cafés – as well has her interest in Sanada, one of the few regular customers – leads her take on the quest to turn Seaside into a bistro to be proud of. However, can a cafe owned by an elderly woman whose solution to everything is curry and staffed by a clueless, foolhardy teenager really become a success, or even attract more than the usual four patrons?
Hana-Saku Iroha and Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru are both about girls with defining personalities who work as waitresses while attending highschool. Though Hana-Saku Iroha is more of a drama and Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru is almost strictly comedy (a typical shaft anime in some senses) it is likely that if you like one, you will like the other as well.
Between unspoken and unrequited love, mysterious happenstance, and the day-to-day affairs of a busy market, life is rarely dull in the Bunny Mountain Shopping Village - especially after Tamako, the happy-go-lucky mochi-maker's daughter, finds a talking exotic bird on a mission! Having traveled a great distance, the creature now seeks a worthy bride for his land's prince - but where in this corner of rural Japan can such a thing be found? Already busy trying to keep the shopping district alive and hanging out with her friends in Baton Club, Tamako can't afford to be distracted by the plucky bird - yet the scoundrel seems to have taken a liking to her and keeps following her around! How will Tamako cope with this visitor intruding on her life?
Tamako Market and Hana-saku Iroha are both slice-of-life stories about girls who are heirs to traditional Japanese businesses. Both heroines are unfailingly cheerful, slightly naive, and aim to enjoy life to the fullest. While Tamako Market is admittedly more cutesy, I think that fans of either show would enjoy the other.