In April we took a look at Hansaku Iroha Blossoms For Tomorrow Premium Box Set Vol. 1. This time around we bring you the second box set that concludes the series. Like volume 1 the set comes inside a hardcover slipcase decorated with high quality art, an art book, and both Bluray and DVD copies containing episodes 14-26. Again the art book has plenty of interviews with the staff but it focuses more on the anime's artwork and the layout corrections made to select scenes for each character.
Our main character Ohana continues to work at Kissuiso but just when she grows accustomed to her job as a hot spring inn attendant, Kissuiso's financial stability becomes an issue. In an opportunity to have a movie filmed at Kissuiso is offered and this may or may not help with attracting more visitors to the inn. The fate of the inn is in question as a decision for its future must be made.
The second part of Hansaku Iroha features lots of character development as it begins with Ohana and her friends attending their school trip to an inn run by their classmate Yunia's distant relative. Lots of hilarity insures and there is tons of backstory surrounding Yunia as she was a less important character in the first half. The following episodes have plenty of fan service but it stays on the tasteful side and is never in your face. If anything its more entertaining and silly then annoying.
As always the animation is beautiful and always stays constant throughout the show. it truly shines in the lighting and environmental background department. There is tons of comedy and tear jerking scenes that are filled with drama. The visuals make the watcher truly feel like they are a part of the show.
Both sets are now available for $55.99 each on the NIS America Store and make a great addition to anyone's anime collection. NIS America announced at Anime Expo that they will be releasing the movie Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home in the near future. Future anime releases from NIS America include Daily Lives of High School Boys and YURUYURI Season 1.