I'm feeling myself in a bad place with HanaIro right now. I really, really don't want to be the guy who carps every week on how disappointing this series is. But I've blogged it for four months, and seen just how good it can be (and how bad). So I'm not going to stop now, and I'll certainly hope for the best. But in a way, it was better in the beginning when it zagged between great and bloody awful than what the last few episodes have been - a sort of creeping mediocrity.
|I would have if she hadn't|
|That pretty much says it all, Kid...|
My sincere hope is that Mari Okada isn't directly involved in the production of the episodes where she's not credited as the writer (none since 11-13) because I'd like to think she's better than that. The last few have really featured lazy writing - weak slapstick, predictable plots, and "push-button" emotional manipulation to try and make the audience react rather than doing the heavy lifting to get there with character development.
It's the show's own fault, really. It had the temerity to start of well and periodically hit some wonderful dramatic highs, giving me a taste of just what it was capable of. If HanaIro had just been affably mediocre from the beginning a mediocre run of episodes wouldn't faze me. And the truly maddening thing is, the show could just as easily whip out a fantastic and utterly riveting final arc if it finally gets back to the story elements that really matter - Ohana, and her relationship with her mother and Kou. I don't dare stop watching now, just in case.