Set during Japan's Taishō era (1912-1926), a girl named Haru Asagi works as a maid of the Miyanomori family, which is headed by one of Japan's most powerful magnates. However, the family head suddenly announces that he is retiring, so one of his six sons must assume control of the family.
Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku: Kinetograph is yet another typical reversed harem shoujo series set in the early 20th century of Japan's Taisho era.
I'm not a fan of doing a review based on the first episode, but if my deduction is correct, it will take the most common course of action.
Story: The story itself is quite intriguing - the head of the Miyanomori family has many sons from different wives. He plans on retiring, but he will leave the inheritance to only one of them. All of the sons have 10 months to make the old colonel happy. How? That's for them to decide.
The downside of it all is the main character Haru Asagi, a commoner working as a maid in the mansion.
Art and Sound: Not too good, but decent and enjoyable. great variety of different pretty girls and boys with nice voice acting.
Characters: As I already mentioned, Haru is the weakest spot in the whole plot. She's your usual damsel in distress. A naive, clumsy countryside girl with (supposedly) a big heart. She gets picked on by the Miyanomori sons, but will not stop working there because Haru has a family back home to take care of. All of the sons differ in their approach to life, Haru and looks. So there is plenty to choose from (the common style of visual novels).
Enjoyment: Being a fan of traditional shoujo manga and anime, this is worth watching, if there is nothing better on your plan-to-watch list, but don't expect too much of it. The quirky kind of shy romance will definitely be presented and enjoyed.
Overall: Maybe I'm just getting old and grumpy, but the main character being completely clueless and weak just gets on my nerves nowadays (especially when Amnesia is also ongoing at the same time). It's simply too predictable, that Haru will conquer the hearts of all the sons one by one with her dedication and never ending kindness, no matter how harsh they would treat her. I will of course continue watching it and hope for some mind blowing experience, but I wouldn't even bet my chocolate spongecake on it.read more
Let me start off by saying that when I first started watching this OVA I thought that even though the guys were complete douchebags to the female lead, they would eventually warm up and even develop feelings for her.
that's normally how romantic harems go right?
well I hate to be the bear of bad news but not this one kids
This anime is a complete and utter waste of time, it started off with the whole hopeless maid story going then ended up taking a completely different turn in the second episode, a plot turn, in which I found completely boring and had nothing to do with the female lead.
I kept watching in hopes there would be some sort of romantic plot twist
Boy was I disappointed.
Two hours of my life I will never get back. read more
To be blunt, this OVA was a complete waste of my time: I've never given such low ratings pior nor, I doubt, will I do again.
My patience was immensely tested throughout the span of these two episodes; I kept watching hope against hope that there would be a spark of brilliance of plot twist or character development. But all I seemingly did was watch a young girl fall, break things, cry, and apologize repeatedly for two hours, and the men around her acting without the decorum that suits their high status. The first few minutes of the first episode tricked me into thinking this will be a glamorous, multi-tiered family drama. Boy, had I been disappointed.
I feel sympathetic towards the artists and designers who had to deal with this.read more
Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku: Kinetograph is quite a nasty anime in the beginning. The guys is hot but were to cruel to the MC i found myself wanting to have a comeback at them. I like Reverse Harem but most of the RH anime the MC is always so pure and a pushover and could be known as a slut. But this Anime is quite to my liking. The MC is quite naive but she has a good points... The guys however annoy me most of the time but since they are good looking and hilarious i let it slide sometimes . They are times i almost throw my phone.
The voice of the character doesnt fit with the face.
I would really hope if they had more episode in the future to be able to satisfy me instead of the feeling as if they could be 3 season and it just stop short.read more