Ranked #1701


Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Hana Yamata
Japanese: ハナヤマタ


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2014 to Sep 23, 2014
Premiered: Summer 2014
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.451 (scored by 17,753 users)
Ranked: #17012
Popularity: #987
Members: 45,378
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Normal appearance, normal intelligence, normal in arts and sports... just normal. This is the entirely normal 14-year-old, Naru Sekiya. While she admires "Heroines" she continues to live a normal life until one moonlit night she meets a fairy. This foreign girl then guides her into the extraordinary world of the yosakoi dance.

(Source: Manga Time Kirara)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Sekiya, Naru
Sekiya, Naru
Ueda, Reina
Ueda, Reina
Fountainstand, Hana N.
Fountainstand, Hana N.
Tanaka, Minami
Tanaka, Minami
Sasame, Yaya
Sasame, Yaya
Okuno, Kaya
Okuno, Kaya
Nishimikado, Tami
Nishimikado, Tami
Ootsubo, Yuka
Ootsubo, Yuka


Ishizuka, Atsuko
Ishizuka, Atsuko
Fujita, Akiko
Fujita, Akiko
Sound Director
Yoshida, Reiko
Yoshida, Reiko
Script, Series Composition
Kanbe, Mamoru
Kanbe, Mamoru

More episodes Episodes(12/12)

Episode Title Aired
1 Shall We Dance?
Shall We Dance? (シャル・ウィ・ダンス)
Jul 8, 2014
2 Jealousy Rose
Jealousy Rose (ジェラシー・ローズ)
Jul 15, 2014
3 Girls' Style
Girls Style (ガールズ・スタイル)
Jul 22, 2014
4 Princess/Princess
Princess Princess (プリンセス・プリンセス)
Jul 29, 2014
5 First Step
First Step (ファースト・ステップ)
Aug 5, 2014

Opening Theme

"Hana wa Odore ya Irohaniho (花ハ踊レヤいろはにほ)" by Team "Hanayamata" (チーム"ハナヤマタ") [Naru Sekiya (Reina Ueda), Hana N. Fontainestand (Minami Tanaka), Yaya Sasame (Kaya Okuno), Tami Nishimikado (Yuka Ootsubo), Machi Tokiwa
(Manami Numakura)

Ending Theme

#1 "Hanayuki (花雪)" by smileY inc. (eps 1-11)
#2 "Hanayuki (花雪)" by Team "Hanayamata" (チーム"ハナヤマタ") [Naru Sekiya (Reina Ueda), Yaya Sasame (Kaya Okuno), Hana N. Fontainestand (Minami Tanaka), Tami Nishigomon (Yuka Ootsubo), Machi Tokiwa (Manami Numakura)] (ep 12)

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Sep 22, 2014
Your first impression of this show is probably spot-on. Yes, it’s a show about cute girls doing cute things. Yes, it’s flowery, adorable, and sweet to the point it makes you cringe. And yes, it’s a typical story about the friendship between five girls in a club setting. On the surface, Hanayamata doesn’t do much to deviate from being the stereotypical anime featuring everyday lives of girls in a school club. Since the anime realm is saturated with these types of anime, you will more or less get what you expected with Hanayamata, especially in terms of the overall plot progression and the character developments.

However, read more
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Sep 22, 2014
There are various rules when one talks about a series related to “Cute Girls Doing Cute Things”. (CGDCT) First, the show must consists of a main female characters cast for at least the core characters. And throughout that series, there are hardly or if any male characters at all. Second, the girls must be doing something cute. This could be anything considered cute whether it’s having a tea party, playing at the beach, singing a song, or planning for a vacation. In the case of Hanayamata, the cute girls performs yosakoi, an unique form of dancing stylized in Japan. And finally, these activities are usually read more
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Sep 22, 2014
(This has been adapted from my reddit thread)

Dancing is usually seen as something different to many people. For some, it is an art form for the human body. And yet for others it is an expression of the soul. When it comes down to it, dancing is what the dancer makes of it. In Hanayamata, Hana, Naru, Yaya, Machi, and Tami come to learn that yosakoi, to them, is a bond of everlasting friendship and love.


Hanayamata starts by introducing Naru, a young girl looking to become more "dazzling." One night, she witnesses a young girl, Hana, dancing beautifully in the moonlight. After becoming friends, Hana read more
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May 20, 2015
Hanayamata is a slice of life, comedy anime based of the manga Manga Time Kirara Forward by Sou Hamayumiba and was created by Madhouse studio. The anime aired from July to September 2014 and lasted 12 episodes long.

Hanayamata’s Plot revolves around 14 years old girl, Naru Sekiya, who has a lack of interests except for fairy tales, until she meets Hana N. Fountainstand, one night and watches her dancing Yosakoi. Together, they create a Yosakoi club at school so they can enter the upcoming Yosakoi, but getting new members is not so easy. The story of Hanayamata may sound like some other anime involving music read more
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