Ranked #1548


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
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.491 (scored by 14082 users)
Ranked: #15482
Popularity: #979
Members: 35,506
Favorites: 139
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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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Aired  Jul 8, 2014 to Sep 23, 2014
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Adaptation: Hanayamata

Characters & Voice Actors

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


Ishizuka, Atsuko
Fujita, Akiko
Sound Director
Yoshida, Reiko
Script, Series Composition
Tanaka, Hidekazu
Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Arrangement

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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.

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Sep 30, 2014
I just finished watching Hanayamata and I didn't regret picking up this anime after all.. :3 Why? Let me explain..

Story 7/10
Hanayamata is about 5 middle school girls creating yosakoi (Japanese unique traditional dance, combining traditional with modern music) club. It brings up school club theme commonly used in a lot of anime & manga recently. Despite having light, predictable story, it is still interesting.

It has the goodness of shojo and slice of life anime - cute and girly, light yet with values about life and friendship - and uses it to its fullest. It is not overly dramatic, emotional or patronizing. It feels natural, especially 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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Sep 24, 2014
What am I doing writing this review??. . . . . I have no idea! I'm sick, I'm bored, and I suck at writing reviews. But here goes!

As always when starting a new series you have to know what you're getting into.
For what it is Hanayamata is very charming although it's very basic. Is it bad?? Absolutely not! Could it have been more interesting maybe.

The story:
Our main Naru is a plain girl who doesn't stand out in anything and has no idea what she wants to do in life. She meets the transfer student(big surprise) Hana, who tries to get her to dance Yasakoi with read more
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A small group of girls trying to start a music-and-dance-related club in their school. They struggle to recruit members, and their goal is to participate in a competition. Cute girls doing cute things.
Both shows are slice of life anime about a bunch of cute girls. The "main" girl joins a club even though she doesn't know much about the subject of the club, but they have a little trouble creating the club due to a lack of members and advisor. Yui from K-On can be seen as a mix of the both main chars in Hanayamata since she is not very confident, like Naru, but she's enthusiastic and lively like Hana.
K-On! is about music and Hanayamata is about Yosakoi dancing, also K-On! is a lot more lively overall. However, both shows mainly aim to being "cute" and have slight Yuri subtitles due to a lack of male characters.
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It's both slice of life and they have the same kind of feeling to it. It has some cute elements in it, and both have a blonde foreign main girl. I bet that if you liked one, you'll like the other as well.
Lighthearted slice of life series about a club of friends joining together. Tari Tari and Hanayamata has a sense of youth. And with that, they grow together as classmates, as club members, and as friends. While both series does have slice of life themes, they also have an ongoing story relating to their club. They demonstrate the potential of their club to the world to see with their best efforts. It's also noticeable that in both series, characters are explored individually through flashbacks and relationships with others. I recommend both series for any viewers who are interested in a slice of life show with club antics.
Both are about a girl who meets a "fairy" that wants to show her new world. While Hanayamata is more slice of life, Tobira wo Akete is more dementia.
Although these 2 shows differentiate each other such as one takes place in the near future, while the other takes place on the present day, they are quite the same in terms of format and genre. It features 5 main characters, with a slice of life moe format, about doing there daily lives in school. Although they have goals that they must do; one shows that they are determined to do a performance, while the other is preventing their school of shutting down.

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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