Synonyms: Hana Yamata
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2014 to Sep 23, 2014
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.191 (scored by 5145 users)
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SynopsisNormal 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.
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Related AnimeAdaptation: Hanayamata
Characters & Voice Actors
UPDATED (Episode 9) 2. september 2014
Remember to take every review with a grain of salt. This is my personal opinion about this anime. After watching 9 episodes, I decided to write this review.
Story (7,4/10): Simple, yet good story. We have our main protagonist Naru. Who is indeed just an ordinary girl, nothing more. But one day she encounters a strange-looking blonde girl, that would change her life forever. This is a slice of life anime with a little bit comedy and some drama involved. This is indeed a dance anime with a lot of moe/kawainess too.
Characters (8.1/10): Some of these characters are quite likeable. There is plenty of character development of each of the members of the group. We have Naru the shy girl. Hana the very energetic/happy girl. Yaya the tsundere girl. Machi the typical student council president girl (she annoys me). Tami the perfect princess/beautiful japanese woman. But yet even though with these generic characteristics, they do not feel 1-dimensional at all at least for me.
Art (9,7/10): This is indeed by Madhouse of course the art is superb/outstading. It's shining out sparkles with vibrant and beautiful colours. Just watch it yourself, cause already in episode 1, you will find the art very beautiful and fitting for the anime.
Sound (8,9): The opening song is very catchy and suits the anime very well, since it is a dance-themed anime. I haven't skipped the opening song a single time yet, just because it is so beautifully well done. The ending song is good too and the voice actors are great, especially Hana's voice actress. Her voice actress fits perfectly well with the character.
Enjoyment (8,1) It can be quite enjoyable at times. The drama can be a cliched, but they do not drag it out like some drama animes. They are doing those cliched dramas a lot better than I expected. Which is both a + and a - because the drama can be cliched and lame at times. Always leaves a smile on me after watching this anime. Also as said with some slice of life humours.
Overall (8,22) I would recommend it for people, who likes moe animes. People who like to just sit back and relax to watch some anime. People who likes to smile. Just watch it and judge it for yourself. All i can say is, that I found this anime very enjoyable. read more
I'll try to make this quick. (spoilers)
This is one of the few animes im currently watching this season and at the beginning i thought "wow this might be a pretty good anime" but my thoughts changed after watching few more episodes.
The art is really nice and has that colorful, sparkle kinda look and its cute but not the best. Sure i said cute but its not like cutecute... its hard to explain...
For the character's voices, personally i dont think the producers made the right choice in the voice actors.
The voices sound weird to me and unfitting. Naru sounds like a 5 year old girl and it just bothers me.
The characters are basic. They have personalities you would see in most school animes :
-Transfer student (Hana)
-Crybaby/weak character (Naru)
-Student council president (Machi)
but not only is Hana a transfer student, shes a transfer student with a extreme passion for japanese culture, a weaboo. Naru is really energetic and happy, which is a good thing but its just too much.
Naru, the shy, quiet student that quickly comes out of her shell once she meets Naru. In my opinion, i find her annoying. The first few episodes were about her being indecisive to join Naru and the unoffical Yosakoi Club, which was a waste of a few episodes and she's a total crybaby. She gets so emotional for the dumbest of reasons and shes the type of character who wants to change. In her words, she wants to "sparkle" and "dazzle" like how Hana and Yaya does.
Tami is Naru's childhood best friend and according to Naru, her princess as well. Tami is almost the perfect japanese girl but with some problems. Her character is in the student council as the vice-President, she gets good grades, used to do ballet, and more but she has daddy complex.
Yaya is in a band, plays the drums, and is Naru's other close friend since childhood and has what seems like a complex over her. At first, Yaya disliked and was jealous of Hana for "taking Naru away(?)" She's fine with Hana now but she probably wont admit it. She the typically tsundere.
In each episode, its basically just unneeded drama added. Its like they are trying so hard to make you cry, feel sad, or some kind of emotion according to the situation. Its like the feeling when you see someone trying so hard to make you laugh at their joke, but its not even funny.
F o r n o w, im giving this anime a 5 as a rating. I just find it more disappointing then i thought it. read more
Slice of life series with a group of characters coming together to do with they love. There is talent that exists among the characters of both series. The energy level is ecstatic with a strong empowerment to the story that drives the series' characters and their goals. Recommended for anyone into a slice of life with purpose.
Love cute girls dancing around in circles? Then look no further since both of these Anime includes cute girls dancing. The girls in both series are mostly on the rooftop practicing whatever they need to practice and the student council doesn't really want them around.
Both anime started out with someone wanting to start a group. It takes time for the groups to be fully developed, meaning that a member or more is introduced into the group as the anime progresses. And seriously, there are certain scenes that felt very similar to each other.
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.
Although Hanayamata has not yet finished airing, it draws many comparisons to K-On!. They both are a slice of life anime that revolves around a group of high school girls that initially struggle to start a club (an increasingly common trend). However K-On! And Hanayamata stand out similarly in regards to their type of club and the directive storyline. In both these anime, the club is centered on a performance based activity, with a light music club in K-On! and a yosakoi dancing club in Hanayamata. Their stories are notable in that they center on the struggles and hardships the girls face, both in their personal lives as well as in pursuing club goals. I greatly appreciate K-On! and Hanayamata’s focus on the bonds and deep friendships the develop, instead of the ecchi and crude humor commonly found in this genre. I would characterize both anime as more than slice of life, due to the nature of the clubs, which provides a strong guiding storyline and a goal the characters strive for, as opposed to simply the daily homogenous club activities, although those can be found intermittently.
K-On!, with its great cast of characters, has been a long time favorite of mine and Hanayamata is shaping up to be as well. There are five main characters in both anime, who throughout the story, develop distinctive characterizations, although Hanayamata seems to rely a bit more on prevalent archetypes. However, as I had mentioned, since Hanayamata is still airing, this may change. There are parallels that can be drawn between the characters in both anime, the most obvious one being Tami from Hanayamata and Tsumugi from K-On!, who are both the rich and proper girl. The others are more debatable but Naru from Hanayamata seems to exhibit the same shyness and lack of confidence as with the popular Mio from K-On!. Another parallel in in the rambunctious and unabashed club leaders, Hana from Hanayamata and Ritsu from K-On!. A new favorite of mine, Yaya from Hanayamata, expresses “tsundere” tendencies, which can be seen in both Mio and Azusa from K-On!, although the K-On! characters are more quiet and reserved. The lead character Yui of K-On! seems to be a bit more unique, perhaps only drawing similar traits of airheadedness and naivety with the lead Naru from Hanayamata. However, as the fifth character from Hanayamata has yet to be fully introduced and implemented into the club, this again, may all change.
Of course, there are still differences to be found between these anime, the main one being their visual style. Hanayamata displays a more airbrushed quality, while K-On!, being produced by Kyoto Animation, has its distinct and recognizable style. Hanayamata also features a unique style in the eyes of the characters, which have been received negatively by some, but I personally find the art to be lovely and refreshing.
Overall, I greatly recommend both anime and if you are a fan of one of them, be sure to watch the other! They are both character based anime with a great driving storyline. Although I am not sure if Hanayamata will rise to the high standard set by K-On!, it is already greatly enjoyable and if it stays its course, may become a great anime in its own right.
PS - I just noticed Hanayamata is the first syllable of all the characters names, which is awesomely cool!
♢ 5 bishoujo
♢ Heroine that isn't confident with herself (Yui - K-ON! and Naru - Hanayama)
♢ A Club that will change their future
Opening Theme"Hanaha Odori Reya Iroha ni Ho (花ハ躍レヤいろはにほ)" 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)]
Ending Theme"Hanayuki (花雪)" by smileY inc.
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