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“The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”

Minko was my most underrated character last summer. To be honest, I dislike her tantrums and grumpiness because these seemed to be so immature and exasperating.  However, I’m not going to deny the fact that I really enjoyed her confrontations and arguments with Ohana. Most importantly, I learned from her that when it comes to devotion and impressing the person you like, just prepare the legendary love food omeretsu with heart–and voila! Your feelings will be instantly transmitted to your crush.

But of course, aside from Minko’s omeretsu, I enjoyed how Hanasaku Iroha showed exquisite food presentation. It’s so good in showcasing the Japanese’s way of preparing food and how they delicately arrange different kinds of cuisines in one table. Also, I particularly loved its opening songs because it’s so good in illustrating the art of hospitality and good housekeeping. The animation was superb, right on beat with the music, and very creative in showing a top-notch customer service.