This is what their hard work was for! The Yosakoi Club’s first performance is finally here! But will it all go as planned?
Here’s my review!
I say this each week and I’ll keep saying it: Hanayamata is one really good anime. Not only does it have such cute girls, dazzling art, catchy music, and a simple, yet very enjoyable plot, but it’s one of those anime that are just fun to watch. I’ve been enjoying this one since ep 1 and my love for it has only increased each week.
So this time around the girls are only 1 week away from their first live show and their practicing hard, making sure things are perfect. It’s great to see Yaya finally there with them, enjoying every moment of it. Honestly I’m really starting to take a liking to Yaya more and more each week. I must have a thing for tsundere characters…
Sally is also getting into the whole yosakoi thing a lot more, especially after last week where she started getting the girl to wear cat ears and tails. Not that I’m complaining. So this week she’s also really into the yosakoi thing, more so that Yaya is with the team too. Sally makes a comment though regarding Naru and Tami’s thighs that really discourage them into thinking they’ve gained weight. So you know what’s coming now, a training segment.
Seriously, this reminded me so much of Love Live, ep 7 where Honoka and Hanayo have to go on a diet for Love Live. Just another similar point with the two. Anyways as all this is going on Yaya has been up to something of her own. Remember in ep 6 where we heard Tami’s piano version of the OP they used to do the dance in the classroom? Well musically inclined Yaya has taken this and remixed it, fleshing it out and making it sound so much better. Wow, way to go Yaya!
Back on the training front, Hana points out that maybe Naru and Tami haven’t gotten fat, but rather the weight they’ve gained is actually muscle from all the training they’ve been doing. Whatever the case is, that’s a good enough reason for them to not be so worried anymore. Now with that issue out of the way, all that’s left is to get the choreography down and then they’re pretty much good to go. I liked the montage that followed, showing the girls practicing on the way home, at home, at work and just in they day to day lives, making sure everything is perfect.
The day before the event we have a few key things to take note of. After they finish practicing the routine once final time, Naru is still looking quite nervous, something that Yaya notices. In the Student Council room, Tami and Machi talk over a few snacks and cookies. Tami is really looking forward to this and wants Machi to be there as well, so see all the hard work she’s been doing pay off. Tami also mentions that Sally will be there as well, something that Machi reacts too. Now due to my reading up on the characters, I knew before this ep that Machi and Sally were sisters, so I was just waiting for when this would finally be brought to light.
The night before we check back in with Naru as she nervously tries to get to sleep and not think about the big event tomorrow. She then has a dream. A dream that scares her. A dream of her elementary school days during a cheerleader routine. She’s fallen down and is crying, yet no one stops to help her up, they just keep dancing and leave her there. Yaya is also there and looks very upset about this, but doesn’t leave her position near the back of the group to go help her. It’s a scary dream and she fears it’s something that might happen again during this performance.
The second half of the ep is the crisis part. They scramble to get the train to the city, reach the department store to find it not exactly like they expect, check in at the front desk but as they are filling out the forms, Naru comes to the horrible realization that she doesn’t have the music! Oh man, now what?! Through a process of elimination they come to the conclusion that it’s actually Sally’s fault they don’t have the music because she was the last person to be holding the CD before placing it in her work bag, which she didn’t bring with her.
Ah here we go now! Who could save the day by bringing the music? Well the only other person who would have access to Sally’s bag. Her sister. Machi arrives on the scene sometime later to save the day; it also comes as a huge surprise to everyone that both Machi and Sally are actually related. Honestly had I not read up, I’m not sure I’d have figured it out either, mainly because while they look similar, they’ve never been in the same scene together.
I like how they brought Machi’s character into this and how she’ll eventually end up joining the club at some point. Unlike Tami and Yaya who were just unsure of joining, Machi is pretty much the antagonist in this series; little by little she’s been exposed to yosakoi, Tami’s talked with her about it, she’s seen them trying so hard to get their club recognized, she’s seen the determination of them all, but she hasn’t seen them dance yet. I liked that she chose to stay and watch, even if she’s not on good terms with her older sister, Sally, and has more important things to do, like studying for tests. There still is plenty we don’t know about Machi’s character but this ep gave us a little insight into her life and relationship with Sally. In the coming eps as we near the finale, I’m positive we’ll get more of this as Machi over comes her issues to join the others.
So the time for the actual performance arrives. Everyone is nervous. Yaya’s legs are shaking. Tami’s heart’s pounding. Naru is remembering the past. Hana’s face is bright pink. But nerves aside it’s their turn now. Do or die, win or lose they’re dancing the yosakoi on that stage for not only everyone who’s come to watch, but for Sally and especially Machi.
Things start off shaky though, Naru missing the opening move (no!!) but she recovers and is able to keep pace with everyone else. Things are going swimmingly… but suddenly Naru and Hana are out of step! Things quickly fall apart as Hana and Tami bump into each other trying to catch up, but it’s too late and Naru ends up falling down.
So as first performances go, Team Hanayamata ends up going from a win to a fail. Ugh, I feel bad for them as they put so much work into it, but in the end it just didn’t pan out like they wanted it to. Machi said she wanted it to be perfect too. What will the fall out from this be? We’ll have to wait to next week to find out!
Here are some screen shots from the ep. Enjoy!
So there is ep 8 of Hanayamata! I hope you’re loving this one as much as I am, it’s been really fun to watch and review so far and I’m looking forward to the next few eps. So how are you enjoying it so far? Love it? Hate it? Fav character? Thoughts about what’s to come? Let me know in the comments below!
Up next it’s that time of week again, yep more Glasslip. I’ll have the ep 9 review out soon followed by the Rail Wars ep 9 review. So look forward to those two and here’s what to expect next week from Hanayamata.
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