After their performance goes bad, things slowly start falling apart for the girls in the Yosakoi Club. Can they patch the problems, or have they danced their first and last dance?

Here’s my review!

Last week left us with Naru sitting on the stage, stunned, scared and in tears. She’s fallen down again, much like what happened back in elementary school. She’s failed them, Yaya, Tami, Hana, Sally and even Machi. She’s let them all down when they needed this to be their best. But while Naru may be down, she’s never out. The girls help her back to her feet, telling her the world’s not over and they finish the routine.

Back stage after they’ve finished Naru is still distraught, but that’s only a fraction of the problem. Hana suddenly collapses! Turns out she wasn’t feeling well during the whole performance but opted not to tell them because she didn’t want to get them distracted with her. If you remember back to last week, Yaya actually asked Hana at one point why her face looked so pink; initially thought she was just really nervous and her face turned pink because of that (like that actually makes any sense) but this week answered that.

So we have a three day skip here and they’re all back at school. Obviously they didn’t win any prize or award for the performance, but that doesn’t bother the girls. Hana is also back and feeling better as well, good to see her back on her feet so quickly. Up on the roof top later, Naru apologizes once again, saying she stills feels so weak and no up for this; but Yaya and Tami are there to comfort her. Both of them have known Naru for a long time and they’ve always helped her back up when she’s fallen. It’s nice to see how they both take such good care of Naru throughout all those years, true Naru needs to get to the point where she doesn’t need to rely on others, but until that point, Yaya and Tami will look after her well.

From here on in the drama starts and it goes till the end of the ep. Machi informs them that the Yosakoi Club will be shut down at the end of the term, unless they can do something. Why, you may ask? Well it turns out that the Yosakoi Club was never made official because only full time teachers can be advisers, and Sally being only temporary, can’t make their club official. Sally never told the girls about this though as they were all so fixated on the performance that this would just ruin everything.

The drama continues as the history between Machi and Sally finally comes to light. As we learned in the last ep, Sally and Machi aren’t on the best of terms, that much is evident, but this time around we learn why. Machi views Sally as very irresponsible, quick to abandon someone when in need, not cut out to be a teacher at all, and not cut out to be a sister either.

The majority of this ep is a lot of dialog that dives into the back story of all this and how Machi went from admiring her older sister to despising her when she left home. Machi can’t understand why Naru, Hana, Yaya and Tami want her as club adviser as she’s only let them down in the end; her point is reenforced when they learn of Sally quitting and leaving the school. Now with no adviser and time running out, the future of the Yosakoi Club is looking very grim.

I like Tami tries so hard to get them to make up and be on even ground again, her methods ranging from getting them to eat lunch together, to putting letters int Machi’s shoe locker. It was nice to see Tami never lost her sense of humor despite the dire situation. The scene where Tami brings Machi up to the roof to show her that Sally really does care about the girls was a really nice one, and I also loved how she talked with Machi in the stairway after and told her the truth about why Sally decided to work at their school over any other one.

The ep ends with Sally having taken the exam to become a full teacher and passes, being able to stay at the school and be their club adviser. As Tami and Machi walk home that evening, Tami extends the long awaited invite for Machi to join them in the Yosakoi Club, thus completing the team. While Machi is still very hesitant about joining, she doesn’t rule it and says she’s think it over. Of course she’ll end up joining as the OP/ED both prove that, but that’s for the next ep to deal with.

So here we are going into the final 3 eps. Wow I can’t believe it’s almost over already. In all honesty there isn’t much actual yosakoi in this anime, but more of how yosakoi brings everyone together and helps fix the personal problems the characters are going through. Then again you can’t expect yosakoi each ep, but I think from here on in it’s going to be about the big festival coming up; but I’m guessing there will be that ep 11 sudden problem that will creep up unexpectedly.

Let’s take a look at a few screen shots now.


 

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Down but never out.
Down but never out.

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And there you have it, Hanayamata ep 9. I’m really loving this anime so much right now and I hope you’re enjoying these reviews. So after 9 eps, what are your thoughts on it? Love it? Hate it? Fav character? Thoughts about what’s to come? Let me know in the comments below!

So up next I have… not Glasslip!! Haha I’m not reviewing that shit anymore, so it’s on to Rail Wars ep 10 instead. So expect that review… um… sometime. Probably Sunday or something like that. But as for next week on Hanayamata, here’s what to expect!

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Yes that’s right, a hot springs ep! So get ready to see some naked bodies! Well, I hope at least.

I’ll cya in the next post!


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