About Hanayamata Blu-ray
This Hanayamata collection contains episodes 1-12.
Created in Kochi in 1954, Yosakoi incorporates modern music and classic Japanese dance into a unique fusion performed in teams. However, while Yosakoi has become a growing phenomenon with huge festivals held across Japan, it's never been more than a blip on high school student Naru Sekia's cultural radar.
Not that much has ever really grabbed Naru's attention. She's average in grades, average in sports and in art… really, the only thing that has ever caught her fancy is reading fairy tales. Until the day she encounters her own personal "fairy": Hana, an American exchange student who is determined to start a Yosakoi dancing club at their school.
Entranced by Hana's beauty and skill, Naru and her friends find themselves caught up in the whirlwind world of Yosakoi. It won't be easy and just getting the club sponsored will be a trial, but between the movement, the melodies, and the friendship, Naru may have finally found a fairy tale of her own in Hanayamata!
Special Features: Clean Opening & Closing Animations.
Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
- Publisher: SENTAI FILMWORKS
- Media: Blu-ray
- Spoken Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Comedy
- Themes: School Life, Slice of Life
- Age Rating: 14+
- Run Time: 300
- Release Date: 1/19/2016
- Weight: 0.18
- Region Code: A
Ratings & Reviews
by WALTER -
Naru is quiet, shy, even dull, but she loves fairy tales and dreams of being swept into a magical world. One moonlit night at the local shrine she sees a tiny blond girl dancing atop a tori. A fairy tale scene! At school she meets the dancer again. Her name is Hana, she’s an American transfer student, and she loves Japan. She’s starting a club dedicated to the modern version of traditional Japanese dance called Yosakoi and she wants Naru as her first recruit. Naru’s pal and protector Yaya is skeptical of the noisy foreigner but Naru wants to try. Try she does and somehow she and Hana attract other girls and overcome all obstacles to dance together. From the director of No Game No Life and Sakurasou comes this sweet colorful coming-of-age story. Fun and emotionally satisfying.
A nice, hidden gem of a show
by Ivan -
Hanayamata is one of those quiet little shows that is easy to overlook amid the overhyped shows that are the most talked about in any anime season. But once you stumble across it, you'll wish you'd seen it sooner.
What makes Hanayamata stand out a bit from the usual 'school club at girls' school' show is the characters, and their various motivations for creating, and joining, the new yosakoi dancing club. Unlike so many of these shows, Hanayamata gets the balance right between the club activities and the character's lives in general -- you'll neither drown in details of yosakoi, nor be shown every detail of their family lives either. Just enough of each as appropriate to the story, and yes there is a story and it actually reaches a conclusion.
The opening song will pop into my head now and again, even weeks later, and I find myself smiling. If this is the kind of show you tend to like, you will almost certainly enjoy Hanayamata.