HanaIro is another show of the spring season that I really enjoyed and the promise of artboxes gave me another reason to collect it. Furthermore, with 3 episodes per disc it’s a little bit cheaper than for example Nichijou. A more detailed article should be available soon on Ultimatemegax blog, so my article is more a collection of photos and screenshots.

Packaging:

The illustration on the artbox was drawn by Mel Kishida and looks gorgeous. It’s also very well made and seems solid.

The case for the Blu-ray offers a nice drawing in the anime’s style and also looks great.

Supplements:

The small book is titled “hanairo notebook  vol.01″ and has 65 color pages.

- 2 pages about the episodes’ contents

- 8 pages with character illustrations and line arts (Ohana and Minko)

- artwork of the box (2 pages)

- storyboards for the opening (19 pages) and the ending (5 pages)

- key animation drawings of the opening and ending (16 pages)

- Jiroumaru’s draft “The Bubble-smothered New Employee Training Session” (thx to ultimatemegax post on mania.com)

 

Disc Contents and other information:

Japanese name: 花咲くいろは 1
Region Code: region free
Disc type: BD25
Catalog No.: PCXG-50091
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video        31920 kbps          1080p / 23.976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: Japanese / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: Japanese / Dolby Digital Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps (character commentary)
Audio: Japanese / Dolby Digital Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps (audio commentary)
no subtitles
BD Info

Picture Quality:

It looks a little bit more crisp than Angel Beats! I think but Ano Hana and Nichijou both look sharper. I saw some minor grain in a dark scene but that’s nothing uncommon for anime, the compression handles this very well. It still looks very good for a TV show because the drawings look very realistic in comparison to other shows and have a lot of details.

Menu Shots:

Bonus Material:

- creditless opening

- character audio commentary for episode 1: Ohana Matsumae (Kanae Itou) & Tomoe Wajima (Mamiko Noto)

- audio commentary for episode 1: Kanae Itou (Ohana), Kenji Horikawa (producer), Masahiro Ando (director) & Takayuki Nagatani (producer)

Screenshots (Lossless PNG 1920×1080, beware of spoilers!):

CD-Japan link