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Hanasaku Iroha – 20: A little less conversation, a little more OMURICE

Omurice for the soul?

It heals broken friendships and hungry stomachs, but not when this is your third plate of it.

After the events that transpired last week, we’re at a standoff between the supporters of omurice, and the supporter of Tohru.

Surprisingly though, all was patched up and well when they decided to omurice for themselves to eat over lunch.

If only conflicts were that easily solved.

And yes, with that, it’s basically what the whole episode was about. Omurice. Not that it was a bad thing though.

First, let’s do it the Minko way! Or the method that is best able to draw the ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ from the people watching.

I introduce to you: Chrysalis Omurice!

Sound like an instant turn-off? But I assure you that it’s nothing like the sac in which insects go through metamorphosis.

Start with preparing the chicken rice. Fry the chicken bits, onions, butter, unidentifiable green stuff and rice together. Add ketchup for colour and flavouring.

Next, prepare the omelette. Protip: Add two packets of the milk used for coffee into the egg batter, for a richer taste.

Under medium heat, tilt the pan at an angle and tap repeatedly at the handle to slowly rotate the omelette. The aim is to solidify the outside while keeping the inside a semi-liquid consistency.

Place the omelette upon the rice, and use a knife to slice through the middle of it. The semi-cooked insides of the omelette will cascade down the rice. Cue the ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’. Decorate with your favourite sauce.

I’ve never eaten this kind of omurice before, but after seeing how it’s made, I have a HUGE craving for it. Gonna try making it myself.

The easier way that Ohana proposed such that it can be put in the menu would be to make a pilaf.

Step 1: Dump all the ingredients into the rice cooker and cook.

Step 2: Make the omelette and wrap the rice filling in it.

As expected of Minko’s stubborn nature, she refuses to realize that omurice can be made this way as well, only that it’s not that spectacular.

But who gives a shit? It’s the school cultural festival for crying out loud. It’s not a specialized omurice restaurant.

And so the girl who bitched about not having omurice in the menu gets her wish and everybody is happy!

Especially her boyfriend, who gets his girlfriend’s boobs sneakily pressed against him while she decorates his omurice.

And Minko’s sole motive was to impress her love interest as well. Talk about being a hypocrite.

Other random stuffs:

P.A. Works even bothered to put reflections on their signs. I give them a thumbs up for dedication to their craft and balancing their budget.

In the background, there’s a poster of Yuasa Hiromi from True Tears! I love her character. For those who haven’t watched it, I won’t spoil you guys, but I root for Hiromi to the bitter end.

It is a must watch too. It’s one of P.A. Works’ first projects as a standalone company.

The preview shows tantalizing snippets of Tohru possibly getting married! Look forward to next week!


  1. Everyday Otaku
    August 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Sugoi! I didn’t see that. And I can’t believe I didn’t see that. True Tears is one of my fav animes of all time.

    • August 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm

      Exactly! I remember pages and pages of comments locked in debate over who the protagonist would choose.

  2. Tyler Junky
    August 24, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I seriously hate Minko. I know Tsundere’s tend to have a soft spot, and she DOES. But she’s still rude and a bitch. And It took me until you pointed it out to spot the True Tears reference. Shows you how observant I am. That anime was okay at best. I just couldn’t get in to it.

    • August 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      Y’know, Minko’s the closest to being a character with real feelings and emotions, which can get the better of her.

      Sometimes slice-of-life anime are so happy and characters are without a care in the world, but Minko is very real. That being said, this series can get a live-action remake and it won’t look out of place at all.

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