In the midst of Pixar and the pulling way from hand drawn animation here in the US, Anime holds a nostalgic place in my heart. Whenever a new Anime comes along with a story I’m really interested in I try to find time to watch it even with my busy schedule. Stories dealing with growing up are one of my favorites. Hanasaku Iroha~Blossoms for Tomorrow centers on a 16 year old girl, Ohana Matsumae, who works at a hot spring inn called Kissuiso.
NIS America has announced that Volume 2 of this series is going to be released here in the US on July 2 of this year. This includes 2 Blu-ray discs and for those who don’t have a Blu-ray player there are 2 DVD discs in there as well. There is a hardcover art book which is always a pleasure to look through and has detailed artwork, staff interviews, character design insights and rough sketches. The whole package is in a highly collectible slipcase. If you’re interested in purchasing this, it is priced at $69.99.