That is all it can ever be though, a mixed-bag. If you didn't watch it before the reboot, you should, there's still important information in the original that transitions into the reboot without proper explanation in the latter. I think it is hard to pin down where the actual focus is, but the fact is that the characters are what run the show with every importance. However, the energy will envelop and sucks you with its style in its Yozakurish way. Everything's likeable about them, and this time you can follow their stories throughout the episodes. Just hope that you get a good flavor from that mixed-bag of tea. The resolution to most conflicts literally turns a villain into an ally that becomes repetitive to comprehend.
If you watched the original, don't hold back, this one is a lot better and you will not regret it. Although unfinished, from start to end, it has left me satisfied with anticipation. Hana no Uta is a reboot of the original Yozakura Quartet, and in my honest opinion, you can't enjoy the reboot to its fullest without watching its predecessor, you'll miss important character information and maybe some bits of the story that might make you enjoy this one a lot better. Overall 7 Story 6 Animation 7 Sound 6 Character 6 Enjoyment 8 The Yozakura Quartet franchise has been an odd ball in the mix. Juli wears two flower-like pins to tie her hair back, and a four petaled flower pin on the right side of her chest and hair. She has short brown hair parted to the left at the front and tied at the back pointing upwards.
Get off your rockers and watch it now. It just might be your cup. Juli dresses white, short skirted nurse's dress with short buttoned sleeves, collar and a small red cross at the bottom centre of her skirt. So what the hell are you doing reading this bullshit? The story is great, it is interesting and has plenty of options and directions to go from, but in 13 episodes there was barely any time to extend it and have those last questions answered even though it had a good ending. Their more recent works such as Gatchaman Crowds also adapts supernatural themes into a modern life setting where everything seems normal at first; that is until the extraordinary strikes into the core of the story. Coupled with the soundtrack ranging towards some snazzy rushing tunes, the action is displayed well when the characters do their duties.
The storytelling is not so stellar, for the actual mystery and interesting info are only touched upon near the end of the anime, and towards the end, the whole setting and continuing devices of storytelling becomes even more predictable. Personality Juli has a coquette personality, but with a solid sense of integrity. Because the story just felt rushed. Juli felt she had too much too apologize for to Lila and did not want to say anything else to her without apologizing first. After all, if you don't get episode 1 just right, you're gonna lose viewers.
The past of Akina's and Hime's families were explained, and a lot of other backstories that I thought were missing in the original run of Yozakura. It also opens up the fact that their lack of personalities gives them a hollow part to the main story. Juli had to grow up fast, and was considered mature in her teenage years by Yae, because she wasn't naive with others and knew how to defend herself. There will still be the same kind of conflict, but with more detail added on regarding the secrets behind certain main characters. It tends to poke into the themes of expectation and burden, especially in regards to Akina and Hime.
It does not try too hard for one thing, so it shoots down expectations from any side of the genre spectrum by balancing and shifting between action and play while it maintains the charming and optimistic childish aura that it exudes in even the direst situations. Lila became obsessed with magic tricks and used to the try to get Juli's attention. She carries often a twink of a flirt or natural personal charm, always smiling and nice to people, even when giving a menace or advert if they misbehave, kinda like little moments of passive-aggressive maternal warnings. Cheesy dialogues are inserted in during fight scenes while the whole stereotypical laughs from the antagonists are echoed in the air. The city gives off a fresh feel of security, while at night it turns mysterious and dangerously exciting.
Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta is a brand new anime series based off of the manga of the same name. This makes the story tolerable somewhat, and it ought to be excused. You have that usually-quiet, laid back main guy who actually secretly gives a shit. Machi introduced to Juli, and told Hime that Juli would act as her big sister. It was as if Yasuda Suzuhito was trying to implement slice-of-life themes here instead of typical shounen ones. As Juli became more focused on her studies, Lila's tricks became more complex and frightening in an attempt to grab her attention, causing Juli to ignore Lila in fear. Characters are not glazed like porcelain dolls, for they are more akin to the cleanliness of Durarara.
The amusing methods that each character employs in battle could be as outlandish as it is enjoyable epic too. Noriko tells the other two that upon graduation she would be leaving Sakurashinmachi. That may put off some people from continuing to watch. And as I mentioned before, there is a diverse cast of characters so each of them should reflect a different sense of tone in their voice mannerisms. The comedy can be appreciating with the drama and diversity of characters.
As children, Lila would always try to get Juli's attention away from her studies through magic tricks. In the end, Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta is one of those series that will strike out as bizarre yet appreciable. On the other hand, it sticks to its themes fairly well with the supernatural features. For a shounen anime in a fantasy setting to have slice-of-life themes in its mix, it does so pretty well. Action scenes did flow better than I expected and all the facial expressions were top notch imo, in comical moments as well as in serious ones. Get ready to grab some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the laughs.