And here’s part 5 of the unwarranted “Best Girl in Aqours” series!
This time I’m going to be covering the lovable fluffball,
Zuramaru Hanamaru! And as always, the usual disclaimers apply. These reasons are just my opinion and I would rather not be lynched if at all possible so go easy on me.
It’s the future, zura~
5. Hanamaru has a huge appetite.
I know, this particular characteristic of hers has basically been reduced to a comedic gag at this point, unfortunately. But if we ignore the fact that Hanamaru has been turned into comic relief when she could have received some actual characterization like the other first years (which is easier said than done since this hurts), then how can we interpret this trait?
Well, do you know the feeling when you see someone stuffing his or her face and just seeing him or her do so is enough to calm your heart, zura?
Well, neither do I, but I just find seeing Hanamaru eat to be very endearing somehow.
4. She’s a rebel.
Okay, maybe calling her a rebel is a bit much. But she (along with Mari and her green vest) isn’t afraid to dress up her plain school uniform by donning a comfy yellow cardigan. As someone who probably spends too much time looking at how each individual Aqours member’s performance outfits differ in terms of small details, I consider Hanamaru’s decision to intentionally stand out like this to be very interesting.
…or maybe she just sucks at dealing with the cold and the other girls should start giving her tons of hugs, zura.
3. She probably has the best singing voice.
…hey, hey, this is why I bolded the disclaimer earlier!
Even though I love Yoshiko to pieces and I love her diverse voice range, I still have to admit that Hanamaru probably has her (slightly) beat. Not that anyone in Aqours is bad at singing – I’d say they’re all pretty great, haters be damned. It’s just that Hanamaru is probably the best of the best, zura.
I mean, Hanamaru’s seiyuu, Takatsuki Kanako (AKA Takatsuking AKA Kyanako AKA Kaako AKA King AKA Kin-chan) used to be one of the best vocal talent for Anime Song Collab.
I think that proves my point. If not, here’s another (dated) video showing (some of) Hanamaru’s solo parts.
2. She has a childlike sense of wonder.
In a increasingly bitter world where talented idols are not properly acknowledged and where a certain authority figure resembles an Oompa Loompa with a bad comb-over, I find momentary reprieve seeing Hanamaru become excited over technology since she grew up in a temple. That’s the sort of mindset we all wished we still had.
Or maybe I should just be speaking for myself, zura. Still, I stand by my belief that watching Hanamaru is really good at making you relax.
Plus it’s funny. Or her antics can be turned into memes and become even more hilarious. But is the distinction really that important?
1. Hanamaru knows how to tame Yoshiko.
Simply put, Hanamaru knows how to discipline her childhood friend. Most of it involves Hanamaru exerting physical dominance despite the fact that’s she supposed to be a unathletic bookworm. Yet here is she is playing with Yoshiko like a cat plays with its food while she (usually) has a smile plastered over her face.
HUSH UP AND LET THE ADULTS TALK
OHHHH ZURAMARU YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO DO HER DIRTY AND TALK ABOUT YOSHIKO’S WEIGHT LIKE THAT
Look at at how she keeps her composure. Despite her cute looks, Hanamaru can be as cool and cold as ice. Don’t mess with Hanamaru, zura.
Well, that’s Hanamaru wrapped up and accounted for. I’ll write about Dia next and then I’ll try to figure out which member of CYaRon! should be up first.
I decided to include more videos in this particular installment. Was that a good idea? Should I stick to using more pictures? Questions, comments, and concerns are always welcome as usual, zura!