Originally Posted by Wilfriback
Ko, how much of a pathethic character has become of him? Damn, he could have made a relationship with his meganekko partner because... he's been long away from Ohano with 0 answer after his confession at the first chapter, and then Jinrou says "Its a man's duty to sit and wait"? and Ko's "I haven't been drinking coffee by 6 months" Pfffftttt!!!!
I'll admit. Very early on I got a sneaking suspicion that Ko was a rather flat character, and that things weren't going to be done to change this.
Mind you, back then I was working under the assumption that the writing in Hanasaku Iroha was much tighter than it turned out to be, and that this off distant stuff with Ko was working up to some message about being willing to move on with your life. So it seemed unlikely that they'd just toss Ohana and Ko back together without significant build up.
I was wrong only in that I overestimated writing quality