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Hello everyone!

Hinamatsuri was one of the animes I didn’t expect to like this season. It wasn’t just me, almost every anime watcher didn’t expect this anime would be really funny and enjoyable to watch. But I didn’t watched this one weekly, so the spoilers were quite…all over the web, still I enjoyed the series as I binged it.

Oooohohohoho.

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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2018 to Jun 22, 2018
Premiered: Spring 2018
Studios: feel.
Source: Manga
Genres: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Seinen, Slice of Life, Supernatural
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Synopsis: One night, a strange object falls on the head of Nitta, a member of the yakuza. Inside the box is a strange young girl named Hina. She has tremendous supernatural powers, and Nitta finds himself reluctantly taking her in. Her powers can come in handy for his yakuza business, but he also runs the risk of her using them on him! Not to mention, if she doesn’t use her powers, she will eventually go berserk and destroy everything around her. Nitta and Hina’s strange life together is just beginning… (MAL)

I need a season 2 of this anime. That ending pretty much declared that the anime is not yet finish.

Hinamatsuri was the comedy anime I didn’t ask for that I needed. I couldn’t even remember how many times I slap my head cuz of their antics and funny moments. The comedic timing of every joke is next level. It wasn’t just the writing that made this one hilarious, it was also the art and animation. The crazy and unbelievable facial expressions done by the characters were so on point, it was refreshing.

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The story wasn’t that intriguing. I thought this series would be like Alice to Zouroku but nope, it was totally different. This series turned out to be really good, and in a way was down to earth, even though it has supernatural moments. You can really get quite alot of moral lessons in almost every episode. The pacing was consistent all through out the series, though the worldbuilding fell flat. I mean, there is still no explanation where the hell did the superhumans come from. Are they also human too? What’s up with the red ball? I have so many questions. Still, I consider the writing of this series was definitely superb. There is still a chance that those questions will be answered later on in the story…when season 2 comes.

The writing really shined in the characters. All the characters in this series were not 2D, but could pass as real humans. All their actions and decisions made were quite realistic, it added alot of depth to the series. I also liked the fact that the characters were not only seen as good people, but were seen as real individuals. Hina was known as the most dangerous superhuman in the series. She only thinks of herself, but she was able to develop compassion and care to other people. Though, her growth was really really slow and subtle. Anzu, the best girl #1, was the 2nd superhuman character introduced. Before watching the series, every one in the community keeps on mentioning how amazing Anzu was, and her smile needs to be protected, and I really get it. Anzu’s growth all through out the series even surpassed the main character, Hina. She was able to appreciate the importance of little things and pure happiness during her time in the slums, she became a precious gem to us viewers as well. She’s amazing. Hitomi, the best girl #2, was the most normal and sane character in this series. Unfortunately, she also has her own struggles. She can’t say no. Cuz of that, she got involved in alot of weird and stupid situations. Still, she works hard and remains kind. She’s also mature for her age. (PS: I want to see an anime short of her as a bartender, that would be EPIC!)

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Those were just the “kids” in the show, there’s actually alot of adults involved in this series. These adults were quite refreshing. I mean, when it comes to this types of animes, having only highschool characters would be the common. But in this anime, majority of the casts are adults, and we get to see them both in bad and good light. Nitta is naturally a good guy. Even though he is a yakuza, that’s only his job to provide for his family. His struggles as becoming Hina’s dad showed us alot of sides of him. It was really interesting to watch him grow not only as a person but also a good father to Hina. Utako was the only character i didn’t like in this series. Even though, in a way she helped the main characters, it wasn’t enough to convince me that she is a good person. She is not. She exploits, manipulates and take advantage on everything she sees. Still, her being in the series is vital as she sometimes instigates growth to other characters.

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Like I said above, the art & animation went hand in hand with the story to make this series hilarious. The character designs were not new but were refreshing. It wasn’t a common or typical kind of art style. The animation was so fluid. You could even say that this series might have gotten alot of budget to animate this series. You guys are awesome, Studio feel.

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I think my only problem with this series would be the fact that the 3rd superhuman character was introduced so late in the series. Well, technically, she was introduced in the beginning of the series but we didn’t know who she was that’s way her amazingness in the intro was gone to waste. I actually forgot about her, until she suddenly resurfaced out of nowhere. I want to know more about her and see her with the other characters. I also wanna see the grown up version of the characters as there was a time skip in the last episode. Please let this series get a season 2.

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Overall, this series was really enjoyable to watch. I totally recommend this to all people who wanna watch anime. Its really good and really worth watching.

That is all.
Thanks for reading!!

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3 thoughts on “Hinamatsuri: After Thoughts

  1. > Hinamatsuri
    Never heard of that show, but have you HEARD of Anzumatsuri?
    It’s a wonderful show about a homeless girl who learns the value of hard work and friendship in a realistic take on the situation of impoverished people in Japan. There’s a cute little comedy subplot that’s there too about Yakuza espers, but Anzu is the star of the show.
    https://carnivorouslreviews.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/analysis-anzus-journey-from-rival-to-street-rat-to-best-girl/
    Jokes aside, good review, I’ve been scouring the blogosphere for fellow Hinamatsuri lovers and asking for feedback on my post here. I just love the show so much.

  2. I LOVED Hinamatsuri, best new show I’ve seen in ages. It’s also one of the few comedy animes that have genuinely made me laugh out loud. The humor is so deadpan and well paced and I just adore it! And I totally agree; Anzu is a treasure. Episode 6 may or may not have actually made me cry, not something I was expecting when I started the show.
    I kind of disagree with you about the world building point though. I found that by not getting caught up in their histories and the world they came from, it allowed me as a viewer to focus purely on the relationships the characters were building now. A storytelling technique that appeared kind of deliberate to me, but that’s just me. There are definitely questions though, especially about Hina.
    But the good news is, going by spoilers, if we get a season 2 we will be seeing older characters. Fingers crossed we get a second season!

    • In some ways, I do agree with your point. 🙂
      I guess I just wanted to know more about them, their origin, about their powers, etc. Me and my curiosity hehehehehehe
      And yes, thats what I need to see if ever they do make a season 2, older characters and growth. Ooohohohhoho

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