Continuing my review on Winter season animes, the next on the list is Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun.
Just like the Jeweler anime, I didn’t pick this anime up immediately. The title and the synopsis of the anime didn’t capture my attention at all.
However, I was wrong.
This anime is one of my favorite last Winter 2020 season.
It’s that good.
The famous “Seven Wonders” that every school seems to have are a staple of Japanese urban legends. One of the most well-known of these tales is that of Hanako-san: the ghost of a young girl who haunts the school’s bathrooms.
Kamome Academy has its own version of Hanako-san’s legend. Rumors claim that if one successfully manages to summon Hanako-san, she will grant her summoner any wish. Lured by the gossip, many people have tried to call upon her, yet every attempt has failed. However, when Nene Yashiro, a girl hoping for romantic fortune, dares to summon Hanako-san, she discovers that the rumored “girl” is actually a boy!
After a series of unfortunate events involving Nene’s romantic desires, she is unwillingly entangled in the world of the supernatural, becoming Hanako-kun’s assistant. Soon, she finds out about Hanako-kun’s lesser-known duty: maintaining the fragile balance between mortals and apparitions. (MAL)
Like i said above, Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun was an amazing ride.
I didn’t expect I would enjoy it very much.
When I first discovered it, I was discouraged by it after seeing the English title, Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, and the synopsis. Bruh, the title had the word “Toilet” in it. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike the word but I admit, it was weird.
Still, I shouldn’t have judged the anime by its synopsis and weird title, I know that now as I would have skipped this amazing anime.
How, what makes this anime special?
To start off, it would be its story.
Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun’s Story & Characters
I had encountered a lot of animes that involves a lot of Japanese myths and lores, and believe me when I say they are hella interesting. This anime doesn’t differ.
The story focuses on the school’s Seven Wonders. One of those wonder was Hanako-kun.
I had heard this name before and usually this character is portrayed as a woman/girl, that’s why I was really shocked the moment the male character was introduced. It was really weird, but it worked. The myth remains the same, except, Hanako-kun was a guy.
I guess, I should have seen this coming after seeing the main protagonist was a female…but I digress.
Speaking of the female lead, Mashiro is one of the best characters I loved this Winter season. Not only she had a bubbly and charming personality, she bounces off well with Hanako-kun and their chemistry together is amazing. Even though, majority of the story doesn’t really revolves around her, she was a definite standout.
Hanako-kun was also an amazing character. Even though he’s a part of the seven wonders of the school, he also happens to have a huge responsibility of the wonders. He makes sure they are in place and are not causing trouble. Throughout the anime, we got to see him being so badass and bruh, he’s amazing. But what made me like him the most was his intriguing past. We get a glimpse of it in the latter half of the series, but not all questions are answered. If ever there’s a sequel, it would be nice if we get to see more of it.
Out of all the antagonists in this anime, the one that stood out the most was Hanako’s twin. He was really scary. Along with the discovery of Hanako’s tragic past, Tsukasa was also introduced. He’s the total opposite of Hanako, though they resemble similar traits too. I personally have my own theories as to why he’s acting the way he’s acting, but the anime wasn’t able to fully express his real intentions. Along with Hanako’s past, it would be nice to know more about Tsukasa’s too.
I know I mentioned above that the anime focuses on the seven wonders of the school, but the series wasn’t always like that.
While going through the arcs of the anime, we also get to learn different stories of the seven wonders and learn a lot of life lessons. What stuck with me the most was Mitsuba’s arc. His story was already tragic, and it went deeper to the manhole of tragicness. He doesn’t deserve what he got in this anime, and I hope he would get a better arc in the future.
Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun’s Art & Animation
Another major highlight of the anime would be its unique art and animation. It was really different from what we usually see on modern animes. It made me feel like I reading a live manga or something. It was nice, but at the same time, it felt cheap. The still shots made it feel like they are on a tight budget and only make sure to produce amazing animation on the important scenes.
If this was a creative move then I won’t complain, but if not, they sure are wise.
Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun’s Music
For the music, I hated the OP. I wasn’t a fan of its rock nature. However, as the series goes on, I learned to like the OP as it became a part of the series. The ED was also not memorable too, but like the OP, I couldn’t anymore skip it as it became my buffer after an intense cliffhanger.
But what amazed me the most in this anime was its superb OST. The OST of this anime is one of the best last Winter season. It provided the right amount of feel to every scene, it made the anime a lot better, and that is magical. The most memorable one would be the music when a wonder is introduced. It’s both haunting and mysterious, I just love it.
Overall, this anime is a must watch. Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun not only blew me away with its story and charming characters, the animation and the music made everything amazing.
No wonder this anime was popular last season.
If you haven’t watched this anime yet, please do as it is very interesting and you won’t regret it.
That would be all for now.
This has been Will Sirius and thanks for reading!