Hisako TojoMiyu TomitaYuri YoshidaMami Yamashita
Hinako Note
Episode 1 also reviewed here: Anime 1st episodes 2017: H
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2017
Director: Takeo Takahashi, Toru Kitahata
Writer: Tatsuhiko Urahata
Original creator: Mitsuki
Actor: Ayane Sakura, Hikaru Ueda, Hisako Tojo, Honoka Naito, Kanami Satou, Kenta Sasa, Kikuko Inoue, Mami Yamashita, M.A.O, Marika Kono, Miyu Tomita, Rina Endo, Sakura Nakamura, Shinya Takahashi, Toshiko Sawada, Yui Ogura, Yuki Kurimoto, Yuri Yoshida
Keywords: anime
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 12 episodes
Url: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=18894
Website category: Anime 2017
Review date: 5 October 2018
It was a borderline decision to watch this. I nearly didn't. Having watched it, I think the show's okay, but I also don't think I'll watch it again and I've deleted my copies. It's a slice of life show that's avoiding anything dramatic or consequential. Girls live together and do amateur dramatics. One of them wants to be more outgoing. That's it, really. It's pleasant, though.
The main character's called Hinako, as you'd guess from the title. She's a country girl in the big city and she's unaccustomed to scary things, e.g. people. If a stranger tries to talk to Hinako, she'll freeze into a scarecrow position. Personally I think this is a brilliant visual representation of an anxiety attack and it's almost a shame that it's being used for the sake of throwaway semi-comedy. Anyway, Hinako's a sweetie pie and her nervousness improves as the series progresses. With animals, incidentally, she's a genius. She can understand what they're saying.
The other characters are nice too, albeit reluctantly with Yua. She'd been trying to bully Hinako out of jealousy, but this failed because it's impossible to be nasty to Hinako. She'll put a positive spin on it and be effusively grateful for your concern. In the end, a perplexed Yua ended up being befriended. Of the others, Kuu-chan is a book-eating space case. (Literally, she eats books. She'll tear out pages and swallow them.) Mayuki wears maid outfits, has a fetish about dressing her friends up in costumes and has a complex about being small. Chiaki is the landlord and the sensible one... and that's it, really.
They all live together. They do amateur dramatics, which is a deliberate tactic from Hinako to overcome her nerves. If you can go out and perform on a stage, everything after that should be easy. I admire that. I think she's brave. Beyond that, though, the show's not really about much. There's a bit of male gaze with Hinako and Chiaki's boobs, but no nudity. There's a bit of lesbian longing with Chiaki's admirers, but none of it ever goes anywhere. It's harmless and fluffy. You won't object to it, but equally you won't be in a hurry to watch the next episode. The only thing that needs discussing, really, is the nine-year-old girl with big boobs. She's a professional child actress and the school's drama adviser, which is fine... but she's got big boobs. Well, more sizeable than you'd expect for a nine-year-old, anyway. The show would have been better without that, but it doesn't really matter, because nothing here does. Nothing offensive will ever happen in this show's universe. Everyone will be nice.
Did I enjoy this show? I suppose so. I think the early episodes might have been better, although I couldn't swear to it. The cast's quirks include some original ones (the scarecrow, the book-eating) and the show can be amusing. I probably wouldn't recommend it, though, because you can do better. It's a six out of ten, or perhaps a generous seven. There's nothing wrong with it as such, but there's a mountain of anime that's more worth watching.