“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…” -Hinamatsuri (manga)
The story is, by far, one of the craziest roller coasters rides you will ever witness. It’s a slice-of-life with minimal story progress but, take my word when I say this, you will never get bored of this show. Instead of the story primarily following the main character, it moves between roughly five different characters, each with their own strange yet amusing adventures. The great thing about Hinamatsuri is that hilarious situations that happen in the show, unlike other comedies, actually contribute to the show’s storyline. The writing has the continuous writing of a slice-of-life anime but the tone and pacing of a comedy anime.
Artwork & Animation:
Slice-of-life anime usually have good animation, so there’s no surprise Hinamatsuri would also. What makes this show stand out more is the facial expressions of all the characters, with the exception being Hina, because, let’s be honest, her presence itself is already hilarious.
Hinamatsuri has a variety of crazy characters that range from a yakuza member, girls with superhuman powers, an innocent middle schooler who’s also a bartender in the evening. Each character has a complicated yet absolutely hilarious backstory that makes each character charming in their own way. The main focus of the show is between the three girls: Hina, a powerful superhuman that lives with Nitta, Anzu, a less powerful psychic who was sent to defeat Hina but becomes homeless when that doesn’t work out, and Hitomi a middle schooler who gets coaxed into helping out at bar at the age of definitely not old enough.
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
The soundtrack for Hinamatsuri is wonderful and capture both the funny and the tender side of the show. The excellent use of classical instruments such as the piano and strings were great for the heartfelt scene. The funny scenes used a lot of upbeat electric piano melodies and funky percussions.
Hinamatsuri’s comedy is on a whole other level. It had me laughing so much, I’m pretty sure I coughed up a lung. Each episode was funnier than the last and had me wanting more and more.
Overall: Score 10
Hinamatsuri is one of the best anime I’ve seen in a long time. You get the story fluidity of a slice-of-life anime but the overall vibe of a comedy anime. The artwork and animation are incredible and well deserved.
Best Girl: Anzu
Anzu’s character development is both heart touching and hilarious. It was so nice to see her go from an impatient brat to a child who appreciates any act of kindness that is sent towards her. Please protect this angelic cinnamon roll.