Hinamatsuri Anime Review
Well, in as few words as humanely possible, let’s see if I can’t convince you to put this absolutely hilarious show on your watch list for the week.
Mid-level yakuza (AKA Japanese mafia) member Nitta Yoshifumi encounters a deadpan psychokinetic naked esper girl trapped inside of a metallic cocoon which crashes lands into his home through a portal from the future. Esper girl, hereinafter Hina, decimates his home and convinces Niita to become her de facto father. Chicanery ensues as he tries to adjust his once relatively stable lifestyle to the arbitrary whims of his newly-adopted “daughter.” He sends her to school, accidentally convinces her to join him in wiping out a rival gang, draws the ire of both the yakuza and other espers, and hilarity ensues. And that’s just the introductory episodes.
- Hina: Lovable, overpowered, blue-haired esper with a deadpan expression; Kuudere in voice, troll in reality; Loves salmon roe and shattering Nitta’s hope at a normal life;
- Yoshifumi Nitta: Unwilling father figure, mid-tier yakuza member, fancies strip clubs, loves the ladies, loves to drink, and collects rare porcelain vases that are almost exclusively always destroyed by Hina.
- Anzu Hayashi: Fellow esper sent out to hunt Hina; Gives up after becoming homeless and learning the value of hard work and money.
- Mao: Fellow esper sent to bring back both Anzu and Hina after Anzu failed her mission; Gets trapped on an island; Becomes Tom Hanks from Cast Away; Moves to China and becomes a kung-fu prodigy instead.
- Hitomi Mishima: Elementary school student; Hina’s classmate; Gets blackmailed into becoming a professional bartender.
- Utako Sakura: The blackmailer; Nitta’s love interest who rejected him because she didn’t want to get in the way of his relationship with his “daughter”.
- And more…
What to Expect
Here’s a quick clip from the show that will help integrate you into the world of Hinamatsuri.
You’re going to laugh like a hyena throughout this show. The premise for the comedy skits in this anime is so far beyond ridiculous that you’ll wonder how it actually manages to somehow make sense in the end. You have everything from adult humor, slapstick, deadpan comedy, inside humor involving psychics, yakuza, Japanese CEOs, martial artists, and more.
This show has some surprisingly deep moments that’ll have you crying as you’ve just watched Grave of the Fireflies (minus the darkness of it all). Whether it’s touching on the themes of familial love, forced adulthood, loneliness, compassion, or sincerity, there is no shortage of relatable themes that’ll get even the manliest lumberjack looking like the Michael Jordan meme.
Each character in this show shares a decent chunk of the spotlight and although the primary characters will always be Niita and Hina, the show doesn’t shy away from putting Anzu, Hitomi, and Mao up on the pedestal in their own respective arcs. They tell the side-character stories so well in fact, that you just can’t help to love every person you come across in the show.
I still try to wrap my head on how the creators managed to make superpowered other-worldly adolescents, Japanese mafia members, and elementary school girls this relatable. Perhaps it’s putting the characters in real-life situations that we inevitably deal with in our lives (parenthood, adulthood, friendship, loneliness, and love) that helps us relate to these characters we would otherwise never associate with. Perhaps it’s the heartfelt personas adopted by the characters themselves that make it so relatable. One wouldn’t expect such cynicism towards the real world to come from an elementary school girl like Hitomi, nor would you expect such compassionate love for humanity to come from a hired assassin like Anzu. Perhaps it’s the development of each character, as the various characters’ growths show that even those who come from the most difficult backgrounds can overcome personal adversity and improve as a person. Even if I don’t relate to the particular circumstances surrounding their growth, I can’t deny that I feel what Anzu is going through when she finally finds true friends who shoulder each other’s burdens of being homeless, or Niita when he officially announces Hina as his own daughter to his family.
This is a feel-good, heartfelt, anime about the goodwill of people towards each other, and just happens to have mafia members and superpowered individuals. The entire premise of the world seems like it would lead down a more conflicting or violent path, but surprise! that was actually just a cloak-and-dagger act meant to repel people that don’t actually have a beating heart. I can’t say it enough. Whether you’re a shonen fan, romance fan, comedy fan, or slice-of-life fan, this is an underrated pick that is a must-have for your next binge-watch.
You can watch Hinamatsuri on Amazon(Affiliate Link)