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Alternative Titles

English: Love Hina

Japanese: ラブひな


Information

Type:TV

Episodes: 24

Status: Finished Airing

Aired: Apr 19, 2000 to Sep 27, 2000

Premiered:Spring 2000

Broadcast: Wednesdays at 22:28 (JST)

Producers:Production I.G, TV Tokyo, Yomiko Advertising, Kodansha

Licensors:Funimation, Bandai Entertainment

Studios:Xebec

Source: Manga

Genres:ComedyComedy, RomanceRomance, Slice of LifeSlice of Life, EcchiEcchi

Theme:HaremHarem

Demographic:ShounenShounen

Duration: 23 min. per ep.

Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Statistics

Score:7.121(scored by 121476121,476 users)

1 indicates a weighted score.

Ranked:#32672

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Popularity: #737

Members: 239,701

Favorites: 1,368


External Links

Official Site, AnimeDB, AnimeNewsNetwork, Wikipedia

Sours: https://myanimelist.net/anime/189/Love_Hina

Love Hina (TV)

Animation:
Anime R(eps 7, 15, 21)
K-Production
Production I.G(5 episodes

eps 6, 12, 17, 20, 23

)

Studio Cockpit(eps 4, 14, 19)
Studio Giants
Studio Mark(eps 3, 16, 22)
Studio Z5(eps 5, 13, 18)
Xebec
Zero-G(ep 18)

Backgrounds: Production ai

Broadcaster: TV Tokyo

Digital Photography:
AMGA(ep 25)
J.C. Staff(6 episodes

eps 2, 4, 9, 15, 19, 23

)

Sanko Production(13 episodes

eps 1-7 odd, 10, 12-14, 16-24 even

)

Trans Arts Co.(6 episodes

eps 1, 6, 8, 11, 17, 21

)

Xebec(ep 1)

DVD Distribution: King Records

Finish Animation: Buyuu(5 episodes

eps 8, 18, 20-21, 24

)

In-Between Animation:
AIC(eps 1, 5, 9)
Ajiado(eps 9, 12, 14)
ANIK(ep 2)
Anime R(eps 1, 8, 14)
Anime World Osaka(ep 14)
APPP(4 episodes

eps 5, 7, 11, 24

)

Bee Train(eps 1, 18-19)
Boomerang(ep 24)
Daizou Pro(5 episodes

eps 10, 19, 22-23, 25

)

Doga Kobo(ep 9)
D.A.S.T Corporation(ep 17)
E-cho(eps 1, 9)
Frontline(ep 9)
G&G(5 episodes

eps 13, 19, 23-25

)

Hal Film Maker(13 episodes

eps 5, 7, 11-12, 14, 17-24

)

Sung San Production(ep 1)
J.C. Staff(ep 11)
K-Production(22 episodes

eps 1, 3-7, 10-25

)

Kyoe Sung Production(21 episodes

eps 1, 3-7, 10-13, 15-25

)

Lee Production(eps 1, 3, 5)
Mouse(6 episodes

eps 13, 18, 20, 23-25

)

M.S.C(11 episodes

eps 1, 10-12, 14-15, 18-20, 22-23

)

Noside(ep 25)
OLM(eps 18, 23)
Production I.G(eps 12, 18)
Ashi Productions(4 episodes

eps 13, 15, 19, 24

)

SHAFT(5 episodes

eps 9, 12-13, 19, 22

)

Studio Cockpit(5 episodes

eps 9, 18-20, 22

)

Studio Dove(ep 8)
Studio Giants(5 episodes

eps 1, 6, 15, 19, 22

)

Studio Kuma(ep 9)
Studio Lions(4 episodes

eps 7, 14, 17, 25

)

Studio Mark(eps 17, 19)
Studio MAT(7 episodes

eps 5, 14-17, 19, 21

)

Studio Mu(ep 8)
Studio Takuranke(eps 8, 19)
Sunshine Corporation(ep 13)
U-ni animation(21 episodes

eps 1, 3-7, 10-13, 15-25

)

Studio Wombat(12 episodes

eps 5, 11, 13-15, 17-20, 22-24

)

Zero-G(4 episodes

eps 13, 15, 17, 22

)

Production:
Kodansha
Production I.G
TV Tokyo
Xebec
Yomiko Advertising, Inc.

Recording Studio: Toei Audio Visual Art Center

Sound Production: Audio Tanaka

Video Editing:
Imagica(eps 1-20, 22-25)
Sony PCL(ep 20)

タイトルテロップ: Maki Production

仕上げ:
AIC(ep 1)
Amuga(7 episodes

eps 7, 12, 15-16, 18-19, 22

)

ANIK(ep 2)
Buyuu(5 episodes

eps 8, 18, 20-21, 24

)

MI(ep 8)
Frontline(ep 9)
J.C. Staff(eps 13, 20)
J.C.A.(5 episodes

eps 3, 13, 18-19, 22

)

JOA(16 episodes

eps 4-7, 10, 12, 14-18, 20-21, 23-25

)

K-Production(22 episodes

eps 1, 3-7, 10-25

)

Kyoe Sung Production(22 episodes

eps 1, 3-7, 10-25

)

Lee Production(eps 1, 3, 5)
OLM Digital(eps 14, 18)
Peacock(eps 23-24)
Production I.G(7 episodes

eps 1, 5, 9, 11, 13, 21, 25

)

Studio Coral Reef(ep 24)
Studio Elle(8 episodes

eps 1, 12-13, 18, 20, 22-24

)

Studio Hibari(eps 9, 23)
Sunshine Digital(8 episodes

eps 1, 8-14 even, 18, 23-24

)

Tanto(eps 13, 23-24)
Tokyo Kids(6 episodes

eps 11, 15, 17-18, 20, 24

)

U-ni animation(22 episodes

eps 1, 3-7, 10-25

)

Visual Workshop(ep 24)
Xebec(9 episodes

eps 6-7, 11-12, 14-17, 21

)

制作協力:
IMAGIN(ep 2)
J.C. Staff(ep 9)
M.S.C(ep 25)
Production I.G(eps 12, 17)
Sunrise(ep 8)

Sours: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=168
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Hinamatsuri (manga)

This article is about the Japanese manga. For the Japanese festival, see Hinamatsuri.

Manga

Hinamatsuri by Masao Ōtake v1 cover.jpg

The cover of the first volume of Hinamatsuri

GenreComedy,[1]slice-of-life[2]
Written byMasao Ōtake
Published byEnterbrain (publishing)
English publisher
MagazineHarta
DemographicSeinen
Original run2010 – 2020
Volumes19
Directed byKei Oikawa
Produced by
  • Mitsuhiro Ogata
  • Noritomo Isogai
  • Shintarō Yoshitake
  • Kazufumi Kikushima
  • Hiroyasu Taniguchi
  • Toyokazu Nakahigashi
Written byKeiichirō Ōchi
Music byYasuhiro Misawa
StudioFeel
Licensed by
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, TVA, Sun TV, TVQ, BS11
Original run April 6, 2018 – June 22, 2018
Episodes12
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Hinamatsuri (Japanese: ヒナまつり)[a] is a Japanese seinen manga series written and illustrated by Masao Ōtake. It has been serialized in Enterbrain's magazine Harta, formerly known as Fellows!, from 2010 to 2020, and has nineteen tankōbon volumes as of August 12 2020.[3] The series is licensed by One Peace Books. An anime television series adaptation by Feel aired from April to June 2018. The story follows yakuza member Yoshifumi Nitta, who ends up taking care of a mysterious girl with telekinetic powers named Hina who inexplicably appeared in his apartment.

Plot[edit]

Yoshifumi Nitta, a mid-level Yakuza of the Ashikawa-gumi, finds his normal life thrown into chaos when a girl from the future literally drops on his head without warning. Knowing nothing more than her name, Hina, and the fact that she has incredible psychokinetic powers, Yoshifumi reluctantly becomes her de facto father. However, Hina's arrival sets off a chain reaction of events that affects everyone in the city, especially after more girls from the future arrive to bring her back or terminate her.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Hina Nitta (新田 ヒナ, Nitta Hina)
Voiced by: Takako Tanaka[4] (Japanese); Brina Palencia[5] (English)
Hina is the titular heroine, possessing superhuman abilities such as telekinesis. Originally hailing from the future, she went back in time in a pod and landed on Nitta's head. Due to Hina threatening to break his furniture, Nitta reluctantly lets her stay. As he takes care of her, Nitta begins to feel more and more like a parent. Over the course of the plot, Nitta and Hina's relationship grow to the extent that they consider each other to be father and daughter - Nitta would welcome her into the Nitta family as his daughter, in front of his mother and sister.
Nitta enrols Hina in school at her request, but she does not usually take it seriously, often sleeping in class. At home, she usually lazes around and plays video games. She is very particular about food, despite demonstrably lacking a refined palate; her favourite food is salmon roe. Although Nitta cares for her, Hina can annoy him to the extent that she gets kicked out of the apartment (temporarily). Nitta often compares her to the diligent Anzu, a fellow esper, and imagines being her father instead.
Yoshifumi Nitta (新田 義史, Nitta Yoshifumi)
Voiced by: Yoshiki Nakajima[4] (Japanese); Jarrod Greene[5] (English)
Yoshifumi Nitta, mostly referred to by his surname Nitta, is the series protagonist. He is a member of the Ashikawa-gumi yakuza, later to become its lieutenant (kashira). One day, a portal opens from the future and drops Hina in a pod on his head; she threatens to break his furniture if he doesn't let her stay.
Nitta acquired cooking and housekeeping skills to take care of his mother and younger sister after his father died, and his hobby is collecting rare porcelain vases and urns (which Hina often destroys). Initially, Nitta presents Hina to his family as Hina Adachi, the daughter of an imprisoned fellow yakuza he is fostering. However, he decides to acknowledge her as his daughter after realising just how much their relationship has grown.

Supporting characters[edit]

Anzu (アンズ) / Anzu Hayashi (林 あんず, Hayashi Anzu)
Voiced by: Rie Murakawa[4] (Japanese); Amanda Lee (English)[6]
Anzu is another superhuman with telekinetic powers like Hina. She is initially sent to kill Hina, but loses to her in a contest of strength and abandons the mission. Unable to return to the future because the device necessary to do so was inadvertently damaged, she is taken in by Yassan, a homeless man. He invites her to join a homeless camp in Tokyo, where she learns the value of hard work and money.
When the camp is evicted from the park where they were staying, Anzu is adopted by a couple who run a Chinese restaurant, the Hayashis. She starts to adapt to a normal childhood; though retaining her values from her time with the camp. Anzu's conscientious and dutiful nature (a far cry from who she was when she first arrived in the present) often makes Nitta wish she were his daughter, instead of Hina.
Eventually, Anzu's parents decide to close down their restaurant, prompting Anzu to start up her own mobile ramen stand, which Nitta and Sabu frequent. When Hitomi visits the stall with her employees, one of them recognises her as his adopted younger sister. Later on in the series, Anzu bans Nitta from visiting the stall after a misunderstanding involving Sabu, although she later unbans him after Sabu apologizes.
Hitomi Mishima (三嶋 瞳, Mishima Hitomi)
Voiced by: Kaede Hondo[4] (Japanese); Tabitha Ray[5] (English)
Hitomi is Hina's classmate in middle school, who has trouble saying no to helping people. When Hina asks her to tag along whilst she investigates what Nitta is getting up to, she's left all alone at Little Song. Mistaken for a bartender, Hitomi proves superb at tending bar, leading Utako to blackmail her into working at Little Song. Through a series of coincidences, she is taken for an adult, and starts working at more and more jobs whilst trying (and failing) to be a normal student. She also accumulates connections to influential businesspeople, politicians, and yakuza. Hitomi climbs the ranks so fast at one company, that she ends up President - hiring her father under her adult guise when he is laid off from his job. Later on, she resigns from her job to escape the corporate world and moves to Florida, but somehow ends up CEO at an even bigger company.
Hitomi, at least in the beginning, is a milquetoast; generally bending over backwards for anything that is asked of her. However, as the series progresses and she acquires influence, Hitomi becomes more willing and able to use her connections against those who earn her scorn. When the cast learns about the bad future they need to avert, for example, Nitta is shown not caring at all - not even when Hitomi returns to Japan specifically to seek his aid in regards to that. As a result, she manipulates things so that all of Nitta's businesses go under, and, as a final nail in the coffin, nearly alienates Anzu from him, causing him to give in and start calling her "my liege".
Utako Sakura (桜 詩子, Sakura Utako)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa[7] (Japanese); Mallorie Rodak[6] (English)
The owner and original bartender of the bar Little Song. She blackmails Hitomi into working for her after Hitomi becomes highly skilled at bartending, but is soon made redundant in her own bar as her customers come to prefer Hitomi's drinks. Nitta was romantically interested in Utako, but she rejects him because she believes him to be a divorced single father, and Nitta later loses interest in her due to her self-centred personality. Despite this, she is shown to have another side to her; protesting on behalf of and serving soup to the ward's homeless on the verge of eviction, and arranging for Anzu to be taken in by the Hayashis.
Mao (マオ)
Voiced by: Ari Ozawa[7] (Japanese); Ariel Graham[5] (English)
Another esper with telekinetic powers from the same organization as Hina and Anzu. After being sent to recover them both, she accidentally lands on a deserted island and is stuck there for months without human contact, creating wooden puppet versions of Hina and Anzu to keep from going insane. Eventually, she manages to build a raft and ends up in China, where she studies kung-fu while subtly using her powers to rise near the top of the school. After a few years of training, she returns to Japan after being tasked to establish a branch of the school there, which leads to the establishment of a fitness instruction class called "Superhuman Fitness".
Yoshihiko Ashikawa (芦川 良彦, Ashikawa Yoshihiko)
Voiced by: Hidekatsu Shibata (Japanese); Bill Jenkins[5] (English)
The former head of Ashikawa-gumi. He eventually retires from his position due his advanced age and poor health, but maintains much of his influence. He dotes on Hina in a grandfatherly way, even using yakuza resources to assist her in such situations as running for student council president, and encourages Nitta to take a more active interest in raising her.
Kiyoshi Baba (馬場 清, Baba Kiyoshi)
Voiced by: Tsuyoshi Koyama[7] (Japanese); Tyler Walker (English)[5]
The second-in-command of Nitta's yakuza group. He views Nitta as a shameless brown-noser, but respects his recent accomplishments. He succeeded Yoshishiko as the new head of the yakuza group.
Sabu (サブ)
Voiced by: Kengo Kawanishi[7] (Japanese); Kyle Phillips[5] (English)
Nitta's underling in his yakuza group. He usually proves somewhat inept at whatever task he is assigned, such as debt collection, forcing Nitta to handle matters personally.
Tatsuhiko Naitou (内藤達彦, Naitō Tatsuhiko)
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada
Nitta's former mentor and the estranged father of Hitoshi. Known to be quick-tempered, demanding, and violent, he gave Nitta the scar above his eye. He spent several years in prison and is released in the months after Nitta starts taking care of Hina.
Hitoshi Maeda (前田 仁志, Maeda Hitoshi)
A boy who attends the same middle school as Hina, and later on develop feelings for her. Hina helps him work up the courage to confront his absentee father, Naitou.
Mami Shinjou (新庄 マミ, Shinjō Mami)
Voiced by: Eri Suzuki (Japanese); Lindsay Seidel (English)
One of Hina's classmates, and one of the few people who becomes aware of Hina's powers. She is obsessed with the paranormal and as such tends to gravitate towards Hina and also tends to jump to weird conclusions and overall acts like a younger kid than she is. She is also a loner in high school.
Sayo Aizawa (相沢 さよ, Aizawa Sayo)
Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu (Japanese); Jennifer Alyx (English)
One of Hina's classmates. She helps in the investigation to discover Hitomi's secret job. She tends to be very serious, although she also plays around for fun. She is also noticeably smarter than her classmates, and her defining trait is her glasses.
Yassan (ヤッさん)
Voiced by: Shinpachi Tsuji
Yassan is the homeless man who takes Anzu in after she fails to return to her home time. He teaches her the value of hard work and money, and becomes a father figure to her. After the ward administration evicted them from the park they were staying in, he brokered a deal through Utako for the Hayashis to take her in as their daughter. Yassan meets Anzu again after the time-skip, getting a bowl of ramen from her cart.
Atsushi Yamamoto (山本 アツシ, Yamamoto Atsushi)
Voiced by: Taku Yashiro (Japanese); Justin Cook (English)
The lead guitarist and vocalist of the band Central Park. Initially struggling to gain popularity, the band gains after coming into contact with Hina, who uses her powers to allow Atsushi to float during performances, a feeling he terms "Rocksion". After Hina ceases working with the band, their popularity falls again, leading Atsushi on a quest to gain magic powers and obtain "Rocksion". He later starts collaborating with Mao in the Superhuman Fitness project. In the previous timeline, his starts the project that led to the creation of the superhumans and is referred to as "Master", but is detained after the superhumans go out of control.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Hinamatsuri was serialized in Kadokawa's magazine Harta from 2010 to 2020, and has nineteen tankōbon volumes.[3] English manga publisher One Peace Books has licensed the series for publication in North America.[8]

Anime[edit]

A 12-episode anime television series adaptation by Feel aired from April 6 to June 22, 2018.[9][1] The series is directed by Kei Oikawa with Keiichirō Ōchi writing the scripts and Nippon Columbia producing the music.[10]Rie Murakawa performed the opening theme song "Distance", while Yoshiki Nakajima performed the ending theme "Sake to Ikura to 893 to Musume" (鮭とイクラと893と娘, transl. "Salted Salmon, Salmon Roe, 893, and the Girl") as his character Yoshifumi Nitta.[9] The second ending theme titled "Shashin Jō" (写真帖, transl. "Photo Book") by Yoko Ishida is used in episode 6, while episode 12 uses two ending themes: "Taisetsu na Hito" (たいせつなひと, transl. "Someone Important") by Haruka Chisuga and "Hajimete no Kimochi" (初めてのキモチ, transl. "First Time Feeling") by Ari Ozawa as her character Mao, respectively. Crunchyroll simulcast the anime, while Funimation streamed an English dub.[11]

Episode list[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ab"Hinamatsuri Super-Powered Yakuza Comedy Manga Gets TV Anime Next Spring". Anime News Network. September 12, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  2. ^"Hinamatsuri Volume 1 Review • Anime UK News". 20 October 2018.
  3. ^ ab"Hinamatsuri Manga Listed as Ending Serialization on July 15 2020". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2021-09-17.
  4. ^ abcd"Hinamatsuri Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals Cast, April Debut". Anime News Network. December 25, 2017. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  5. ^ abcdefgPineda, Rafael Antonio (April 27, 2018). "Funimation Reveals Hinamatsuri Anime's English Dub Cast". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  6. ^ ab"FUNimation - Cast & Crew: Hinamatsuri". 2018-05-07.
  7. ^ abcd"Hinamatsuri Anime Casts Yōko Hikasa, Ari Ozawa, Tsuyoshi Koyama, Kengo Kawanishi". Anime News Network. January 15, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  8. ^Ressler, Karen (April 10, 2018). "One Peace Books Licenses Hinamatsuri, I Hear the Sunspot: Limit Manga, Reprise of the Spear Hero Novels". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  9. ^ ab"Hinamatsuri TV Anime Reveals Theme Songs, April 6 Debut, New Video". Anime News Network. March 3, 2018. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  10. ^"Hinamatsuri TV Anime Reveals Visual, Staff". Anime News Network. November 17, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  11. ^Ressler, Karen (April 4, 2018). "Crunchyroll, Funimation Add Hinamatsuri Anime for Spring Season". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  12. ^"ストーりー" (in Japanese). Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  13. ^"放送情報" (in Japanese). Tokyo MX. Retrieved May 14, 2018.

External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinamatsuri_(manga)
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Love Hina

2000 anime and manga series by Ken Akamatsu

Love Hina volume 1.jpg

Cover of volume 1 of the Japanese version of Love Hina featuring Kitsune and Shinobu (left), Naru (center) and Motoko and Su (right).

GenreHarem,[1]romantic comedy,[2]slice of life[3]
Written byKen Akamatsu
Published byKodansha
English publisher
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
DemographicShōnen
Original runOctober 21, 1998 – October 31, 2001
Volumes14 (List of volumes)
Directed byYoshiaki Iwasaki
Produced by
  • Shinichi Ikeda
  • Keisuke Iwata
  • Yukinao Shimoji
Written byKurō Hazuki
Music byKoichi Korenaga[4]
StudioXebec
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo
Original run April 19, 2000 – September 27, 2000
Episodes24 + OVA (List of episodes)
Directed byYoshiaki Iwasaki
Produced by
  • Shinichi Ikeda
  • Yukinao Shimoji
  • Fukashi Azuma
Written byKurō Hazuki
Music by
  • Koichi Korenaga
  • Masaki Iwamoto
StudioXebec
Licensed by
ReleasedDecember 25, 2000
Runtime44 minutes
Directed byYoshiaki Iwasaki
Produced by
  • Shinichi Ikeda
  • Yukinao Shimoji
  • Fukashi Azuma
Written byKurō Hazuki
Music by
  • Koichi Korenaga
  • Masaki Iwamoto
StudioXebec
Licensed by
ReleasedApril 1, 2001
Runtime45 minutes
Directed byYoshiaki Iwasaki
Produced by
  • Atsushi Moriyama
  • Naoki Hiramatsu
Written byKurō Hazuki
Music byShinkichi Mitsumune
StudioXebec
Licensed by
Released January 26, 2002 – March 27, 2002
Runtime30 minutes
Episodes3 (List of episodes)
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

Love Hina (Japanese: ラブ ひな, Hepburn: Rabu Hina) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Ken Akamatsu. It was serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine from October 1998 to October 2001, with the chapters collected into 14 tankōbon volumes by Kodansha. The series tells the story of Keitarō Urashima and his attempts to find the girl with whom he made a childhood promise to enter the University of Tokyo. The manga was licensed for an English-language release in North America and the United Kingdom by Tokyopop, in Australia by Madman Entertainment, and in Singapore by Chuang Yi. Two novelizations of Love Hina, written by two anime series screenwriters, were also released in Japan by Kodansha. Both novels were later released in North America and the United Kingdom by Tokyopop.

A twenty-four episode anime adaptation of the manga series, produced by Xebec, aired in Japan from April to September 2000. It was followed by a bonus DVD episode, Christmas and Spring television specials, and a three episode original video animation (OVA) entitled Love Hina Again. The anime series, special, and OVA were licensed for release in North America by Bandai Entertainment. In July 2007, the license was acquired by Funimation, who released a boxset of the television series in February 2009. The series is also licensed in Australia by Madman Entertainment and in the United Kingdom by MVM Films.

The series has proved extremely popular around the world, both commercially and critically. In Japan, the manga had 20 million copies in circulation; over 1 million anime DVDs were also sold. The English release of the manga has been reprinted many times. Both anime and manga have received numerous industry awards in Japan and North America, as well as praise from critics.

Plot[edit]

See also: List of Love Hina characters

The story is a shōnen comedy that takes place in the Kanagawa Prefecture, and centers on Keitarō Urashima and his attempts to fulfill a childhood promise that he made with a girl to enter the University of Tokyo together. However, he has forgotten the name of the girl he made the promise to and hopes to be accepted into the university in order to find her. Having failed the entrance exam twice and with his parents no longer willing to support him, he goes to stay at his grandmother's hotel, only to find out that it has been converted into a female-only apartment. The tenants are about to kick him out when his aunt appears and announces that his grandmother has given him the title to the apartments. Much to their dismay Keitarō becomes the new manager of the family-owned girls' dorm Hinata House and must now balance his new responsibilities in addition to studying for the university entrance exam.

At Hinata House, Keitarō meets Naru Narusegawa, who is also studying to enter the university. Naru ranks first in the whole of Japan on the practice exams, and Keitarō convinces her to help him study. As the two of them grow closer through their studies, and after Keitarō accidentally reads a small section of Naru's diary, he becomes increasingly convinced that Naru may be the girl with whom he made the promise. On the second day of the university exam, Keitarō asks Naru about the promise and is stunned when she tells him he is mistaken. Despite their studying, and Naru's mock exam results, they both fail the exams. The pair then have an argument and independently run off to Kyoto to clear their heads. While on their trip they settle their differences and meet Mutsumi Otohime, who lives in Okinawa and is also studying for the university exams.

After returning from Kyoto, Keitarō and Naru decide to retake the exams. After a while, Mutsumi moves to Tokyo, and the three begin to study together. During this period, Naru becomes convinced that Mutsumi is Keitarō's promised girl, but Mutsumi states that she made a childhood promise with Naru, not Keitarō. During the next round of university exams, Keitarō believes he has failed them once again and runs away before finding out his results. After learning of this, Naru chases after him without checking her exam results either, and they are followed by the rest of the residents of Hinata House who announce that Keitarō and Naru both passed the exams along with Mutsumi. Unfortunately for him, Keitarō has an accident at the University of Tokyo opening ceremony and is unable to attend classes for three months. After recovering from his injuries, Keitarō decides to study overseas with Noriyasu Seta. As Keitarō is about to leave, Naru finally confesses her feelings to him at the airport and decides to wait for him to return.

When Keitarō returns, he and Naru finally begin to express their feelings for each other. After they deal with new obstacles, Grandma Hina returns to Hinata House and reveals Naru is the girl of Keitarō's promise. Three years later, a wedding ceremony (with a new girl, Ema Maeda, presented) is held at Hinata House for Naru and Keitarō as they finally fulfill their childhood promise to each other.

Production[edit]

Comparison between early and late designs for the character that became Naru

Initial sketches for the series were created between September and December 1997, after the completion of A.I. Love You.[5][6] Early storyboards with initial character designs were created between December 1997 and January 1998, and further character designs and location sketches followed between January and April 1998.[7][8] The last storyboards before serialization were created between April and August 1998.[9][10]

Around six months before the start of serialization, character designs were still going through several revisions before being settled upon. Several characters underwent complete redesigns and name changes.[11] At one stage the character Naru was named Midori, and she was supposed to fall through a hole in the floor naked, bump her head on Keitaro and lose her memory. Naru's name was changed many times before the author settled on Naru Narusegawa, and her final design is similar to Saati Namba from A.I. Love You.[12][13]Mitsune "Kitsune" Konno's money-grubbing nature and her older, jaded, and more mature personality were originally intended to be used for Kaolla Su.[14]Shinobu Maehara's nature was settled on from the beginning of the series, however her physical appearance and age were extensively redesigned as the series concept was shaped. In her early design, Shinobu had a similar appearance to Forty Namba from A.I. Love You.[15][16]

Throughout the run of the manga, the series used digital editing processes. After a rough sketch of a page was created, the page layout and basic detail were drawn and scanned into an AppleMacintosh. The major page elements were then shaded or filled with patterns, and elements that were drawn separately were added digitally to the page.[17] The manga also used a series of "banked images", which were basic line drawings of locations, such as a characters room. Instead of redrawing a location from scratch every time it was used, these banked images could be used as a base, and extra detail added to them depending on the requirements for the scene.[18]

Both of these techniques lead to characters having white outlines when copied digitally onto the scene.[19] Parts of Hinata Inn and other locations used were inspired by real life locations and designed from photographs collected during research.[10][20]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Main article: List of Love Hina chapters

Love Hina were originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine, between November 4, 1998 and November 14, 2001 for a total of 123 chapters.[21] The series was released as a 14-volume collected edition between March 1999 and January 2002.[22][23] The series was later released in a partially colored format known as the "Iro Hina version". The 14 Iro Hina volumes were released between July 2001 and April 2004.[24][25] A new seven-volume edition was released by Kodansha between June and December 2014.[26][27]

Kodansha published a bilingual English and Japanese edition under the Kodansha Bilingual Comics label. Eight volumes were produced under the bilingual format between October 2000 and July 2001.[28][29] The edition was removed from sale after the series was licensed by Tokyopop.[30]

The series was licensed for an English-language release in North America and the United Kingdom by Tokyopop, which released the 14 volumes between May 21, 2002 and September 16, 2003.[31][32] The English release was one of Tokyopop's first releases in the "Authentic Manga" lineup of titles using the Japanese right to left reading style. In doing so the artwork remained unchanged from the original.[33] The series appeared consistently in Tokyopop's top five selling manga and has been reprinted several times.[34] In August 2009, it was revealed that Tokyopop's license had been left to expire by Kodansha and would not be renewed.[35]Kodansha Comics licensed the series with a new translation.[36] This omnibus edition was released as 5 volumes between October 2011 and March 2013.[37][38][39]

The series is also licensed for an English-language release in Singapore by Chuang Yi and for regional language releases in France and Québec by Pika Édition, in Spain by Glénat, in Brazil by Editora JBC, in Mexico by Grupo Editorial Vid, in Poland by Waneko, in Greece by Compupress, in Germany in German, in Norway by Schibsted Forlag, in Sweden by Bonnier Carlsen and in Denmark by Egmont Manga & Anime.[40][41]

The September 1, 2010 issue of Weekly Shōnen Magazine included a six-color-page Love Hinaone-shot.[42] A crossoverone-shot with Aho Girl was released on August 27, 2014.[43]

Anime[edit]

Main article: List of Love Hina episodes

Love Hina was adapted into a 24-episode anime television series by Xebec, a division of Production I.G. The series aired on TV Tokyo April 19 through September 27, 2000.[44] The opening theme was Sakura Saku and the closing theme was Kimi Sae Ireba. Both songs were written by Ritsuko Okazaki and performed by Megumi Hayashibara. The two themes were released as a CD single, which debuted on the Oricon charts at Number 7.[45][46] A bonus 25th episode was later created and released as a DVD bonus.[47] The series and bonus episode were directed by Yoshiaki Iwasaki, written by Shō Aikawa and featured character designs by Makoto Uno.[48][49]

In Japan, the television series was released on nine DVDs by Starchild Records between August 3, 2000 and April 2, 2001.[50][51]Love Hina is credited with being one of the first anime series to be available unofficially as a digitally produced fansub, with multiple groups working on the series.[52][53] The popularity, and widespread availability of the series in this form meant that several potential licensors of the series such as ADV Films had concerns over licensing the series.[54] The series was later licensed in North America by Bandai Entertainment, who released six DVDs between February 19 and November 19, 2002.[55] In July 2007, Funimation Entertainment announced they had acquired the license to the series after Bandai's license had expired. A new boxset of the television series across 4 discs was released by Funimation on February 24, 2009.[56][57] It was then re-released as part of Funimation's Viridian Collection on July 27, 2010. In the United Kingdom, the series is licensed by MVM Films, who released the series on six DVDs between September 6, 2004 and March 7, 2005, and as a boxset on May 14, 2007.[58] In Australia and New Zealand the series is licensed by Madman Entertainment, who also released the series across six DVDs between September 18, 2002, and February 11, 2003. A box set was later released on December 3, 2003.[59]

After the television series was completed, a Christmas special, Love Hina Xmas Eve: Silent Night, was produced and shown on December 25, 2000 on TV Tokyo.[44] A DVD was released in Japan on July 4, 2001.[50][60] It was then released in North America on December 3, 2002 and in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2005.[58][61] The Spring Special Love Hina Spring Special: I Wish Your Dream was also shown on TV Tokyo on April 2, 2001.[44] The DVD was released in Japan on August 1, 2001, in North American on March 18, 2003 and in the United Kingdom on May 16, 2005.[50][58][62] Finally, an OVA series called Love Hina Again was released on DVD in Japan in 3 parts between January 26, 2002 and March 27, 2002.[63] A CD single featuring the opening theme "Kirari Takaramono" and the ending theme "Be for Me, Be for You" was released on February 28, 2002. A solo version was used for the first episode, and a duet with Yūji Ueda was used for the third episode.[64][65][66] The North American and United Kingdom releases of Love Hina Again grouped the 3 parts together on one disc and were released on September 2, 2003 and January 7, 2008 respectively.[58][67]

After the end of the television series, Love Hina Final Selection was released, containing a summary of the series and "Love Live Hina", a live concert featuring all of the main cast members.[68]

The anime was later used as the source for a film comic, Love Hina Anime Comics, which told the anime story in comic form using stills from the show as the comic panels.[69] The anime Comics series follows the story of the television series, unaired 25th episode, and the Xmas and Spring specials and each volume contains 3 exclusive trading cards.[70][71][72] The film comics also contain anime production info.[73]

Light novels[edit]

Two novels have been written by the anime screenwriters and illustrated by Ken Akamatsu as side stories of the main series. Love Hina: Mystery Guests at Hinata Hotel was written by Shō Aikawa under the pen name "Kurō Hazuki", was published in Japan by Kodansha on May 17, 2001. It was later rereleased in a bilingual edition (English and Japanese) in December 2001.[74][75] The second novel, Love Hina: Secrets at Hinata Hotel was written by Hiroyuki Kawasaki and released in Japan on February 15, 2002, with a bilingual edition released the same month.[76][77] Tokyopop licensed both novels for an English-language distribution in North America, releasing the first novel under the title Love Hina: The Novel, Volume 1 on April 11, 2006, and the second novel under the title Love Hina: The Novel, Volume 2 on August 8, 2006.[78]

Reference books[edit]

Two reference books for the manga series have been released for fans of the series. Love Hina 0 was released on July 17, 2002 and contains character profiles, interviews and production info as well as other supporting materials for the first seven volumes of the manga.[79][80]Love Hina Mugendai (ラブひな∞) was released on July 17, 2002 and contains character profiles, a timeline, artwork, interviews and production info. A large section is dedicated to early production sketches and handwritten development notes.[5][81][82]

Two reference books have also been released for the anime series. Ani-Hina Ver.1 was released on August 4, 2000 and Ani-Hina Ver.2 was released on November 9, 2000.[83][84] Each book contains character profiles, episode summaries, production sketches and details as well as interviews and information on the voice actors; each covers half of the anime series.[48][49]

Video games[edit]

The series has seen several video games released across several platforms. The Game Boy Color received Love Hina Pocket on August 4, 2000, and Love Hina Party on January 26, 2001.[85][86] The Game Boy Advance received Love Hina Advance on September 7, 2001.[87] The Sega Dreamcast received Love Hina: Totsuzen no Engeji Happening on September 28, 2000 and Love Hina: Smile Again on March 29, 2001.[88][89] The Sony PlayStation received Love Hina 1: Ai wa Kotoba no Naka ni on September 28, 2000 and Love Hina 2: Kotoba wa Konayuki no Yō ni on November 30, 2000.[90][91] The Sony PlayStation 2 received Love Hina: Gojasu Chiratto Happening on May 22, 2003.[92]

Soundtracks[edit]

Main article: List of Love Hina soundtracks

Prior to the start of the anime, several image songs were recorded by the anime cast members.[93] Several maxi singles were released featuring some of these image songs as well as drama tracks, also performed by the anime cast. "I Love Hina" was released on April 26, 2000 and followed by Love Hina 1 on June 26, 2000, Love Hina 2 on July 26, 2000 and Love Hina 3 on August 23, 2000. Love Hina 1 came with a box to hold the other singles.[94]

There have been several Love Hina soundtracks released. Love Hina Original Sound File was released on September 21, 2000 and contains all of the background music for the series as well as many vocal songs. Love Hina — Winter Special Soundtrack was released on January 24, 2001 and was followed by Love Hina — Spring Special Soundtrack on June 6, 2001. Love Hina Again Soundtrack was released on April 3, 2002.[94] Two collections of vocal songs featuring the female cast members were released: Love Hina – Hinata Girls Song Best was released on March 16, 2001 and Love Hina – Hinata Girls Song Best 2 was released on October 3, 2001.[94] Many of the songs featured on these two albums were written by Ritsuko Okazaki, who released the self cover album Love Hina Okazaki Collection on December 16, 2001.[95] Two live concerts called Love Live Hina were performed by the Japanese cast members. The Tokyo Bay performance was bundled on DVD with Love Hina Final Selection, and the Osaka Performance was available separately.[68][96]

Reception[edit]

The first 11 volumes sold over 6 million copies in Japan as of October 2001[97] As of July 2017, the manga had 20 million copies in circulation.[98]Love Hina won the Kodansha Manga Award for best shōnen title in 2001.[99] It was selected as the "Best Manga, USA Release" at both the 2002 and 2004 Anime Expo conventions.[100][101] In 2003, the title was among the top ten graphic novels on Nielsen BookScan's list and one of the first graphic novels to ever appear in the general trade paperback list.[102] The popular culture|pop culture website ICv2 voted Love Hina "Anime Product of the Year" in 2002.[103]

The series was well received by critics. Tony Chen, of Anime News Network (ANN), found it to be a funny series, though finding the 16+ rating appropriate due to the number of jokes involving sexual innuendo. He praised the beautiful artwork, feeling the "sexy and cute" female designs were perfect for the series and that Keitarō's design fit his dorky personality. Chen found Naru's regularly catching Keitarō making a mistake and calling him a pervert redundant and annoying.[1] Eric Luce of Ex.org notes an increased character development over other love comedies, and describes the series as "nothing if not whimsical".[104]

In Japan, the television series DVDs sold over 1 million copies.[50] The release of the second and third DVDs in Japan was only the second time that an anime series had consecutive number 1 chart positions. This would not occur again until over 15 years later with Mr. Osomatsu.[105]

ANN's Bamboo Dong praised the anime adaptation for being very intriguing and mixing "drama, romance, and slapstick comedy in a pleasing combination". She found the music "incredibly cute" and felt it was used in a way which contributed to many of the dramatic effects in the anime.[106] In The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917, Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy felt the female characters were a "standard rack of female anime archetypes" and that the series as a whole was a "culmination of a decade of geek-centered anime".[60] Kenneth Lee, writing for Ex.org, praised the look and quality of the animation, highlighting the benefits of the digital creation of the adaption over traditional cel animation. Lee recognised elements from other series such as Maison Ikkoku and Kimagure Orange Road, and summarised the series as "simply wonderful".[107] Chris Beveridge, of AnimeOnDVD.com, noted the first anime DVD volume was "really well put together", but also felt the manga did not translate into an anime series particularly well.[108][109] He praised the Christmas special, noting that it was "several notches above the TV series" but found that while the Spring Special had amusing moments, it was rushed with bad plotting.[47][110]

The Love Hina Again OVA received more mixed reviews, with ANN's Zac Bertschy feeling it reversed part of the plot of the main anime series and never reached the same entertainment level as the television series. The character of Kanako, Keitarō's sister, was heavily criticized for being "one of the most annoying characters ever created even though she would have been better for Keitaro than Naru."[111] Beveridge praised the fun and comedy as well as the fan service, but also noted that one's enjoyment would depend on whether they still cared for the characters.[112]

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English: Hinamatsuri

Synonyms: Hina Festival

Japanese: ヒナまつり


Information

Type:TV

Episodes: 12

Status: Finished Airing

Aired: Apr 6, 2018 to Jun 22, 2018

Premiered:Spring 2018

Broadcast: Fridays at 21:00 (JST)

Producers:Media Factory, Magic Capsule, Nippon Columbia, Kadokawa Media House, Akatsuki

Licensors:Funimation

Studios:feel.

Source: Manga

Genres:ComedyComedy, Sci-FiSci-Fi, Slice of LifeSlice of Life, SupernaturalSupernatural

Demographic:SeinenSeinen

Duration: 23 min. per ep.

Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Statistics

Score:8.181(scored by 200052200,052 users)

1 indicates a weighted score.

Ranked:#3412

2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.

Popularity: #398

Members: 406,844

Favorites: 3,627


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While reveling in the successful clinching of a prized vase for his collection, Yoshifumi Nitta, a yakuza member, is rudely interrupted when a large, peculiar capsule suddenly materializes and falls on his head. He opens the capsule to reveal a young, blue-haired girl, who doesn't divulge anything about herself but her name—Hina—and the fact that she possesses immense powers. As if things couldn't get any worse, she loses control and unleashes an explosion if her powers remain unused. Faced with no other choice, Nitta finds himself becoming her caregiver.

To let her use her powers freely, Nitta asks Hina to help out with a construction deal, which goes smoothly. But while this is happening, a rival yakuza group covertly attacks his boss. To Nitta's shock, his colleagues later pin the blame on him! Tasked with attacking the rival group in retaliation, Nitta steels himself and arrives at their hideout. But suddenly, Hina unexpectedly steps in and helps him wipe out the entire group. As it turns out, Hina might just become a valuable asset to Nitta and his yakuza business, provided she does not use her powers on him first! And so the strange life of this unusual duo begins.

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Once every now and then, we get comedic showstoppers that does what it needs to do: entertain. I’ve seen a lot of comedy shows in the past few years and believe me, Hinamatsuri belongs in a category of its own. It’s entertaining not just on the level of being able to make me laugh but also able to capture the magic of what comedy really is about. It’s only 12 episodes but manages to make an addicting impression.

As a fan of the manga, delightful is just one of many words that came to mind when I heard about the adaptation. The manga contains over 70+ chapters of memorable content and to fully deliver that value isn’t an easy task. Luckly, Hinamatsuri does something that I noticed many shows doesn’t do these days and that’s being aware of itself. On first viewing, it felt like a challenge to realize what this series is all about. The premise itself can make some people’s eyes roll while the character cast consists of a variety of colorful personalities. To me, Hinamatsuri is like diving into a world of absurdity but coming out of it brings me nothing but a smile and the realization of being entertained.

From watching the show, I can tell that the director wanted to for entertain the audience. The most evident is the selling of the comedic character reactions. Main characters Hina and Nitta does this the best as they come from very different backgrounds. On the surface level, the two are nothing alike but through interacting with one another, they form a strange bond that makes them almost inseparable. The anime does a phenomenal job at capturing the character expressions with well-timed body language. It creates the sensation of wanting for more every episode and see what characters will do under certain situations. Each episode consists of segments of everyday life activities although there are abnormal events happening from time to time involving psychic powers. Beyond just selling the comedy, this show also does contain some interesting emotional elements too.

One particular episode showcasing Anzu depicts the realism of homelessness. It’s one of those episodes that you would least expect to see from this particular anime. What attracts me about this show is how it ties in a lot of ideas together. The thematic storytelling may feel random at first but overall has a connection together. Every main or supporting character also delivers moments that are hard to forget. This also includes Hina’s classmates such as Hitomi as she works discreetly at a bar that few knows. It’s also noticeable that the show doesn’t just take place at school or the city either. In a big change in mood, an episode focusing on Mao shows what life is like in isolation. By experimenting ideas like this, it feels like this show constantly evolves and has something for fans to talk about.

I’ve already mentioned some of the characters but a big question is if the show puts enough value to make the audience care about them. While some characters may not stand out much as the others, I can definitely say with confidence that the main cast is worth watching for their roles. It would have been easy to just let the characters do the talking but instead, the series remarkably showcase their personalities in the most humorous ways possible. A general sense of fatalism can also be felt as some characters are destined to meet or events fated to happen. While some storytelling elements can be predictable in later episodes, it doesn’t hold back with how characters connect with each other.

Now, there’s an elephant in the room. Once you’ve seen a good amount of episodes, it’s not hard to say that the anime portrays characters in some inappropriate ways. Fan service is present in some episodes and there may be some uncomfortable scenes thrown in by the creators. While this is true on the surface, it should be realized that the anime isn’t presented as a shock value. At its core, Hinamatsuri serves to entertain its audience through creative comedy. The fan service adds more fuel to the fire that way.

Adapted by studio feel, the anime has production quality that I can say works quite well. The character reactions are the big selling factor animated with extreme style. Somehow, it remains faithful to the overall tone of the show without ever going off-track. It also impresses me that we get to see emotional moments bought to life. It’s very human and despite how silly the anime can be, the show contains episodes that are tearjerking. Character designs looks sharp with the vibrant outlines that makes them stand out too.

While not being a powerhouse in the music department, Hinamatsuri does boasts a great voicing cast. Nitta, Hina, Anzu, and Hitomi are the primary examples that perfectly fits with their personalities. Every now and then, they can say lines with a straight face under certain circumstances that can’t help but make me laugh. It’s a comedy show and definitely never forgets its intentions. The music also makes certain scenes and montages feel more meaningful.

Ah, if only Hinamatsuri had more than 12 episodes. The manga contains more material that I would love to see animated on TV. However, it did adapt the series to the extent that made a great impression to me. From character chemistry to the peculiar storytelling, every episode left me with something to talk about. This is a dark horse of the year that I hope people won’t overlook. Crafting comedy isn’t easy these days but I feel that Hinamatsuri accomplished that so well. I am entertained.

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Back when I first started Hinamatsuri in the midst of other shows for the Spring season Hinamatsuri felt different. Compared to the others, it pulled me in and in a different way too. In the first five minutes I was slightly taken aback by the artstyle but when I continued watching it, it hit me with it's wonder. Hinamatsuri is exactly that kind of anime, and it continued to be so till it's end, it calms you down, then immediately rushes out with the comedy and before you know it, you're laughing out loud. Oh and there are tons of heartfelt moments too, what more could you ask for such an innovative and hilarious anime? Original Review published June 22, 2018 on MAL

For starters, Hinamatsuri is a fresh take among the many comedy anime we see nowadays. It's not a school romance comedy and thanks to that it pushes out a huge cliche (there are exceptions) right out of the window, add to that it's supernatural nature mixed with clever comedy and you've got a fresh anime that people not only laugh with, but cherish for the coming seasons because you won't see such an anime so common, not every season, not every year either. Hinamatsuri uses tons of elements and jokes in it's run and it was very hard for me to find recycled jokes among them, it was all new and innovative and that says a lot about it's quality as a comedy anime. Oh and by saying it's supernatural you might think it relies too much on supernatural stupidity to tickle your funny bone? No, the best part is that Hinamatsuri can stand even on normal comedy and make everyday situations so hilarious despite having a huge arsenal of supernatural jokes at its disposal but Hinamatsuri uses both of them very wisely with the end result being us viewers holding down our stomachs while we laugh.

A huge reason why Hinamatsuri is so incredibly amazing is because it's got various approaches to the comedy, and it almost always nailed them, first off it has a buildup of jokes, the situation starts getting crazier and crazier and you're left laughing at every second. This is common in comedy anime since you can put up over the top situations and make people laugh as well, but Hinamatsuri unlike many others not only looks at that but it also looks at the premise where it's using it in, something surprisingly uncommon in other anime. What am I talking about? Many times we see anime attempt at comedy but use the wrong approach at the wrong time, thus even though the joke was actually funny, the wrong approach didn't give the writers the result they wanted and this anime thankfully crosses that hurdle.

Another approach it has to it's comedy is somewhat of the opposite, it sets your expectations low on purpose before hitting you with the punchline, this also has a largely positive effect since if the joke is successful, it can almost equal the hilarity of the previous take and on the other hand serve as an element of surprise to its viewers which as well plays a huge part in making it so funny since Hinamatsuri rarely failed at this as well. Yet another approach Hinamatsuri took was to use the “straight man” principle to effectively. What is the straight man principle you may ask? It's when the characters do something stupid and another character takes the “straight man” role and points out the stupidity in shock and while on paper this may seem unfunny, in reality it's very successful if implemented properly, two of the best and most famous examples of characters using the straight man principle excellently in anime are namely Saiki Kusuo (Saiki Kusuo no PSI Nan) and Shimura Shinpachi (Gintama). Instead of attributing this principle to only one character, Hinamatsuri gives the role to multiple characters depending on the situation and thankfully does it well.

Why did I list these and explain the different approaches to comedy? It's because few anime use so many approaches and few of them are successful in doing so as well, and the good news is that Hinamatsuri can use those very well, reason being it keeps them fresh with the comedy and helps keep things varied.

Note: The following is a comparison of Hinamatsuri, Saiki and Gintama, if you haven't watched the latter two completely, please skip the next paragraph as you may not understand the references talked about.

***COMPARISON BEGIN: Since comedy shows get compared a lot, why not compare Hinamatsuri with an anime it shares a lot in common with arguably the giant of comedy anime, Gintama along with a relatively recent anime that's also been doing fabulous, Saiki Kusuo, note that I used these both as examples as well above for the straight man principle. First off with Gintama, Hinamatsuri shares the nature of smile+tears, meaning that both anime make you laugh with it's jokes, but it also has it's sad arcs that give you the feels and usually make many cry. Apart from this, both are supernatural anime (along with Saiki of course) that use their premise very smartly and have varied approaches to comedy, not just one. For Saiki, both feature modern-day Earth but retain the supernatural nature along with the occasional school comedy (but good) thrown in. COMPARISON END***

All three feature this element and excellently use their numerous weapons at their disposal wisely along with using one of the best comedy methods as well, unpredictability. You never know what comes next and when it does, you're left laughing your ass out. What does this entail? This entails that Hinamatsuri is an anime comparable to such greats and can stand on its own as well without having to mooch off anything else. Much like the other two, Hinamatsuri also at times jumped straight to the comedy itself without any caution (although this wasn't used much) and served as possibly the best form of surprise it could muster. Moving away from the comparing and looking at the points that set Hinamatsuri apart from the others is that Hinamatsuri uses an outsmarting “lazy approach”, such that when you're watching Hinamatsuri, much like Hina, it looks sluggish and slow and lazy as well but the moment you think that this is how the whole episode will be, it lands in a sudden joke and you're left flabbergasted in laughter (can people be flabbergasted in laughter? Maybe :P) so you'd be dumb to write Hinamatsuri off if you think it's a bit slow at first because there's a huge punch coming really soon as well.

Now let's step aside from the comedy for a bit since that's not exactly everything Hinamatsuri offers, we also have the occasional sad arcs. These were usually of Anzu (primarily) and at times a few other characters realising the importance of friendship or a life lesson as well. The reason why people loved Anzu to the point that people very soon ranked her higher than Hina for the best girl of the anime was because her arcs were so damn powerful. Poverty, learning to live as a homeless person, the community you make with them, and many other things beyond that I can't cover since they're spoilers, her arcs have a lot of thought and emotion into them and no person with a heart could not at least get a lump in their throat when they see the way she works hard to do her best for her friends who she treats like family as the feeling is mutual, this is really what should make us smile and laugh, the happiness of a human being doesn't come from being rich, but from enjoying what's next to us, what we have, not what we want, and this serious message was shown through her in these arcs. Getting why the anime is so amazing?

On the other side of the spectrum we have the duo who we started with, Nitta and Hina, these two are like father and daughter, despite one being a Yakuza and the other having dangerous superpowers, they went like bread and butter, and for the opposite reasons. If you took them individually, Hina wouldn't be as funny by herself and Nitta could only be used as a straight man if he's not with Hina. The anime is such that not only can Hina and Nitta not live without each other, but their comedy as well can't live without each other, and this is a testament to the genius mangaka behind this. As such, this erases most doubts about people possibly thinking of possibly axing one of the two, but much like Nana and Popo in the Ice Climbers (I s'pose no one will get that NES reference), they both need each other not only to live, but to make us laugh. Needless to say, Hina and Nitta’s sketches leave their mark clearly.

Let's move to arguably the most powerful character of the show, Hitomi. Why did I call her so? It's because she highly influences both Hina and Anzu. Anyway, Hitomi is fantastic as a character since she's very relatable thanks to her being given the straight man (or woman if you may) role by handling the BS that her daily life gives her and her arcs as well were hilarious as well as cute. She suddenly gets forced to work as a bartender and surprisingly becomes adept at her job and this is used as a baseline for many of the jokes at her. She also as mentioned played the straight woman for the crap that she has to deal with Hina and sometimes Anzu and her work. The best part is that she's amazing since she's so ordinary in the midst of idiots around her that it's hilarious in its own right and I seriously can't complain when even this is used well for it's jokes. Pretty reflective of the anime itself.

The thing is that Hinamatsuri has its own share of flaws as well. Even though it's comedy is almost always on point, if the jokes DO fail, the episode can fall apart pretty quick if nothing is done, and although this did happen once or twice, it pretty much saved itself in the next joke and went on, but this issue does exist and could be done better. And one issue that many point out is that since the anime is named Hinamatsuri, it still doesn't focus much on Hina in the first place. Although Hinamatsuri's purpose is to follow and balance screen time for all characters, many times Hina felt off the mark either because she wasn't given too many lines or she wasn't the person making the joke at that time. This is also a problem since based on Hina’s character, it's hard to bring in new stuff for a lazy brat since a lazy brat doesn't do much in the first place. This shows that you can't do much with the character as you would with others so Hinamatsuri's comedy gets held back at times when Hina doesn't do much.

Overall, Hinamatsuri is an anime that does a lot, and a lot of that is different from the usual. Apart from being able to stand on its own legs for support, it is comparable to the legends in its genre and can hold its own to a respectable level. It's truly an all round comedy in part because it makes you cry then laugh in just a span of a minute. Why is that you may ask? It's because comedy isn't just laughing at stupidity, comedy is also trying to find the funny in tragedy and the sad times, that's what Hinamatsuri is all about. And that's what comedy should be all about isn't it?

P.S: This season has a multitude of amazing last episodes demonstrating the best of the show’s offerings overall and Hinamatsuri was no exception. The last episode excellently showed us everything that made the show so amazing. A combination of feels, slapstick comedy and recent nostalgia made for an epic end to an epic anime (despite that minor cliffhanger?), and as a fan, I couldn't ask for anything more. It's a fan’s dream come true. Here's hoping we see a season 2 anytime soon!

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Sound: 9.5
Character: 9
Enjoyment: 10

Overall: 9.5

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What makes a great comedy anime?

Comedy

Timing

Character reactions

Direction

Character relationships

These are all ways to make a comedy anime better. However, unlike my 3D Kanojo real girl and Love is hard for an Okatu reviews where I compared them with each to see which one was overall better (spoilers Wotaku Love is hard for an otaku won) but instead I just want to talk about I believe that Hinamatsru or Hina Festival is by far one of the best comedy/slice anime to ever come out. Am not saying that its competitor Comic Girls was bad or anything, in fact, Comic Girls was a good comedy/slice of life anime that made me laugh a couple of times. However, it still wouldn’t have a chance against Hinamatsuri

So what made Hinamatsuri so great?
How did it end up dominating the Spring 18 season?
You will find out soon enough.

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.

The story is brilliant and very well crafted.

For starters, the show does a nice job at building its own world where the anime perfectly showcases every social group in the city from the middle school students, the Yakusa, workers from the shopping district to even the homeless people. The show also does a fantastic job of displaying character interaction based on different social groups.

For example in Hitomi’s character arc where she was forced to work as a bartender, we see that many social groups like the Yakusha’s seeing the fact that a middle school girl was working in a bar. Like with Hitomi classmates where they thought that Hitomi is working in a bar as a bartender as well doing naughty things with adults and Yakusa. However as soon they enter the bar that there was no naughty activity going on as Hitomi is just severing the adult's beer meaning the people in the ear are not paedophiles as they just want a drink.

Despite Hitomi, the character arc is the most comedic of the bunch her rise to fame was handled very well.

The comedy in Hinamatsuri is brilliant to the core. The comedy and jokes are really funny as they are all timed and most importunity that are not repetitive. What makes the comedy more brilliant is how the characters react to the comedic situations that go on in this series.

The one thing that I really adored about Hinamatsuri is doing a great job at tackling the serious topic and themes such as homeless, humanity, running way, acceptance, family, gambling, and money and does a great job at exploring them in full depth as well treating the themes and topics with respect.

The thing that sold me about this series the most is despite being heavily a comedy/slice of life show character actually gets development. You see most comedy anime would often return to the status quo meaning once these characters had they spotlight by the next episode they return to they usually self’s removing all of the character development in the process. This never happens in Hinamatsuri as the characters and even the world itself change and evolves as the series goes.

(Spoilers Ahead)

The best example of this was in Anzu character arc where she started off as this tough girl who came to earth to take Hina home as well stealing food and drinks from the local shopping district however all of this changes when she cannot return back of where she came from and because of that she became homeless as a result. Eventually, Anzu lives with a bunch of homeless people and while she’s was living with them she learns about the value of money and the power of community and friendship.

Unfortunately at a certain point of the series, she would have to leave the homeless community so she can be live with a couple that owns a restaurant. After that point we the audience see how her time in the homeless community has affected her both psychically and mentally to a point where she is seen trying to adapt to her new surroundings and things that she can now do such as having a bath to learning the value and importance of money.

These are things that I want to see in anime more often because the anime medium itself has the potential to present life lessons and serious topics to the viewer and I glad Hina Festival did a great job at handling its serious topics and themes.

The characters in Hinamatsuri were all brilliant and very likeable in their own ways. The one thing that I praise about this show is despite being a comedy slice of life show characters actually have characters development. A lot of comedy anime such as Konosuba, School Rumble and a few others are afraid of leaving its comedic ways. I know some of them are padorys where they are perfectly happy of being comedic but the problem was especially for Konosuba where at many times the show cock teases the audience about being more than a comedy where characters get developed but instead of doing that and taking risks that show decided to be the same comedic show from episode 1 however in the progress the show completely lost its charm to a point where it became unfunny and repetitive.

Hinamatsuri completely avoids all the pitfalls and traps that caught other comedy were not only the characters were likeable but the actually get development plus they are still actually funny and they don’t repeat the same jokes/gags to the audience.

Nitta is a great character that I really liked. Sure may appear as your generic Yakusa member in the beginning but he honestly has a softer side to him that makes him an interesting character to watch. I also loved his father and daughter relationship with Hina as it well-executed and was intriguing to watch.

Hina is, unfortunately, my least favorite character in the series. Don't me wrong she's not a character by any means as she is a good character in her own right. The problem is that if you compare to the other girls in the series especially Anzu who has the most character development she didn't really stand out. Yes she's has a good character arc with Nitta where they learn the importance of a father and daughter relationship but honestly, I thought Nitta learned a lot more than Hina did. Yes, she can be interesting characters at times but I thought she was nowhere as interesting as Anzu, Nitta, and Hitomi. Overall Hina is a good character but she gets overshadowed compare to the other girls in the series.

If I had to pick my favorite character in this show I would pick Hitomi. As a character, Hitomi was an absolute joy too because she went from being a typical middle school girl who is timed to a general hard-worker who is very skilled at the things that she does to a point where became a key member in several businesses. I also really adored her character interactions and arcs.

While Hitomi is my personal favorite character in the series Anzu is by far the best character in the show in terms of writing and character development. Compare to the other girls in the series she's probably the most flawed and human character in the series despite being superman with powers. Not to mention her character arc was well written to the core.

Mao who comes in late in the series is an interesting character.
She an esper girl who has been stuck on the island who is trying to find her fellow espers. Despite having way less screen time in the due to her coming in the series very late she’s still managed to be an intriguing character that I really liked. More than Hina who had way more screen time than Mao.
The supporting characters are great in their own ways as they all memorable and intriguing to watch from start to finish.

Visually Hinamatsuri is pretty great.
Studio feel did a great job at sticking with the rough style of its source material with its jagged, textured linear and Gratuitous Overlays. The show also has great use of lovely and modern colour palettes which gives the show it's own visual flare
I really adored the facial character expressions that series has to offer as it's more tension to both the comedic and serious situations that go one in the series.

My favorite characters expression in the series was defiantly Hitomi because the way she opens her month sticks her tongue out whenever she thinks that she going to get caught by someone important because after all, she is working as a bartender at a young age.

The animation is pretty good for what it was so I have no complaints whatsoever.

The soundtrack in Hinamatsuri is great as it perfectly represents the daily life of Ashigawa.
The opening theme Distance by Rie Murakawa is easily the best opening from this spring 18 anime season as it's very catchy and perfectly captures the setting and tone of the series.
The ending theme Sake to Ikura to 893 sung by Nitta's Seiyuu actor was a masterpiece.

Before we get to the sub vs dub section of the review I just want to praise the fact that both the opening and ending evolving as the show goes along and this was perfectly shown by a character named Utako where if you keep on watching the opening each episode you will start to see how less important the character actually became and for this case was Utako where only appears once in the opening in episode 10 while she's never present in the ending at all in episode 10. Another thing I really like is how it the ending theme features evolving supporting characters where I honestly hope more do theses evolving opening/ending themes in the future because one it really makes them unique and two instead of pointless recap episodes we the viewers actually see visually of how did the series progressed.

The sub is very good overall and I have no complaints about it however what really surprised me about Hinamatsuriwas the dub. The dub for Hinamatsuri is brilliant and well-acted.

Overall I adored Hinamatsuri Now I can safely say that not only Hinamatsuri single-handily dominated the Spring 18 season but it's also one of the best slice of life/comedy series period.
The story was amazing and well created. The characters were wonderful and interesting. The production values were great and the soundtrack is awesome.
It truly feels like the creators for this anime put a lot of care and effort when making this anime and am glad.
Hopefully, this show gets a second season sometime in the future as well Blu Ray release by Funimation in the US and UK.

If you looking for a slice of life/comedy anime that is very funny and has great character development than I recommend Hinamatsuri.

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I really can't see why so many people are liking this thing. It simply isn't funny. Yes, it does have some moments that it actually gets you off guard, but most of the time you can easily guess when it will break expectancy, and how.

Characters are poor, or at least they can't shine alone, and there is very few interaction between them, many jokes are about the adversities of a single character, many of those aren't funny. I understand that good part of jokes comes from sad things, but that doesn't mean sad things are fun by themselves. I don't really think the writer or the director worked well together, but on my opinion both are bad.

Story is weak as in any comedy. Yes, it tries to give some progression to the side characters, but Hina, which is the funniest one, get's very little progress. And a main problem is that it doesn't keep the premise at all. The superpowers, are barely used, even when they should. Yes, in good part it would brake the jokes, exactly because those jokes are made for a powerless sitcom, and not this kind of thing...

Art style is weak and plain creepy on those close-ups. Maybe that was the intention, the author thought it was funny, but for me, it wasn't.

Overall, you can skip this one. I didn't have much fun and ended up skipping most a good part of it.

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Domestic na Kanojo - Natsuo arrives to Hina's apartment

Hina
ヒナ

Hina (ヒナ)is a protagonist of the Hinamatsuriseries.

She is from an advanced civilization with technology that allows people to travel through dimensions. Due to her incredible psychokinetic abilities, Hina was manipulated by adults in her homeworld. After she escapes to a different universe, she starts living with Nitta and enjoys her relatively normal life.

Appearance[]

Hina is a pre-teen. She has shoulder-length turquoise hair and blue eyes. She usually has a stoic expression and wears either her school uniform, casual clothes, or loungewear.

Personalities[]

Hina rarely displays any emotions, often maintaining an aloof disposition. Despite her incredible powers, she is quite apathetic and lazy and hardly takes interest in anything besides food and sleeping. As such, she can be infuriating to live with as she can come off as rude and ungrateful, prompting Nitta to kick her out of the house at one point and even driving Anzu to do the same. Even so, Hina becomes more kind and considerate throughout the series, coming to appreciate Nitta more as a father figure. Hina can be quite air-headed at times, often not being able to read the room and lacks common sense.

Story[]

She appeared out of thin air in a capsule in Yoshifumi Nitta's apartment. Hina quickly bonded with Nitta as he was the first adult that treated her as more than a tool. His work as a Yakuza, Hina's psychic powers, and their unusual dispositions often lead to hijinks. These escapades only grow once Hina's fellow psychics, Anzu and Mao, appear and as bystanders, like Hitomi, are roped into these misadventures. In spite of everything, though, Nitta and Hina do care for each other and live together as a father and daughter.

The story skips over Hina's second and third years of middle school, picking up with Hina as a first year in a less than good high school. While some of her classmates came to this new school, Hitomi and the better students ended up in a high school with a better academic program. Nitta and Hina end up leaving the apartment and purchasing a house in a middle class neighborhood. Trying to fit in, Nitta even lets his hair go back to it's original black color. When a new ESPer joins the story, his name is Haru and he is the result of the government seizing the records on Hina, Anzu, and Mao. We learn that Hina was created in a lab in the US, but he is very tight-lipped about going into detail. Hina actually gets three jobs during her first year in high school: the first starts out being a waitress in a coffee shop. The now retired Ashikawa-gumi oyabun, or leader, Yoshihiko Ashikawa, visits and her job is turned upside down, as he gets other lonely old men to visit and the coffee shop owner starts charging them for conversations with Hina. She quit once she achieves her goal of money to buy a new computer system. She later gets a job as an entertainer, working one night a month, doing an illusionist show featuring the champagne tower from volume one of the manga collection. Keeping with her entertainer status, she ropes Anzu and Mao into forming a band to help rekindle the spark that Atsushi once had with his band, Central Park. Using their powers, they create various personae as Central Park II, and, after playing some small clubs, finally get top spot at a Major Festival, where Hina while playing, sends Atsushi soaring into the air once again. At the after party at the hostess club Nitta took her too years earlier, her, Anzu, and Mao recreate Hina's Champaign Tower Illusion.

Abilities[]

Hina can use telekinesis. She uses her ability frequently to help Nitta. Although she used it to threaten him at first, but after she started attending middle school, it does not happen again.

Trivia[]

  • Every sweatshirt Hina wears is a word or phrase that describes a theme in the story or scene.
  • Hina enjoys eating Ikura (also known as Salmon Roe or Red Caviar)
  • Hina was created in a lab in the US.
  • Hina, with instruction from Mao, creates a life size puppet of Nitta (the Nitta golem) to do the household work Nitta always did.
  • She starts dating in high school.
  • After High School, Hina goes to college to learn how to design computer games.
  • Hina learns that Atsushi has all but given up on music as Central Park has broken up. She drafts Anzu and Mao into forming Central Park II to rekindle her old bandmate's passion for performing.
Sours: https://hinamatsuri.fandom.com/wiki/Hina

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