What do the words “otaku” and “geek” conjure to mind when thinking of a person? A spotty, overweight guy sitting in his mother’s basement? A scrawny hikikomori lounging in a computer chair? The modern world is constantly concerned with obesity and exercise, and these groups of people are amongst the most difficult to stimulate into physical exertion. But couch-potatoes be worried no longer, as Studio Hibari have the solution in the shapely form of Hinako and Isshoni Training!
From a bewildering opening seeing a young girl sucked into a television, the comely female becomes an anime star who takes the viewer through a daily exercise routine in various states of undress. Rewarding perverted perseverance, Hinako completes numerous repetitions of squats and sit-ups, initially in sweatpants and a t-shirt. As the sweat starts to drip, the attire is soon stripped down to shorts and a vest (and anyone with a keen eye will notice the absence of mammary support). Those who have the stamina to go the whole way with the willing buxom babe will be rewarded with the sight of the same strenuous exercises performed in adorable, if not a little scant, underwear.
Although questionable if Isshoni Training employs any plotline whatsoever, there is still plenty to keep the viewer engrossed. Marvel as Hinako successfully counts her training partner through each set of reps; gawk as the camera moves to various angles to best demonstrate how to perform successfully and breathe a sigh of relief as you finally fall to the bed: panting, exhausted and quite literally spent.
Bouncing breasts – this is pretty much the show's only outstanding spectacle. A barrage of numerous camera angles, various skimpy costumes and astounding gravity that somehow keeps the ample cleavage from spilling out is definitely eye-catching. How one scant strappy top can keep Hinako’s undulating chest from causing irreparable back problems is beyond me – then again, that's not what generally travels through the typical male's mind. Overlooking “the twins”, which is extremely difficult, the main character's wide-eyed innocence is flawless and accompanied by a pleasantly bright palette. Isshoni Training's only let down is the constant repetition of its movement – but seriously, what else can you expect from a glorified exercise video?
Hinako is perky and spunky; her girlish, idol-like tones encouraging the viewer to keep pumping away in time with her tireless rhythm. Building up to an exciting climax, you can hear the strenuous stretches starting to tire out the female protagonist and her trembling puppies. Moaning and whimpering her way through each bend and stretch, her performance verges on seductively orgasmic. Although not the best voice acting in anime, she will certainly entertain her target audience.
With a one track mind, Hinako is looking for nothing but the opportunity to work up a good sweat and get out of breath during her 24 minute showcase. Do not expect any deep character development or engrossing storyline, as there is none. Just sit back and enjoy the view rather than the company.
In all honesty, Isshoni Training should be saluted for attempting to bring physical stimulation to the anime community. Ultimately nothing but eye candy and fluff, the direction is essentially skewed away from a full body workout and more towards numerous repetitions of wrist exercise. I’m trying to avoid saying that this OVA is playing the ecchi anime card to get viewers, but it is. When more than 50% of the show features close-ups of Hinako's impressive rack, the show loses all credibility as a serious attempt to break the anime/exercise barrier. Just goes to prove, sex most definitely sells.
The whole thing starts in the real world where Hinako randomly gets sucked into her television one night while watching it and from there the show is animated. Some time has passed for Hinako because when we next see her (in the shower) she is surprised to see a human. Hinako wants to do something with the viewer and suggests rock-paper-scissors. After one round she tells the viewer shes gotten fat and would like a partner to do push-ups, sit-ups and squats with her. That is pretty much what happens from that point until the end of the show.
The animation is nice to look at, and there are multiple camera angles for each exercise, as well as a few different outfits for each set of repetitions Hinako does. There is a very high possibility that even the biggest Ecchi fan might be a little bored half way through this repetitive “BOINGathon”.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve... aside from that, I really liked one of the melodies that was played when Hinako did some of her repetitions.
Hinako is portrayed as the innocent type of girl who would probably need about ten (10) years, if not longer to figure out that most of the male, as well as some of the female population who is “exercising” with her, is not really there because they want to “assist” her with her push-ups, sit-ups or squats by means of the buddy system.
I can say I have never experienced an Anime quite like this, and the chances of there being another like it are very slim. I mean... come on! This is an Anime that tried to promote motion. That was demonstrated enough by the frequency of Hinako's boobs going “BOING”. There is no need to count any of the push-ups, sit-ups, or squats. As for how successful it was in causing other people to get up and do any of that motion... I am sure there was some, but something tells me that the kind of push-ups, sit-ups and squats that Hinako was doing are different then what most people are doing while watching. Hinako does help society with their counting to twelve in Japanese for sure, assuming the person could over look all that boinging.
((Same as Issho ni Training Ofuro: Bathtime with Hinako & Hiyoko and Issho ni Sleeping: Sleeping with Hinako))
Well, this is one of the perverted shows that sometimes come from Japan. It’s not hentai… although it really should be. The only real people who would be buying this would probably be very, very lonely men with much to much time on there hands who will wack off to cute little girls that look a bit to young.
The artwork and camera angles are only to show these strange little angles for a ‘better view of the training’… ya right. No girl in their right mind would let the camera get these angles if it was not to turn the viewer on. Now on a lighter note, yes… the artwork is beautiful, just used highly to sexualize her is all.
Her voice is annoying as well, the cutesy little high pitch squeak. I really could not stand most of this.
Even though I cannot give my usual complaint of the fanservice getting in the way of the plot, which I cannot because the fanservice is the plot. But beyond the fanservice as the only thing that gives Training with Hinako a reason to exist, it was extremely boring. I could not believe how boring it was. It was more boring than the "In to the West" unit I had in my A.P. American History class, and believe me that was really boring. I find excersise boring to begin with, what makes them think that it is going to be any more entertaining watching some faceless female character with large boobs do the same stuff over and over again. The fanservice loses its appeal after about five minutes, and I was left there constantly checking the time remaining to see how much more boredom that I would have to face. It is extremely repeatitive and boring. However I do give it credit for breaking the fourth wall, which I am almost always a fan of.
There was nothing really special about the animation of Training with Hinako, but I don't think I've ever seen an anime where they actually reached the point that the boobs were shown more than the face.
Hinako is the only character in the entire series, and frankly, she wasn't that interesting. Sure I found her situation to be unique, but they could have done the same thing with any faceless, well endowed female character. There was nothing that really made her a unique individual.
Training with Hinako is too boring for words to describe effectively. Do not watch it.
If you ever needed motivation to work out, or just motivation to 'work out' then 'Training with Hinako' will fit your taste. Basically it a girl named Hinako who somehow gets transported to the anime world and then decides to shape up to be in a role for an unknown anime. Yes that is the plot. But the plot is not the question here and I think its unfair to judge it for the plot. What the creators intended was to strictly make a work out show, so it is understandable that the narrative is non-existent. But I think it accomplishes it's goal, make you want to work out or such. (Well for me anyways) Anyways for an OVA like this it really does not need a review or anything, so if your looking to for a full body workout and simultaneously look at cliche'd panty shots then please give 'Training with Hinako' a try. Or just play it infront of your friends and watch their uncomfortable responses.