Sakuragi Hinako has a hard time talking with others. In order to get over her paralyzing shyness, Hinako leaves her home in the country because she ends up starting school at the high school that has the drama club that she admires and ends up staying at Hitotose-sou. There, she meets Kuina, who loves books and to eat, Mayuki, who’s a bit older but smaller who’s good at cooking, and the quiet landlady with the hot body, Chiaki-san. A cute and fun drama comedy about the former girl who was paralyzed from shyness.
My Talent Is Being a Scarecrow
It Begins Here
A Kind Girl Who Isn't Kind
Maids, Ghosts, and the Stage of Dreams
The Lost Swimsuit
Trying Too Hard
We'll Have a Training Camp
From One Year to the Next
The Place We Longed to Reach
Hinako Note is a cute, funny, and enjoyable anime. It has many flaws in some aspects but the anime is definitely not the worst. The storyline doesn't stand out that much. It's goes off-track from its main storyline. The main characters were so cute and funny and each did their job playing their role. However, not much character development took place. The animation was eye-catching in terms of colors, vibrance, and illustrations. Overall I would rate this anime as a 3.5/5. Watch if you have time!
Story 4/10 The story opens up about a young girl called Hinako who wishes to get over her anxiety by joining the theatre club at an all-girls school in Tokyo. I thought since it was about doing theatre, that would be the main plot in the anime but in the 12 episodes they only did 3 plays and went to see one on the last episode. Not to mention but the second and third play was only shown for seconds until it was over. Instead the show focused on the slice-of-life genre so I was let down on the story. Animation 7/10. The animation was very nice, the colours were well coloured, not too vibrants but enough to catch your attention. I think what I liked most were the characters hair and eyes, they were very well done. Sound 7/10 The sound was alright, I didn’t have any complaints. I did enjoy the OP and the ED, the songs were very catchy. Characters 5/10 The characters were a mixed bunch, I liked some of the characters but not so much with a few of the others. I got tired of Hinako’s scarecrow moments pretty quickly, I didn’t find it ‘Moe’ like others might. It was also a little cringy seeing her being so submissive and sulky most of the time. I didn’t find it attractive but rather a put off. I liked Kuina her voice was very suited to her tom-boy like personality, also her habit of eating books was unusual and pretty funny even if it didn’t happen a lot. Chiaki-senpai or Landlord was nice, when she was first introduced I felt like her voice and character didn’t fit together but over time I ended up liking it. Mayuki (Blonde) was very annoying in my opinion she kept on pouting , sulking and getting sad when she didn’t get enough attention, all in all she was acting like a little child (which is what the writers were trying to pull off with all the little kid jokes and remarks) Yua (Tsundere) was funny after she got over her problem with Hinako, her idolisation of Chiaki was humorous, I don’t know if the writers were trying to make her a lesbian or just deeply looking up to Chiaki-senpai because Yua was showing all signs that she has the hots for her. Overall 5.5/10 I give this score a 5.5/10 because while I did enjoy it, I struggled to get through the end of it. I wished they payed more attention to the plot instead of trying to show off as much moe elements as possible. I mean this show could be classed as ‘Ecchi’ because of all the over-sexualised poses and outfits they put on throughout the show. There was simply no need to add those parts and felt like it was just added in to get males to view/buy this anime. It felt sort of rushed towards the end, there was no build up to the end of the show, all of a sudden on the second last episode they did those cliché flashbacks and how much they have grown stuff. However I can say I did enjoy it, it was funny and hear-warming at times to see how much Hinako has grown as a person since she moved to Tokyo. All in all a good slice-of-life anime.
Hinako Note is a rather unique take on the whole Cute Girls Doing Cute Things genre by the studio that later went on to make Interspecies Reviewers. Yep, you guessed it: this is an ecchi moe comedy that somehow manages to be incredibly cute but also lewd at the same time. A lot of people would be put off by this combination, but to me who likes both genres equally this title came across as a breath of fresh air indeed. The show relies heavily on "chibified" designs for its characters that add to the whole moe aspect in many (hilarious) scenes but it also features ass close-ups (including nudes), panty shots, lewd poses, very revealing outfits, and lots of oppai bouncing. It even has a 9 year old loli with boobs that could make a grown woman jealous. This is the only CGDCT title to my knowledge that had an alternative/censored version when it first came out, just like a typical ecchi show would. And yet, despite all the lewdness this show still manages to give off a similarly cozy and chilled atmosphere that can be found in e.g. Gochuumon wa thanks to its similarly adorable characters who go about doing their cute things under very similar settings. In fact this is what this show feels like in a nutshell: An R+ rated Is The Order A Rabbit? And it works very well this way in my opinion.
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