Hinako Sakuragi is a shy, socially awkward girl who used to live in the countryside, reading stories to animals. Since the animals loved her so much, she would act as a scarecrow, keeping birds away from the fields. For high school, she moved to Tokyo so that she could practice talking to people more, and improve her socializing skills while joining theater club. When she gets to Tokyo, she discovers that her boarding house is actually a bookstore.
Hinako Note started as a manga series in August 2014 and is currently ongoing with two volumes. It’s written by Mitsuki and published by Kadokawa. The series is aimed at a seinen (adult male) demographic, and the anime is scheduled to begin airing on April 7, 2017.
The title is a slice-of-life comedy about five girls who meet and become friends while Hinako is trying to improve her speech in a Tokyo high school.
The anime will have two directors: Takeo Takahashi, and Toru Kitahata. Takahashi has directed several anime beforehand, including Spice and Wolf, Yosuga no Sora, and Maoyu. Kitahata has worked on several anime for varying jobs, including unit director and episode director, but he has only ever directed the second season of the anime Haganai.
The writer for the anime, Tatsuhiko Urahata, has done series composition for anime similar to Hinako Note such as A-Channel and Natsuiro Kiseki, but mostly seinen titles of different natures.
This type of anime is very hit-or-miss, and also depends highly on its audience’s tastes. Just because someone enjoys Lucky Star doesn’t mean that they will enjoy K-On!, for example. This type of anime often gets recommended due to similarities in its genres to other popular shows, but whether or not it succeeds depends on how funny, unique, and appealing it is to the fans of those shows.
I’m not sure what to think of Hinako Note, even after reading a bit of the manga. The best perk of the show will be how interesting the characters’ personalities are, in my opinion. For example, Kuina Natsugawa, one of Hinako’s classmates, tends to eat books as she’s reading them. I am already casting my vote on her being the most popular character in the show.
Watch the promotional video below to get a glimpse of the Hinako Note anime!
I’m personally not terribly excited about the upcoming Hinako Note anime. I will give it a watch, but I’m not expecting it to be overly interesting. But hey, I could always be wrong! I might even become glued to it. Who knows?
Check out the official Japanese website here!
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