Hanada Shounen-shi

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Synonyms: Hanada Shonen-Shi
Japanese: 花田少年史


Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2002 to Mar 26, 2003
Premiered: Fall 2002
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, Slice of LifeSlice of Life, SupernaturalSupernatural
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.001 (scored by 39993,999 users)
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Ranked: #5682
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Popularity: #4890
Members: 13,732
Favorites: 131

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Ichiro Hanada is a hyperactive little boy who lives with his parents, sister, and grandfather in a rural town. He is always up to some kind of mischief, often teasing his sister or making rude comments to others. Consequently, his mother constantly scolds him, and even the neighbours express disturbance from time to time on how rowdy he can be.

One day, after pulling a terrible prank, Ichiro sprints onto the streets as his mother chases him. He steals a nearby bicycle and takes on a dangerous route, eventually being hit by a truck. Miraculously, he survives the crash, requiring nine stitches to the back of his head and balding for the surgery. However, the near-death experience gains him the ability to see ghosts—the last thing he needs in his life.

Since Ichiro is the only one who can communicate with them, several ghosts of people who have recently died come to him, seeking help to fulfill their last wishes before achieving enlightenment. Each adventure with a ghost leaves the young and curious boy with a different lesson that gradually makes him wiser.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


In 2003, the anime received the Tokyo International Anime Festival Grand Prize for the TV Anime category.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Hanada, Ichiro

Kumai, Motoko


Matsumoto, Rica


Kanai, Mika


Yukino, Satsuki

Hanada, Tokujirou

Nozawa, Nachi


Masuda, Toshihiko
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Shimazaki, Nanako
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"The One" by Backstreet Boys

Ending Theme

"Drowning" by Backstreet Boys

Jul 16, 2008
chelmquist (All reviews)
Hanada Shounen-shi is a very high quality show. Everything from the character design - quite faithful to the manga - to the backgrounds are top notch, with a soft, pastoral, water-color feel. Even the music is a cut above the usual, sounding almost like it came from a British television show about country life. It really helps set the mood for the semi-rural setting. The story arcs are usually from two to three episodes. It's very smart, and tightly written. The direction is excellent, with just the right angles and moods, capturing the moments of genuine emotion, while read more
Feb 7, 2014
Bigaback (All reviews)
Easiy the most underrated comedy anime around. This has the makings of an all time great with an original and refreshing plot following a rebellious boy who after an accedent, has the ability to connect with the spiritual world and has to do favors (usually relectant) for the dead.
What makes this show so great is like Mushishi (which is the depressing mature version of this) its episodic yet doesnt follow the same pattern making it unpredictable and engaging as not every episode has a happy ending, some tragic, some funny and some out right inspirational.
Dont let the cover fool you, this is a seinen anime read more
Sep 10, 2019
johnbradshaw (All reviews)
I gotta admit, when I first heard about this anime, I thought Hanada Shounen-shi would be a water down version of Natsume's Book of Fiends. But oh boy, how I was wrong. Hanada Shounen-shi is its own thing, a kind of traditional Japanese hometown entertainment and a very good one at that.

Right from the start we got introduced to Ichiro Hanada, a mischievous boy - as all kids should be. He's always cursing everyone around him and doing stuff that drive them crazy. One faithful day, he got himself in a traffic accident. Fortunately, he's safe but after that near-death experience, he found himself read more
Dec 28, 2008
franco90 (All reviews)
I came to this page several months ago by chance one night while in search of a new epic series to watch with a couple of friends. We each wanted to see something different so it was decided to try this one out after randomly scrollin around the anime list and clicking a random link to a random series, this ONE was the ONE (if u watch the first minute or so of the series u'll understand the reference... GIVE THE SERIES A SHOT!!). Me and my friends just shot it down immediatly laughing at it as some sort of joke of a series read more

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