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: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 8.031 (scored by 45064,506 users)
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Ranked: #5762
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Popularity: #5208
Members: 15,523
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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

Hanada, Tokujirou

Nozawa, Nachi


Yukino, Satsuki

Haruhiko's Mother

Ono, Miyuki

Hanada, Tokuko

Takeuchi, Junko


Aikawa, Rikako

Youhei's Mother

Kamei, Yoshiko


Kida, Ayumi


Tamura, Manabu
Kojima, Masayuki
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Masuda, Toshihiko
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Oono, Kazuhisa
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"The One" by Backstreet Boys

Ending Theme

"Drowning" by Backstreet Boys


Oct 26, 2023
If you’ve managed to stumble onto this anime then don’t gloss over it. Sit down and watch it. This show is genuinely hilarious but still knows how to take itself seriously. From the moment he called his mother an ‘old hag’ I found myself laughing out loud and knew I was in for some damn good content (and it sure didn’t disappoint).

The show itself is somewhat episodic (similar to Hell Girl or Mushishi). And while this works really well it can start to wear on you. About halfway through I was beginning to feel the effects of the repetitive nature that comes with episodic content ...
Sep 10, 2019
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 ...
Feb 7, 2014
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 ...

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