Liones Yelistratova, a pure princess from a small country, enters a school in Hokkaido on a spring day. The school is a specialized educational institution operated by ALCA to train Logicalists, who maintain world peace. Liones enters class S, where she meets many classmates with unique personalities, like Nina. A lively and cute everyday life begins now.
Fun, Cuteness, and Charming Character Interactions: the goal of a good CGDCT. And for that Hina Logi is a great show. For it has all 3 of those in spades.
Hina Logi feels like another show in the growing trend of CGDCT borrowing from Western Cartoons. Some of the tropes featured are those that are straight out of cartoon plots, and with an implementation that seems very in line with what happens in cartoons. For example, the last episode was a cartoon plot that I had seen very many times before, and it worked in the fashion that I usually expect them too. It did have
a couple of differences, but that's what makes it work so well. If one were to just copy Western Animation and add nothing more, it would just be a pretty version of a mediocre cartoon. But the ability for Hina Logi to take that, and take the good parts of those tropes and its humor and combine it with the cuteness and fluffy fun of CGDCT is what makes it so much fun to watch.
Another example of its cartoon influence are the scenes that revolve around her dad. Lion's animosity towards her overprotective and overloving dad and his unrivalled enthusiasm is much like what I expect from cartoons. Especially with the outlandish ways, her dad acts. While he doesn't fall into the idiot dad trope (he's very competent, just very loving and very silly), he lands closer to cartoon's approach to parents rather than the more grounded and reserved style that anime parents are usually put into (when they even appear.). And that isn't to say that anime parents being eccentric doesn't happen, it's rather the way that he is seems more cartoon-like than other anime examples. The coloration of his interactions with Lion and the cast and the humor involved in his actions do add an extra element of fun to the show. It sets it apart from other CGDCT shows and makes it unique which is much appreciated.
Doga Kobo has done many CGDCT shows before and if one has watched one of those it's easy to see that Dogo Kobo knows what it's doing with cuteness. However Hina Logi adds to that even more with the adorable expressiveness of Lion, as well as the silly antics that the group gets into. The show is a lot more animated and a lot farther from realism. Comedy gags will be used heavily. Character's actions will be embellished for the sake of silliness. While it might not be for everyone it does enhance the cuteness of the show for me. While comfy is nice it doesn't fully ascent the cuteness like the more energetic CGDCT shows can. Hina Logi falls into that more energetic group and for those that like that, like myself, it makes for a really good choice.
The character interactions are all great as well. The characters have natural chemistry with each other and it's very believable that they are all friends and good ones at that. They care for each other and try to help each other. They bond with each other and all of that. Each interaction feels very real and doesn't' have those hints of fakeness that some shows are plagued by. And while other shows will have similar character interactions like these, there was something special about them. Something that made me happy inside each time I watched them hang out with each other. It's not as if they were relatable or the best-written characters. They just had this shining aura to them. It also doesn't hurt that in the latter half of the series they amp up the gayness to 11. Now I'm personally not the type of person who is happy just because yuri is present but seeing the already existing adorable and meaningful bonds between the characters bloom into something more was so wonderful for my heart. It didn't feel just like pairing them up for the sake of pairing, but rather a good couple that fit together well and would make for a happy life together.
While the characters weren't the most developed they also weren't one-note characters. While one shouldn't go into this series excepting stellar character development, they stiill were given ample room to grow and did have moments where they shined and their characterization got built up. There is a key moment for Nina and Lion later on in the series, as well as lighter moments for each of the main characters. The episodes themselves work decently well and thusly does allow them to be that less shallow. They're decent characters who are able to shine with the natural chemistry that they have with each other. And because of the fun. This show is a whole lot of fun.
One interesting appeal to Hina Logi is the trance and action scenes that comes with being from Luck & Logic. The action scenes were pretty good when they happened although they didn't show up that much. It can add an extra layer of appeal and certainly it's nice to see some good action mixed between episodes. In some episodes, it's used really well to build up the plot or resonate with character issues. As well the outfits from the trances do add some nice eye candy as well as show interesting and unique costumes that enhance the cuteness and provide a nice set of attire that often isn't as utilized. I think the trancing is blended in really well with the show as a whole and does help its narrative and its uniqueness.
One small complaint I have about the show is the pacing can be too rushed at times. The SOL episodes have a great pace to them and flow naturally due to them not being from a 4koma. But, in the more important episodes, it has a tendency to try to jam in too much material into one episode. While I did enjoy all of what each episode had to say. I do wish it could have taken more time to fully flesh out some of those emotions or ideas. Also while overall the art is good, later into the season it sometimes cheaped out likely due to delays. Something that I hope can be fixed in the Blue-rays. However, these issues to me are small compared to the good that it has in it.
In the end, while I do want to give props for the good things that Hina Logi has done, it's really a simple gay show that mainly relies on cute comedic moments but works so well. It has everything that I want from a CGDCT, and for me, that's a show well worth watching. It may not have the layers and deep meaning of K-On! or all of the great details and character building that Urara Meirochou has. But it's fun, cute, and heartwarming. And for someone like me, I think that's worth a lot.
Never written review before but i feel like i have to seeing how UNDERWATCHED the anime is, which is sad because its really great. Considering that only 6k people watched the anime and its a mahou shoujo Cute girls doing cute things(CGDCT) which are quite unpopular and underrated on mal the score is actually quite good. Imagine a more popular CGDCT anime like New game or GochiUsa having HinaLogi's popularity i bet the score would be about the same.
Anyway dont look at Hinalogi's score to determine if the anime is good, look more at the popularity.
So what is HinaLogi? from the original Luck and Logic
which is based on card game, do you need to watch the original for Hinalogi? Absolutely not, its a standalone anime not a sequel.
HinaLogi is sliceoflifeish lighthearted mahou shoujo which is just pure enjoyment. I started liking the anime ever since 1st episode and not a single time ever since i felt anything but a pure enjoyment. And what's more important than being enjoyed in the CDCGT anime.
Whats important to be a very good CDCGT anime? Being really enjoyable and fun. Having really great,charming characters and lots of great interactions. 3) And it being really cute. And HinaLogi is really great at all that. On top of that we have a pretty nice story, even if it wasnt story-oriented anime, we had quite a nice story regardless. And Character development which we also had. Also also HinaLogi has a great world and some nice battles and great transformation scenes (hence its a mahou shoujo) Characters are Logicalists who are able to transform and get powers from Foreigners who are beings from a different dimension. Interesting right?
Whether you are a Mahou shoujo fan or CGDCT fan the anime should satisfy you greatly. And wow if you actually like some light Yuri action you will most definitely like Hinalogi. We even had a kiss wowwowow
I know i mentioned characters being great earlier but i cant stress enough just how great they are T_T all of them. Wasnt a single character which i hated or which ruined the anime for me. All of the girls are so lovable. and there is only ONE MALE character who is father of our main heroine. Who is absolutely HILARIOUS. I've never seen a better father before, not only is he really caring but he is unbelievably hilarious. He is russian so he sometimes throw some Russian lines which are unbelievably hilarious to hear.
3 main girls and their interactions are especially the best part of the anime for me, all of them are obvious waifu materials, all of them have really great different expressions that are screenshot worthy.
Lastly the OP and ED are just crazy good, in total i listened to them 800 times or so? just super catchy.
Every season we are able of watching animes with cute girls, lolitas, "moe," etc., sharing their daily basis experiences with spectators like us. Some persons could have been waiting for a continuation of Luck and Logi, but this show is different. At first, I was one of those people, but then I realized that this show was more a slice of life between a group of girls and their experiences.
Giving an appropriate score based on the story will be a mistake, Perhaps the story has only one relationship with the other series and is the Logicalist and ALCA. The only way to connect this group
of girls to it is creating a small story with Nina and her constant desire to return to ALCA. From the other hand, we have Lioness that needs to learn a bit more about her trance control.
The story could be a spin-off from Luck & Logic. It isn't required to watch it, and there isn't any "Luck" and "Logi" around. In summary, the story is about Logicalist and girls that are able of doing "trance" with them. These girls are in a school that gives them courses to control and improve their trances. In some part of the road, the story deviated from the real path and ended showing a slice of life of these girls, their joys, sadness, family, festivals, dreams, etc. The story isn't bad, but do not expect constant fights and other stuff,
What impressed me was the Opening. I must say that the art team worked very hard in that mix using stop motion, superposition, and other techniques to make a very fluid opening, combined with the song "Butterfly Effector" created a very delightful opening from the artistic side.
The characters: Some of them have an attractive personality, for example, I liked Nina and her constant desire of returning to ALCA and Lion with her friendship with all them but especially Nina. Call it cliche, but sometimes these stories could be very similar to others around, but the slice of life shows us some new perspectives from characters to characters.
About the art, it has a very bright palette as expected from this kind of animation and centers in the details of the drawings to resemble the cutest part of them.
The sound, as I said, the OP is good. The ED is an average song, and the audio mix is acceptable.
Finally, I don't consider this animation wrong from the art and design it is good. To be honest, several persons could dislike this kind of shows, but it has unusual and remarkable aspects. At least watch the opening that is great. Overall this animation could give you some entertainment.
This will be my first review of a series, and I'm doing it mainly because I found that this show was criminally underwatched when it aired. Before I start, I want to point out that this show is a very different animal from the previous show in this franchise, "Luck & Logic". So if you ignored this show because you didn't like that one, you might want to reconsider.
Story - I believe this show qualifies as a "Cute Girls Doing Cute Things" show. There are a few plot points, but for the most part, we are just watching the relationships of the characters develop through
their interactions. There is also some action in there every now and then to spice things up. Overall, I felt satisfied, and I loved how it ended.
Art - Other than the occasional hiccup in the action scenes, the animation in this show is solid. You could even argue it's better than it needs to be for a show like this, but I appreciated every bit of it. I thought the scenery was also great, but I am a bit biased for shows that take place in beautiful and squeaky clean school campuses. The fanservice comes in the form of revealing transformation outfits, the occasional bath scene, and a few nice surprises.
Sound - The soundtrack tends to use the same songs over and over, but somehow I never got sick of them! I also thought the voice acting was great, especially Yayoi who really nails the Oujo-sama type character.
Character - As you might imagine, most of the characters are cute girls. I am usually picky when it comes to characters, but in this show I loved them all. Lion is an honest cheerful girl and Nina is a loner that keeps everyone at a distance. Watching Nina's character develop because of Lion is definitely one of the highlights of the show. The interactions between them and the rest of the characters (Like Yayoi, the Oujo-sama I mentioned before, and Mahiro, a crazy science girl type character.) provided a very nice blend of characters to create comedy that appealed to me.
Enjoyment - I looked forward to watching this show every week. It delivered comedy, fanservice, and even some drama, with its lovable characters. I liked it right from the beginning, so I think watching just one episode should give you enough of an idea to decide weather you will like it. Therefore, if it sounds like something you may like, you may want to give it a try.