Nine centimeters (3.5 inches) tall, tiny girls Hakumei and Mikochi live in the forest. Living in a tiny house in a tree, riding insects and birds, and making umbrellas out of leaves, these tiny girls live a tiny life. Follow their tiny but lovely lives as they live their day-to-day in a fantastic world of tiny people and gods.
There is not too much to be said about Hakumei to Mikochi, besides the fact that it really does a good job at breathing new life in to the Slice of Life genre. While it doesn’t stray too far away from the idea of a Slice of Life, it’s unique setting makes this all the more enjoyable. This review will be extended once this anime is completed. I use a 100-point scale when rating each category.
When I think of Slice of Life, I usually think of a story where people with normal lives in a modern time go
through some of the many life experiences anyone would have. However, Hakumei to Mikochi is different in a way that makes this very likeable. The fantasy world of this anime is quite wondrous and it’s always fun watching both Hakumei and Mikochi have different experiences, whether they’re together or separate. I think it’s very interesting how humans are only around 9 centimeters tall; it makes me think of how life would be like if we all were equals to animals and we could communicate with them. Of course, the fact that fantasy is incorporated into this is the main point that breaks the normal Slice of Life tropes, since we do not really see many anime where both Slice of Life and Fantasy go together like bread and butter.
I don’t know why, but I really, really like the characters of this anime a lot. While they aren’t that relatable, both Hakumei and Mikochi are great characters within themselves, and they both have their specific talents, with Hakumei being a hard worker and dedicated person while Mikochi is a good cook and singer, despite being quite insecure with many things. They have their likes and dislikes, and sometimes their differences make watching this anime really fun. A lot of supporting characters are also revisited in different episodes as I’ve seen so far, and I appreciate that they are able to be reused for many different parts of the plot, as with Slice of Life it makes the experience much less boring. Seeing the bond strengthen between Hakumei and Mikochi, as well as all the supporting characters is great.
There isn’t much to say about this, besides the fact that the animation is pretty damn good. It’s used in a great way whenever it’s needed to be used, especially for facial expressions in this anime. I like the way the animation is used in specific scenes, such as the more scenic moments, like when they fly or when detail is needed intricately. I haven’t watched enough Lerche anime to be able to judge how good this is compared to the rest of their anime, but I just know this is impressive.
With an OST produced by the badass we know as Evan Call, who also made the OST for Violet Evergarden, I think it’s safe to say this guy’s one of the best composers I’ve seen in anime so far. His compositions fit just right with any scenario in Hakumei to Mikochi and nothing ever really feels off. The OP and ED are absolutely spectacular and it makes me want so much more from Evan Call in other anime. As of right now my favourite composition in the anime was used near the end of Episode 1, when Hakumei and Mikochi are at the port in front of the marketplace, and the sea shanty starts. This is a prime example of how an OST can be used, because this was used in such a “too good to be true” way that it felt almost impacting when I heard Mikochi start to sing. I felt connected and it’s something that’s very rare to come out of an OST from any anime, so I appreciate Evan Call’s music a lot.
This will be the very first thing you notice, and it’s kind of obvious that Hakumei to Mikochi wants to visually please the viewer with it’s beautiful scenery and landscape. Considering this takes place primarily in a forest full of tiny people, it gives you a really close up experience of what living in this forest looks like. The attention to detail in almost every frame of the forest is very pleasing to look at. Yet another rarity that appears in this anime, Hakumei to Mikochi doesn’t spare the viewer’s eyes with the beauty that appears before them in the many different places they present to you; the forest, their house, the marketplace, everything. If you want to see something Made in Abyss esque, maybe Hakumei to Mikochi is for you in terms of art style.
I don’t even need to say a couple words about how enthralled I am by Hakumei to Mikochi’s beauty and overall premise, and I know it’s not just me who feels this way. This anime is a lot like a few other anime I’ve watched, except it’s also completely different at the same time. If you want something as accurate as possible, this is like Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou, combined with Made in Abyss, making a really fabulous slice of life anime about not just the joys of life, but also the hardships and how even if you’re going through rough patches, there’s still more to look forward to. Not to say this anime teaches you a valuable lesson or anything, but I feel like there’s always something underlying in any anime that’s just stunning in every manner. While this is probably the most underrated and overlooked anime of the season, I think it should have a bit more attention. It’s a really great Slice of Life and I haven’t really seen much like it besides the only two other anime of the many I’ve seen.
For those who are just looking at this anime, please give it a chance. It might bring you on a journey you’ll never regret going through, because that’s basically how I felt when watching Hakumei to Mikochi. There really isn’t much that’s very unique in anime anymore, and this is just one of the few refreshers I’ve needed.
Overall: 97/100 (As of 4th Episode)
Score will be constantly updated over time until the series has ended.
This is a bad Iyashikei imo. A soulless adaptation of a great manga. The music and backgrounds are nice, but the way they're used is very uninspired, and every other aspect of this show, especially the direction, feels completely flat and lifeless.
This flatness is especially present in the camerawork, with pointless manga-like panels, flowery borders and movement suggested by zooming backgrounds. All of these, combined with mediocre (on-model but unexpressive) animation and fake-looking computer-generated scratchy lines, put this show a long way from the eyecandy that is the manga.
You'd think that the main appeal of this show would be its small scale. However, the
staff of this show have completely neglected to capitalize on this. The flames look like normal-sized flames. The water flows like normal. pots shatter like normal. All of the sound effects are just seemingly stock, the same you'd find in a normal-sized anime. But worst of all, there are sources of drama in this show that are COMPLETELY unbelievable because of this neglect of physics. There are at least 2 such scenes where a character falls from a great height, except that in reality, a creature as small as these girls would barely even FEEL a fall like that. In the manga, these scenes were present, but didn't really bother me that much. In the adaptation, where they're significantly more dramatized, they stand out like a sore thumb.
Watching the first trailer, OP and ED feels like watching what this show could have been. 3/10.
By the way, I think there's plenty of things to like about this show, and that the nitpickiness of my review is partly based on the fact that the first trailer gave me really high expectations. I am not trying to disagree with the positive reviews on this page, just highlighting the elements that made it hard to watch for me.
Ahh yes. The underrated and the darkhorse series that no one talks about. There’s gotta be that one anime that flies over everyone’s radar. Hakumei To Mikochi everyone.
So...no ones talking about this show...why???
It’s weird really how this is one of my favourite anime of the season. I mean it’s about the life of tiny people and how they go through events everyday. It’s a good way to end a Friday if you ask me.
The main story centers around our two main characters Hakumei and Mikochi. The two of them has some of the best character chemistry and interaction I have ever seen. It’s clear how
much those 2 care for each other and how they both go through obstacles together. Mikochi is like your housewife who does a lot of the housework and food prep. Hakumei on the other hand is the one who works outside and do lots of mechanical work. It’s fun watching those 2 do what they do best.
Some of the side characters’ personalities prove to be great and well and some of them have a pretty sad backstory. Even if they have minimal screen time, every second they appear I receive joy from them.
I really am tempted to ship Hakumei and Mikochi and want to make this shoujo ai as much as possible, but I shouldn’t.
The animation and art style is super stylistic (as expected from Lerche). Beautiful colours and background art including amazing cinematography. With Andou Masaomi directing, it’s no surprise we get a lot of paneling during the series. He’s also done this with his previous work “Kuzu no Honkai.”
The music is great for it also composed by Evan Call, who is doing music for the series “Violet Evergarden” at the same time. It easily sets the tone and atmosphere for any given situation. He’s looking to be the Kevin Penkin of the season.
The OP is spectacular with captivating visuals as well as a smooth and charming song that just helps you relax. But for maximum relaxation comes the ED with some extra info that forces you to watch the whole ED without skipping. Smart.
Overall Hakumei to Mikochi is one of the best series slice of life has to offer with beautiful characters, soundtracks, art/animation, and interactions. I love the scale comparison when it comes to the characters and objects we see in everyday life. You begin to get a feel for them and be able to put yourself in their shoes. Sad how this has a low score and not many people talk about it. But if you have any time to watch tiny people live in a forest and your Friday ain’t going well, I guarantee you that this series will lighten up the mood as well as your day.
In this series, follow Hakumei and Mikochi, 2 girls of height 9cm tall, living in the forest and their daily lives that give them the purpose of living a tiny life.
The story setting is pretty much like last season's Girls' Last Tour with the episodic setting and no set story, all you need to know is that the stories revolve around their daily commune with each other and the people around them, and from a manga adaptation, it is well presented.
The world of Hakumei to Mikochi or Tiny Little Life In The Woods is quite lush and good-looking as expected of Lerche's quality when it
comes to showing the surrounding environment of tiny people.
Likewise, it is always endearing to know that Hakumei and Mikochi bears much resemblance to Chi and Yuu respectively in terms of their personality, so although pretty much predicted, the overall formula is what propelled Girls' Last Tour to be a sleeper hit last season, and though things are different here, I'd hope this too becomes a sleeper hit.
The music evokes the sense of calm and realism-depravity, that is to say that the light-hearted music will take your breath away at the awe of the wonder of the tiny people life, and right there, is good music used to hit the simplicity of life.
Another SoL show that's set in a fantasy world, yet bring out the iyashikei feeling all around. Watch this if you just wanna rest and be suck into this fantasy that is the little life in the woods.