One night, a strange object falls on the head of Nitta, a member of the yakuza. Inside the box is a strange young girl named Hina. She has tremendous supernatural powers, and Nitta finds himself reluctantly taking her in. Her powers can come in handy for his yakuza business, but he also runs the risk of her using them on him! Not to mention, if she doesn't use her powers, she will eventually go berserk and destroy everything around her. Nitta and Hina's strange life together is just beginning...
A lot of comedy anime are based on formulas. Here is a premise. Here are jokes that arise from that premise. Basic sitcom stuff. Hinamatsuri takes these fundamentals and grows them to reach a much higher form of comedic storytelling.
First the Fundamentals of Comedic Storytelling
It should first and foremost be stated that humor is subjective. Though this doesn’t mean that there are not techniques used to craft jokes. Just because the jokes do not land for everyone doesn’t make them not jokes. This can make it hard to discuss comedy. If we disregard everything as subjective, the ability to have a conversation is lost, so
let’s talk about some fundamentals.
In gag like Azumanga Daioh, much of the humor is derived from the conversations the characters have and extreme versions of everyday life. Meanwhile, in the serialised harem anime Nisekoi, it often had episodes where the humor was created by an event, often putting the protagonist and one of the heroines in a situation where they naturally bounced off each other to create humorous dialogue. Nisekoi is a traditional sitcom-like premise, but in many ways, they are forced to stunt the development of their characters to ensure that the jokes can continue as they always have. This is where Hinamatsuri comes in.
lets talk about 1st eposode...plz dont read this before watching..
Hinamatsuri benefits from smart presentation. It presents its most ridiculous moments in a straightforward, unapologetic manner, as if a girl in a metal pod teleporting into a high-rise apartment and landing on a yakuza officer's head is no big deal. As the show's comedic straight man, Nitta's personality helps out on this front. His reactions tend to fall on the “stunned speechless” end of the spectrum, which is more understated than the panicked, cartoonish screaming we'd likely see from an everyman teenage protagonist. The contrast between those low-key responses and Hina's bizarre behavior (not to mention her hilariously odd-looking transport egg) places extra emphasis on just how strange this all is, and that in turn makes the humor more effective.
Hinamatsuri is about yakuza and psychics… kinda?... omegalul ... just watch it ...
Hinamatsuri is a story that follows the life of the yakuza Nitta, who ends up having to take care of Hina, a girl with physic powers. As the series goes on its cast expands to include other yakuza, psychics and Hina’s classmates. The comedy arises from interactions between these characters, and absurdist situations that the characters end up in. The anime spends a lot of time establishing who the characters are and how they act through the humor. artwork and sense of comedic timing really shine in gags .
The Maturation of Comedy
Hinamatsuri is not the only comedy to tackle these elements. Even so, it’s success at it is certainly worth the look. It so perfectly creates something greater out of an already great manga. Comedy genere are often accused of focusing on flat, un-developing characters. While that critique is both misguided and generally wrong, Hinamatsuri provides a perfect counterpoint to that argument. As the characters grow, so does the storytelling and the jokes. Hinamatsuri proves the sheer height of perfection that a comedy series can strive to accomplish.
I'm enjoying its particular brand of lunacy, so I'll be sticking around to see where it goes. If combining Cromartie High School levels of weirdness with an “unusual dad raises weird kid” story sounds like your idea of a good time, by all means give this show a try.
Tired of the usual supernatural, slice of life shows that are just that and though have substance, that it dies out quickly? Add the mix of slapstick comedy and slice of life, and you get the best comedy airing anime of Spring 2018: Hinamatsuri.
Based on the VERY obscure manga series of the same name, Hinamatsuri displays the lives of 2 people (and more): Nitta the top-tier yakuza boss, Hina the psycho-power girl that popped out of nowhere, disrupting his high life. With the slew of cast of characters that expand from Anzu the homeless girl turned ramen reception girl, Hitomi (Hina's classmate) the high school
girl by day turned bartender by night, the characters gave the show so much personality, so much so that every character is worthy of their own right to be in the series. Character development is going to play an important role in this series, so do watch out for it.
The art and animation by studio Feel is tremendously well done, that definitely exceeded my expectations. There was a forum series here on MAL discussing that a lot of the top-tier studios (J.C.Staff among many others to an insane degree) are working on the 2nd set direction, that could explain for both art and animation being so fluid, yet the stylized Tsuki ga Kirei character designs bring back fond memories. Nothing here was left to waste, and really, sasuga studio Feel.
The sound department is also another job well done. The OST IMO is one of the best I have heard for this season...with the honorable mentions for the sound effects ("Ouchy!!!"), literally the factor that has many people LOLed their heart out that of a show that doesn't take itself seriously. The OP felt fine but meh, it fits the show somewhat, but the ED was striking for the fact that Nitta's character VA (from Idolmaster Side M) spearheaded it and is one of my top ED favourites.
Please I beg you, even after watching and re-watching the episodes numerous times, that's the sign of a show that leaves an impressive first impression with the usual genres but with the comedic feels that are truly a delight to behold. Anyone thinking of watching this show, please do so! Critically recommended if you need a refresh and a new take on comedy, this show is quite a feat.
Hinamatsuri is an anime about this Yakuza-bro who is totally a badass. He meets this weird alien girl AND THEN THEY FUCK. Oh wait, wrong series. And then they become something like "friends" or "family", and instead of developing as characters they rather start a trip to self-discovery and find new sides within themselves, but also from each others. Pretty neat.
My favorite part of this series is Hina. Her whole presence radiates disinterest. Whenever she does anything, it comes off as a combination of curiosity and not giving a fuck. For example, even when she is impressed she be like "woah", but also, "meh". This
creates quite interesting comedic situations. The same thing is also done with drama. This, on the other hand, quite (tedious word incoming) subtly hints about the complexity of their personality.
Every character introduced thus far has had an important role in the series, expanding its universe and viewer's understanding of the main characters, however, never feeling like they solely exist for the main characters. Instead, for once they feel like real people. The series also contains quite a few pop culture reference that can be seen as eastern eggs for popular movies that did it before Hinamatsuri. For example, the room scene is clearly a reference to The Terminator (1984). Our biking scene is obviously from E.T. (1982). Without a doubt, the series has a lot to offer.
The art represents its source material quite faithfully. The battle scenes/super natural powers are animated quite neatly. Especially those parts where airflow effects characters' facial expressions. The voice acting can only be called a smart choice. Since none of the characters comes off as purely comedic, the seiyuu work is what essentially makes our character feel like real people. This plays a huge part in making the series look like a believable Yakuza space oddity. It's a job done right. The OST, and especially the ending and opening songs quite well capture the uplifting nature of the series.
After 4 episodes, I can pretty much recommend Hinamatsuri to everyone. Especially those who are looking for airing series to try. This is the one you should be currently following.
All people are different in this world, thus meaning that we all have a different type of humor. We all find different things funny. That's why most of the comedy animes are hit or miss. Some people love it, some people hate it.
Hinamatsuri tries to dive into quite a few different "genres" of comedy, Both slapstick (people getting hurt because that's funny) but also well thought out jokes about the yakuza community and the japanese school system as a whole.
Comedy is always subjective whether people find something funny relies on their assumptions and their understanding of what exactly the show is making fun
of. If the viewer doesn't understand when the show tries to make fun of the "gang lifestyle", then half of the jokes in this show would have flown straight over thier heads. But many people will still think this anime is hilarious just because of the slapstick. It's just not for me.
The story is simple and isn't really thought provoking in any sort of way really. But comedys aren't made or broken by thier story, a comedy can still be good with a simple and easy story (look Konosuba). But it doesn't hurt if they go over the call of duty and add a good story into the mix as well (look mob psycho 100).
The characters in Hinamatsuri are quite enjoyable but not all that original. Hina is pretty much just Mob if he would've come from space and were a girl. Nitta's just your old generic "bad boy" yakuza that wants to look cool for the ladies. But gradually realises that he has a soft side. Hina's classmates are all also pretty generic. You have the "model student" and the "bad girl" for example. The characters aren't exactly new and ground breaking but they play off eachother pretty well, and that's really all that matters in the end.
I kinda liked that the characters and story isn't all that over the top and loud. These episodic animes usually aren't my thing, but it works well here. It's much better that they do these episodic story lines and focus on the character interactions more than trying to develop a story that in the end will fall flat on it's face.
Hinamatsuri is a pretty enjoyable watch and I would highly recommend it if you loved mob psycho or just slapstick humor in general. I will definitly keep watching this, and I have some pretty high hopes for the last 5 episodes
Although it still feels like it only just started, we are now somehow halfway through the Spring 2018 anime season already, and trends are now clearly starting to emerge. In the past three weeks, Boku no Hero Academia returns to prominence, Persona 5 sinks like a stone and more.
In these opening weeks of the Spring 2018 anime season, Steins;Gate 0 starts off as the by far highest rated anime, although Megalo Box is the new heavy hitter if we look past sequels. This and more in the opening edition of The Seasonal Quarterly.