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Synonyms: Hori-san and Miyamura-kun
Japanese: ホリミヤ
English: Horimiya
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 10, 2021 to Apr 4, 2021
Premiered: Winter 2021
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:30 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: CloverWorks
Source: Manga
Genre: RomanceRomance
Theme: SchoolSchool
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.201 (scored by 845916845,916 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #3762
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #93
Members: 1,393,980
Favorites: 35,904

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Preliminary Spoiler
Jan 30, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (4/13 eps)
(TLDR at the bottom, as always, thanks for reading)

*Obligatory I have read the manga statement*

Good lord, I don't understand the love for Horimiya.

Let's say we have a cookie jar. Each cookie represents an anime in the romance genre, and for anyone who loves loopholes, I mean anime with romance as the main genre as opposed to sub-genre. You could probably fit about a good 10, 15 or so anime in there. Of course, with Horimiya now in the mix, if I managed to take out the cookie representing Horimiya, it would neither look nor taste like a distinction.

In other words, Horimiya is #42897 of the ...
Apr 3, 2021
[Overall Score: 8.5]
Horimiya is one of the most anticipated adaption ever. After years, when everyone gave up on an adaption, there was an announcement. It might not be an exaggeration to say that Horimiya is Winter 2021 most anticipated anime right after SnK final season. After reading the manga for so many years, I was also happy to hear the news. Did it live up to my expectations? Yes.

Horimiya feels like it’s about to cross that line between a light-hearted rom-com and an over the top romance drama, but it never does, which is a good thing (A reference from the Oscar winning film, Parasite). ...
Jan 30, 2021
Preliminary (4/13 eps)
Anime touting a gimmick always worry me. They throw in these attention grabbers in an attempt to say "Hey look! I boast something different than those other shows of the same genre and concept as me, come and watch!" But they often end up being entirely one dimensional because they solely revovolve around that one singular idea. Then the author realizes that they actually need more than a unique shtick to write a story and fail to craft an engaging narrative filled with expressive characters to support it. Whoops!

I'm worried because Horimiya so far feels like yet another example of this for the RomCom genre. ...
Jan 30, 2021
Preliminary (4/13 eps)
A great take on Rom-Coms… y'all need to chill on the hate

Romcoms usually take a misstep and follow a formula of cliche tropes and becomes something that becomes hard to watch, this does the exact opposite. As a person who loves romcoms and romance type anime, this anime hits all the points for a great and original romance.

The characters are a major factor in this anime that creates a more entertaining anime. Our two main characters complement each other and create moments of awe that we will never have.

Izumi Miyamura is a different type of MC. He isn’t the braindead MC, but a realistic ...
Apr 3, 2021
Mixed Feelings
"You are worth more than you know, capable of more than you think, and loved more than you can imagine."

Undoubtedly the rom-com of the season, Horimiya has the potential to be great in every aspect of the genre, but the elephant in the room is obviously CloverWorks and the production team behind this show: the classic case of quantity over quality. I'd like to think that we're playing a baseball match with CloverWorks for Winter 2021: Strike 1 for the horrible adaptation of The Promised Neverland (Season 2), Strike 2 for the abominable business practices of hampering Wonder Egg Priority's Behind-the-Scenes tragedy of director Shin ...
Dec 22, 2022
On the surface, Horimiya is a finely polished anime—Glistening character art, bright lighting, realistic backgrounds, glittery visual effects. Every voice actor's suited their character, and their performances are convincing. Both the opening and ending credits are slickly animated with the utmost care and talent. The original soundtrack is average, but it fits every scene. Though I was immediately drawn to this anime for its impressive technical qualities, they weren’t good enough to overlook the subpar writing.

Beneath the superficial presentation, Horimiya is a computer-generated romantic comedy story that thinks in cliches: It merges tropes from the mediocre rom-com anime with the worst parts of sappy shoujo ...
Jan 30, 2021
Preliminary (4/13 eps)
KareKano is a 1995 shoujo manga with a 1998 anime adaptation directed by Hideaki Anno.
Here are some quotes from its synopsis:
“Yukino Miyazawa is the female representative for her class and the most popular girl among the freshmen at her high school... However, in reality, she is an incredibly vain person... She wants nothing more than to be the center of attention and praise—which is why she cannot stand Soichiro Arima, the male representative for her class and the only person more perfect than her...
...Soichiro visits Yukino house to bring her a CD and sees her uninhibited self in action; now equipped with the truth, he ...
Jan 30, 2021
Preliminary (4/13 eps)
A show containing the typical elements you would find in most Shoujo: the bishounen tropes where guys are drawn prettier than girls, colorful sparkling backgrounds for short scenes that are supposed to be cute and a school romance atmosphere intended to make the heart of teen girls go dokidoki depicting the usual (unrealistic) fantasies girls have around that age:

- A boy that is a nice guy but at the same time has a "rebel side": MC looks like a regular guy at school but wears piercings outside of school. How rebel is that, uh? Oh, his beauty level is also supposed to be increased dramatically ...
Jan 30, 2021
Preliminary (4/13 eps)
Normally don't watch a lot of romance animes, or don't have a major interest in them. But this show is far different for me. To the point I'm for sure am gonna read the manga afterwards because of how great I find it. It's one of the best of the season, and let me explain why.

Story and characters
The story follows a case of misjudging another, which leads to surprise interactions, which develops into a wonderful friendship. As we meet the actual Izumi, and not the one thought of by his classmates for years on end, believed to be an otaku, when really he's an average ...
Jan 30, 2021
Preliminary (4/13 eps)
I’ve been hearing about Horimiya manga for a while, yet it hasn’t caught my attention at all, then the anime aired, so I watched a couple of episodes out of pure curiosity, and it managed to totally and completely catch my attention.

This show has provided me with everything you can expect from a GREAT romcom anime, it has top tier characters (Hori san + Miyamura), comedy, narrative, relationships, drama, romance, and more.

The artwork is outstanding, as expected from CloverWorks, and the voice actors and actresses did a fantastic job as well.

I'm loving it, you would most likely love it, and I plan on continuing to ...
Apr 10, 2021
"Hori is toxic" "Hori is a -phobe" "This anime deserves a 1 because of that ONE THING"
Those are the words you hear often if you live past the year of 2020 mostly thanks to Twitter. This take is typically comes from western 'audiences'. Don't listen to those kind of takes for this anime/manga. Those come from close minded individuals who lack the understanding of context and most importantly, understanding that HUMANS ARE COMPLEX AND IMPERFECT PEOPLE. Especially in high school.
If you are of High School age and STILL don't understand that people have different opinions, then you are going to fail in the real ...
Apr 3, 2021
Mixed Feelings
I have mixed feelings toward Horimiya, mainly due to its inconsistency. One day the comedies fine, the characters are likeable, and the extremely generic story doesn’t feel problematic; while the next day the comedies gone stale, the characters feel as basic as the storyline, and I’m dying at the contrived drama. Majority of the time, it’s the latter. It feels like they blatantly don’t know what they’re doing. But there’s still something in Horimiya that managed to keep me invested, despite the aforementioned complaints. I’ll try to break down both sides of the spectrum throughout this review, since I’m split down the middle.

Horimiya started off ...
Jan 30, 2021
Preliminary (4/13 eps)
This show is the definition of mid.

The main premise of the show is that the main characters act differently outside of school.

If that sounds interesting to you then go ahead, watch it.

Episode 1 was bearable and had some potential but by the second episode, it was very clear what type of show this would be. It's another self-insert rom-com show; The quiet outcast boy who meets an attractive/popular girl who would in other circumstances, never interact with each other. The comedy in the first two episodes has no intelligence and consists of slapstick and yelling. While other romcoms that occupy the same slice of life ...
Mar 3, 2024
I don't get how this anime ended up on anyone's favorites list. Is it the animation, art style, or voice actors? Because it definitely can't be the plot—it's nothing special. No climax, just a regular couple with a plain story about a quiet boy and loud girl. Usually, I'm so in love with those kinds of plots but this anime somehow managed to ruin it. I found myself more interested in the side characters' romantic stories, which says a lot. It feels like those who love this anime haven't watched many other romance anime before. It's more slice of life than romance—something you can casually ...
Mar 13, 2021
Preliminary (10/13 eps)
This will be my second review, also on a show I don’t like. After watching the latest episode (10) I simply couldn’t wait any longer. Although if the ending is beyond a masterpiece, the show is just that bad. This show is literally an inside joke among my friend group because of how bad it is.

I won’t go on too long since I don’t like long reviews

Story 2/10 they have some kind of idea of what they’re doing in the first 4 episodes but the rest is just introducing new characters with filler like content. They focus on character to character with no apparent changes ...
Apr 3, 2021
Have you identified yourself with any characters? Visual, psychological, habits and customs are aspects that we develop since our birth and we constantly relearn. Some are more notable, even those who are not friends can see that you wore a different outfit or cut your hair. But there are other identities that are not easily understood, from the emotional side, to the introspective, something that many hide, whether through fear, trauma or insecurity. Horimiya is not just a famous novel that adapted a popular manga ... Not really ... It is about how jovial aspects are put into conflict and changes, where interpersonal relationships are ...
Feb 3, 2021
Preliminary (4/13 eps)
When watching Horimiya one question constantly grazes through my head; if only. If only they had given ANY time for character development and backstory before making the relationship progress rapidly in minutes, maybe then I could actually care about the characters. It's laughable that the premise is *oh my god this girl and boy who look a certain way at school actually have completely different personalities!* - why is it laughable? The premise is done and explored within the first 4 minutes of episode one. It doesn't even give the viewer time to fully grasp the preconceived self of the mc's, no it does not. ...
Mar 2, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (7/13 eps)
Horimiya is a good anime to watch if you're feeling bored, very lighthearted and enjoyable. So far no complaints, but my issue is... why is it ranked so high?

While it isn't a bad anime and the first episodes hooked me and made me wait for more, the story as a whole is nowhere near memorable. The characters are generic, the development is incredibly fast paced and after 7 episodes it feels like there's nothing more to tell to the story. It feels like any basic romcom, except the comedy is almost nonexistent. There isn't really any flow to it and at this point the story ...
Jul 27, 2023
Mixed Feelings
I was really looking forward to this anime, especially since it was so positively received by the anime community on TikTok, but unfortunately it falls short in critical areas, namely: pacing, storytelling, and the overall anime direction.

I'm a big fan of the manga. That being said, I'm not usually one to tout the source material to say it's always better than the adaptation. In many cases, I actually prefer the anime over the manga because there are certain scenes that are just better animated, like fight scenes which can get pretty confusing in black and white panels. Animes also have the unique opportunity to fix ...
Mar 6, 2021
Preliminary (9/13 eps)
I don't like romcom anime very much, but the art style and popularity of this one convinced me to give it a try. At first, it was pretty wholesome and cute, and the characters felt like real people, not just cardboard-cutouts. Chemistry between the main leads was also pretty good.

And then they gave the girl, Hori, a submission fetish. So she's forcing the male lead, Miyamura, (whose main personality trait is that he's shy/introverted) to slap her, talk down to her, and yell at her for random things in front of other people for her own kink. That's not funny, it's really really messed up. ...