Hakozume: Kouban Joshi no Gyakushuu

Police in a Pod

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Japanese: ハコヅメ~交番女子の逆襲~
English: Police in a Pod
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 5, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022
Premiered: Winter 2022
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 23:30 (JST)
Producers: Magic Capsule, Kadokawa
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genre: ComedyComedy
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, WorkplaceWorkplace
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.171 (scored by 2275022,750 users)
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Ranked: #33752
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3034
Members: 53,334
Favorites: 166

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After graduating from high school, Mai Kawai's top priority was to find a job with a stable income to avoid turning out like her father. However, despite having taken a variety of civil service exams, she was faced with a harsh reality: nearly every institute denied her entry. The only place that accepted her was a police academy, which she reluctantly joined.

Even now that she is an actual police officer, the world continues to be cruel to Mai. Due to her profession, she unexpectedly receives constant criticism from disgruntled citizens. Disheartened by the hostile treatment, she decides to submit a letter of resignation after just a few months of employment.

But on the same day Mai chooses to quit, she meets Seiko Fuji—the former ace of the Criminal Affairs Division who is assigned as her new instructor. Finding her new coworker to be enchanting, Mai delays leaving and gives her uninspiring job a second chance.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Hakozume: Kouban Joshi no Gyakushuu will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in two volumes from March 30, 2022 to April 27, 2022.

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Opening Theme

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"Shiranakya (知らなきゃ)" by Riko Azuna

Ending Theme

"Change" by nonoc

Episode Videos


Jan 30, 2023
Slice-of-Life police drama? Not sure how to describe this, but SoL is definitely part of it, and true SoL too. Outside of an ending arc these are individual stories about how hard it is to be a police officer told by a frankly hopeless cast of cops. Well, are they hopeless or brilliant? That's honestly part of the charm. Also, I don't know how true to life this is so I recommend taking it with a pinch of salt and not a true representation.

The characters are fun, not super fleshed out but they are enjoyable to spend time with and they do have unique personalities. ...
Jun 15, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Hakozume (Police in a Pod) struggles with its identity a bit. It oozes the feel of a Saturday Morning Cartoon / Slice of Life show, but strangely enough it later reverts into a traditional anime story line. And within that, it doesn't really have the space to breath properly.

To row back a bit: Hakozume is somewhat sectionalized into three parts: the introduction, the middle, and the anime. All parts share some distinction thou. The general episode length is halved to around 11 minutes and they mostly encapsulate the protagonist Police Box Women Kawai and Fuji in their work.
And the introduction part in a good step ...
Jan 10, 2023
Had this been a pure police drama, I would probably be giving this anime an eight or nine right now. During the few times the anime strictly focused on the drama and dropped the jokes, it was quite good, but those times are so few and far between that it just highlighted how bad the rest of the show is.

The problem is that the anime has a bad case of identity crisis. It doesn't know if it wants to be a gag comedy or a serious drama. The anime will go from all out comedy one minute then become knee-jerkingly serious the next. There ...

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