Naoki Kuzumi, a junior in high school, had lost his parents in an accident five years ago, and is living with his aunt, uncle, and cousin Matsuri. He always thought his life was ordinary, besides the fact that he can't remember what happened in his youth. One sunny day as he is taking a nap on a bench, a redheaded girl -- Mikoto -- literally falls on him from the sky. For some reason, she thinks he's her younger brother. Naoki's time period is a temporal shelter for those in the future, when many are suffering from an incurable disease. When she heard her younger brother Yuusuke had been taken to Naoki's time, Mikoto herself had gone back in time.
Tsuki wa Higashi ni Hi wa Nishi ni - Operation Sanctuary, or otherwise known as Hani Hani, is another one of those series that is better than it seems to be and has recieved very little love, and that's why I'm writing a review on it ^w^
Hani Hani is about a high schooler called Naoki who lives a normal life with his cousin Matsuri and childhood friend Honami. One day a girl called Mikoto appears before him with big white wings and falls on him, and in an instant his life changes, mainly for the better.
Basically, the story starts out a a typical slice of
life and school anime with each episode lasting 12 minutes, and if it had continued that way then I think that the story would have deserved a 4/10. However, in the last few episodes the real story comes out and makes everything a heck of a lot more interesting. Had this happened a bit earlier, then I believe that the series would have been far more successful.
The art of this series isn't too bad, considering it was made 4 years ago. All of the characters' faces look a little round and fat at some points, but on a plus side the girls' hair is always drawn with great detail and beauty. The backgrounds are beautiful and often brightly coloured to fit in with the genre of the series too. Overall = nothing to complain about ^^
The sound.... well, the opening has a very shoujo feel to it and fails to reach a climax in the chorus, despite the build up to it. However, it is a light hearted song which matches the first arc of the series, so I can't complain about it much ^^; the ending theme was standard and I couldn't listen to it the whole way through because it bored me. The background music was hardly noticed, which can either be a good or a bad point.
Yes, the characters were cute, but my god they were so standard! They had no depth at all and were absolutely not unique. For example, Honami is Naoki's childhood friend but is in love with him: sound familiar? That's because it's overused, and Honami does all the things you would expect her to do like wait for Naoki even though everyone else says he's not coming and other stuff. It bored me, to be honest. The characters were given a base personality and nothing was developed from that. That's why I gave it a 5/10.
I enjoyed this anime for the same reasons as I did in the last series I reviewed, although this time it's the characters that bored me rather than the storyline. Basically, I knew that I could just sit and relax while watching this series after a hard day without having to concentrate too much. However, I would have liked to see more development in the storyline as it was actually good at the end and looked very promising. I think this series should be either re-made by a different company, or should have a second series.
Overall I gave Hani Hani a 7/10 simply because I enjoyed watching it. Yes, the characters are a bit boring, but for a 13 episode long series with only 12 minutes to an episode, I think it could have been a lot worse, and thankfully it wasn't.
I recommend Hani Hani to all of those people who don't want to watch a serious anime and just want to watch something short.