Hiyori, a small and timid girl, goes to school for the first time in a year since an accident left her hospitalized. Follow her as she struggles with her social skills, tries to make friends and maybe even a little bit more...?
Premiered at the "Natsu Doki-Ribon-kko Party 55" (夏ドキッ★りぼんっ子パーティー55) event in Tokyo on July 30, 2010. The event also ran in Osaka on August 6 and Nagoya on August 19. It was later released on DVD and bundled with the November issue of Shoujo Magazine Ribon.
Hiyokoi is a nice and relaxing anime, its just a 1OVA Special. This is an adaptation of the manga, this OVA covers basically chapter 1 of the manga and thats it. The story is interesting, Hiyori is a really shy and small girl who had an accident and could not come to school. She was hit by a truck and was hospitalized, it is still a mystery to me how someone this small could be hit. That needs good aim lol. Anyways she comes back to school and as you might expect its not too good because of her shyness, her socials skills are low. Then she meets Yuushin who is uber tall and gets a seat next to him. He draws alot of attention which Hiyori does not like but later on that changes. The art and animation are pretty good and follow the manga well. My only complaint is that this is too short! It deserves a full series adaptation or atleast a movie. I hope they will make a sequel or another OVA of it in the future since the manga is up to like 8 chapters now. The characters remind me of Toradora! (lol at the locker scenes). Its great so if you like slice of life genre then check it out and you wont be disappointed. If you cant get enough then read the manga aswell. =] read more
This is like a squeezed version of Kimi ni Todoke. As a huge fan of Kimi ni Todoke, I really did enjoy this short show.
Hiyori's shyness is similar to Sawako's even though she seems a little less mature than Sawako. The story, like kimi ni todoke, is told mostly through the inner dialogues of Hiyori. I really liked that part of kimi ni todoke, so I enjoyed it in Hiyokoi too.
The animation and character designs are cute. Cute things these days tend to turn ecchi, but again, like kimi ni todoke, it stays pretty.
The male lead, Hirose, is like a less responsible version of Kazyhaya. Their personalities are awfully similar though. Even their looks, expressions, and gestures all look alike.
Unfortunately for this anime, it can only be compared to Kimi ni Todoke.
I want more episodes too, but I think if it gets more and stays the same way, there will be too much comparison, which will only make this work look bad.
But this gentle little episode is definitely worth watching if you are a fan of Kimi ni Todoke.
This anime is based on the manga. Hiyokoi is about a 15 year old girl who wasn't been to her highschool for a long time. She is a very shy person and is 140cm ( SMALL!! ). A guy in her class called Yuushin suddenly comes in the classroom when she introduced to herself. After that, they both sat near to each other. Could this be love?? ; D I only watched Hiyokoi without in sub titles. I understand a bit since I've read the manga. The movie seems a bit 'too' rushed. It was kind of boring. The manga is more interesting.
Last night, I got home at 1:00 in the morning and wasn't quite ready to go to sleep yet. I was just checking out anime stuff on YouTube and I came across an anime called Hiyokoi. I had never heard of this show before and I got curious to know what it was. I thought it was a hentai or something but to my surprise, it was a one episode OVA about a girl who deals with severe anxiety in school. Normally I wouldn't start up any OVA because I didn't like the shorter series I had seen before it, namely Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora and FLCL. However, I was bored early in the morning and since it was only one episode of 20 minutes, I decided to give it a try. Hiyokoi was not at all what I was expecting. I thought for sure that it would be a simple story that was only meant to put you in a good mood. I was totally wrong, and more importantly blown away by this incredible OVA. It's only 20 minutes so if you are looking to waste some time, but still want a good story, look no further than Hiyokoi.
Art/Animation- Hiyokoi was animated by Production I.G. and it looks fantastic. While the artwork never blew me away or anything, it still looked amazing. The character designs were unique enough so that I didn't need more than the first (and only) episode to tell them apart. There wasn't much in actual animation, but what there was looked really nice. Overall, the art for this show was really great, though not groundbreaking.
Story- This is where I give the most praise. For a simple story about a girl dealing with severe anxiety in school, it was portrayed in a way that was entertaining, relatable, and even a bit emotional. Though the story only takes place over the course of 1 day, it feels paced really well. The portrayal of anxiety could have easily been used as a comedic thing, but instead, the creators of this show portrayed anxiety in a realistic and mature way. I too, suffer from anxiety (though not to the extent of our MC), and I thought it was dealt with extremely well. In only 22 minutes, we were taken on a journey, and it felt complete. Hiyokoi's story was beautiful, entertaining, realistic, emotional, and told in a competent and mature way, especially for the time constraint. I give Hiyokoi's story the highest praise possible.
Characters- The designs weren't the only thing about the characters that made them distinguishable. They all had different and interesting personalities. Our main character Hiyori is extremely short and adorable, and the show makes sure to remind us of those traits constantly. She also has severe anxiety and can only talk easily to her best friend Ritsuka, who is one of the most caring and amazing friends Hiyori could ever ask for. Finally, there is Yuushin, who is the exact opposite of Hiyori. He is extremely tall and very outgoing. He starts out as a character who you like but aren't sure how he feels about Hiyori. As the show goes on though, you see that he really cares about Hiyori and act the way he does because he wants to see her smile and come out of her shell. The characters we saw were fantastic. I found myself relating so much to Hiyori, and watching her grow with Yuushin was a joy. I only give a 9 because we never got to know much else about the characters due to the show being only 1 episode. I wanted to know more about Ritsuka and Yuushin, and about Hiyori's accident and the cause of her anxiety. However, I can't complain with what we did get, because it was brilliant for such a short show.
Sound- The sound wasn't bad, but it was forgettable. I don't even remember a single track. Hiyokoi didn't have any OP's but it had an ED and I really liked it. I also thought that the voice acting was really good. Not much else to say. No dub exists so I can't comment on that. The sound did its job but was mostly forgettable.
Enjoyment- If you can't tell already, I loved this OVA. In just 22 minutes, it told a brilliant story, got me invested in the characters, and made me crave more when it ended. While it didn't end on a cliff-hanger or anything, I know that it only covered 1 volume of the Manga and I NEED TO SEE MORE!!! I know they probably won't make more so I'm going to get the manga and see the rest of the story. That's how great this show was. I can't recommend Hiyokoi enough. If this was a series and the characters were more developed, I would probably give this a 10. Overall, Hiyokoi is one of the best stories I've seen in its genre, told competently and maturely with fantastic characters, great art, and solid sound design. If you are looking for something a bit more serious but don't have a lot of time, I would recommend this show highly.