Sep 11, 2019
Qzhuo (All reviews)
Needless to say, Hinamatsuri performs excellently in comedy. It contains a lot of novel humor that isn't recycled from the same gags over and over again, despite having popular tropes such as little girls with superpowers. However, I think it will be redundant to talk about its comedic aspect; you can read the numerous other reviews that talk about that. I want to add another layer to Hinamatsuri that I don't see mentioned very often or extensively. There was obviously a lot of care and passion that went into this anime and it definitely came from more than just wanting to make people laugh.

Hinamatsuri portrays aspects of growing up, learning about the world around you, and finding your place in society in a funny, heartfelt, but ultimately meaningful way. We see girls that are dropped into a new and unforgiving world with no clue of how to support themselves. They tackle different responsibilities and struggle with individual shortcomings that many can't do much about except sympathize, or even pity. However, they interact with adults who drift in the flow of society. They are the ones who have their role and know their place, whether it be a salaryman, yakuza underling, bar owner, or even a homeless person. To that, Hinamatsuri says that there is more to life than gaining achievements or earning a paycheck. It's about leaving a mark on the people around you and being the reason why you worked hard in the first place. And becoming the reason why others will want to work hard in the future.

Hitomi's storyline could be seen as a meaningful message on the growing pile of expectations and responsibilities a young overachiever deals with, but it can also be seen as a critique on how being ahead in society means leaving things behind. Anzu's storyline is a clear nod to the value of personal relationships over money, as well as a touching reminder of everyone's potential to give meaning to each others' lives regardless of their situation. Hina and Nitta's storyline shows that one's flaws make a person just as much as their strengths, but their strengths should not be overcherished nor should their flaws be overcriticized because they are neither permanent nor the deciding factors of a meaningful relationship.

This anime will make you laugh, but I strongly believe that all the emotional parts are there for a reason. Hinamatsuri wants to send a message to those who live their day to day lives, following the flow of society day after day. It is a reminder for those who have forgotten what they are capable of beyond the workplace or school to remember the people whose lives they have changed and the people whose lives they want to change in the future. It shows how in a short time frame it may seem like nothing is changing, but when you look through a greater timespan you will realize that much has changed. It's about how there will always be things to live for, and more importantly others to live for.

It is important to remember that Japanese society has been increasingly workaholic and sedentary. Hinamatsuri beautifully executes two plans for its audience: to make them laugh again and to make them feel like they will have a purpose regardless of where they end up. If anything, watch it for the comedy, but stay for the anime's intention to make you feel cared about.

Story: 9 Simple yet meaningful, although some parts (like Mao) feel a bit out of place
Art: 9 Cute but not distracting. Hilarious effects and great work on ambiance. There was some fanservice in the first bit, but it is not shoved in your face and they tone it down completely moving towards the end. It's probably the norm in Japanese anime for there to be cute girls, etc.
Sound: 10 No complaints here. Dialogue and voice acting done incredibly well and definitely carried the series. Great tracks overall as well.
Character: 10 The character development was the star of this show and it performed beautifully.
Enjoyment: 9 It made me laugh hysterically at times, and tear up in others. My only issue is that that some episodes were so comedic in the first half then so emotional in the second.