Toilet-bound Hanako-kun: First Stall: Volume 1 (Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun Boxed Installments)

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Toilet-bound Hanako-kun: First Stall: Volume 1 (Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun Boxed Installments)

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Hanoko is a bathroom ghost who is one of the Seven Wonders of the school. Since he saved Nene from being a fish her whole life, he now hangs around her all the time. To me it seems like this whole book is just Hanoko trying to make up for him killing his brother. All he does is give and give, not only helping the school but Nene as well. The only time I remember him getting upset is when someone hurts Nene or when he sees his brother for the first time in 20 years. Even when Kou tells Nene that he murdered someone, he only puts a seal on Kou’s staff. Even after Kou tries to exercise him, Hanoko hopes Kou will be successful in exercising him one day. When Nene is a few short days from her death he allows one of the seven wonders to trap her in a picture, in hopes that her life span will increase. He is willing to sacrifice his closest friend for her own benefit. Knowing it will leave him all alone again. He isn’t even sure if his plan will work. He doesn't even care if she ends up hating him, he just wants her to be happy and safe in the painting world. Hanako: "I'm a supernatural, the 7th of the school's 7 mysteries: Hanako-san of the Toilet. Nice to meet you!" The main thing about this anime is that the adaptation is a play by play high-budget animatic of the manga. A good adaptation should add onto the original, but it follows it to a T; there's no new shots, no new content to really balance out what was removed and a b Aoki, Deb (June 3, 2020). "New Manga: What's Hot Now". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on June 24, 2020 . Retrieved June 24, 2020. Yen Press' breakout hit of the season is Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, a supernatural comedy manga. Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Volume 0 covers over the original pilot chapters for the manga, as well as Aida Iro's debut work, Dear My Living Dead .Mateo, Alex (April 27, 2021). "North American Anime, Manga Releases, April 25-May1". Anime News Network . Retrieved April 27, 2021. Hanako himself was another saving grace that made the show much more watchable. But I grieve over the fact that they only scratched the surface of his character. Giving the show more time to flesh him out could've been very engaging. Sadly a lot of the focus was shifted towards other characters like Nene and Kou instead, who frankly shouldn’t have been main characters at all. Their effect on the story is rather minuscule as Nene's existence revolves around being the person who gets all the exposition dumps, as well as a damsel in distress for white knight Hanako to rescue. Kou's purpose is even smaller as he's often just one of many comic relief characters. They did set a character arc in motion for him which sadly didn't lead anywhere. With this in mind I think that they should've been taken out of the spotlight to instead shine brighter on other characters, like Hanako. The show could've been more focused and serious by doing that which I think would've been beneficial to the show overall. the same name, Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun is a supernatural school story detailing events at Kamome Academy, a school shrouded by seven mysteries. Among these mystery is about an entity named Hanako, where a rumor goes around that they will grant a wish for the right price. A plot twist reveals that Hanako is actually a boy after being summoned by a girl named Nene Yashiro. And that’s not all. She becomes his personal assistant! Sounds like a strange character duo paired up together, right?

Ressler, Karen (July 1, 2017). "Yen Press Licenses Silver Spoon, Kemono Friends Manga, A Sister's All You Need, Reborn as a Vending Machine Light Novels, More". Anime News Network . Retrieved June 24, 2020. A curious question revolves around what you should really expect from the character cast. To be frank, the characters are what collectively carries the anime together. Sure, the plot itself has a lot of potential with the various arcs but it’s the characters that plays out their roles. Obviously, you have Hanako and Nene together as the main pair and the amount of development we see is evident from the beginning. As time goes on, Hanako begins to truly care for Nene and isn’t hesitant to resort to violence to protect her. Similarly, Nene’s fragile shell begins to open up the more she experiences her newfound life with Hanako. It’s a type of character bonding that naturally plays out by itself and very simple to understand. They’re not the only ones hoarding the attention either as we also have Kou Minamoto, another student that becomes an ally and friend to Hanako and Nene. Being somewhat airheaded, Kou exemplifies the personality of a teenager of his age and sometimes gets himself into trouble. That doesn’t stop him from taking risks to help others and showing acts of courage. Other cast in the series possesses a wide range of personalities such as the unpredictable Mitsuba, popular Aoi Akane, or prideful Sakura Nanamine. They fall short compared to the main cast but still gets enough screen time to be worthy of being watched. To have her wish granted, occult girl Yashiro Nene has summoned Hanako-san. But the ghost that appeared before her is a boy in the girls bathroom. Digital goods, open DVDs and Blu-rays, smart art prints, mystery bundles, and final sale items are excluded from the return policy. a b c Hodgkins, Crystalyn (December 9, 2019). "Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video, More Cast, Theme Song Artists". Anime News Network . Retrieved December 9, 2019.Hodgkins, Crystalyn (July 13, 2019). "Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Anime Reveals Visual, More Staff". Anime News Network . Retrieved July 13, 2019. Akane Aoi is Nene’s friend who tells her spooky, despite not really enjoying them herself. Before Aoi reveals her feelings later in the book she is seen as this popular nice girl. Nene even points out that she would never have to worry about most things because she is popular. Despite everyone being nice to her and giving her attention she still feels like an outsider. Nene may be her friend, but she's always running around the school and keeping secrets. Aoi experiences something that most people feel once in their life, loneliness. Not the kind you feel when you're separated from society, but the kind you feel in a room full of people. She won’t allow herself to believe that people care about her which created an invisible barrier between her and the world. Even when Akane, her childhood friend, expresses his feelings to her she thinks he is lying. This self hate and this invisible barrier she has set she can neither receive or give genuine love. I appreciate how the author decided to reveal her true feelings later in the book then in the beginning. It gives the reader a new perspective and understanding on her actions leading up to the big reveal. On November 9, 2019, the voice cast for the main 3 characters were revealed, with comments from each of them. Additional voice casts were revealed on a later date. On November 9, 2019, the air date for Episode 1 on TBS was announced as 1:58am on January 10, 2020 (listed as 25:58 on January 9 in official sources). An advance screening on December 29, 2019 will be held at Ikebukuro Grand Cinema Sunshine, with guest appearances from the cast for the main 3 characters.

Anyway. Nene and Kou are also my sweet babies 💖 Nene is hilarious with her complex about her legs. Kou is a sweetie wanting to protect Nene from the One Ghost that wouldn’t hurt her at all 😂 Bless his soul. They are precious Sherman, Jennifer (November 6, 2021). "Yen Press Licenses 3 Light Novels, 6 Manga". Anime News Network . Retrieved November 6, 2021. The animation was also a letdown as it’s basically nonexistent most of the time. Still shots take up the majority of each episode, and when it doesn’t it’s quite stiff and lifeless. It doesn’t take away how good the show still looks otherwise, slightly on par with the manga I would presume. I do however think it's unjustified to make an adaptation if the animation is only as good as the comic it’s based on. Voice acting is fitting, sound is nice and atmospheric. Only one OST used for scene transitions is particularly memorable, but that's about standard for anime. In November 2023, a four-episode sequel to After-School Hanako-kun was announced and is set to premiere in Q4 2024. It was also revealed that a second season of the original anime had been greenlit. [34] Reception [ edit ]


a b Hodgkins, Crystalyn (January 1, 2020). "Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Anime Adds Chika Anzai, Takahiro Mizushima to Cast". Anime News Network . Retrieved January 1, 2020. It’s presented as a fun, light-hearted adventure. Yet it also chooses to delve into topics such as loneliness and death. Doing so in a tonally much grimmer and dismal way. That is until it remembers that it set itself up as a comedy first and foremost and throws in some of its titular Without going into details, the ambiguity and buildup surrounding Mitsuba's character is lost since Hell of Mirrors was rearranged to be much, much sooner.

Hey, do you know about the Seven Mysteries in this school……? Rumours abound at Kamome Academy, about the most famous of the Seven Mysteries. Hodgkins, Crystalyn (July 4, 2019). "Lerche Animates Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Anime for 2020 Premiere". Anime News Network . Retrieved July 4, 2019. Alex, Jones (October 2021). Cox, Gemma (ed.). "Anime Review: Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Complete Series". NEO. No.212. Uncooked Media. p.89.


The first promotional video was released on November 9, 2019, with Ogata and Kitō voicing Hanako and Nene respectively. I've noticed that those who read the manga before the show tend to have a more critical outlook on this anime's shortcomings. No spoilers here, though. Nene is the main protagonist of the series as well as a fifteen year old high school student. In the beginning of the book she is so desperate to have a boyfriend that she throws herself at any guy who shows her attention. After she gets cursed she learns that her desire to have a boyfriend was really just her wanting someone to love her. It didn’t matter who it was, she just wanted someone to care about her. Nene continues this habit of being boycrazy throughout the series, which makes me think if she's still trying to fill that void or if she's just a hopeless romantic. I feel like this is a pretty typical thing that many people experience in their teens. They are constantly surrounded by people in relationships and media that implies that happiness comes from being in a romantic relationship. This can lead to them feeling that they have to have a significant other or they are worthless or that no one will ever love them that way. Nene thinks that her “dycon legs” is why she’ll never be in a relationship, which I’m sure many girls can relate to one way or another. That their body will never be good enough to someone to actually love them because they will find it disgusting. I think that Nene is one of the best written characters in terms of relatability. Little Mermaid arc is less important and ended up added in later, but as a natural consequence of this:

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