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Spoiler-Free Anime Review:

Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun Season 1

Rating: 9 out of 10 stars

Intro

My friend recommended this anime to me. I was skeptical at first, especially since she is not usually a fan of anime, but I am happy to say that Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun far exceeded my expectations.

Background

Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun, also know as Jibaku Shounen Hanako-Kun is an anime based on a manga series by Iro Aida. It falls into the genres of Comedy and Fantasy.

Season 1 was released in 2020, and it is likely there will be a Season 2 due to the show’s popularity.

You can watch Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun on Hulu or Funimation.

Summary

Yashiro Nene, a high-schooler at Kamome Academy, investigates a rumor about a wish-granting ghost named Hanako who resides in the girl’s bathroom. Nene seeks romance, and is in for a surprise when her wish gets her into deep trouble.

Pros

  • Intriguing story
  • Compelling characters
  • Unique art style
  • Superb animation
  • Balance of humor, tension, and sorrow
  • Quirky intro and outro
  • Contrasting yet fitting music

Cons

  • A couple episodes are incredibly bizarre and creepy
  • Inappropriate choice of language

Review

Story

The storyline is unique and follows the attempts of Hanako and Nene to maintain the delicate relationship between the natural and supernatural at Kamome Academy. Each episode deepens the conflict between the forces of evil seeking to corrupt the spirits at the school and the forces of good, led by Hanako.

Occasionally episodes veer toward the creepy, especially with the Misaki Stairs segment.

Characters

Yashiro Nene is a romance-obsessed high schooler who is willing to do whatever it takes to find love. This gets her into stupid situations sometimes. She annoys me occasionally with her poor decision-making, but overall she is a kindhearted and appealing character.

Hanako is a ghost with a dark past. He has a great sense of humor and a playful personality. Even though he can be a bit thoughtless at times, he genuinely cares for other people.

Kou Minamoto comes from a long line of exorcists. He has a brash personality and frequently acts on impulse. His personality is also selfless, and he truly wants to do what’s right, even if that means exorcising Hanako.

Sousuke Mitsuba is a spirit who appears midway through the anime. He is quick to jump to conclusions, confident, and foul-mouthed. He calls Kou “Lame-Ass Traffic Earring,” for instance. He has a surprisingly complex personality that I definitely appreciate.

Style and Animation

The art style is beautiful, taking advantage of pale pastels as well as brighter colors. Their treatment of light, seen above, is especially stunning. The characters’ eyes are made up of rich hues that make them seem even more expressive.

Humor

There is a balance in this show when it comes to humor, tension, and sorrow that makes it impactful.

Much of the humor in this anime comes from Hanako’s playful personality, Nene’s fruitless attempts at romance, and Kou’s exorcist antics.

There is a running joke about Nene’s legs being like daikons (a type of radish), and she is extremely self-conscious about her appearance.

I can’t say much about the tension and sorrow without giving away details of the plot, but I will say that this anime did make me tear up at one point.

Intro and Outro

The intro is beautiful and impressive, with kaleidoscopic and at times almost retro colors. It foreshadows future episodes without giving anything away.

The outro is not as good when it comes to art, but the theme is attractive.

Music

The music is quirky, with unique little tunes for transitions between scenes and different music to create different moods.

I like the music of the intro best because of its catchiness, but the calmer song of the outro is also very appealing.

Language

Occasionally the language verges on the inappropriate, such as when Hanako demands Nene’s “body” in return for a wish. What he really wants is for her to work as his assistant, but the way he said it was very suggestive and uncomfortable

Title

The title of the anime, since it uses the word toilet, kind of put me off. I wouldn’t have chosen to watch it if it hadn’t been suggested to me. I usually associate the word toilet with potty humor, which tends to just annoy me. Luckily, that’s not the sort of humor this anime employs. But I feel like the title would intrigue some people, so I didn’t list it as a con.

Conclusion

Even if the title doesn’t sound appealing to you, I would recommend you give this anime a try. It would be best for an audience of ages 13 and up. If you’ve watched it or decide to give a try, let me know in the comments!

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