How Excellent Side Characters Made Hinamatsuri The Best Anime of The Season

((Warning: Contains spoilers for Hinamatsuri))

Have you ever watched a series and thought, Wow, this side character is the real star of the series?

Well, that’s how viewers tended to feel watching Hinamatsuri, this season’s surprisingly emotional comedy about a psychokinetic girl being adopted by a yakuza member.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Hina and Nitta are entertaining. Both of them give some brilliant deadpan line deliveries, and the way they interact with each other is perfect. They’re both kind of very shitty people, but they still try their best to make the other’s lives a little brighter. It’s very sweet, and also very hilarious. However…

Screenshot (76)

…the two don’t really develop that much throughout the show. At least, not compared to the other characters. Sure, Hina used to be a crazed killing machine who mellows out thanks to her time with Nitta, but we don’t really see that much of the transformation – her past self is mostly implied through other character’s reactions to her new self. Ultimately, by the end of the series, she’s still kind of a jerk, even if she does save the day in the final episode, “Yukimatsuri.”  As for Nitta, we see him defrost a bit through his relationship with Hina when he vows to bring her home a mommy (“Anzu is A Greeter Now”) and when he bids her farewell (“And It’s The Same Old Hina”) …but then, he throws a lot of that development away when he is caught throwing a party when he thinks Hina has left for good.

Perhaps I’m not giving Nitta and Hina enough credit. It’s not like they’re flat or boring characters, but it really is hard to focus on the character development of the actual main characters when the supporting cast outshines them episode after episode. At the end of the day, it was these “side characters” who made Hinamatsuri the surprising and emotional favorite of the Spring 2018 season.

Continue reading “How Excellent Side Characters Made Hinamatsuri The Best Anime of The Season”

Advertisements

Sweet Punishment: I Watched It So You Don’t Have To! [ep 4 & ep 5]

Despite her innocence, Hina Saotome is about to be sent to a prison filled with dangerous(ly hot) men. There she must be punished by a sexy, sadistic guard and be subject to his “heartless yet sweet domination.” This is Sweet Punishment: I Am the Guard’s Private Pet, a short-form, web-only ecchi series.
Episode 1       Episode 2+3

It’s another crazy Thursday night, folks. I’m here to walk you through your favorite overly censored web series! (Un)Surprisingly, I could not remember what happened in the last few episodes, so I had to re-read my post from before. Somehow, this masterfully written drama just doesn’t stick in my mind after I watch it…
Continue reading “Sweet Punishment: I Watched It So You Don’t Have To! [ep 4 & ep 5]”

Remembering My Teko: Amanchu! and the bittersweet beauty of teenage friendships

If there’s one thing Amanchu does remarkably well, it’s realistically portray the pure bliss of adolescent friendship. Teko and Pikari are oblivious to any Real World Issues, and spend their days having spontaneous barbeques and diving, all while subtly teaching each other to be better versions of themselves. Pikari helps ease Teko’s anxiety, while Teko teaches Pikari to dial it back a bit. All is well in their idyllic, teenage world.

Continue reading “Remembering My Teko: Amanchu! and the bittersweet beauty of teenage friendships”

Spring 2018 peeps (part two): Like last week’s post, except this time I hated everything

This week has been wild! I ended up getting wrapped up in a whole mess of personal stuff pretty much all week. I’m tired! But I’m relaxing now, and ready to finally finish watching these Spring 2018 anime premieres. I already saw a decent amount last week, but I’m ready to watch what’s left on my queue.

Before I start, some quick things! One, I changed my blog theme and I’m in the process of tidying up my tags and categories and stuff. I’m not sure how I feel about the Look yet, but I think it’s at least a bit cleaner looking. Or, maybe it isn’t! Let me know! I also made a Twitter specifically for anime nonsense/this blog, so if you were following me on my personal before, please follow me on this one, too! You don’t have to unfollow the personal or anything, I just wanted to make my social media experience a lil more organized. A lot of my IRLs don’t want to sit through my anime livetweets, after all…so in a way, I figured I’d be a little more comfortable to let loose on a separate account. My old highschool boyfriend doesn’t need to log in & see that I’ve been watching Sweet Punishment, after all…

Anyways, the seasonals. Right now, it’s looking like Hinamatsuri and Amanchu! Advance are my favorites, just as I expected, but there’s some other interesting stuff in the mix. Unfortunately, everything I watched other than those two shows this time around did not gel well with me. Like, at all.

All I have is unequivocal praise for my diving lesbians and psychic gangster children, and to be honest, it’s not fun for me to write nice words. We are in Hell Zone, after all. Writing bitterly is my favorite. Let’s take a(n angry) peep.

Continue reading “Spring 2018 peeps (part two): Like last week’s post, except this time I hated everything”

Spring 2018 Peeps (part one): Oh no, I accidentally just got into Sword Art Online!!

I tried to restrain myself from watching any new anime until all of the first episodes came out. I didn’t want to overload myself – every season I end up checking everything out and then accidentally getting invested in like, ten shows right from the get-go.

Unfortunately…I did not hold back this season and ended up watching a random smattering of new shows anyways. Really, the only things I had actually planned to watch was the new Amanchu season and Hanamatsuri. They’ll probably still be the only things I end up following through on because I’m terrible at keeping up with seasonals but – hey, checking out new shows are fun! Here’s part one of my mini-seasonal reviews. I’m a lazy bum and just reviewing them in the order I checked them out and not by their release date or anything so…bare with my unorganized ass, please!

Continue reading “Spring 2018 Peeps (part one): Oh no, I accidentally just got into Sword Art Online!!”

Sweet Punishment: I Watched It So You Don’t Have To!

Despite her innocence, Hina Saotome is about to be sent to a prison filled with dangerous(ly hot) men. There she must be punished by a sexy, sadistic guard and be subject to his “heartless yet sweet domination.” This is Sweet Punishment: I Am the Guard’s Private Pet, a short-form, web-only ecchi series.

Soooooo…you’re telling me everyone’s gearing up for their seasonal episodic reviews, and no one is covering this?? I’m disappointed. Well, don’t worry, I’m so dedicated to making sure y’all can get seasonal coverage of every anime out there that I watched the whole four minute long censored first episode on YouTube with no English subtitles. You’re welcome.

Continue reading “Sweet Punishment: I Watched It So You Don’t Have To!”