Rumor has it…that there is a ghost girl in the bathroom named Hanako-san, except that’s not true and it’s actually a boy named Hanako-kun. Yes. That is pretty much the premise of Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun–well, that and his contract with this girl who ingests mermaid scales and gets cursed and the only way to remain human is to form a bond with Hanako-kun. This anime is pretty odd if you haven’t gathered yet. But I am living for it. So let me just tell you about my first impressions of this anime.
Beautiful. Unique. Amazing. Inspiring. Okay, maybe that would be putting it on too thick, but Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun really is quite good. What originally caught my eye with this anime was the animation itself. It’s very colorful (to say the least) and gives off a very lovely spook vibe. The best way I can describe the art is…sour candy animated. If that makes any kind of sense. It is also kind of interesting how…still the art is. And I honestly mean that. There’s a lot of scenes where there should feel like there should be background movement but there isn’t, and some of the transitions is very page like. It’s almost like you’re reading a manga frame but frame, but animated and way more interactive. All and all, it takes a moment to get used to, but it’s super fun to watch.
Actually, honestly this show is just fun to watch. It’s always defying expectations about characters, Hanako-kun for example, who is not a school girl but a school boy, and who is also way more adorable and funny than you’d think. I think part of this defying expectations has to do with the show being about rumors. According to Hanako-kun, all apparitions and urban legends must abide by what their story says about them, lest they disappear, and Hanako-kun uses home girl (I’m sorry I can’t remember our MC’s name) to help change rumors in the school–and also clean his bathroom. Constantly. Honestly how dirty was this bathroom? I’m really curious to see though, why Hanako-kun hasn’t disappeared yet. I’m only about two episodes in right now, and they’ve already mentioned that Hanako-kun is a stronger spirit than he should be…and I wonder if that has anything to do with why he seems to be immune to the rumor rule.
So, that’s kind of all I have to say on Hanako-kun for now. I’m really intrigued by this anime and can’t wait to watch more of it yet, but many of the characters haven’t left a huge impression yet. I just know that what I have seen, I’ve liked. The opening and ending songs are also fantastic, and the only real drawback so far has been the rather plain animation style. I know it’s stylized and some will find it cool, but often I find myself slightly disappointed. The battle sequences in this show aren’t nearly as intricate as I thought they’d be based on watching the opening. But y’know, I think that’s fine. It’s not like I’m watching it for action (and I doubt anyone else is either).
I would definitely recommend giving Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun a watch. It’s been one of the more interesting this season. And I am proud to give it a rating of seven wonders of the school out of ten.
Has anyone else seen Hanako-kun? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!