First Impressions: Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun

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.

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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.

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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!

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