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Notables: NAKAJIMA Yoshiki
Nitta is a wealthy bachelor who has acquired his money as a minor member of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. One day inside his posh apartment a large egg-shaped container literally materializes out of thin air and falls on his head. Inside is Hina, a strange girl with amazing psychokinetic powers. While Nitta initially wants nothing to do with her, over time they become friends, partly because he's not such a bad person and partly because it's best not to annoy her.

12 episodes
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Buy 8 7 8 6 8 9 Ggultra2764 [series:3519#1552]
Must admit I was surprisingly entertained by this. Hinamatsuri has its equal share of comedy coming from the psychic powers of Hina and other espers causing havoc to varying degrees and the unexpected situations a number of characters find themselves getting into, as well as its moments of light drama involving developments with some of the characters where they undergo varying degrees of changes and time is taken to exploring the lives of the title's major characters. The comedic timing of the series is executed well in most instances, as I got laughs out of much of the humor offered up with some favorite gags of mine including Hina's lack of motivation and common sense in many mundane situations, Hitomi's inability of turning down favors giving her more than she bargains for, and a Cast Away parody with one esper girl left to fend for herself on a deserted island when accidentally transported there. In short, a rather entertaining slice-of-life comedy that offers effective comedy, character exploration, and some solid light drama.

Last updated Tuesday, May 17 2022. Created Tuesday, May 17 2022.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:3519#628]
(Two+ episodes watched):

While watching episode one of Hinamatsuri I quickly decided that I liked the absurdist comedy of this show ("I'll just pretend I didn't see that"). This was clearly comedy with some serious talent and effort invested in it. Hina won't say where she came from, only that "where I came from, my only reason for existing was to carry out orders". She has a sort of apathetically arrogant attitude: she knows what she can do and won't take crap from anyone. But, like Nitta, she's basically a good person. And, not only did the show seem to be genuinely funny, but apparently it would have a sentimental and moving side to it as well--what more could a person ask for? Anyone who wants to laugh, I figured, ought to watch Hinamatsuri.

But while by no means boring, episode two didn't seem quite as original and funny to me as episode one had. Perhaps the problem was that the prospect of a developing relationship between Hina and Nitta seemed to be shoved aside in favor of more or less conventional jokes which were modestly amusing but didn't do much for an ongoing plot. I didn't sense nearly as much of the precious absurdity as in episode one. I was also surprised that at one point Nitta seemed to have lost all fear of what Hina was capable of doing if angered. Likewise, Hina's previous attitude had evaporated somehow. And then there was the all-too-common bit where when one exceptional character appears, it seems preordained that a second must soon appear to act as a rival instead of the first being further developed. We didn't learn anything more about Hina's origins even though another psychic girl from presumably the same place appears. I was left feeling that this might be a show which burst out of the proverbial gate at high speed but quickly slowed to an average pace. In fact, episode three seemed so lukewarm and lacklustre that after five or ten minutes I decided I wouldn't watch it at all. It seemed like more of a lecture to children not to shoplift than an original and amusing anime. How the mighty have fallen! Seldom has a show gotten off to such an encouraging start, only to screech to a halt shortly afterwards.

Last updated Friday, June 08 2018. Created Wednesday, April 18 2018.

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