What’s the show? Hinamatsuri, Episode 8 & 9.
Right. So last time you reviewed this show it was for Episode 6 & 7 and it ended up turning into an essay about the different ‘classes’ in Japanese society, with each of the main middle school aged girls in this show representing a different ‘class’. Yes, that’s correct.
So what great pontifications on life do you have to draw parallels to with regards to Episode 8 & 9? None whatsoever!
Uh-huh. Well we’re off to a great start. Hey, I didn’t ask you to bring up the previous review, that was a fluke! Lightning doesn’t strike twice, you know!
Fine, so I guess this is going to just be a run-of-the-mill recap and assessment of these previous two episode then? Maybe, but I did notice and interesting topic I could talk about that links these two episodes in particular. Namely, the introduction of two new characters who’ve yet to prove their worthiness to an already well-established narrative.
Okay, I’ll bite. Who are the new characters? In Episode 8, Kei Ikarugu is introduced, she’s the Security Chief of the mysterious organisation that ‘owns’ the psychic girls from another world/dimension. She’s here to gather details on Hina, to see if she’s ~assimilated~ into everyday life, and whether she’s calmed down enough to return home. In Episode 9 there’s Mao, another psychic girl ordered down by Kei to bring with her another ‘red ball thing’ that’s meant to replace the one Hina “lost” so she can return home. Unfortunately for Mao she lands not in Tokyo, or even anywhere near and instead on a remote and deserted Japanese island.
Right… This show is weird and hilarious and I love it, FYI.
I gathered as much, so what did you specifically want to talk about with these characters? Since you seem to avoiding traditional recap style reviews for most of Hinamatsuri. I wonder, whether these new additions to the cast really add anything that I want. I’m so used to slice of life anime that don’t really bother to focus on world-building outside the established niche that they carve out by the end of the 3rd episode, and so for Hinamatsuri to keep adding new characters which not only add to the ‘greater’ story but detract from the “everyday life” shenanigans kind of makes me feel conflicted.
How so? Surely ‘world-building’ is a good thing? No? I guess I didn’t really expect it nor need it in this show. Sure, it’s still suitably ~random~ on an episode-by-episode basis, it plays fast and loose with plausible scenarios and common-sense, but adding this extra dimension that fleshes out the world where these psychic girls come from or adding new characters that will do as much kind of isn’t a top priority for me. I’m just happy to watch Anzu be happy about her new life while being amazed at simple things us working class folk take for granted, and happy to watch Hitomi tend bar and get intermittently horrified by things. And Hina… well, Hina can be funny, when she’s not being mean-spirited and instead is actually trying to contribute (and fails miserably).
Okay. So you’re not happy with the way the show is going? Ugh, that’s not really what I’m trying to say… it’s just I’m not used to watching a show thats actively this invested in shaking things up. If these characters were being introduced mid-way through a second season I’d probably be more open to it, but it feels like we’ve hardly had time to have fun with our established cast, before new people are being introduced… as I said, I’m just not used to anime that has such urgency with the plot—at least not anime of this genre.
Wikipedia says its a “Science Fiction, Supernatural, Comedy, Slice of Life.” Yeah, sounds accurate now. But when I first started watching it I would have almost reversed them… assuming the order of them indicates the priority of genre.
I don’t think it does. Man, I thought this review was a good idea at the time… how wrong was I. This hardly makes any sense.
What else is new. Any words to wrap up? If you haven’t already started just watch Hinamatsuri, it’s better use of your time than reading my nonsensical ravings. Seriously this show is amazing at times and I kind of hate this review for being so critical of something that obviously knows what it’s doing a heck of a lot better than I do.
Previous Hinamatsuri Reviews:
Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 & 3 Review
Episode 4 & 5 Review
Episode 6 & 7 Review
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