Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun anime / Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun anime is a Japanese manga series by Iro Aida. It has been serialized in Square Enix’s shōnen manga magazine Monthly G Fantasy since 2014. It has been collected in twelve tankōbon volumes. The manga is licensed in North America by Yen Press.
Mind me, this is a biased review, so you may not agree with what rating I gave this. Although, I will talk about why this anime, in my eyes, is a masterpiece, so at least take the time to read it.
At first glance, Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun seems like a normal comedy show, but when I started watching it, I was amazed. It is actually really funny, but it does have a lot of cool character writing as well. When you see the word 'toilet' in the title of an anime you may be inclined to think it's odd, but this is entirely wrong.
'Oh, Hanako's a boy! What a boring plot twist,' is what some people would think. Actually, this isn't a very important factor in the story, but this does affect Hanako and Yashiro's relationship, which I will not talk about here. The story is fantastic, as every episode, you learn more about the seven wonders, the character's personalities, etc. Unfortunately, to say, nearing the end of the 12 episodes, the show fails to give us much more information about Hanako-kun, why he died and other spoilers. Fortunately, though, this isn't a major flaw, and you'll still enjoy the story, up until the very end.
Now I think this is a category everyone will agree on. The art was extremely aesthetically pleasing, especially with the way the characters were drawn. Sometimes it looks a bit like manga panels, which I would usually consider bad quality, but it matches the style of this anime perfectly. Another nice addition was the red flowers that appear occasionally on the side, to match the mood.
Every anime has it's own unique sound effects, regardless of whether the anime is good or not. This show's soundtrack gave off a mysterious and sad vibe, which perfectly fits in.
The OP was catchy, kind of like a rock song. The ED though was wonderful. There would always be a bittersweet scene at the end of an episode, and the lovely ED would start playing, and it would provide a feeling that doesn't have you screaming for the next episode but looking forward to it.
This was the part I was really excited to write, but then I realised it's really hard to discuss characters without giving spoilers. I'll try my hardest.
Hanako-kun could be considered sadistic, but he's also kind, which is exactly what I like about him. Some anime have a character who's completely sadistic, which makes them one dimensional. Although not all is revealed about Hanako yet, I believe there may be a second season, so it'll probably be told by then.
Yashiro is someone I wouldn't personally be friends with, but I still think she's a well-written character. She represents us as humans. She's desperate to have the status of 'girlfriend', but she doesn't actually truly love the boys she has had crushes on since she doesn't even remember their full names. This sounds like a brat, but she isn't, because she truly works hard to care for people. When she meets Hanako, she does realise some things about love, though.
Kou is probably a less detailed character. He doesn't have a particularly obvious personality but we do learn that he ALSO cares for people, so it's nice to know we have three caring main characters. Kou learns about friendship a bit later in the show, and it's pretty sad, as well.
Other characters will not be discussed due to spoilers.
From this review, it's easy to tell that I enjoyed this anime a lot. It's obviously not flawless, but I believe that sometimes flaws make an anime more enjoyable, whether that makes sense or not.
I hope Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun is noticed more, as it's severely under-watched. If you're reading my review and haven't watched it yet, go ahead, I can't guarantee you'll enjoy it as much as I have, but hopefully, this review helped you watch the anime with a hopeful mindset, instead of a negative one, since that ruins the entire anime for me.
Thank you for reading!