Hinamatsuri Episode 4 & 5 – Anime QandA Review

What’s the show? Hinamatsuri, Episode 4 & 5.

And how are these episodes? A pair of very solid, frequently funny and occasionally moving episodes.

Oh, well that was succinct summation, I do hope you have something else to talk about? In Episode 4, Hina is disowned by Nitta, he’s finally had enough of her vase breaking ways. So she goes to live with the still homeless Anzu, until Hina’s selfishness drives Anzu to kick her out too making Hina double-homeless(?) though when Nitta’s friends and colleagues find out about what he’s done he’s kinda guilted into taking her back.

That’s one way to get somebody to do something, cut off their booze supply!

Right, so everything back to normal by the end of the episode? Pretty much.

And Episode 5? Adventures in homelessness continue, Anzu wants money to play the video-games like Hina does and so gets a list of the most valuable ‘trash’ items to sell-on. She decides discarded televisions are the way to go—they fetch 3000 yen per one—but after a day of searching with Hina and Hitomi they come up with nothing. Hina, being the utterly clueless individual she is goes to ask Nitta for money to buy a television, does so and then tries to sell it to the trash-collector.

Many good faces in Episode 5.

Oh dear… Hina’s not too smart is she? Well she’s new to this world so I guess it’s forgiven. Meanwhile in the much more interesting story, some of Hitomi’s school friends see her enter a bar (where she’s been moonlighting as a bartender) followed soon after by one of their teachers (he’s a regular). They infer that Hitomi and the teacher have some sort of illicit relationship going on and a cavalcade of misunderstandings ensue.

She mustn’t have good peripheral vision.

Wait… “much more interesting story”? What do you mean by that? I’m kind of getting bored with Hina’s antics, she’s incredibly selfish and insensitive in these two episodes and it’s kind of wearing thin. Like, Anzu, despite being a tsundere has actually underwent more character development in these space of 2 or 3 episodes than Hina has done in nearly double that time! Also the plot lines with Hitomi are much more interesting than just watching Hina sulk and complain, I thought her getting disowned in the previous episode would have given her a chance to learn some compassion or self-reflection but evidently not.

Pinky swear.

Yikes, harsh. I can tell this show is capable of creating well-rounded characters, it’s just they seem to exist on the periphery. But obviously I’m willing to give the show the benefit of the doubt for the time being, it’s still terrifically funny—content to march to its very unique beat.

Right. Anything else to add? Somebody adopt Anzu already and give Hitomi her own show. Other than that, onward to next week!

If you have to ask, you’ll never know.

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4 comments

  1. I actually skipped most of the first half of Episode 5, because I have extremely low tolerance for stories where ignorant people do ignorant things for laughs, especially when they could find out better and the story turns on their not asking anyone about the thing that’s outright stupid on its face, especially because they’re just prideful. So pretty much anything with Hina in it ends up that way it seems (unless she’s just standing around going “What?” like the second half of ep 5). They definitely need to get Hina a bit more development, because she’s basically a slug who gets Nitta to buy her anything.

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    1. It’s always frustrating when a character, who, if they even had an ounce of self awareness could fix so many problems in a narrative, like she has money and money solves problems! But oh well, I guess more fool us for still watching!

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      1. Well, even then, it’s the stupid application of money like happened here. And for me it’s more that the narrative is trading on these people being too self-obsessed and stupid to bother even asking a question. Like the guy fencing the TVs is the only one who is bothering to care anything past his own nose. I think a lot of it is that the characters don’t bother thinking about if there’s anyone who might know more than they do right next to them (which in every case there is). Hitomi’s the only one who ever realizes a situation for what it is, and I like the humor in her knowing what to do and what she should do, compared to her not doing it because she’s deciding not to rock the boat and just going along with it. I don’t like the humor in “let’s laugh at Anzu and Hina just being ignorant.”

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