Hakumei and Mikochi

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Hakumei and Mikochi
Hakumei to Mikochi volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of Hakumei and Mikochi volume 1 by Enterbrain
ハクメイとミコチ
(Hakumei to Mikochi)
GenreFantasy, Slice of life[1]
Manga
Written byTakuto Kashiki
Published byEnterbrain
English publisher
DemographicSeinen
MagazineHarta
Original run2011 – present
Volumes5
Anime television series
Directed byMasaomi Andō
Written byReiko Yoshida
Music byEvan Call
StudioLerche
Licensed by
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, TVQ, BS11
Original run January 12, 2018 March 30, 2018
Episodes12 + OVA
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Hakumei and Mikochi (ハクメイとミコチ, Hakumei to Mikochi) is a Japanese manga series by Takuto Kashiki. It has been serialized since 2011 in Enterbrain's seinen manga magazine Fellows!, which was renamed to Harta in 2013. It has been collected in five tankōbon volumes. A 12-episode anime television series adaptation by Lerche premiered on January 12, 2018.[3][4][5] An original video animation will be included on the second Blu-ray/DVD volume released on June 27, 2018.[6]

Sentai Filmworks have licensed the anime and streams it on Hidive.[7]

Synopsis[edit]

In a forest inhabited by tiny humanlike creatures and talking animals, the story focuses on the daily lives and adventures of two of those tiny women living together in a house in a tree.

Characters[edit]

Hakumei (ハクメイ)
Voiced by: Risae Matsuda[5]
One of the protagonists, red-haired and energetic. She is a diligent and skilled craftswoman, but tends to get herself and others in dangerous situations nonetheless. She was homeless and on her own, before moving in with Mikochi, in the town of Makinata.
Mikochi (ミコチ)
Voiced by: Shino Shimoji[5]
The dark-haired protagonist. She is a well-respected cook and prepares food and other goods to be sold in a nearby store.
Konju (コンジュ, Konju)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki[5]
A songstress who befriends Mikochi.
Sen (セン)
Voiced by: Chika Anzai[5]
A researcher who uses animated skeletons to work for her.
Iwashi (イワシ)
Voiced by: Masaya Matsukaze[5]
A weasel and Hakumei's senior colleague.
Kobone Master
Voiced by: Megumi Ogata[5]
Owner-manager of a café/pub frequented by Mikochi and Hakumei.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Anime[edit]

A 12-episode anime television series adaptation by Lerche aired in Japan from January 12 to March 30, 2018. It is directed by Masaomi Andō and with series composition by Reiko Yoshida. The opening theme is "urar" by Chima, and the ending theme is "Harvest Moon Night" performed by voice actresses Shino Shimoji (Mikochi) and Aoi Yūki (Konju).[8] Ending theme lyrics are unique to each episode referring to the episode's plot.

No. Title[a] Original air date
1"Yesterday's Dark Red"
"Kinō no Akane" (きのうの茜)
"Marketplace Shanty"
"Funauta no Ichiba" (舟歌の市場)
January 12, 2018

After reading in the newspaper that a wish-granting red "evening kite" was sighted in the mountains, Hakumei wants to catch it. Hitching a ride on beetles, Mikochi tells Hakumei about a white bird, Kafu, she considered her pet. Every morning she would feed it minestrone, until one day it stopped coming. Atop the mountain eating minestrone the women are caught by surprise as a bird snatches their soup. It turns out Kafu is the evening kite, appearing red in the light of dusk, while Mikochi only knew it shining white in the dawn.


Mikochi shows Hakumei the nearby bustling market and port town Arabi, where Mikochi is well-known for her expertise in food preparation, and introduces her to a friend, the "master" of café/tavern Kobone.
2"The Two Songstresses"
"Futari no Utahime" (ふたりの歌姫)
"The Glass Lamp"
"Garasu no Akari" (ガラスの灯)
"A Cup of Coffee"
"Ippuku no Kōhī" (一服の珈琲)
January 19, 2018

Hakumei and Mikochi are in town and Mikochi gets voted first place in a singing contest, tied with songstress Konju, even though Mikochi didn't participate, because she and her singing are so popular. At first Konju is disgruntled, but the next day Mikochi helps her with a household remedy for her sore throat. On the day of the harvest festival they sing together and mesh so well tsukumogami start to dance in the streets.


Hakumei and Mikochi are fishing at night and get startled by a ghost fish, that turns out to be one of the animal carcasses animated by scientist Sen, who explains her research to them.


Hakumei tries to repair the Kobone Master's old coffee grinder, while the Master tells Hakumei and Mikochi its - and her own - history, but Hakumei fails. As it turns out, the grinder is a tsukumogami and had decided it's time to retire.
3"Starlit Sky and Ponkan"
"Hoshizora to Ponkan" (星空とポンカン)
"Work Day"
"Shigoto no Hi" (仕事の日)
January 26, 2018

Hakumei accidentally blows up their house, when she tries to make fireworks. While Sen uses her animated carcasses to rebuild the house (in her own style), they go camping below a Ponkan tree. Unfortunately, they don't consider the dangers of windfall.


Hakumei and Iwashi repair a windmill.
4"Work Day 2"
"Shigoto no Hi 2" (仕事の日2)
"Horned Owls and Old Tales"
"Mimizuku to Mukashibanashi" (ミミズクと昔話)
February 2, 2018

Konju visits Mikochi and wants to help her with her work, preparing food and other convenience goods. Konju's cooking efforts pose a threat to the newly rebuild house, but that is soon forgotten when she teaches an overjoyed Mikochi how to make scented soap.


Picking herbs, Mikochi and Hakumei are startled by an intimidating owl and take refugee in a cave.
5"The Association's Work Site"
"Kumiai no Genba" (組合の現場)
"Large Stones and Joint Stones"
"Ōiwa to Kai Ishi" (大岩と飼い石)
February 9, 2018

Iwashi introduces Hakumei to the chairman of the local construction association, Narai, and his deputy, Katen, as she wants to participate in the rebuilding of a stone wall along a road that was damaged in a landslide. The chairman rejects her, but she goes to the work site maintaining Iwashi's tools. Impressed by her resolve and the respect and sincerity she shows for her colleagues and work, the chairman allows her to join the workers.


Mikochi arrives at the construction site to help Narai's wife, Hakuyo, cooking for the workers. Hakumei proves her worth noticing a dangerous oversight on the chairman's part and proposing a method to cut a big stone.
6"The Egg Beautician"
"Tamago no Biyōshi" (卵の美容師)
"A Day Off"
"Yasumi no Hi" (休みの日)
"The Egg Beautician - Day 2"
"Tamago no Biyōshi - Betsu no Hi" (卵の美容師 - 別の日)
February 16, 2018

Hakumei stumbles upon an egg house that is the home and hairdresser's shop of a woman named Jada and out of curiosity asks for a haircut. After getting a short hair cut and becoming friends with Jada, Hakumei learns why the house doesn't roll away: it's bolted into the ground.


Hakumei and Mikochi go to town on their day off with Iwashi who usually avoids going there.


(post-credits) Hakumei and Mikochi accompany Konju to Jada's shop, but they end up refining Jada's limoncello recipe instead of getting Konju a haircut.
7"A Ladder in the Tree"
"Jujō no Hashigo" (樹上の梯子)
"The Metropolitan Lifestyle"
"Tokai-tekina Seikatsu" (都会的な生活)
"Photo of a Smile"
"Egao no Shashin" (笑顔の写真)
February 23, 2018

Hakumei and Mikochi are surprised a lot of people moved into the tree they live in. They climb the tree to get to know their new neighbors, among them a timid little beetle new in town, and a flying squirrel who sells juice.


The timid beetle, Koharu, has befriended Mikochi and Hakumei and asks for their help furnishing her home in an urban style as she deems necessary for her new life as a city girl.


Hakumei and Mikochi meet Mimi, a hare and wandering photographer, and invite her to stay with them for the night.
8"A Long Day"
"Nagai Ichinichi" (長い一日)
March 2, 2018
Hakumei and Mikochi get roped into a conflict in the artists' colony where Konju lives.
9"Rhythm of the River Bottom"
"Minasoko no Rizumu" (水底のリズム)
"Dry Goods of the Stubborn"
"Korishō no Somemono" (凝り性の染め物)
March 9, 2018

Hakumei, Mikochi and Konju accompany Sen on the maiden voyage of her new submarine boat.


Hakumei and Sen assist Mikochi who makes a new dress for Sen.
10"Hot Bamboo Bath"
"Take no Yu" (竹の湯)
"Daikon and Pipes"
"Daikon to Paipu" (大根とパイプ)
March 16, 2018

Hakumei and Mikochi go to an onsen. Disappointed as it is closed for the day, they decide to build an outdoor bathtub.


Mikochi's big sister Ayune, a playwright, arrives on a surprise visit.
11"Overnight Train"
"Yorugoshi no Kisha" (夜越しの汽車)
"Rain and Tenkara"
"Ame to Tenkara" (雨とテンカラ)
March 23, 2018

Mikochi and Hakumei take an overnight train to Lake Kanokan where they want to go fishing.


Even though it's raining Hakumei and Mikochi go angling, but to no avail. At the recommendation of a hedgehog they know from the train ride they switch to tenkara fishing. When Mikochi confesses to Hakumei that fishing bores her, a fish takes the bait, but escapes. However, the hedgehog captures the fish and when Mikochi sees how huge it is, she changes her opinion on fishing.
12"Memory of Dark Red Hair"
"Kurenai kami no kioku" (紅髪の記憶)
March 30, 2018
Mikochi accompanies Hakumei on a short trip as Hakumei wants to use an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the caravan she had been traveling with before she met Mikochi. Along the way Hakumei tells Mikochi about her past and how she came to stay in Makinata.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English episode titles are taken from Hidive.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.hidive.com/tv/hakumei-and-mikochi
  2. ^ Ressler, Karen (March 31, 2018). "Yen Press Licenses Hakumei and Mikochi, Chio's School Road Manga, 'Do You Like Your Mom?' Light Novels". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  3. ^ "Hakumei to Mikochi Manga About Forest Dwarf Girls Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. August 6, 2017. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  4. ^ "Hakumei to Mikochi Anime Premieres in January". Anime News Network. October 13, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Hakumei to Mikochi Anime Reveals 1st Promo Video, Staff, Cast". Anime News Network. October 20, 2017. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  6. ^ "Hakumei and Mikochi Blu-ray/DVD Box to Include New Original Video Anime". Anime News Network. January 12, 2018. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Hakumei and Mikochi Anime for HIDIVE Streaming". Anime News Network. December 27, 2017. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  8. ^ "Chima, Shino Shimoji, Aoi Yūki Perform Hakumei to Mikochi Anime's Theme Songs". Anime News Network. November 10, 2017. Retrieved November 10, 2017.

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