Hinamatsuri (manga)

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Hinamatsuri
Hinamatsuri by Masao Ōtake v1 cover.jpg
The cover of the first volume of Hinamatsuri
ヒナまつり
GenreComedy[1]
Manga
Written byMasao Ōtake
Published byEnterbrain (publishing)
Kadokawa (sale)
English publisher
One Peace Books
DemographicSeinen
MagazineFellows! (former)
Harta (
current)
Original run2010 – present
Volumes14
Anime television series
Directed byKei Oikawa
Written byKeiichirō Ōchi
Music byYasuhiro Misawa
StudioFeel
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, TVA, Sun TV, TVQ, BS11
Original run April 6, 2018 June 22, 2018
Episodes12
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Hinamatsuri (Japanese: ヒナまつり) is an ongoing Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masao Ōtake. It has been serialized in Kadokawa's magazine Harta, formerly known as Fellows!, since 2010, and has thirteen tankōbon volumes as of September 2017. The series is licensed by One Peace Books. An anime television series adaptation by Feel premiered from April to June 2018. The story follows yakuza member Yoshifumi Nitta, who ends up taking care of a mysterious girl with telekinetic powers named Hina who inexplicably appeared in his apartment.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Hina (ヒナ)
Voiced by: Takako Tanaka[2] (Japanese); Brina Palencia[3] (English)
The titular heroine who has superhuman abilities, which include telekinesis and explosion. She is from the future and was the subject of experiments or used as a weapon. She usually lazes around at Nitta's apartment and sleeps in school. She is very particular about food despite demonstrably lacking a refined palate, and her favorite food is salmon roe. Most of the time she doesn’t let herself get inconvenienced and lives as Nitta’s daughter in his house. Her face is expressionless and nobody knows what she is thinking.
Yoshifumi Nitta (新田 義史, Nitta Yoshifumi)
Voiced by: Yoshiki Nakajima[2] (Japanese); Jarrod Greene[3] (English)
The main protagonist who takes Hina into his home and somewhat resents her intrusion into his bachelor lifestyle. He is a yakuza of the Ashikawa-gumi, where he quickly rises through the ranks thanks to Hina's abilities and his own prowess at administration. He acquired cooking and housekeeping skills to take care of his mother and younger sister after his father died, and his hobby is collecting rare porcelain vases and urns (which Hina often destroys). His family and fellow yakuza members are convinced that Hina is his daughter from a past relationship. He is an intelligent yakuza and runs multiple companies. He often gets involved in the troubles of others. Later on he succeeds Baba as the lieutenant of the Ashikawa-gumi.

Supporting characters[edit]

Anzu (アンズ)
Voiced by: Rie Murakawa[2] (Japanese); Amanda Lee (English)[4]
Another superhuman with telekinetic powers like Hina. She is initially sent to kill Hina, but loses to her in a contest of strength and abandons the mission. Unable to return to her masters because the device necessary to do so was inadvertently damaged, she joins a homeless camp in Tokyo where she learns the value of hard work and money, but is later taken in by a couple who run a Chinese restaurant and learns the secrets of making good ramen and how to live a normal life from them. Eventually, the couple decides to close down their restaurant, leading Anzu to start up her own mobile ramen stand, which is frequently visited by Nitta and Sabu. Later on in the series, Anzu bans Nitta from visiting the stall after a misunderstanding involving Sabu, although she later unbans him after Sabu apologizes.
Hitomi Mishima (三嶋 瞳, Mishima Hitomi)
Voiced by: Kaede Hondo[2] (Japanese); Tabitha Ray[3] (English)
Hina's classmate in middle school, a pushover who has trouble saying no to helping people. Her demeanor indirectly leads her to usurp Utako's position as the bartender at her own bar. Then, through a series of coincidences, she is mistaken as an adult and later becomes an influential member of society with connections to businesspeople, politicians, and the yakuza. She even ends up hiring her own father for an office job in her company, without him realizing she is his daughter. Later on, as a result of Hitomi learning about the espers and the future, she resigns her job and escapes to America, where due to another misunderstanding, she becomes CEO of a newly-formed American communications company.
Mao (マオ)
Voiced by: Ari Ozawa[5] (Japanese); Ariel Graham[3] (English)
Another esper with telekinetic powers from the same organization as Hina and Anzu. After being sent to recover them both, she accidentally lands on a deserted island and is stuck there for months without human contact, creating wooden puppet versions of Hina and Anzu to keep from going insane. Eventually, she manages to build a raft and ends up in China, where she studies kung-fu while subtly using her powers to rise near the top of the school.
Utako Sakura (桜 詩子, Sakura Utako)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa[5] (Japanese); Mallorie Rodak[4] (English)
The owner and original bartender of the bar Little Song. She blackmails Hitomi into working for her after Hitomi becomes highly skilled at bartending, but is soon made redundant in her own bar as her customers come to prefer Hitomi's drinks. Nitta was romantically interested in Utako, but she rejects him because she believes him to be a divorced single father, and Nitta later loses interest in her due to her self-centered personality.
Yoshihiko Ashikawa (芦川 良彦, Ashikawa Yoshihiko)
Voiced by: Hidekatsu Shibata (Japanese); Bill Jenkins[3] (English)
The former head of Ashikawa-gumi. He eventually retires from his position due his advanced age and poor health, but maintains much of his influence. He dotes on Hina in a grandfatherly way, even using yakuza resources to assist her in such situations as running for student council president, and encourages Nitta to take a more active interest in raising her.
Kiyoshi Baba (馬場 清, Baba Kiyoshi)
Voiced by: Tsuyoshi Koyama[5] (Japanese); Tyler Walker (English)[3]
The second-in-command of Nitta's yakuza group. He views Nitta as a shameless brown-noser, but respects his recent accomplishments. He succeeded Yoshishiko as the new head of the yakuza group.
Sabu (サブ)
Voiced by: Kengo Kawanishi[5] (Japanese); Kyle Phillips[3] (English)
Nitta's underling in his yakuza group. He usually proves somewhat inept at whatever task he is assigned, such as debt collection, forcing Nitta to handle matters personally.
Tatsuhiko Naitou (内藤達彦, Naitō Tatsuhiko)
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada
Nitta's former mentor and the estranged father of Hitoshi. Known to be quick-tempered, demanding, and violent, he gave Nitta the scar above his eye. He spent several years in prison and is released in the months after Nitta starts taking care of Hina.
Hitoshi Maeda (前田 仁志, Maeda Hitoshi)
A boy who attends the same middle school as Hina, and later on develop feelings for her. Hina helps him work up the courage to confront his absentee father, Naitou.
Mami Shinjou (新庄 マミ, Shinjō Mami)
Voiced by: Eri Suzuki
One of Hina's classmates, and one of the few people who becomes aware of Hina's powers. She is obsessed with the paranormal and as such tends to gravitate towards Hina and also tends to jump to weird conclusions and overall acts like a younger kid than she is. She is also a loner in high school.
Sayo Aizawa (相沢 さよ, Aizawa Sayo)
Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu (Japanese); Jennifer Alyx (English)
One of Hina's classmates. She helps in the investigation to discover Hitomi's secret job. She tends to be very serious, although she also plays around for fun. She is also noticeably smarter than her classmates, and her defining trait is her glasses.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Hinamatsuri has been serialized in Kadokawa's magazine Harta since 2010, and has fourteen tankōbon volumes.[6] English manga publisher One Peace Books has licensed the series for publication in North America.[7]

Anime[edit]

A 12-episode anime television series adaptation by Feel premiered on April 6, 2018.[8][1] The series is being directed by Kei Oikawa with Keiichirō Ōchi writing the scripts and Nippon Columbia producing the music.[9] Rie Murakawa is performing the opening theme song "Distance", while Yoshiki Nakajima is performing the ending theme "Sake to Ikura to 893 to Musume" (鮭とイクラと893と娘, lit. "Salted Salmon, Salmon Roe, 893, and the Girl") as his character, Yoshifumi Nitta.[8] The second ending theme titled "Shashin Jō" (写真帖, lit. "Photo Book") (ep 6) and the final two ending theme in episode 12 is performed by Haruka Chisuga and Ari Ozawa as her character, Mao titled "Taisetsu na Hito" (たいせつなひと, lit. "Someone Important") and "Hajimete no Kimochi" (初めてのキモチ, lit. "First Time Feeling") respectively. Crunchyroll is simulcasting the anime, while Funimation is streaming the anime in English dub.[10]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title[11][a] Original air date[12]
1"Arrival of the Psychokinetic Girl!"
"Chō-nōryoku Shōjo Arawaru!" (超能力少女現る!)
April 6, 2018 (2018-04-06)
A mid-level Yakuza, Yoshifumi Nitta, relaxes at home when a large metal pod drops onto his head out of nowhere. After hitting a switch on the back, a naked girl emerges from the pod. Remembering nothing else except her name, Hina, she uses psychokinesis to threaten Nitta into buying her clothes and toys. Nitta soon realizes that he's become her de-facto guardian. When Hina asks to enter school, Nitta offers to enter her in a nearby school if she stops using her powers. After an awkward introduction, Hina settles in to her new school. However, her power builds up too much and ends up exploding inside Nitta's aparment. Later, Nitta makes use of her powers to clear off a plot of land for his company. After the job is over, Nitta is called in by his Yakuza boss to take revenge on a rival group. He accidentally convinces Hina to do the job for him, as she uses her powers to wipe out the entire enemy office by herself.
2"This is how You Have a Superpower Battle!"
"Chō-nōryoku Shōbu wa kō yanda yo!" (超能力勝負はこうやんだよ!)
April 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
A blonde girl emerges from a similar pod as Hina, single-handedly taking down a street gang and stealing their leader's clothes. Nitta accidentally runs into her at a ramen shop and finds out that she has the same powers as Hina. With help from local homeless contacts, Nitta tracks down the girl, Anzu, and uses Hina to subdue her without further damage. Hina offers to hang out with Anzu one last time before she returns to the future, and the two stay over at Nitta's apartment. After saying goodbye, Anzu finds she can't return to her original time. Later, Nitta finds out that his favorite women have stopped asking him out as word has gotten around that he has a daughter (Hina). Annoyed at this shift, he starts going out more while leaving Hina with a can of mackerel for dinner. Hina, growing suspicious, asks her classmate Hitomi for help tracking him down, but keeps getting distracted. Hina ends up asking Utako for advice while Hitomi is accidentally pressed into service as a bartender by a drunken man. Utako and Hina return to the bar to find Hitomi serving drinks for multiple customers, including Nitta. The group then heads together to a nearby cabaret club and parties hard. The next morning, Nitta awakens to find a large invoice from the club.
3"Hobo Life 101"
"Hōmuresu Seikatsu Nyūmon-hen" (ホームレス生活入門編)
April 20, 2018 (2018-04-20)
Anzu finds herself hunted down by local shopkeepers for her shoplifting of food. A homeless man helps her escape her pursuers and teaches her how to live honestly at a local homeless encampment. Nitta stumbles across Anzu picking up cans for change, and offers her 40,000 Yen. She rejects it at first, but then accepts, hoping to help out her fellow homeless. However, Utako and the local shopkeepers catch her, and take most of the money for the stolen goods. At night, Hitomi secretly works as a bartender after being blackmailed by Utako. However, the bar's patrons have taken a liking to her drinks, including Hitomi's homeroom teacher and vice principal. Meanwhile, Nitta remarks that he'd love to have Anzu and Hina switch places sometime. The next day, Hina tries to clean the apartment to avoid her nightmare scenario, but her carelessness makes things worse.
4"Disownment Rock n' Roll Fever"
"Kandō Rokkun Rōru Fībā" (勘当ロックンロールフィーバー)
April 27, 2018 (2018-04-27)
Upon finding his apartment trashed, Nitta disowns Hina and kicks her out. Hina blows through all her money and ends up spending the night with Anzu at her shack, but soon exhausts her patience as well until Anzu kicks her out three days later. Meanwhile, Utako and the rest of her regulars at the bar kick Nitta out for supposedly abandoning his daughter. Alone and lost, Hina is inspired by a local indie rock band to use her powers for street magic, and also helps the band explode in popularity. However, she decides to take her earnings with the group and leaves to buy Nitta a new vase as a peace offering. Later, Hitomi ends another day of bartending when she helps Anzu take in empty cans, and is introduced to her homeless lifestyle in return. Hitomi tries to keep up with the upbeat Anzu, but falls asleep standing up.
5"Three Heads Are Better Than One"
"San-nin Atsumareba Monju no Chie o Uchiyabure" (三人集まれば文殊の知恵を打ち破れ)
May 4, 2018 (2018-05-04)
Anzu tries to find old TVs to sell to another homeless man. After striking out on a cart full of old CRT TVs, Anzu gets a reluctant Hina and Hitomi to help her. Hitomi gets caught by a policeman, while Hina asks Nitta for money to buy one. Eventually, the two manage to sell a TV each, with Anzu revealing that she wanted the money to buy a video game to play with Hina. Later, Hitomi's classmates spot Hitomi and then her homeroom teacher heading into a local bar. After gathering Hina and another friend of Hitomi, the kids try to find out the truth. After failed attempts to interrogate her at school, the group tails her to the bar and Aizawa gets her to confess to being a bartender in increasingly higher tones.
6"Nitta-san Has a Dandy Dad"
"Nitta-san no Chichioya wa Dandi" (新田さんの父親はダンディ)
May 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)
Nitta gets called back home by his mother and sister to pay respects to his late father. However, after Hina answers the phone, Nitta comes up with an increasingly complex lie to explain her presence. While drinking with his family, Nitta lets slip the time he kicked Hina out of his home, and decides to admit that Hina is his daughter. Meanwhile, the homeless encampment is about to be demolished by the local government. Anzu tries to rally her fellow homeless, but none of them wish to fight a losing battle. Instead, they tearfully leave her with Utako, who then leaves her to the Hayashi family, who owns Chinese restaurant "Rairaiken." Remembering her old friends and their lessons, Anzu decides to work at Rairaiken with her new family.
7"Anzu Is a Greeter Now"
"Kanban Musume Anzu hajimemashita" (看板娘アンズ始めました)
May 18, 2018 (2018-05-18)
Anzu adjusts to the culture shock of her new home and work at the restaurant, as she keeps falling back on her habits within the homeless camp. Later, Hina is tired of getting yelled at by the teachers for sleeping in class. After talking with Nitta, Hina decides to run for Student Council President with her only goals of being allowed to sleep and eat more at school. Nitta's Oyabun finds it endearing and gets his lawyer to write Hina's speech for her, which she then repeats verbatim. Being only a first-year, Hina is chosen as Secretary instead, but she never attends a single meeting, so Hitomi is pressed into service instead. Nitta tries to invite Utako out, but she refuses to leave her bar. Later, Hina and Hitomi get Utako to reluctantly agree to a date with Nitta. However, Nitta accidentally breaks Hina's foot while celebrating. Hina tells Nitta to go on the date anyway, and then Utako rejects him, thinking that he's too attached to caring for Hina.
8"And It's The Same Old Hina"
"Soshite Hina wa Itsumodōri" (そしてヒナはいつも通り)
May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)
Kei Ikaruga, the Security Chief of the mysterious organization, meets with Anzu in the present day to observe Hina and determine if she has improved after causing massive destruction in their original timeline. To Kei's shock, Hina passes her checklist, and Kei is dismayed to find out that Hina must be returned to her own time after doing so. One day, Hina's classmate Mami Shinjou sees Hina using her telekinesis to throw away trash, and tries to learn the secrets of using psychic powers herself. Hina humors her for a couple days, using her own powers to make Mami feel accomplished, but Mami humiliates herself when she tries to demonstrate her powers in class without Hina's help. Finally, Kei talks to Hina directly, telling her that they will travel back to their original time in three days. After struggling to tell Nitta, Hina finally tells him, and is treated to her favorite food before leaving. However, she discovers she cannot return after Nitta threw her original pod ball away. Hina returns to Nitta's apartment, only to find him in the middle of celebrating his new "freedom."
9"Life is about Survival"
"Jinsei wa Sabaibaru" (人生はサバイバル)
June 1, 2018 (2018-06-01)
Kei decides to summon Mao from her organization to bring an extra transport pod to pick up Hina, but Mao drops on a deserted island and accidentally loses both her orb and her spare in the surf. After searching for the orbs with no luck, Mao creates puppet versions of Hina and Anzu to talk to while enjoying her time on the island. Months later, she breaks down and tosses them away, before creating a makeshift raft and sailing away. Meanwhile, Nitta tries to arrange his boss to be the next head of the family. After Hina suggests that Nitta should be the new leader, the Oyabun indulges her for a moment before Nitta steers it back to Kiyoshi. However, Sabu already texted Kiyoshi about the first part of their conversation, which leads him to bury Nitta in cement until the Oyabun himself has to clear it up. Kiyoshi awkwardly decides to name Nitta a Lieutenant while he's still buried in cement. Later, Hina asks everyone how to celebrate Nitta's promotion. However, her final setup looks more like a funeral for Nitta.
10"Like a River Stream"
"Kawa no Nagare no Yōni" (川の流れのように)
June 8, 2018 (2018-06-08)
Hitomi's mother doesn't believe her when she honestly tells her about her bartending job. Utako, wanting to keep her bar's money-maker, pressures Hitomi into renting an apartment on her own, and then steers her towards various temp jobs to pay for it. The stress of so much work builds up to the point where Hitomi collapses in the doorway of her apartment. As Utako and her regulars throw a housewarming party at Hitomi's place, Hitomi invites her mother to sabotage the arrangement and help her return to a normal life, but instead, her mother is pleased that Hitomi made so many connections with various companies. Meanwhile, Anzu gets 5,000 Yen from her parents in allowance. While shopping with Hitomi, Anzu settles on a shoulder massaging device for her parents, but is short of the required money, when Sabu appears and takes her to a local horse racetrack. Anzu wins the bet on her first race, but then loses her money on the rest of them. Returning back home, Anzu gives her parents a personal shoulder massage instead.
11"A Man Thirsty for Blood, Violence and Money"
"Chi to Bōryoku to Kane ni ueta Otoko" (血と暴力と金に餓えた男)
June 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
A video journalist interviews Nitta in hopes of getting a scoop on modern-day Yakuza. Unfortunately, Nitta is a lot nicer than he expected, forcing the journalist to edit and outright fabricate parts of the interview to make Nitta seem more evil. The faked TV special embarrasses Nitta in front of his yakuza bosses. Later, while Hina is out on a ski trip with her class, Anzu stays with Nitta. After getting jealous of Anzu's upbeat attitude, Nitta tries to spoil her and drag her down to Hina's level. However, Anzu's demeanor becomes too much for Nitta, and he gives up on his plan. After Anzu leaves, Nitta receives a call that Hina went missing in the mountains during the trip.
12"Yukimatsuri"
"Yuki Matsuri" (雪まつり)
June 22, 2018 (2018-06-22)
Hina is lost in the mountains with Hitomi and two other classmates. After building an igloo, Hina tries to prove that she can use her powers to help out, but runs out of energy after going hungry. The next morning, the group tries feeding Hina some pretend ikura sushi with snow to raise her spirits. Eventually, a rescue crew finds them after Hina uses her powers to make a giant ikura sushi sculpture out of snow. The show returns to the present three years later, where Mao is the top student at a Chinese qigong school of "Superhuman Martial Arts" while a Japanese street rocker tries to learn how to recreate Hina's "Rockusion" stunt from before. After meeting at a teahouse, Mao and the rocker both think the other person is insane. When the rocker mentions Hina's name, Mao decides to travel back to Japan with him, but the other members of the school try to stop them both. After a big fight, the Sifu of the school tries to use an unfair trial to convince her to stay, but Mao subtly uses her powers to beat it. The Sifu reluctantly allows her to leave for Japan to create more branches of the school, while Mao looks forward to meeting her colleagues from the future.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b "FUNimation - Cast & Crew: Hinamatsuri". 2018-05-07.
  5. ^ a b c d "Hinamatsuri Anime Casts Yōko Hikasa, Ari Ozawa, Tsuyoshi Koyama, Kengo Kawanishi". Anime News Network. January 15, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
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  7. ^ Ressler, Karen (April 10, 2018). "One Peace Books Licenses Hinamatsuri, I Hear the Sunspot: Limit Manga, Reprise of the Spear Hero Novels". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Hinamatsuri TV Anime Reveals Theme Songs, April 6 Debut, New Video". Anime News Network. March 3, 2018. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  9. ^ "Hinamatsuri TV Anime Reveals Visual, Staff". Anime News Network. November 17, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
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  12. ^ "放送情報" (in Japanese). Tokyo MX. Retrieved May 14, 2018.

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