Animating Halloween: Noctober/Episode One-Derland | Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun

Plot: Nene longingly yearns for love. She’s so desperate to tell the boy she likes about her feelings that she seeks out a wish-granting ghost in the girl’s bathroom. The ritual summon him – yes, him – works! But Nene has to face the reality that sometimes what you wish for most isn’t what you truly want.

Breakdown: While I had flitted around checking this series out for a while, it wasn’t until GlitterInformer suggested I check it out for Animating Halloween that I finally decided to sit down and watch it, and I’m glad I did.

Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun isn’t technically a horror show, but it is supernatural, is a ghost story and has some really interesting visuals that come off as horror-esque.

Overall, however, it’s a comedy show, and pretty funny one at that. Hanako is funny and sweet, and Nene was…..tolerable. She had some funny moments, but she was pretty annoying a good chunk of the time.

The setup was kinda cliché, but I like how Hanako was more about helping her confront her problem than just granting her wish. I also thought it was interesting for Nene to realize that she was more concerned about getting a cute boy to like her than it was that she was in love with that specific boy.

We do get a kinda scary interaction with a ‘mermaid’ who is summoned because of Nene’s mistake and insistence on getting her crush to like her, plus we get a glimpse of a slightly creepier Hanako and a fight between the two.

I really love the art for this show. It’s very sharp and stylistic with some amazing shots. I adore the gorgeous colors. It has a very manga-esque style to its animation, if that makes any sense. Lots of panels appearing on screen and intersections.

The music was alright, but nothing really stuck with me so far. The OP was the best of it all.

Verdict:

Continue Yes

Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun is definitely a lot better than its crappy (pun intended) name would suggest. I had a lot of fun with it, and I look forward to watching more.


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3 thoughts on “Animating Halloween: Noctober/Episode One-Derland | Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun

  1. Yes, I recently started watching this one. It’s surprisingly good. I’m watching the Subbed version and I really love the voice acting in this series! The character designs are great too. And I love the running joke about the main characters fat legs.

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  2. Holy crap, you did it! Thank you!!!

    Yeah, I’m going to have to agree with you on Nene; she’s the worst character in the show. She isn’t a BAD character, but she’s still pretty much useless. All she does is get saved by Hanako-kun all the time. There’s a male character (the blond guy on the cover) who shows up later who is supposed to be a ghost hunter but ends up teaming up with Hanako. This guy is a much better character and should have been the real protagonist since he actually does stuff relevant to the plot.

    But yeah, the art style is gorgeous, the titular character rocks, and Megumi Ogata knocked it out of the park. I’m glad you liked this show as much as I did.

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