What happens when a Yakuza, who is an avid porcelain collector, encounters a mysterious girl with telekinetic powers? Well, his apartment doesn’t survive, that’s for sure!
Hinamatsuri is a comedic slice of life story with some science-fiction/supernatural aspects. The main character, Yoshifumi Nitta, is a yakuza member who encounters Hina when her pod randomly lands in his apartment.
What makes this show fun to watch is the cast of unique characters. Nitta is a yakuza member who honors his gang, but isn’t really that intimidating. When Hina lands in his apartment, despite wanting to remain a bachelor, he takes care of her which, ultimately, places him in the role of her “father” or “guardian”.
Not much is known about Hina’s past other than she has likely come from another world, she has telekinetic abilities, she is generally pretty lazy, and she loves to eat Salmon Roe.
More characters come into the story. Anzu is also superhuman like Hina and after attempting to battle Hina, and loses, she tries to return home. However, the device she used to go back to wherever it was she came from is broken! Unable to return home, she is taken in by a homeless community and learns the meaning of hard work – she becomes the complete opposite of Hina, who is quite spoiled. Anzu is probably the most endearing character since she takes the lessons she’s learned from the homeless community to heart.
Hitomi is Hina’s classmate. Drawn in by Hina’s nonchalant pace, her skills as a bartender are recognized. Blackmailed by a Utako Sakura, bartender of Little Song, Hitomi is forced to live a secret life as an 11 years old bartender!
Those are only a couple of characters that make this story so entertaining. Other characters are introduced, and you’re pulled into a crazy telekinetic, yakuza, school life, bartender story!
The series, for the most part, is pretty episodic. Everything happens on an individual basis but the stories are still connected.
I found this series to be a lot of fun. Hina is a pretty terrible character, but this is acknowledged through the entire series. I always get a little fussy when there is a problem that goes unsolved (i.e. Hina never goes back to where she came from, there’s no real explanation about her past), but the diversity of characters and story shorts overpowers that desire to know.
This is a fun series to check out if you have the chance. Definitely a quirky find.
Have you had a chance to watch this series? Have you read the manga? Will you be checking it out? Let us know in the comments!