324th G-View: Hinako Note

Here we are again looking at another Girls Club show, this time with a theater/play motif. Let us find out if it is worthy of being part of Girls Club aficionados’ collections as we check out Hinako Note.

hinako note.jpg

Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life

Themes: Plays, Theater, Cosplay

Number of Episodes: 12

G-Rating: 11/10

Plot Summary: Having always had an interest in theater but struggling to talk with others, Hinako Sakuragi moves to Tokyo to attend Fujiyama High School, staying as a resident at the Hitotose bookstore. Upon learning that the school’s theater club is actually on hiatus, Hinako and the other residents form their own theater troupe.

Hinako Scarecrow

Hiako’s signature “Scarecrow Stance”

This show can be best described as “cute girls doing cute things with a theater motif and a dash of ecchi goodness”. It has the standard formula of cuties living out their daily lives being cute (and sexy in this show’s case) with them working hard to become great actors and performing on stages, the ultimate goal being performing at the Suzuran. That is all that sets it apart from other Girls Club shows really, the theater element. However, that does not mean it is as simplistic as say, Wakaba*Girl. It has enough to stand out on its own.

Kuina describing snacks

Chibi Mode.

It does borrow some traits from other GC shows such as Hidamari Sktch with the “chibi mode”, where the girls randomly are drawn as cuter chibis and “bathtime summary” with the leading girl Hinako summarizing her day while taking a bath. Otherwise each girl does her own thing and looks cute (and sexy) doing so.

Of course a good GC show also has the characters going on a journey and becoming stronger. Hinako Note has that with our leading lady Hinako doing her best to overcome her shyness/social anxiety through theater with the help of her friends. The others do not exactly have journeys they go on but they do have their own little bits of development thanks to Hinako. Basically Hinako is the one who has the most development while the others grow through her. Something like that.

Kuina eating a page

Kuina, eater of books.

The show’s humor more often than not relies on running gags which, depending on the viewer, is either a good or bad thing. For example: Mayuki is a “shortie” (older than she looks short girl) and most of her jokes revolve around her being short and throw little tantrums when she’s embarrassed or upset. That would not mean much to me but then the show found a way to make me inexplicably laugh consistently…”Rock-a-Bye Baby” plays almost every time she does something cute or silly. My poor gut each time that happened. Of course the gags’ effectiveness depends on viewers’ sense of humor.

Hinako's Training Gear

Expect a lot of cute and sexy fanservice.

One other aspect that could make or break the show for some is the surprising amount of sexiness on the show. Expect several cosplay scenes and closeups of the girls’ sweet bods, especially Hinako and Chiaki. Even Mayuki gets some sexy moments despite her being more adorable than fetching.

The animation quality and soundtrack are both solid. There are some standout tunes and the girls are all drawn very well. Not much else to say about either.

Hinako Note OT3Hinako Note OTP 1

The characters are straightforward with each having an archetype and going as far as they can with it. They of course have more likable traits besides their archetype tropes so do not think they are one-trick ponies. As for the yuri, the above screen grabs are the Super Mega OTPs of the show, HinaYuaKuu and ChiaMayu. There are other ships but these are the more definitive ones. It also helps that some of the girls are 99% gay, unless the others are hiding their supreme gayness.

Overall Hinako Note may not stand out very much from other Girls Club anime out there but it took its attractions (Theater, cosplay, fanservice, yuri) and went as far as they could with them. The cast are all likable, the animation and soundtrack are solid and the yuri power is acceptable. The humor and fanservice may not be for everyone but I say this show is worthy of any Girls Club aficionado’s collection. It is not groundbreaking but it is entertaining.

Ruriko

Ruriko.

PS: Miss Ruriko is nine years old. Just a little heads up.

About OG-Man

Yuri and Slice of Life are my anime passion.
This entry was posted in G-Views and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

19 Responses to 324th G-View: Hinako Note

  1. Keitchup says:

    I’m sad that this show has come to an end. It’s what kept me alive during this yuri scarce season. It’s such a shame that we didn’t get to see Mayu act and you weren’t able to cover the Valentine episode. But I had a great time watching this show, the evolution of the characters, and even the adorable OTPs.

    I hope that there will be another season for this. Especially that the pursuit for their goal of performing in Suzuran may be a good story arc.

    Liked by 3 people

    • OG-Man says:

      I usually don’t cover finales unless it’s a huge one that needs discussion. Those are reserved for specific shows.

      I’m optimistic on this not being the last we’ll see of the Hitotose Troupe’s animated adventures.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Nick says:

    Man this show was amazing. Going in I was fully expecting just another CGDCT show, but man I wasn’t ready for how sexy this show would end up being. I really want to believe that S2 will happen at some point, that screen caps I tweeted with the calendar would literally be the best tease ever, but even if this is the only season I’m still extremely happy with how it turned out. My final score was a solid 8.5/10. Excellent show and I’ll really miss seeing these girls every Friday.

    Liked by 2 people

    • OG-Man says:

      Hopefully we’ll see more of the Hitotose Troupe in the near future…or as you so cleverly noticed, Spring 2018. Let’s hope it’s true.

      Yup. Hard to pick a best girl.

      Liked by 2 people

  3. LuzeriP says:

    I just watched the last episode. Now I’m sad. I love this show and I love the girls so much. People keep tweeting about that calendar, which I failed to notice. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Until then, Kuina, don’t eat more books.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. yurimylove says:

    WARNING to any otaku prone to suffering massive nosebleeds: do not, and i mean do NOT be fooled by that cutesy, innocent looking cover art and promotional posters — this show is anything but innocent!

    what other moe, innocent show would you see a cute girl licking her girlfriend’s stocking-clad feet? 😀

    Fortunately, i like my CGDCT shows with a side of ecchi just fine, and I’ve cured my nosebleeds thru years of intense otaku training >_<

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Hinako Note was a solid Girls Club show, as you mentioned, and overall I enjoyed it.

    As you pointed out, Hinako Note clearly focuses on Hinako’s personal development, just as other recent Girls Club shows, such as Urara Meirochou and Stella no Mahou did on their respective protagonists. I guess this is a trend for recent Girls Club anime.

    In consequence, on the one hand viewers will know more about Hinako’s overcoming of her shyness and other difficulties, and her aspiration for acting. The whole acting theme was well-written too, and the plot was easy to comprehend for beginners.
    On the other hand, characters other than Hinako get less development. As my favourite among the cast is Yua, it was a bit disappointing to see her always being left out on occasions at Hitotose, even though she was such a wonderful and necessary addition to the cast. I think Yua’s addition made the jokes and gags much funnier with her reactions.
    I hope the show will focus more on Yua and others, should it get a sequel.

    Liked by 1 person

    • OG-Man says:

      Yes. Stella and Hinako had more focus on the protagonist but Urara gave Chiya’s friends/harem plenty of time to shine, so no it wasn’t all Chiya.

      I’d say Yua got to participate plenty since joining the troupe. I think she really only missed one show. I get you wanting to have seen more Yua but she too got plenty of screen time. All the girls did. Certainly more than the cast of Stella no Mahou. It’s just that Hinako got a lot more personal development.

      Liked by 2 people

      • I seemed to have unwittingly cut the whole part out on Urara, in which I was going to say just as you corrected. My bad.
        Each of Urara’s cast did have enough times to shine, yet it seems that we have rarely seen a scene without Chiya, or her playing a side-character role.
        Quite distinct in style from shows like Yuru Yuri, Gochiusa and New Game, all of which had multiple scenes without their respective protagonists.

        I guess you are right about Yua having as much screen time as the other characters.
        And it was never like any particular character was intentionally excluded, but sometimes I felt Yua should have deserved better, just saying.

        Liked by 2 people

      • OG-Man says:

        Those segments still centered around the other girls so it didn’t matter that Chiya was also there.

        The troupe didn’t have meetings every day so it was not like Yua could visit every day but I get wanting to have seen more from her.

        Liked by 2 people

  6. K says:

    Cute girls doing cute acting! That’s one way to describe this anime. It may not have broken any new ground or anything but I don’t regret watching it.

    If I remember correctly, Kuina featured the most in those previews at the end. She’s really loved, eh? Can’t complain too much for I liked her enthusiasm for writing and, especially, for eating things.

    Hinako may have potential to have girls fawn over her but Chiaki has her beat in that department by miles!

    Hey, seeing as this is a Girls Club anime about acting, it totally wouldn’t look out of place if Hinako and the gang were to dress up as characters from other anime, games, novels, etc. (Like the Ace Attorney series for example).

    Liked by 2 people

    • OG-Man says:

      It is a special show that got bashed for unfair reasons.

      She does have a really nice body hidden underneath her cuteness and insatiable appetite.

      Yup. Chiaki’s a natural born chick magnet.

      Hopefully in season 2, should it happen.

      Like

      • K says:

        Unfair bashing? Really? Granted, I didn’t really look at comments on this show that much aside from here but let me guess…fanservice was a big part of it, right?

        Liked by 1 person

    • OG-Man says:

      Besides fanservice trashing there’s the “the plot isn’t interesting” coming from people inexperienced with SoL shows or those who expected more. Then there’s the “jokes are lame” crowd. Stuff like that. Heard it all before used against other Girls Club shows.

      Like

  7. Mauron says:

    Kuina’s habit of eating things she likes jumped from books to Hinako nicely. SHAARK!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s