355th G-View: Hakumei and Mikochi

A show starring little women living together who might as well be a married couple. That alone was enough to grab my attention. Question is whether it is worth checking out or not. Let us find out as we take a look at Hakumei and Mikochi.

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Alternate Title:

  • Hakmumei and Mikochi: Tiny Little Life in the Woods
  • Hakumei to Mikochi (Japanese)

Genres: Slice of Life, Fantasy, Iyashikei

Number of Episodes: 12 + OVA

G-Rating: 8/10

Plot Summary: While Hakumei is cheerful, outgoing and prefers to be outside, Mikochi is more introverted and prefers to stay indoors. These differences will set the tone for their friendship. Riding on insects and birds, creating tools from the forest and living their normal lives, day to day chores can be the biggest adventure in a small world full of wonders.

Hakumei's plan

Hakumei.

Put simply HakuMiko is the story of the daily lives of two women living together who could be mistaken for a married couple yet might as well be seen as such. The first catch is the duo, along with other human like characters in the show are about 9 cm tall, shorter than even mice. Speaking of mice, the other catch is that besides little people there are also other animals and insects living alongside them in the little world they inhabit from the aforementioned mice along with weasels and beetles to name a few of the other citizens out heroines interact with.

The show is like any run of the mill iyashikei anime where the viewer can sit back, relax and take in what is going in at a steady pace, most of the time. What usually happens on the show is Hakumei and Mikochi or one of the two hang out with friends to go shopping or chat, work on their respective jobs or hang out together doing whatever they feel like doing. Sometimes they wind up on cracker jack adventures such as getting involved in a (kind of) gang war or go on an underwater expedition inside a zombie submarine. Basically, more often than not the ladies go about their days but there are times they get themselves into extraordinary predicaments. This is another one of those shows where the world is just as important of a character as the main cast for its inhabitants and locales have their own stories to tell every episode. During the ED there are extra tidbits about the place our heroines visited or the people they met. Make sure to not skip them and pay attention to the timer because sometimes there is an extra episode after the ED. See, the twelve episodes are split into three mini episodes so if it feels like viewers only saw two that means a third one is coming up after the ED.

Hakumei, Mikochi and Kafu

Normally small animals to humans are enormous in front of our heroines and their race.

Having said that it does not mean the ordinary is not interesting. After all the setting is a small world where animals that seems small to regular humans are quite large to our heroines and others of their kind. Also it is fun seeing talking animals wearing human clothing and working on repairing walls or at a restaurant. Though nothing new it is still a fun sight. Another interesting tidbit is not all the animals communicate using words.

Hakumei and Mikochi panel shot

Expect to see panel shots throughout the show.

The animation is interesting. On its own it looks really good with the little people and animal designs all being really good and the environment as beautiful as it needs to be in an iyashikei show. After all, if the vistas were not pleasant to look at then the animators are not doing a good job. Alongside that there is an additional animation style that (because the internet) is considered controversial by some. What do I mean? Throughout episodes panels are used comic book/manga style. It kind of reminded me of the Sin City movies and a more recent anime example URAHARA where there are closeups of the characters or other things that require great emphasis. Personally I saw it as a neat artistic style. The same goes for the simplistic fade to the next screen effect. After all, it works for the Star Wars franchise. The soundtrack is a mixture of forest, meadow and jungle tunes which fit the setting perfectly. The OP and ED are the chillest of the Winter 2018 season and in my top 5 songs of said season.

Hakumei and Mikochi in the sunset

Not married (yet) but might as well be.

As far as our leading ladies go Hakumei (redhead) is the more energetic of the two. She is a tomboy and skilled with carpentry, sharpening iron and other physical labors. Mikochi is more laid back and not as physically capable as Hakumei but she does her best to keep up during their outings. She specializes in textile (sewing, mending and the like) and does the cooking. She runs her own freelance business selling her fabric. When not working they gladly help friends and neighbors using their respective skills or going out shopping.

Mikochi and Konju

Favorite characters Mikochi and Konju.

Our heroines meet up with many animals and people from Hakumei’s master, Sen the necromancer and personal favorite Konju the songstress to name a few. The ones mentioned are some of the recurring characters but even one-shot characters have neat stories to tell as I mentioned earlier. Konju is 2nd best girl for obvious reasons whereas Mikochi makes me happy every time she is on screen.

Overall Hakumei and Mikochi is a simple show that has a lot to offer but does not go out of its way to wow audiences with moe, hilarity or epic situations, instead going for a laid back approach with occasionally bigger adventures. It has a delightful cast of characters led by a duo who could wed sometime in the future. It is a great choice for people looking for a show to sit back and have a relaxed viewing after a hard day’s work.

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Yuri and Slice of Life are my anime passion.
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16 Responses to 355th G-View: Hakumei and Mikochi

  1. kracen says:

    I loved this show, AOTS for me, despite Citrus being in the line-up.

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  2. While not quite AOTS material this season for me, I still really enjoyed this one. Hakumei and Mikochi’s adventures and laid-back moments were all fun to see (and scary at times…that owl though…)

    For me, Sen is best girl. Something about her aesthetic and personality, I guess.

    Also, after the submarine episode, in addition to Hakumei and Mikochi, I sort of started shipping Konju x Sen as well. I guess I just liked something about their dynamic there towards the end of the episode and such. /shrug

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    • OG-Man says:

      Ah yes. The owl. That was brief but intense.

      She’s cute and chill. Plus she’s a necromancer. Can’t go wrong with that.

      Sen X Konju. Sure, why not.

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  3. phmmoura says:

    I really liked Hakumei and Mikochi
    It was a fun way to relax on fridays, especially after things like Killing bite and Hakata Ramen
    And the ep 11 really pushed their married feeling, with Mokochi trying to learn something Hakumei liked (fishing).
    Hakumei and Mikochi and Slow start were the hidden yuri (even though Slow start liked to tease a lot, with showing two gradmans and the teacher and student ship)

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  4. cirno9fan says:

    Ah…twas a great show

    I started to see a possible ship in Konjuu and Sen near the end.

    For me Konju is probably best girl, but Mikochi is right behind her. Mikochi was quite a fun character!

    The world it built was very interesting ~

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  5. Reapy_s0ul says:

    Tbh, one of my favorite parts of the anime was when Mikochi’s sister essentially gave them her blessing, they really do look like a married couple, even in the context of the anime itself.

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  6. LuzeriP says:

    If Mikochi and Hakumei not married yet they will be. Since they’re so cute together and no one can deny that. Mikochi’s sister already gave them her blessing. She even thinks they’re a couple. And also in my mind Mikochi’s sister will marry a girl.

    My best girls are Mikochi, Konju and Hakumei. In that order. My favorite episode when Konju was kidnapped. That was funny. And the ED song was nice too. So relaxing. Overall, HakuMiko is one of my favorites this season.

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  7. Mauron says:

    This was a cute little (hehe) series. I definitely liked when Mikochi’s sister gave them her blessing.

    I was also a fan of the scene where Konju got locked out, and had to flirt with – I mean stay with – her neighbor for the night.

    And it seems Yen Press just licensed this. Excellent.

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  8. Just binge watched this today (cause it’s season end and all). Absolutely delightful. I think this might actually be the best Iyashikei/healing Anime I’ve ever seen, and I love the genre. The opening song is wonderful as well, not to mention the great art style! Also, content-wise, it reminded me a tiny little bit of Konohana Kitan, which made me check the studio, and as expected; It’s the same one, Lerche.

    There’s an OVA coming up as well (June?), and I’m really looking forward to it!

    Ah, I loved the vibes between the two main characters like crazy. Really felt like a married couple, and that was just soo sweet. 🙂 Sometimes, subtext Yuri isn’t so bad after all…

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    • OG-Man says:

      It did have some Konohana vibes, yes.

      Most of us are excited for the OVA.

      You never know. They could marry in the near future

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