Hanamaru Kindergarten Episode #08 (of 12) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Sunday, February 28, 2010
Release Date: Sunday, February 28, 2010

It's almost the perfect combination '" fish and yakuza.

What They Say
Welcome to Hanamaru Kindergarten! Here, you will find that everyone is super genki and full of beans, and that every day is fun, fun, fun! Anzu loves Mr. Tsuchida, the homeroom teacher. Cheering her on is her friend, the brainiac Hiiragi and the pure-hearted Koume. The pupils do things like slightly off-base love attacks or sleuthing around outside the school. Although the three of them are occasionally scolded for their antics, the three of them are quickly growing up. For them, these adventures from the heart are followed by afternoon naps - everyday

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Hanamaru Kindergarten hits up another pair of stories in this episode that play to different strengths while ensuring it doesn't overdo a gag. There is a gag that's a bit overdone come the second part of the episode, but it's how they approach it that allows it to work a bit better, especially in the confrontation it causes among some of the kids. Hopefully with all these kids looking at Tsuchida as perfect marriage material, it'll give Yamamoto a clue to look at him in a bit more of an adult manner.

The first half of the episode is good fun with the kids as we see them returning from their summer vacations and drawing up various pictures of what they did. There's fun to be had, even with Anzu looking a bit like a kogal with her tan, but all attention turns to Aoi when they see her picture is of her parents working. As it turns out, she didn't go anywhere during the summer since her parents had to work in their shop and she wanted to help but they wouldn't let her. Enter Anzu and the kids with their surprisingly crafty plan to get Aoi's father to let her help out by showing him that they can do it themselves. Like the other very children-centric episodes, this is entirely cute and fun as you get to watch the kids acting as fishmongers and doing the hard and sweet sell on customers for the various kinds of fish.

The second part is where the show goes into some not so welcome retread material in a couple of ways. Tsuchida helps you a little kid on their way home, one that isn't from his school, and it turns out that she's actually the daughter of a local yakuza boss. Hinagiku is the perfect refined Japanese girl for this age, the kind that causes all sorts of trouble when they grow up into teenagers in other series, and because of Tsuchida's kindness she's decided that he's perfect marriage material. And she tells him that there and again at the school the next day where she tries to find out more about him. Of course, she learns about Anzu, who does not take this new news all that well, and she sizes up Yamamoto as all the kids and the teachers point out that he loves her and spends most of his day simply staring at her chest. Hinagiku is cute but I'm not sure they really needed to introduce another marriage/children aspect for a short run show like this or that they really needed yet another rival for Anzu.

In Summary:
Hanamaru Kindergarten moves right along with this episode as it essentially introduces us to two new kids. Aoi has been in class before but gets a nice story about being a fishmonger wannabe while Hinagiku is new as she brings a touch of yakuza to the class. The best part of it is really watching everyone agree as to what Tsuchida is all about and have Ryota being plain about it with the way Tsuchida essentially stares at Yamamoto's chest all day. It's cute, fluffy and fun while leaving me with a smile on my face throughout it and positive feelings afterwards. In the end, this show is good harmless fun and a very good way to spend a little time on a Sunday afternoon.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.



Mania Grade: B
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: Crunchyroll
Running time: 24
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Hanamaru Kindergarten