Hinako Note – 01 (First Impressions)

The Gist: Hinako is a very shy girl moving to Tokyo to attend her dream high school. She’s so terrified of everything, she regularly devolves into a scarecrow. Also, she’s about to live in a used book store with a bunch of other weirdos. (A maid-otaku, a girl who eats books, etc.)

The Verdict: while not exactly like a colonoscopy through the eyeballs, Hinako Note isn’t more than the sum of its parts, and the sum of its parts aren’t trying very hard to begin with. It’s emptily cute, with conventional safe humor and an acceptable art style. If you typically pour extra sugar on the ice cream that you use instead of milk when eating a bowl of deep fried lucky charms, then maybe this is a show for you. Otherwise? You’ve seen a million shows like it before.

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