An Anime to Watch for Halloween

 

One of the most underrated shows, loved dearly by nearly anyone who watches it, is Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun. The name is a bit off-putting at first but upon viewing, it is actually a very befitting name. The anime has a very cute, warmly colored, feminine style with breathtaking backgrounds. The show adopts a cute-yet-creepy kind of energy as the show employs an adorable art style underlined by very dark themes. However, a light, humorous air is also maintained. Together this makes for a wonderful anime to watch during the spooky season. 

The anime was aired between January 9th and March 26th of last year, consisting of 12 episodes. The show was produced by Lerche, directed by Masaomi Andō and written by Yasuhiro Nakanishi. One could argue the anime classifies as a romance, however, it takes a very different route than your average romance anime would. The show starts like an ordinary romance, but continues in an unexpected way. This makes the story very misleading which prompts great theories among the fandom; each twist and turn makes the show ever easier to theorize. The constant pivots also keep you on the edge of your seat. Each episode leaves off on a comfortable cliffhanger so you can take a break before the next episode but remain captivated. The pace is very comfortable: the story arcs don’t take a millenium to finish, but they aren’t too fast either.

The main characters are Hanako, Nene Yashiro, and Kou Minamoto. Hanako is a childish ghost that is very difficult to pinpoint when it comes to his thoughts. His background is shrouded in mystery, making it very interesting to hypothesize about. Yahiro’s character, on the other hand, is very easy to read. She is an average high-school girl who desperately wants a high-school romance and the approval of her friends and peers. Minamoto, who is a year behind Yashiro, is a very outgoing and loud boy. He descends from an exorcist-based family and he strives to be as good as his brother at exorcism in order to achieve his brother’s approval. This leads to a lot of internal conflict throughout the storyline.

There are no official announcements or teasers regarding the show getting a second season. However, the storyline continues within manga made by the team creators AidaIro, consisting of the writer, Iro, and the illustrator, Aida. There are 11 volumes out for physical purchase, but 15 out for digital purchase as of right now. I would give the anime a 9/10 rating and recommend it to anyone looking for a Halloween-esc anime. It’s short enough to binge, but beautiful enough to enjoy. The story arcs aren’t overwhelmingly long in the anime or manga. I have rewatched and reread the anime and manga many times and will again.  Before watching the anime, be aware that the intro is very flashy with bright colors and the themes are very dark with violence and blood. I recommend listening to the side comments made by characters in the show, as it adds an extra humorous layer that really completes the show. The art style is spine-tingling and it compliments the dark anime flawlessly.